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Editorial Reviews

Narrator Maxine Mitchell's expressive voice goes from arch and suggestive to sensual and intimate as she performs the erotic adventures of Lauren, a doctor with a penchant for sexual domination. After a bad breakup, Lauren jets off to spend a long weekend at a private island with only the island caretaker, Joshua, and his visiting friend, Marcus, for company. Marcus initiates a seductive game of submission and control, and Lauren finds herself increasingly drawn to the shadows lurking behind Joshua's eyes. She challenges him to submit himself completely to her, but for him to do so, he must first trust her completely and reveal the dark secrets haunting him.
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Publisher's Summary

Book 1 in the Nature of Desire series.
Lauren is a successful doctor with a healthy attitude toward sex, unashamed of her proclivities as a sexual dominant. She wants love and a family, but she's beginning to believe there is no Mr. Right willing to stand by her in sickness and health...and be cuffed, stripped, and smacked with a riding crop. Then her friend Lisette invites her to spend a long weekend on a private island. It turns out Lisette can't come with her, but Lauren opts to go anyway, with no one for company but Joshua, the island caretaker, and his visiting friend, Marcus. Though both men are beautiful, it is Joshua that catches Lauren's attention, and not just because Marcus prefers men. Something in Josh's stormy eyes calls to her. When Marcus facilitates a game of submission and control between the three of them that will last throughout the weekend, Lauren embraces the opportunity. Josh overwhelms her with his willingness to submit to her body's desires, but her heart wants to get to the secrets behind those eyes. She is going to have to tear down his defenses and make him give her everything. And this is one Mistress who doesn't take no for an answer....
©2002 Joey W. Hill (P)2013 Audible Inc.
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 02-18-14

chilln in WI.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

yes and no i enjoy some erotica, this book pushed the bounds a little more than i was comfortable with. Little to fantasy.

What other book might you compare Holding the Cards to and why?

virtual reality

What about Maxine Mitchell’s performance did you like?

she's a great narrator nice voice good charator separation.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

Ive gotten all of jodis books and like most dont like a couple this was a take it or leave it one.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Lia on 08-04-14

2.5 Stars I Could Not Connect

I always feel a bit badly rating less than three stars. I know this book/series really worked for a good number of people. Sadly, I'm just not one of them. So why? I came up with four main reasons...

First, aside from the sex, the main part of the plot was the re-telling of personal histories. Nothing really happened in real time except sex or situations that lead to sexual situations. 4 hours into the book no sex had happened so it took a while for even that to happen. I needed some real life stuff. It also didn't make sense to me that they shared their deepest hurts so quickly. They both were people whose trust had been horribly broken so the sharing didn't ring true for me, especially considering there was very, very little D/s trust building IMO. (Although honestly the was very little BDSM play. Submission, yes, but very little BDSM play.

Second, I have a hard time with what I feel like is the cookie cutter build up leading to MMF ménage. I takes away from the excitement when I know pretty much what will happen next.

Third, Marcus. Although I liked him as a character, but he felt out of place to me. (view spoiler) It almost felt like inviting Dr. Phil into your bedroom to supervise.

Fourth, Lauren wasn't a convincing Dominatrix to me. I realize she had gone through some stuff, but she went from being a bit weak (IMO), insecure, and uncertain to Super Dom overnight. I just couldn't buy it.

I've read Natural and liked that book by this author and but this one just didn't click with me. There are a lot of other people liked this book, so keep that in mind when considering my review. 2.5 stars

Maxine Mitchell did a solid job with the narration

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2 out of 5 stars
By Vicki Hurley on 10-17-17


I am a JWH fan but this initial book doesn't make me feel confident about the series. Too much explaining about factual things that we already know about. The narrator whilst having a clear voice is hard to listen to due to her sharp sounding 's' which became annoying after the first chapter. Sorry if you don't agree but that's the reason behind feedback and reviews.

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