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Rough Play (Aphrodisia) [Kindle Edition]

Christina Crooks
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Book Description

In Christina Crooks's suspenseful new novel, a woman's search for a missing friend leads her to an erotic playground of fetish and fantasy. . .

After escaping her sexually dominant husband, dating coach Charlotte is ready to play it safe. But when her client, Gail, disappears after visiting a fetish-oriented club called Subspace, Charlotte must enter the erotic underworld to find out what happened to her.

Club owner Master Martin is willing to help Charlotte—as long as she agrees to a little role-playing. As Charlotte slowly surrenders to Martin's sensual enticements, she finds that her penchant for submission is more intense than ever. But at the same time, as her search for Gail leads her deep inside Subspace's catacombs, Charlotte fears it may already be too late to save Gail. . .or herself.

Praise for Sweet and Dirty

"The author has clearly done her research. . .which makes the stories that much more real. Fans who like a BDSM twist to their happily ever after should be completely satisfied." –Romantic Times

"Will make your toes curl." –Romance Reviews Today

"Wonderfully stimulating, titillating." –Night Owl Romance

"Classy and spanky, Christina Crooks's characters light up the pages." --Lucinda Betts, author of What She Wants

Product Details

  • File Size: 1035 KB
  • Print Length: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (August 30, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CRY7P0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #541,819 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Rated 4.5/5 on the blog.

Christina Crooks delivers a story packed with intense and steamy sexiness, uniqueness in both the heroine and plot, and a captivating mystery in her newest release, Rough Play. Rough Play satiates erotic/BDSM literary fans who enjoy a story with a little suspense, a whole lot of D/s and S&M, and an HEA.

Interweaving the idea of a group of sadist men who believe in, and occultly follow, the views of a Gorian society (series written by John Norman) where men are the ultimate masters and women are the ultimate slaves, Rough Play is uniquely created and uniquely executed.

Meet Charlotte:

"I'm not a submissive."

"There's no shame in being a submissive." [Master Martin]

"There is. Shame and danger. I don't have a slave's heart."

Meet Master Martin:

"Your fear and lust radiate on a certain, special wavelength. People like me pick up on it."


"It's easier to simply do as I ask. But I'm glad you don't. You know why I'm glad, don't you? Because I'm a sadist." He paused considering. "A fairer kind of sadist than you've known, I suspect."

Heroine Charlotte has escaped her marriage that nearly destroyed her ability to act her true sexual self: being a submissive. Her overly sexually dominant husband abused her trust and pushed her to a point she felt "wrong". Instead, she's resolved to sticking to her job as match-maker, finding her clients a perfect happy-ever-after, since apparently she has horrible luck creating one for herself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 blue ribbons from Romance Junkies June 26, 2013
Dating coach Charlotte has no regrets about leaving her sexually dominant husband... well, except for having to leave her beloved dog Hoagie in his care since he has a yard and her apartment doesn't. She's happy to remain single herself but knows other women aren't and is only too happy to help. The trouble with basing a business on her matchmaking skills is the simple fact that she's entirely too good at it, which means no returning clients.

One of her clients, Gail, has proved to be a difficult woman especially since the men she's attracted to simply aren't compatible with her - and nothing Charlotte says can convince her to throw her marriage minded hooks into a different dating pool. Or worse, when she does go looking for something different it's in the BDSM community which Charlotte is undeniably extremely uncomfortable with. However, when Gail goes missing after visiting Subspace, a fetish club, it's up to Charlotte to find out what happened to her.

Master Martin is the proud owner of Subspace - and the man Gail had gone there to meet. While he claims not to know what happened to Charlotte's friend he does agree to help her locate her friend - for a price. Unlike Gail, whom was absolutely not submissive, Martin is intensely attracted to Charlotte, and it's impossible for her to hide her submissive nature from him. If Charlotte wants his help she'll have to endure a little role-playing with the sexy Dom, but doesn't realize how doing so will affect her - or how much she'll crave his touch. Finding Gail and saving her from whatever fate has befallen her is imperative, but resisting Master Martin is impossible.

ROUGH PLAY by Christina Crooks is a captivating read from beginning to end.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot Read August 30, 2011
By Aimee
Hot, hot, hot! It took me a bit to try and understand exactly what was going on. But when I did, it all made sense and the story really took off! Romance with plenty of mystery all the way through, this book was hard to put down until everything was solved and figured out!

