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Private Games

3.11  ·  Rating Details ·  851 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
Who would have thought a simple board game could change your life. Three women learn it can when they toss the dice, face a challenge or two, and, laughter, and hot, hot sex.

Playing for Keeps Maddy Beaudet needs to shake things up a bit, but playing a board game isn't exactly what she considers exciting.Jace Michael has just moved across country to recover from
Kindle Edition, 248 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Ellora's Cave (first published October 13th 2004)
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Thank goodness this was free. It's three short stories, and to be fair I only read the first one, but in no way did it encourage me to continue. I just found it silly, and it was sort of like bad chick-lit with random sex mixed in. The characters were completely flat and it was so totally predictable. (view spoiler) ...more
Heather in FL
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Nov 27, 2011 Tamara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meh, kindle
Honestly, I only read it to fill my sex story craving. I feel like halfway through writing this, she kinda gave up on the whole board-game concept, as it is hardly mentioned in the last two stories. The last story felt completely rushed. Or maybe that was because I was reading the same story but with different characters. Each story went exactly like this:
Woman:"Oh what's this? Private Games? This is silly."
Friend: "TRY IT."
Woman: "Oh fine, if you insist."
-Woman meets an incredibly hot guy becau
Jun 18, 2011 Jen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: x-read-in-2011
*blush* I am a little too emberessed to say how much I liked this book - so I'll just leave it at that :) Great ideas, and fun games :) Definatly learned a few things to teach to my husband :) *Enormous Blush*

The Story lines were really cute though - I kind of think maybe *blush* the 2nd story "Master May I" I believe is the name of it - was the best - it really truely was a new world I had never thoght to explore in - More afraid to really *blush* But after reading this *again blush* there is
Sep 17, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: absolutely no one
Shelves: read-in-2011
This is certainly better than "Wild Knights," but I don't understand how this author gets five star ratings. Her writing is amateurish at best and the sex scenes are barely enough to be called erotica. Three stories linked to a board game, although the third story barely registers the existence of the game. Some so-so erotic scenes, but the lack of depth in the stories and the flat characters make it more like a plot thrown together as an excuse to write sex scenes. All of the female protagonist ...more
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Nov 21, 2011 ♆ BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Okay, I finished it. There are actually three stories in here. The first one ending so quickly and abruptly that I was still wondering what happened. Suddenly she's just okay with the guy who thinks he's a chronic cheater? Because he inherited his cheating gene from his father? Interesting. I think my favourite part of this book was his line - about being afraid to cheat again. That tugged on my heart strings. The rest of it. Eh, it was okay.

The second story was about Andre and some woman he wan
Alexandra Rolo
Jun 26, 2012 Alexandra Rolo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Quando acabo de ler um livro que seja pesado não estou pronta a digerir de imediato outro que seja assim e por isso vingo-me em contos da amazon, e como já sabem, por norma são porno.

Private Games pertence à Ellora's Cave e é composto por três contos: Playing for Keeps, Master May I? e A Game of Risk.
Nos três temos algumas coisas em comum: um jogo de tabuleiro para mulheres, gajas boas e desesperadas (ainda que não o admitam) e tipos bons que com jeitinho passam por armários.
O primeiro é o único
Ambivalent is the best way for me to express how I felt about this collection of short stories. There was so much promise in each story, but I ended up feeling slightly cheated at the end of all three. I wish there was more character and plot development that a short story format just didn't allow. Some characters moved so quickly from one extreme of emotion to another is a very brief period. The game theme would have been more effective if the story followed the same three players rather than t ...more
May 27, 2011 LadyH95 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this read. It is actually comprised of three short stories - "Playing for Keeps", "Master, May I?", and "A Game of Risk" - that revolve around an internet purchased board game called "Private Games". Each story is about how a woman steps out of her normal routine or out of her comfort zone and how it enhances her lift. Of course, each story has a HEA ending. The endings, to me, seemed a bit rushed. It was like 90% of a build up and then all of a sudden a bow was put on it to finish the ...more
Sep 26, 2011 Judith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 out of 5. While I usually don't purchase or read collections, I was drawn to this for some reason--the stories sounded interesting, I guess. The writing was quite good and the stories embraced some important issues about people, their interests, their outlook on living and loving. I think the early development of each story was good and I found them to be very readable and enjoyable up to a point. I felt that each story ended prematurely and at a point that I felt could have been easily a p ...more
Nikki Wilde
Maddy and her two friends just got a board game off of the internet. It's full of challenges that get them out and meeting new people. Maddy's first card is to go to a bar and get the name and number of the sexiest guy there. She happens to stumble upon Jace. Jace is recovering from a divorce and never wants to be in a serious relationship again. Maddy can only go along with no strings for so long.

This story was alright. I enjoyed it. Although, I thought Jace's fears were irrational and annoying
~ Stephanie Lynn ~
In the first story, a woman meets a hot guy at a bar and realizes that he is her absentee boss who is recovering from a divorce and is afraid of commitment.

In the second story, a woman begins a relationship with the guy who bought her house and finds out he is into the master/slave sexual lifestyle.

