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The Barter System

(The Barter System #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  1,258 ratings  ·  240 reviews
The Barter System - Book 1
Hudson - Book 2
Backstage - Book 3
Liberation - Book 4
Radiance - Book 5
The Barter System Prequels
The Barter System Companion - Volume 1

Research might be work...but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy it.

Riya O'Connell goes straight to the source for her dissertation on male sexuality. She sets out on a journey that will take her all over the country.
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 343 pages
Published May 21st 2012 by What Shayne Wants
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Nov 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
DNF'ing this TRIPLE XXX PORN fest
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This is just too much.. It's straight up porn, for that I shoulda just rented a porn flick with my boyfriend. There is no sustenance or dialogue.. Just straight up f*cking..
I need to be wine'd and dine'd before you start pounding my vajayjay..
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Look I can appreciate a good smut book but it needs to have some kind of sustenance with likable believable characters.. But no way!!
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Maybe I will pick it up later when I decide that i need to prime myself for my b
Denise - Shh Mom's Reading®
Nov 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Shh Mom's Reading

by Shayne McClendon
4.5 stars

Those who know me know I like my books hot. But there is a caveat - I want there to be story as well. This is not always easy to find especially when you learn a book has so many different encounters in it.

So I went into this book with a bit of trepidation, wondering how you could pull off encounters with different men and still have a story; well Ms McClendon proved m
Dec 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
So I put this book off for far too long. The reviews from friends were amazing, but I just did not think I could get into the theme/story. Boy was I wrong. I took my time reading this one - devoted all of my Saturday to this book - and that is a lot of time for me for one book, I read 3 just last night into the early am today. But shit - this book had moments of complete hotness and some parts that had you in tears.

Riya is has a secret adult oriented blog, writes erotica under a pen name and af
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book surprised me a lot. I had a lot of trouble getting past Riya's subject matter for her dissertation and her extremely casual viewpoint of sex. I came close to stopping this book several times during the beginning. But I found that I could not take my eyes away from this story....I almost felt like a voyeur watching two people having raw, hard sex with no emotional involvement. As her project went along, Riya began to feel some of the same emotions that I was feeling reading about her. B ...more
~*~Brooke's Stripped Down Reviews~*~
Now THAT'S what I'm talking about!

I envy Riya, she found a legitimate way to have sex with men without being considered a slut! LOL I loved her! She was strong, sexual, confident, and sassy...the perfect heroine!
This book was smoking hot, lots of sex, but smart! Riya found herself leaving bits and pieces of her heart with each of her subjects but in the end, she found the pieces that made her feel whole again. The only thing I wish is that we could have read Riya's dissertation. It would have b
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Holy Twitching Panties Batman! I have never written a review for an erotic book before. So, in saying that, I am just going to tell you what I think. This book is AWESOME. I have read it twice! Shayne has a way with words that makes you feel what the character feels. I desperately want to be Riya. I laughed... I cried... "my toes curled" (the nicest way to say what I really feel). There is something for everyone in this book. So many erotic scenes are played out and all of it with class. It's li ...more
Nina ~ Valentine PR & Literary Managment
5 Stars

I loved everything about this book...the plot was totally intriguing...a girl doing her dissertation, living with 8 different guys for a week exploring human sexuality. This is the second book I have read by Shayne McClendon and let me tell you I am totally impressed with her. She can write a strong heroine....and she can write some erotica. I laughed, I cried, I fell in love with all these guys and in the end I was just so happy!!!

I hope everyone picks this us to will not be
Ashley: Saucy Southern Readers Blog
The Barter System by Shayne M. was absolutely fantastic!! The storyline was unique and interesting and the main character Riya was smart, sexy, and adventurous! I loved that the story gave me enough detail to vividly see each scene and character in my head. Also, this story is hot!!! I mean damn hot!!! I highly recommend this to everyone who enjoys a good strong story with lots of hotness!!
Amber Rose
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is everything I wanted and more. An emotional roller coaster had my stomach twisted in joy and pain through out the whole thing.