By now, people know my preferred genre in erotica is BDSM. I can't get enough. There was some serious stuff in here, some that wasn't for me (blood play, maiming, the more extreme stuff, although not used to try and entice the reader) and stuff I was happy to read about (consensual role plays).

Charlotte is hesitant to get back into the scene after some pretty bad experiences. I like the books where the heroine needs a little healing and a little coxing in a safe environment. Martin is a great pick for her and I highly enjoyed their romps, that seemed to happen all but in a bed.

Very sexual, very hot story! Hot enough to make you melt in all the wrong but oh so right ways! Definitely not suitable for the under 18 crowd and for those who aren't into more than light bdsm. But if you like a little more to your bdsm, this is definitely a novel worth checking out!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful BDSM Romance September 9, 2011
Charlotte is a dating coach with a special knack for bringing couples together. She's had success with all of her clients, except for her most difficult one, Gail. At Gail's insistence, Charlotte reluctantly agrees to fix her up with the owner of the fetish club Subspace. She knows Gail is completely wrong for Master Martin, but there's no dissuading her. When Gail goes missing inside the club, Charlotte knows she must track down Master Martin to find out what happened to her.

Charlotte is not thrilled about being inside a fetish club. She divorced her husband because he took BDSM to the point of abuse. Since her marriage ended, she's struggled with her submissive nature, terrified to explore her kinky side. That is until she lays eyes on Martin. The dominant club owner with a sadistic streak may have been wrong for Gail, but he's just what Charlotte needs to bring out her inner desires. But Charlotte knows she shouldn't let her guard down. Gail is missing and anyone, even Martin, could be responsible.

Whew! ROUGH PLAY is a very hot read. Christina Crooks combines elements of romantic suspense and BDSM to make a unique and gripping tale of kidnapping, blackmail and S&M. Charlotte and Martin had amazing chemistry. The villain in the story is positively wicked. This book also takes the reader on an exciting journey into a fetish club. It gives us a look at the extreme subculture of the Goreans, a group that believes women are naturally subservient to men and should be treated as slaves. ROUGH PLAY was a page turner with a fantastic ending. I would recommend this book to fans of erotic romance who like their stories a bit darker and edgier.

SOURCE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
this book kept me on edge till the wonderful end!! I will be reading more of this writer's books in the future
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't love
This one was not really what I expected. There are a few reviews about how hot this book was, but I didn't feel it much. Read more
Published on May 13, 2013 by MissyGirl
2.0 out of 5 stars I could not get into this book.
I tried twice to get into this book, but I just couldn't do it. It seemed like some other books I read and was predictable. Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by 24paws
5.0 out of 5 stars One hot BDSM read from Christina Crooks
Gail might be a pain-in-the-butt client, but she's Charlotte's only client currently utilizing her floundering dating service. Read more
Published on November 20, 2011 by Victoria "TwoLips Reviews"
4.0 out of 5 stars A Little Bit of ROUGH PLAY is an Erotic Fantasy Worth Reading
Welcome to erotic romantic suspense author Christina Crooks world we are all just spectators. In her October 2011 ROUGH PLAY erotic romantic suspense author Christine Crook would... Read more
Published on November 6, 2011 by Christine S. Morehouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely and dark! Extrememly enjoyable!
Welcome to the dark side of BDSM!

For awhile now I've enjoyed erotic romance novels set in the BDSM lifestyle. Read more
Published on October 3, 2011 by tsteiner
5.0 out of 5 stars A Spanking Hot Read!
Although Rough Play is Christina's first BDSM novel, she really rocked this novel out. I was impressed with her work from start to finish. Read more
Published on September 17, 2011 by Zee
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging BDSM romance
Charlotte left her now ex-husband Corey aka Kartane because he took their dominant-submissive relationship to abusive extremes. Read more
Published on August 30, 2011 by Harriet Klausner
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More About the Author

Christina Crooks is a romance author with books for sale in print, electronic and audio editions. Her novels have been published by Kensington, Samhain, Five Star/Cengage, and Books in Motion Audiobooks. Christina currently lives in Portland, Oregon. Her books Rough Play, Hands On, Sweet and Dirty, L.A. Caveman, and Thrill of the Chase are available.

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