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(Pandora's Playground #1)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  108 ratings  ·  66 reviews
She’s his heaven and his hell…

Muriel Stewart has spent the past year grieving the loss of her husband. Now that time has passed, her inner submissive demands Muriel find a new relationship to fulfill her need to love and serve. But there’s only one man who makes Muriel yearn for the intimate Dom/submissive connection the way her husband did, and that’s his best friend, Mat
Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published August 13th 2015 by Alyn Publishing
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Monica **can't read fast enough**
A year after losing her husband to a sudden death Muriel is still struggling to recover. She knows that it is time to take the first steps back into the life that she enjoyed with her husband but she is naturally reluctant to face the place and people that she once found so comforting by her husbands side. Muriel is about to find out that the one person that she thought was so repelled by her presence is the person who will help her reconnect to who she was before her husband's death.

Matthew is
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4.5 Stars

No one likes to think about losing their life partner, no one.. but the reality of it is that it does happen every day and moving on can be scary and hard especially when your partner was not only your husband but your Dom. Coveted is a provocative, sensual, and intriguing story of two people who must move past the things they cannot change, see the beauty in what is right now and accept the love that is in front of them. An emotiona
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mathew didn’t have a leg to stand on once Muriel set her mind to what she needed as well as what he needed. This was a wonderful push and pull of submission and will. My heart did break for Mathew struggles but his secrets and doubts were not his own and were not so secret either.

Alannah astounded me on how she expanded of the kink lifestyle and made it not so much high protocol and more of a give and take.
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of Alannah Lynne since I found her very first book. I was super excited to find out she had a new series coming out and really enjoyed the first installment in the Pandora's Playground series.

Coveted it one of the best books I've read from Alannah Lynne. I totally connected with both Muriel and Mathew. I could feel how much Mathew loved and wanted to be with Muriel from the very beginning of the story. I also would feel Muriel's pain from still missing Ian, yet needing to let her
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Alannah Lynne is one of my favorite authors. No matter what type of story she is telling, I can always count on the characters and plot to be engaging, honest and sexy. Coveted is the first book in Ms. Lynne's new series, Pandora's Playground. This tastefully executed kinky read is combined with a perfectly balanced love story.

Masseuse Muriel Stewart is a submissive, and she recently lost her loving Dom and husband Ian, when he collapsed from a heart attack on the tennis court. She has been grie
Anita Byars
Aug 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow this was one steamy, sexy, and intimately erotic story that did not hold back on the steam factor. I was glued to the pages, it made my pulse pound, my insides clench and left me breathless. Alannah Lynne created this story that was such a passionate romantic and magical story that it was breathtaking.
Muriel Stewart has been mourning her late husband Ian for the last year, when she is invited back to Pandora's Playground by the other co-owners that opened the club with her husband for a spe
Jackie Wright
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Star Review
I was given this book for a hot nest review
This is the first book in Alannah Lynne's new series Pandora's Playground.
Muriel lost her husband Ian nearly a year ago and is having a heard time getting herself back out and about and living a life again.
Ian ran a BDSM club Pandora's Playground with his best friends Mathew and Lucas.
Mathew has always had fee,Inge for Muriel but she was married to his best friend and he was best man at there wedding ......
Muriel has always felt that Mathew
I really liked the characters in this one but I had some troubles with the development of the relationship, at least on Muriels side. for me that was a very quick transition from grieving widow to loving sub. but maybe that is just me.

Matthew on the other side was a very complex character. I liked how he worked through his flaws and could understand his hesitations although I thought his backing down sometimes a bit much.

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Johanna Sawyer
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the author for a copy to read and review.

I enjoyed Muriel's story as book one in the Pandora's playground series takes off. Very light BDSM, and some spanking but otherwise a very tame read. Muriel has lost a husband who was very much her Dom as well. She has taken on hiatus because of her mourning but she tempted back to the submissive side of herself feeling lost without her Dominant husband. One of her husbands best friends wants to step up and be the Dom for her. Not a whole lot of
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This author for me was new. Not having ever read from her I did not know what to expect. I would have liked to have seen what Ian and Muerriel were like together before they were no more, but not knowing what their connection was, for me, was a little disappointing. Having that said, it was still a good read. Enjoyed Matthew and his abrasiveness. Liked her character. She is strong when needed and soft when needed. There was no over the top craziness! Good read!

I received this ARC from the publis
Coveted by Alannah Lynne
Book #1: Pandora’s Playground Series
Source: Netgalley
My Rating: 5/5 stars
My Review:

For the past year, Muriel Stewart has denied one very important aspect of herself, her sexual nature and intense desire to submit to her Dom. The denial is in no way a punishment but because her Dom, who was also her husband has been gone for that length of time. In the past year, Muriel has done her best to reclaim parts of her life and her identity and that means going back to Pandora’s
Jun 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
ARC provided by publisher for honest review

When you read a book that just wrecks you, but you know that pain is part of the journey, consider yourself privileged. Baring witness to someone's growth through their grief is like being on an emotional tail spin. I felt incredibly lucky to sit back and "watch" these characters find life and love after suffering an unimaginable loss.

Muriel has lost the love of her life and her Master; the person who completed her, loved her, and made her his whole wor
Itsy Bitsy Book Bits
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
*ARC given for an honest review *

Coveted by Alannah Lynne is the first book in the Pandora’s Playground Series and boy is it ever a spicy little read! Muriel Stewart has been mourning the loss of her beloved husband and domme, Ian for almost a year. She doesn’t know how to deal with the mixture of emotions she is feeling having lost two parts of her life. She has desires as a woman, but struggles with if she should actually feel that way.