I fell in love each one of the men. Out of thousands of men that applied she narrowed it down to 8. I don't know how Riya did it. I fell in love with each and everyone of them. It broke my heart in little pieces when she left on after the other. It was fucking with my head thinking who the hell am I going to love even more then the last one. All of them have
Jonathon Tuttle
Dec 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Over the past couple of decades years I have only read non-fiction books and during the last aix months I have been working on four or five books simultaneously, without any of them sufficiently compelling to complete. I read “The Barter System” in three days !

I stumbled upon some of Shayne’s posts on Facebook via one of her profiles. I don’t recall what inspired me to download “The Barter System” because although I had received a collection of “erotic” stories years ago, I could never “get into
Pam Godwin
Oct 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What an incredibly fun and passionate story. I began this book with skepticism. How could the plot carry a heroine through a parade of eight sexual encounters and maintain any semblance of emotional depth? But it was executed fervently. I lamented Riya's good-byes as she concluded each one week liaison, at the same time finding myself vigorously enthusiastic about meeting the next guy. The biggest surprise was the complexity in which each man was constructed. Their unequaled identities, their co ...more

This book was soo different. I would fall for the guys she was with so when it came fir goodbyes it was hard. Sometimes the sex right after was hard for me to. But what I love about this story is with each man she helped them, made their life better. I love how it ended didn't see that one coming. Read it!
*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
Well this was absolutely unlike anything I have ever read. I found the premise to be quite interesting and intriguing and honestly the book did not disappoint.

Riya is a blogger/erotic romance novelist who is completing her dissertation. She creates the Barter System where she has chosen 8 subjects to complete her "study". So she embarks on a journey across the country to meet the subjects and collect data.

This is where things get interesting....Riya didn't realize the emotional impact all of t
Off Market578
The Barter System just wasn't for me. Let me start off by saying that the quality of the writing (i.e. grammar and flow) is very good. Nothing lacking there.

The story itself was very unique and at first it was very interesting. However, as I went through each man, it felt as if I were reading about the same one over and over again. Girl meets guy, girl screws guy in every way possible, girl finds out guy secretly loves another woman that secretly loves him back, girl hooks up guy and girl then
Rough Draft Book Blog
Jan 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Barter System by Shayne McClendon

Riya & Hell, her subjects!


Holy hell, this book is HOT HOT HOT!! In my 43 years, I have never, I mean NEVER read a book quite like this one and I'm pretty sure I never will again!! Some reviewers called this porn and gave it a shockingly bad review... Shame on you dorks!! You had to have read the synopsis... AND it clearly states in there.... NOTE: This story contains explicit sexual scenes and language and is intend
Rham (Reads and Wanders)
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Love this book!!

The way it was written is magnificent. I fell in love with the subjects and each time Riya leaves one, I also feel like a piece of my heart goes with them. Such a unique story, lots of character development and recurring themes. There were times where I felt how I should read that part of the story. Like, when she was with Joshua, I had to read it fast, and I was exhausted after that. :)) The same happened when Lucas was chasing Riya in his house. And when Ric and Riya got back f
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved this story!!! I immediately loved Riya and loved watching her find a "zest" for life. The love scenes were steamy and sexy. The characters each had their own "special something" It ended how it needed to end. What more can you want in a book? I would recommend this to anyone who wants to read something hot and steamy with a storyline that is a little off the "main stream" which to me adds its own little splash of excitement.
Mel Bedford
Jan 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I started this book, I didn't expect to take me on the journey it did. I thought it would be a lot of sex, but I never expected this type of depth and emotion. I can honestly say that Riya changed my life. I have never read a character like her. She is the strongest, most wonderful heroine I have ever read about. Shayne has a gift for writing about strong female leads and wonderful alpha men. I have only read one ménage story before this one, but this story changed my love for this type of ...more
Eva LeNoir
Jul 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Once in a while you come across a little pearl hidden among an ocean-full of empty oysters. This is how I felt when discovering Shayne McClendon's work. Again, in The Barter System, she has beautifully married the erotica style with grace and dignity. I truly appreciate the strong female role, Riya, who embraces her femininity and yet is able to appreciate what the male gender has to offer, both sexually and emotionally. With all the troubles and worries of our daily lives, it feels so good to d ...more
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story! It's a super hot read if you're in the mood for something that isn't your typical boys meets girl story try this out. This book is hot (I think I already mentioned that) but that's not all. Riya is a smart well educated, strong female lead. The stories of the men that come into her life during her dissertation range from sexy to emotional to funny. I could read more about all these characters (the M's hello) but there wasn't a cliffhanger which I also really enjoyed. I hate w ...more
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Wow. Wow. Was skeptical at first -- but after reading the first 2 subjects, I was close to obsessed. It is a different sort of book, so once you suspend your disbelief and judgements, you will want to stay with this story. It's sexy, emotional and at times, messy. But really worth it.
Michelle Finkle
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Holy hotness! I haven't read a book this hot in a loooooong time. Loved it!!!
Pink Glory Bookfriends
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have no idea how I originally came across The Barter System over a year ago. I recall that I read the Amazon “sample” and was unable to put it down, so I bought the book so I could continue reading. I wanted to find out what happened with Riya and the first subject, Sean.

