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"I wasn't too keen on baring my innermost fantasies. They weren't exactly clean and sweet and, besides, I didn't know if I wanted them fulfilled. Ilya wanted me to confess all so he could make my bad dreams come true. If I'd realised how well-suited he was to do that - to drag my dangerous dirty fantasy down into his dangerous dirty reality - I might have kept my mouth shut. But I didn't. I told him everything."When Beth Bradshaw - the manager of a fashionable bar in the seaside town of Brighton - starts flirting with the handsome Ilya, she becomes a player in a game based purely on sexual brinkmanship. The boundaries between fantasy and reality start to blur as their relationship takes on an increasingly reckless element.When Ilya's murky past catches up with him, he's determined to involve Beth. Unwilling to extricate herself from their addictive games, she finds herself being drawn deeper into the seedy underbelly of Brighton, where things, including Ilya, are far more dangerous than she bargained for.
©2007 Kristina Lloyd; (P)2007 Virgin Books Ltd
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"One day all erotica will be written like this." (Skin Two)
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1 out of 5 stars
By LeftyMom on 11-08-07

Crude

If I could have given this zero stars I would. I picked it under romance but this is clearly not my kind of romance. If you dream of being treated like a hooker (and that is using a nice word), having your boyfriend urinate in your mouth, beat you, force you to have sex with all his friends and enemies then you will love this book. I’m just not into this kind of thing so I hated it. I actually can’t believe I even finished listening to it. I think I kept hoping it would get better but it didn’t.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dr. J. Lane on 10-17-11

Extremely erotic, but scary and disturbing.

From the initial phone call in chapter one, this book is very arousing. It builds rapidly into an explosive mix of hard erotic sex, insurmountable lust, and twisted desire. It gets better and better as it goes on, until a point is reached in the antique shop office where my lust begins to turn into slight worry and anxiety. I begin to start shouting at Beth, the main character, to stop being so stupid and to get out, and it raises a deeply uneasy feeling in me about whether this really is a game, or if she has got tangled up with a very nasty character in Ilya.
However, despite the uneasy eroticism, I was compelled to continue listening to the story, and found, particularly towards the end, that my lust had turned into a morbid fascination for all the characters. I found myself wondering if Ilya really was a willing participant in the orgy scene at the end, or if he had been forced there by the evil Tony. Hard to work out what is going on.

I eventually finished the book, but my initial hot desire from it left me with a deeply uneasy feeling about the whole issue of how women can be treated. To me, although the sex is pretty dirty, and I'm a very broad minded guy, I found the way in which Beth is totally used, right up to final page and the "Cuttlefish" ending, disturbing. Ilya has complete control over her at every single stage of the book. To me, that spoilt it a little, as I would have liked Beth to have had some control, particularly towards the end.

Hard to believe, but I've listened to it several times since, in a kind of morbid fascination. It always makes me think, and although deeply erotic, leaves me with an uneasy feeling.

Worth every penny

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5 out of 5 stars
By JonR on 06-26-09

A really sexy story with edge!

If you enjoy strong erotic fiction then you will enjoy this. For once the storyline is reasonable, could almost be classed a thriller; but be aware it is a graphic story that covers most aspects of sex. Very well read with good characterisations & good descriptive passages throughout, and I don't just mean the erotic content, that creates strong images of the environment in your mind. I thoroughly enjoyed this yarn, even if the "heroine's" attitude to how she is treated by the mystery man Illya is a little implausible at times.

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