Playing Rough by Blair Babylon
Released: May 20, 2014
Genre: BDSM erotic Romance
Publisher: Malachite Publishing
Reviewed by Lena
On the flap: Lizzy is trapped. Her new Dom Mannix Bonfils and Theo Valencia have bought The Devilhouse. Her estranged parents keep calling, wanting her to quit college to coach Olympic-level gymnastics, the life she escaped at sixteen. Mannix demands that she give up more and more control, and he becomes rougher, more frightening, with her. Her job is gone. Sports reporters stalk her college dorm, looking for the feel-good homecoming story she dreads. Mannix’s sexual power games grow more disturbing every day, and someone tries to shoot them at The Devilhouse, narrowly missing Lizzy. Even though she wants to stay with Mannix, to grow stronger, to be loved, and to fulfill her commitment, everyone is telling her to get out, but they all seem to want something from her. When Theo offers to help her leave, should she stay with Mannix or go back to the prescribed life she thought she had escaped?
This is the second episode in the Billionaires in Disguise series by Blair Bablyon. In this episode Lizzy begins her BDSM relationship with Mannix Bonfils. This is Lizzy’s first BDSM relationship. After her failed attempt at a relationship with Theo Valencia, Mannix’s half-brother, you really wanted to see Lizzy happy. You quickly see her going down the wrong road fast. She thinks that Mannix can give her all she needs. Strength and love, the things she was lacking all her life. At first you think Mannix will provide all those things but you soon see how manipulative he becomes. The person who seems like the hero becomes the villain.
I could not put this book down. I needed to see what happened next. Would Theo, who is aware of all Mannix ways and who you can see cares about Lizzy, step in and play the white knight? Would Lizzy finally wake up and know that this type of relationship is not for her? I had to know. Unfortunately, not all questions were answered but enough to give you hope. Especially when Mannix puts Lizzy in Theo’s care for a week while he goes out of town.
I look forward to reading the next episode. I want to see Lizzy get her happily ever after.
Rating: 4.75 Bonbons
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