by Christina Crooks

September 2011
ISBN: 978-0-7582-6137-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Aphrodisia
Trade Paperback

Charlotte has certain, lets say, sexual proclivities that may be construed as a little bit on the kinky side of things. She absolutely loves being dominated, tortured, and pleasured just on the edge of pain. It's unfortunate she introduced these ideas to her ex-husband and he took it to a level of BDSM she was not ready for, hence the reason he is her EX-HUSBAND. Charlotte has deep dark cravings that she feels no one is able to fulfill, so she has decided to focus on her matchmaking business. That is a whole other conversation in itself. She sees people who are destined to be together in visions having hot x-rated sex. The problem is her latest client, Gail, has not made a match and she has not seen her in a vision with anyone. Gail wants to start visiting the fetish scene and when she enters the BDSM club, Subspace, she disappears. Charlotte has made it her mission to locate Gail and get her back to safety. She, of course, gets side tracked by a hot dominant named Master Martin.

Martin has a lot going on in his life. His mother is sick with cancer and the bills are piling up, he is being blackmailed into selling Subspace for next to nothing, and now he has met the sub of his dreams and she will not admit it to herself. When Martin meets Charlotte she is looking for her friend, but he sniffs out her deepest darkest cravings. He also sees the fear in her eyes, but the longing is always there. He has to prove to her that her natural penchant for submission will open the doors to the ecstasy.

Charlotte’s ex-husband Karan has become a Gorean, an extreme dominant. He thinks all women are slaves at heart and he believes he needs to recapture his first slave, Charlotte.

Rough Play is a bit rough. This is not a story for vanilla readers. There are a lot of teaching elements about the world of BDSM. Charlotte is both strong and vunerable. The men in her life represented angels of light and darkness. It is interesting throughout the story nothing is as it seems.

Reviewed in April 2012 by Lakisha.

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