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Bound To Please (Playing for Keeps #2)

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Jason doesn't do monogamy, and as a much sought-after Dom he doesn't have to. But when he gets the chance to play with Benny, his sweet young assistant who wants only to please him, Jason holds back.

Benny's no sub, but for a chance to be with the sexy Dom he's sure he can change. Except he's only fooling himself, and deep down he knows it.

Enter Rain, a sexy badboy who's go...more
ebook, 332 pages
Published February 2010 by MLP Press
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Benny works as a PA to successful BDSM club owner Jason and has lusted after him every since they met. Jason is also attracted to the quiet, shy Benny but knows that he can't allow himself to have a relationship with a man who isn't a sub. As a Dom, Jason knows that he would eventually find that unfulfilling. When ex-porn star, male model and sub, Rain, enters their lives he sees that both Jason and Benny could find love with each other and hatches a plan to get them together, not realising that...more
So, we have a Dom & a sub + someone who is neither. Perfect combo, right? Yeah, didn't think so.

Jason has his two boys, Benny & Rain.
But wait! Remember, Benny is not a sub.
Jason gives punishments and rewards to his boys.
Don't forget! Benny is not a sub.
Jason gives both boys something to show his "ownership" of them.
Oh that's right! Benny is not a sub.
But he still wears his and says "Sir" & "Master"

We are constantly reminded of the "unsubiness" (yes, I made that word up) that i...more
4.5 out of 5 stars

Jason is a Dom in a relationship of sorts with Rain, a blue-haired model, former porn star and wanna be stripper/dancer. Benny is Jason's PA and secretly in lust with his boss. Jason has feelings for Benny but he doesn't do vanilla so leaves Benny alone. Rain and Benny hook up and conspire to show Jason just how good they would be, all together.

I really liked this follow up to Phoenix Rising. All three of the protagonists are well drawn and likable men, the storyline is interes...more
I will most definitely read more from this author. The blurb actually is not as great as it could be. Because f-cking plot ahead!

Jason is the owner of BDSM club and also erotic photographer. He's also a Dom with a sweet, sexy young personal assistant named Benny who's crushed on the older man but hasn't the balls to approach him in that way. Enter Rain! My favorite character of the three, he's a blue haired, model/ new stripper/semi-retired gay porn actor who has no qualms with being...more
Elisa Rolle
Bound to Please explains perfectly one of the reasons why I understand the existence of a ménages a trois, while I usually am a monogamy supporter.

Benny is in love with his boss Jason, a Dom and the owner of a BDSM private club (he is one of the character in Phoenix Rising, the previous book by Kimberly Gardner set in the same community). With his body and heart Benny is willing to give anything to Jason, but with his mind he is scared by all the different layers a BDSM relationship can have. J...more
Brenda (b)
This story entralled me, pulled me in and made it hard for me to put it down until I got to the end. There was a BDSM element in the storyline and even though that's not one of my favorite themes, I still loved it. I thought Benny, Jason and Rain were terrific and that they fit well together. The secondary characters were interesting too. This book is related to Phoenix Rising and Adam plays an important supporting role here.
Exceptionally written, great plot line. I enjoyed the way this story developed and the final in the end results. For some reason Blue Ruin kept coming to my mind by Katrina Strauss and I'm thinking it's more because I was captivated with the way Blue's hair was just that blue and Rain's hair was also blue. But even though I'm saying this don't get me wrong both stories were in no way similar even though they are both BDSM and both characters have blue hair.

I look forward to reading more by Kimb...more
Felicia (Ferishia)
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I fought my way through this book. It felt like I had to climb mountains and part oceans to get to the end of it. And what thought was I left with in the end?


Yeah, just a big fat NO right there, because this book? This book takes everything known about BDSM and shakes it up a little & decides to just say "Fuck it". Therefore, what ends up being this so-called BDSM book is actually a poor version of how a non-kinky guy tries to finds his way with a Dom and a full-time pain slut and sub....more
After reading for the second time this book, I'm bound to give it 5 stars, even if before I stated otherwise. This second read gave me a better appreciation of the book and made me overlook its faults, much like in A Thread of Deepest Black, the characters (protagonists and secondary alike -hell, secondary characters are as real and brilliant as our main trio, which I appreciate wholeheartedly)

Merely by mistake I picked up this book, I still haven't read Phoenix Rising but fortunately this didn...more
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
This book was actually really enjoyable, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the menage actually felt like it worked for me, and that it seemed stable enough that it could actually hold up beyond the book's Happily Ever After (because we've all thought at one point, that after a book has ended, shit could be going down and we wouldn't even realise. Or maybe I'm the only one delusional enough to think that the world of books actually exists in some alternate universe.)

I think at the beginn...more
Sweet story about 3 guys who are all necessary to the relationship

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

- The 3 main characters complement each other well. This is a threesome relationship in which I really feel that each of the guys is necessary--there aren’t two main guys with one who’s a third wheel emotionally. Naturally, each of them FEELS at one point or another as though he’s a third wheel, but those feelings simply lead to a healthy amou...more
Excellent kinky m/m romance about a young man who's secretly in love with his boss, a photographer and dominant who owns a bdsm club. When the dominant starts working with a hot new model and former porn star, everything changes. (Usually I don't read menages, because most authors can't make the emotional/romantic connections between three people convincing. Kimberly Gardner can.)
Pretty good MMM BDSM book here. Jason is a Dom and erotic photographer who falls for his assistant Benny and model Rain in unexpected ways. All three men have interesting backgrounds and desires they bring to their new found threesome. The story manages to take a few twists and turns then the usual sex, sex, sex MMM books one reads which made for a fairly good, erotic read.
4+* I really enjoyed this story. Truly from the first page I did not want to put it down. The only reason it is not a 5* read is that I would have LOVED to have Rain perspective on things here and there, it almost made him feel expendable (almost). I will certainly read more from this author.
Ryoma Gartre
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There really wasn't anything wrong with this book, other than the characters were sometimes a bit slow on the uptake, a bit thickheaded. That's common in a bunch of books.