In the third story, a daredevil day trader begins a relationship with a risk-adverse EMT.

While I enjoyed the sex scenes in each story, they were held back overall by the author's desire to present a p
May 28, 2011 Margaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, erotic-fiction
Private Games was something I snagged off Amazon without ever reading the description. I didn't realize that it was three different stories, but I'm glad I didn't know, otherwise I would have overlooked it completely. I loved that the entire set of stories was tied together by one board game, even if it wasn't completely obvious from the beginning.

I wish the stories were brought out to full length novels. They would hold up well to being longer. I will definitely be looking at more things that T
Mr. Granger
I wanted so much to like this more than I did, but after reading it, I was a little confused about why Ms. Taylor didn't follow through on the theme of the book.

This was a perfect chance to play through an imaginary game and follow what happened with a few different women as they played the game. It could have been a fun ride, but instead what Ms. Taylor gave us was three different stories only related by the fact that the main characters each started the story playing the same game. Honestly, i
May 07, 2014 Ashley rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was comprised of three different short stories that were supposed to be evolving around a board game. In my opinion, though, the only time the board game was really mentioned was in the first short story, and even then, it seemed like it was awful trivial. After the initial short story, it almost felt as if the author gave up on the story and was only writing for the sex. I was very disappointed with the way the author continued on in what could have been a creative and very interestin ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Iris rated it liked it
I enjoyed Private games. It was sexy and it was funny. I just didn't love it. Candace comes across as a bully half the time, the heroine is weak and the hero comes across as a bit of a man whore, although an honest one since he does state upfront that he is not looking for a relationship, he just wants to get laid. Can't hate him fr being honest and upfront, even if we want to slap him for thinking this is appropriate conversation to have with your employee.
Shadowstorm Norwicca
I really like the whole concept of a sexy dating board game being the reason these women break loose of the hidden desires, but it started to loose its steam into the second story. I mean yes the game was mentioned and used ,but once again it fell short. By the time I hit the third story it really didn't matter ... I thought the sexual scenes were extremely hot, but I wished she would have kept with the game like in the first story.
Dalia   ;)*
*Playing For Keeps (2 stars)
Starts out weak then it gets really hot and sexy; fast and then when story should be picking up it ENDS! So I guess it was ok!

*Master May I? (3stars)
Ok this was hotter. So this book is doing a little better; but once again as the story is getting good it ends!

*A Game of Risk(3stars)
Ok once again this was a good quickie and that's about it!
There are 3 different stories here to read, all revolving around this 'game'. I liked that the stories weren't too long, but still gave the reader the info needed to get inside the characters minds.
Some BDSM involved, and if you like erotic, this is for you. Although this was a free read from Amazon for Kindle, I wouldn't have minded purchasing it one bit.
Jul 08, 2012 Beck rated it did not like it
3 short stories where you have to suspend your incredulity to get anything out of the story. I would class them as fluff. The first story wasn't too bad but the 2nd & 3rd got worse. If you want a very quick read where the happily ever after occurs in less than a week in a story line then read this book.

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Feb 15, 2016 Jo Notary marked it as to-read
232pgs, Romantica, Ellora's Cave
Aug 03, 2012 Maura rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Three short stories that feature three different couples that meet at an excotic location. Felt a bit rushed in each story. There were some interesting exchanges between character's that were pretty well thought out. For example, a man talking with his therapist to understand his motivations.
Oct 21, 2011 Leah rated it did not like it
Horrible book. Sorry. There wasn't any substance at all to this book. The story line didn't flow and I didn't believe in the romance or the passion between the characters. I'm glad this was free book because I would have been so upset if I would have bought this one.
Aug 29, 2012 Imjstgr8 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
SIGH.. not what I expected.. It had so much potential but it fell flat in the end. Each story seemed to get worse. The game seemed like it was an after thought in the last two stories.. I was disappointed.. I gave it two stars for the romantic aspects...
Not a big fan of short stories but these were entertaining enough.

The first story is big on humor. Cute

The second a little hotter with more a of a BDSM angle.

The third back to silly romance.

Good for rainy day reading.

Sep 25, 2011 Brenda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book with three short stories. I wasn't the biggest fan of the Master/ Sub story but the other two were great. Overall I liked the theme of complete trust in your partner. That is missing in so many relationships now.
Jun 15, 2011 Nell rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was a mixed bag. The blurb and first story led you to believe the three stories would be about the three women in the first story - they aren't. Parts of it were quite well written but the sex descriptions were repetitive.
May 18, 2011 Vivian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erotica-contemp
Three short stories revolving around one theme. The leaps in character behavior are enormous, probably why I'm not a huge anthology or short story fan, but the characters are fun and the plots entertaining.
good thing i got this free, otherwise i would have wanted my money back. i just don't like novellas for the most part, as there doesn't seem to be enough time for plots and characters to develop.
Three short and sweet stories about romance. I liked Taylor's characters and enjoyed seeing the different sides of romance. I especially liked the blend of sweet and seductive-right up my alley!
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