Laura Antoniou has made a wonderful name for herself in the world of erotic fiction. So much "erotic" fiction these days isn't worth the paper it's printed on. Antoniou's books are different because they are inherently believeable, fantastical and very intelligent. For anyone who has read the first book and is debating reading the rest, I would strongly encourage you to read them all. The first book is my least favourite, as the characters, particularly Chris Parker, have no room to develop as they do in later books. That said, The Marketplace is a wonderful first effort from one of the most intelligent commentators on BDSM around. It's more than just kinky porn; the books appeal to us through the psychology of S/M, the motives of both slaves and Trainers, and the inherent realism of the world T/they inhabit. Rich in detail, laughter and really hot sex, they provide a stimulating read in more ways than one! As a close adherent to this particular lifestyle, it is wondeful to read something which I can not only closely relate to, but which speaks for all those who aren't just "players" or weekend BDSMers. Thank you, Ms. Antoniou, for such a wonderful series.