This is the first and only book that made me want to go back to college and work on a dissertation for a PHD. If male sexuality was available in my college, I would have taken more classes and continued my education! What woma
Dec 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The book that keeps on giving!

Sex sells. That's the goal behind a lot of erotica pieces and a lot of the works that are being produced these days: sell, sell, sell.

Shayne McClendon created something entirely about sex that transcended that prerogative by so far that the scales would break if I tried to measure The Barter System up against other things I've read with similar themes. The book might be about a sex study. It might literally -not figuratively- be about the study of sex.


It was ab
Tracie Redmond
Mar 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow, what can I say loved this book. totally loved all the subjects but one of course. yet, Victor and Lucas are the ones who stile my heart. felt tears in my eyes when she arrived to Victor. he was so polite and caring and totally concerned with her needs and didn't want to hurt her. how could anyone not fall in love with him. then, oh then came Lucas. once again my heart breaking for his situation. he was so loving and compassionate. I loved how he was the one to tell her that he loved her. no ...more
4.5 star rating

This was one book full of emotions that was one provocative read! Now one might think that this was a porn-fest, but there was definitely so much more to this story. A young woman who is a psychiatrist in the final leg of acquiring her phD, begins the task of doing research to write her dissertation. She has selected eight men out of three thousand to participate in a study to see what emotions and thoughts really affect their lives with sexual intimacy coming into play also. This
Christopher Southers
Dec 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Riya O’Connell has a plan. After spending over a year narrowing down her choices, she’s now prepared to break free from her life and her inhibitions and take the ultimate trip of self-discovery.
In order to complete her dissertation on Male Sexuality and truly discover how men and women separate sex and emotion, Riya has decided to experiment, choosing eight men out of thousands who applied on her website. Each will get a week with her, allowing her to get as much information from them as she wis
Michele McMullen
Jan 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Barter System
Shayne McClendon
5 stars

This was a wonderful book of self discovery! It begins with Riya who is a college student that is working on her PhD. She is studying male sexuality. What better way to write your dissertation than to experience it yourself. Riya embarks on a journey that will have her spend one week with each one of the eight male subjects that she has chosen. These men have been carefully selected by Riya and have also agreed to the terms of her contract. She will spend
Yvonne Roller
Sep 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
UPDATED REVIEW: This book has re released with a massive update. It has gone from 375 pages to 686!!!!I read The Barter System when it first came out. I thought it was a fantastic story then but Shayne McClendon has outdone herself! Shayne has done something with this update that just blew my mind! I loved the original concept of this story and was wondering how she would improve on it. The new depths that she takes each encounter with the subjects just amazed me. I was so impressed with the way ...more
Sherry Galloway studdard
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying. I met the Author at a book signing and fell in love with her before I even had heard of her or read any of her work. She is a genuine lovely woman and very humble. Very shortly after meeting her I was witness to many people and Authors praise her work. All raving about the Barter System. I had to read it and I am so glad I did. It is remarkable. Riya is not perfect she has her flaws and she knows them during this journey she finds herself and along the way she meets and h ...more
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