Ian along with his two best friends Lucas and Mathew start
Tina Lee Harris
Sep 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of Author Alannah Lynne since reading her Heat Wave Series. And this new series was no different, I enjoyed how the story flowed; the characters; the emotional part of getting over losing someone that you love and being able to look ahead and find love again.

Muriel Stewart thought she had the perfect life until fate took her other half in a split second. Now she has been trying to put her life back in order over the past year. As she has keep away from her friends, Luke decides
Erin Lewis
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star Review Coveted (Pandora's Playground #1) by Alannah Lynne

Firstly I have to state that this is a story with BDSM elements to it and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is book one in Alannah Lynne’s new series Pandora’s Playground and I have to say that she is off to a great start.

This is the story of Muriel Stewart a woman who has loved and lost. Not only did she lose her husband, with his sudden death, but she lost her Dom. Muriel is a submissive and has shut herself away from her family, fr
Twinsie Talk Angie J
Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Pandora’s Playground by Alannah Lynne
I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
I gotta admit it’s been a long while since I read an Alannah book. It hasn’t been because I don’t love them but because I got behind on the Heat Waver series. When I was “Shopping for a book on NetGalley” I jumped at the chance to get in
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Coveted is mesmerizing, trilling, sensual and hot. It will keep you reading from start to finish. It is the first book in a new series by the author of Heat Wave series, Alannah Lynne. Pandora’s Playground – a place I would definitely love visiting after I met Matthew Galinda. I’m usually weary of stories that include dominance and submission because I’ve read some books that border on hard core. But his book – Coveted is an entirely different thing. Yes, it has dominance and submission. I got t ...more
Sofia Lazaridou
Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I know that it might sound silly considering the sub-genre of this book, but I really hated the idea about reading a threesome in this book. I love the three way books if the third person is a part of the relationship rather than just someone who is used as a tool for pleasure. Thankfully that didn't happen in this book, so I didn't have a problem.

Mathew and Muriel spend the most time of this book not saying things and going around what really matters and I wasn't completely sold on their romanc
Ann Marie
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When we meet Muriel she has been thru the loss of a loved one, sadly that can feel so isolating for someone at times even when surrounded by people. She received a call by a dear close friend to come back to the club where her and her husband Ian went/owned with two other partners Matthew and Lucas. (ummm yeah ladies you will LOVE these two) This was well written and the storyline was really good. I loved the way the story was told in two person perspective. Muriel’s and Matthews. Matthew is try ...more
Actual Rating: 4.5

I am a huge fan of Alannah Lynne’s Heat Wave series, so I was really looking forward to diving into the spin-off series. We got a taste of Pandora’s Playground in the Heat Wave series and I am excited to get more time to explore the club. But I was also happy that the entirety of this novel didn’t take place in the club. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the way Dom/submissive relationships were portrayed in this book altogether and I loved it. I expected Muriel to spend n
Julie Barrett
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Alannah Lynne is a completely new author to be - although I have no idea how I haven't heard of her before if all of her books are as good as this one! Coveted is passionate, romantic, full of raw emotion and is completely charming. I read so many BDSM romances, some good and some not so good, but this one stood out for all of the right reasons. It didn't have to be extreme or over the top to capture my attention - the characters spoke for themselves and had me hooked from start to finish.

Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Muriel lost her husband a year ago and when that happened, she also lost her Dom. She has spent the year grieving and some friends have agreed that it is time for her to start trying to live her life and find some happiness again. She is taken back to the club that her husband owned with his two best friends so that she can start socializing and being in a place that she once enjoyed very much. Muriel has always been attracted to her husband's best friend Matthew, but always thought he was cold ...more
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 stars

This was the first book I’ve read by Alannah Lynne, and I’m so glad I did! From the beginning you’re entranced by Muriel and Matthew’s story. Its heart wrenching and beautiful all the same time.

Muriel….. I’m in awe of her. Some people, when they lose THE ONE, they just shut down and let the world move around them. Muriel however, she knew that though she was ripped in two when her husband died, she still had to live on and carry his memories with her. Though she loved her husband with
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Read the full review on Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous.

Note: This ARC was provided by Rockstar Lit PR in exchange for an honest review.

This was such a wonderful start to this spin-off series, and while I was initially hoping that Lucas Steele's story would be told first after having read Matter of Time, the fifth book in the Heat Wave series, I certainly have no complaints about Mathew and Muriel getting their love story told first. Muriel has always thought that Muriel disliked her, but that coul
Ashley Books and Warpaint
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really, really liked this book. This is one of the better written BDSM books that I have read in a while. There are plenty of good sex scenes but it's the emotional part of the book that gets me right where it matters. Matt is a successful lawyer and Dom who owns part of Pandora's Playground, a kink club. Muriel is a submissive and the wife of his best friend and one of his partners, Ian, who recently passed away. Matt has always been in love with Muriel but was respectful of her marriage. The ...more
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was filled with a rollercoaster of emotions. I couldn't put this book down and I got so involved with this book, I felt like I knew these characters personally and not just some words on a page.

The Dom/Sub lifestyle is filled with complete trust and love. The sub is always put first by the Dom and the sub feels protected at all times. What happens when life takes away your one thing that made you feel loved and protected? You hide and stop living your life like you were so use to. Mur
Sue Galuska
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Coveted is the first book in Alannah Lynne's new Pandora's Playground series. Muriel Stewart lost her husband, