After months of indulging in some of the hottest sex of his married life, Dean Noble intends to give Jillian a very special gift for their 20th anniversary: an invitation that will take them beyond their wildest, most erotic fantasies.
The Players Club
Jillian is more than willing to accept her husband's invitation, and together they enter a provocative world where boundaries are pushed to the limit, pleasure is the ultimate goal, and Dean is able to embrace those darker desires he's kept a tight rein on all these years. But when Dean's alpha tendencies extend outside of the bedroom, a battle of wills ensues, and it's up to Jillian to show her husband that she's all for submission games in the playroom, but when it comes to her needs outside the bedroom he'll have to learn to compromise.
©2014 Erika Wilde (P)2016 Erika Wilde
What?! I need to start off by saying how disappointed I was to discover that about the last forty minutes of the audio book were an excerpt of the series about the club that Jillian and Dean visited in THE INVITATION. This long-married couple completely stole my heart, so I was devastated to see them go so much earlier than expected. Why not giving them another scene in the Players Club instead?
And with that I have mentioned the only thing it didn’t completely agree with in this book. THE INVITATION is different from the previous novellas: Whereas installments one to four were pure sex and passion, this story went deeper into who Jillian and Dean are as a person and as a couple. We learn about their history together and experience their devotion for one another on an even deeper level than before. Their dynamics and the fact that they have been married for so long and are now reinventing their love lives after their kids are grown up…I don’t think I would ever tire of reading their sexcapades. I adored this couple before, but now I absolutely love them!
Dean is one swoon-worthy protective and caring and hot and sexy alpha male. The epitome of one perfect example of the male species. And yet he still has flaws, insecurities that were caused by his upbringing, which has him not only pushing their boundaries sexually but generally as well. He does not deal well with Jillian’s newfound independency and her desire to have a job – a very venturous and bold at that. After twenty years of marriage changes as significant as that are not as easily accepted. But Jillian, being as stubborn as he himself, leaves him with little option than to eventually come to terms with this change.
The feelings this book put me through are of wide variety, not to mention the blisters on my fingers after burning my hands on my Kindle during those hot-as-hell scenes those two got down and dirty. At this point I have to mention the sublime writing: After Dean going ballistic in one of the previous novellas when another man advanced on Jillian – which actually previously was his own fantasy, no less – the route this book would take was set, no matter if those two pounced on one another in their bedroom or in a sex club. And yet the perfect illusion was created where I held my breath, not sure what to think.
While this book set the course for a new series which revolves around The Players Club – a series I am very curious about – I am just not ready yet to see Jill and Dean go. I need more! Knowing that there is at least one more installment out there for me to devour fills my heart with joy – but even them I don’t believe I will have had my fill. I want to meet their children as well. Do they sense the changes in their parents’ relationship? Can Dean and Jillian be discreet enough to not scare their children who are young adults now for life? :)
Same as with the previous installments, I listened to the audio book version, which was narrated by Lia Langola again. This series is the first of her works I have listened to and I am already on the lookout for more of her. Her voice, her intonation, her impersonation of both Jillian as well as Dean, the myriad of feelings she is able to convey. I cannot wait for installment 6 to be available as audio book!
The relationship between Jillian and Dean continues to spice up. With their twentieth anniversary approaching, Dean plans a special night that will advance the couple's erotic play. However all is not fantastic at home as Jillian`s decision to work brings all her husband past insecurities into play. What will this wife do for her husband peace of mind and their marriage?
With the narrator's good job of voicing these characters, she creates individual voices that separates all characters in my head. This is done really well and I would listen to more of her work. A job well done.
I voluntarily reviewed a review copy of this book.
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