- File Size: 744 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Publication Date: November 4, 2015
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017LCPLXA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #816,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Playing Games Kindle Edition
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Before going into the story and the characters, I must say that the writing is simply wonderful! The language used is descriptive and creates just the right tone - the kinds that draws a reader in. Already head over heals in love with the feel, there wasn’t much need for a clincher but what made this read for me was the dialogue. There’s nothing better than the teasing banter between lovers as their initial word “game” was a lesson in seduction. Louise’ personality is illuminated in her interactions with her sarcastic roommate Flo and curious workmates. But Dan, Dan really draws Louise out oh her well protected shell.
I loved the way the story is plotted, starting at a point in time where the characters reflect back to what will turn into pivotal moments in their lives. I struggle with calling this anything but the “unfolding” of the story and for me, when it’s done right it’s magical. Once we get through their initial meeting, things are fun and naughty as they move forward with getting better acquainted.
What complicates Louise and Dan’s growing affection is his past. Ten years or so her senior, Dan’s family and his work becomes something they have to contend with. Louise herself is riddled by doubts in the advantages of committed relationships so it’s up to Dan to do right by Louise. Observing these two as their connection grows is where both fun and heartache lie. There were a few scary moments as Dan is tested by family, club members and Louise.
There were times that my heart ached (that lovely angst) but Playing Games simply left me feeling giddy. This is a 5 star read and comes with my must read recommendation. I loved the writing so much that I’ve purchased the Pretty series and I’m confident I will love them. Ms Alam you have a new fan!
In this story Louise goes out with roomie Flo & wakes up in bed with the sexy Dan. A one night stand that turns out to be much more quite quickly although the pair did not exchange names Dan had snooped in her purse to get her cell # etc.....where there is a will there is a way.
Although the author provided us with images of the kinky connection the pair had it was more of hints of it not full blown descriptions of the total act which left more to the imagination. This was actually refreshing.
The author entertained us with the journey of discovery for both characters. I felt they both had much to learn about themselves & each other. I was left wondering if there would be more.
Louise finally gave herself a little freedom from her usual schedule of just working and going back to her home. She let her roommate talk her into going to a club and then found herself giving into a one night stand. So she thought...
“Her eyelids were still uncooperative as she wondered why it was so quiet this morning. Was it a long weekend?... Stretching, she drew her body out along the length of the bed, glad that the heating was on. London hadn’t quite agreed with the spring calendar as yet and her bedroom was usually cold. Back arching, she wriggled her toes to the cooler part of the sheets before stilling mid-motion at the realisation that something wasn’t right. The sheets; Egyptian cotton. Thread count in their thousands, like the ones her mother used back home. The sound of her phone on the nightstand banging against solid wood, not glass. The fact that the bedroom was warm. Eyes screwed tight, she almost groaned. She wasn’t at home and she wasn’t alone, the previous evening coming back to her, jolting her awake like a slap. The club. Laughing. Drinking. The man. And his hands.”
“Taking off her glasses, she rubbed her eyes and sighed. What was it he—her stranger—had said? There’s freedom in a little bondage. Sometimes a person needs to be tethered to feel free.”
Dan hadn't planned on being with anyone when he went to the club, but found himself unable to walk away from Louise. He ended up taking her back to his to his home, the place he kept separate from his club life. Usually when hooking up he took women to his flat above the club. They never exchanges names. There was no expectations. Just one night.
One night turned into many more nights at Dan’s home. Still holding back on personal details about one another. Just using each other's bodies to figure out their wants, desires and pleasures.
“Why didn’t she push him about his job? What he did while they were apart? She’d made no effort to get to know him, not beyond his bedroom proclivities, at any rate. Why wasn’t she interested in the stuff other women sought? He was attractive; he knew, though perhaps a little vain. Interesting. Commanding. Erudite, even; knowledge gained in the pursuit of pleasure…Why hadn’t he told her he owned a club? Two clubs, really. The one she’d been in and a one he seemed to be hiding her from. Would she forgive him a suggestion that had grown into a lie? Would they ever even get to this point? And why, why WHY hadn’t she pushed him again? Perhaps it was that she didn’t intend on hanging around. Something in Dan’s chest tightened...He had to tell her, but not right now.”
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