on 7 November 2003
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.
on 16 September 2003
I couldn't put this book down! Laura Antoniou draws you completely into this world of secret consensual slave rings. The characters and siuations are rich, fascinating, lovable and totally believable. She captures the BDSM psychology in a wonderful way, which ensures that the BDSM interactions are believable, whilst being placed in a completely fantastical context. This is consensual slavery taken to the extremes of fantasy, which makes it fascinating. I usually have no interest in pansexual erotica, but the characters in this book seem so real that I put aside my usual preferences and enjoyed reading about their lives. As an aside, the rest of the series continued to enthral me!
on 13 November 2013
I first read the Marketplace Series years ago when first coming in to kink. I am so very glad I did as it gave me a real insight to the mind of a submissive, and I found myself identifying hugely with the mindset of the slaves. Including some of the struggles they go through in accepting their need to serve, and submitting fully, which is touched upon throughout the series. Anyhow, if you want a realistic insight into the minds of both Master and slave, together with a hot read that will get your mind, your imagination, and your lower bits going, then give this a read. I cannot recommend it any higher.
Also, I've had a crush on Chris Parker for over a decade. Unfortunately I've not found Him yet. ;)