But nothing wrong isn't the same as being a good book. It was quite well done menage relationship. But I didn't love the sex. Or the characters. Or the plot. Or the ending. It didn't get me involved. It didn't give me anything new. It just basically bored me. I thought Marcus was the most interesting character... but he appeare...more
Ok so generally I don't like threesome stories. I'm more of a monogamous gal. And I'm not sure what made me buy this book except that it was BDSM, which is another of my favorite reads.

That said, this story was so well done I didn't mind the menage at all. The story flowed so wonderfully and the relationship between Jason, Benny and Rain remained the primary focus throughout. Sometimes in a book that's 300 pages long an author thinks it needs more plot or a side romance. I'm glad Kimberly Gardn...more
Jason, Benny, Rain - These are the three main characters. When I first started reading the book I kept feeling like I had read it before. It really followed another book. You have. a photographer, his assistant, and a model. There is an established Dom/Sub relationships. I kept reading and soon realized that I had not read it before. I did enjoy the book. I had a few times when I worried if the characters would ever get all together. Something always came up to keep them apart. That just made it...more
Victoria Rainey
Hearts on Fire Review

****4 1/2 stars****

Original Review Published here:

Jason is the most sought after Dom around. He can have his pick of men and woman at any time. He spends a lot of his time working either at his BDSM club or at his photography. Jason is a complicated man. He knows what he wants but seems to mull things over. He also does not talk about his feelings much.

Benny is Jason’s personal assistant. Benny is head over heels in love with Jason and...more
This book didn’t really work out for me in the end. To me, this was truly Benny’s story – it started from his perspective and ended with his perspective. There were other POVs, but they didn’t add much value. The parts of this story that had heart came from Benny. And mine broke for him. This story tells the story of a threesome, and in the end, Benny felt like the odd man out. There was so much focus on Rain (a sub) and Jacob (a Dom), and how Jacob needed Rain to feel complete, that Benny reall...more
Oct 11, 2011 Shaz rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Shaz by: Lily
I really enjoyed this one. The characters all spoke to me. I won't say that I liked them all, in fact at all times I had an issue with either Jason, Rain or Benny lol. But if a character touches me, in whatever way that may be, then for me the book is a success.

I would have liked to have had a little more about the way the guys all learn to live as a threesome. I found that was overlooked, but then again, I'm greedy and I always want more!
Darla Arnold
I don't usually like group sex or scenes but this book allowed the characters to show their personalities and how they could complement each other which is what happens in every good relationship. Characters were all hot! I really like Rain, how could you not? He is just a sweet guy with no self protection, he really needed the others to be complete! Good story.
Nichole (Dirty H)
4.5 stars

A bit disjointed and the end was a little abrupt in my opinion, but overall a very enjoyable book. The BDSM is pretty mild for those who don't like stuff too hardcore, but it is an M/M/M menage story.
Apr 08, 2014 Amber rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amber by: Alishea
I've swung between 5 stars to 2 stars for this book so I just went in between with 3. Honestly I like these characters a lot despite being confused as hell sometimes and wondering if Jason is actually a very go Dom at times. Rain is the easiest and most consistent character. He's slut and into some major pain play. I like his flamboyant personality and his almost bratty behavior at times. The blue hair is o_0 that I tried not to think about but still a fun character with a bit of a dark past tha...more
Lois - Who Reads
Jason is a photographer and club owner, and a little bit of an oblivious Dom. Very young Rain is a submissive who is deeply in love with Jason and while Jason is sleeping with him he does not see the depth of Rain’s feelings. Benny is Jason assistant and he is also in love with Jason. Once again, Jason does not really see it. Even with all this, these three end up sleeping together, but none will admit their love to the others and they all keep secrets from each other. While Rain is a perfect su...more
I loved these characters, and that they weren't all perfect. Jason the Dom didn't instantly know they were it as a threesome, and he missed a BIG!!! opportunity to fix things. He went into the punishment and the rest of the scene before he actually resolved the obvious issue.
Vfields is happy!
If I had read Bound to Pleasure early in my M/M romances explorations I would have thought it was a good read but now that I know there are some fine writers out there this was a big disappointment. The writing is weak and it was even more painful because Kimberly Gardner created some very interesting characters and situations. I wanted to understand Rain better. Jason was a Dom who really didn't run his private house very well.It had a Peyton Place feel to it which can be fun or campy if done...more
Steamy. :P
I love this book. (Jason <3) It was smutty but the story line was really good. It is probably the best love story I've ever read because it's not so cliche. Okay so the BDSM helped make the story what it was... is that really so wrong? ^-^
I loved how this book ended with all three of them being together. I really like Jason having both Rain and Benny. I wouldn't have minded Benny also becoming his slave in the end though. I was kind of sad he wasn't a total submissive.
The characters were all engaging, the 3-way relationship very plausible - they brought out the best in each other, provided what each one needed, while still giving full commitment and love. I thought Benny's character particularly enchanting, his balance of confidence yet shyness, he was a good and equal match for Jason and a lover for Rain. The scene (that's not in a BDSM context!) with him amd Mario was particularly strong for me. I'll enjoy re-reading this at times.
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