A Review of Playing the Game by M Q Barber

Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection, #1)


She expects dinner with neighbors, but gets sex with a side of safewords.

Mechanical engineer Alice still drools over her sexy neighbors a year after she’s moved in. She can’t decide whether they’re roommates or partners, but either way, they spark a wanton desire in her that has her imagination–and vibrator–working overtime.

Henry, director of everything around him, studies human nature and applies philosophies to his paintings as well as his relationships. Quirky, polite to a fault, and formal, he follows his own code of honor even when it means denying himself.

Flirtatious and playful, Jay needs stability, guidance, and to please others. His antics counterbalance Henry’s stuffy ways while he brings a level of vulnerability and fun to everything the trio does.

BDSM play with the enigmatic artist and flirtatious joker across the hall allows Alice to put aside the linear thought processes which have kept her unsatisfied and distant with other lovers. She must dismiss her preconception of love, sacrificing her independence, if she’s to find a permanent place in their beds and hearts.

My Review:

Over the year that Alice has lived in the apartment complex by her two sexy neighbors. They all have grown close as friends but something happens one night that they invite her over… Alice is expecting dinner but what she gets is entirely different than she expected…

My thoughts on the book… to me some sections seemed redundant and a bit dry. The overall book was ok to good read.. I was expecting a bit more of an ending, no I would classified it as a cliff hanger but as you read it you will want MORE to discover what happens next and wonder if there is an HEA or what.

The male characters do portray something of being in a relationship, be it a confusing one as you read it. They are both complete opposites.. But you know the old saying on that one….

Alice, the female is quiet and independent which makes you wonder about her…

My rating of the book falls between a 3.5 to 4 stars. There is one scene of MM but mostly MF but with the third occasionally watching or directing with some BDSM elements.

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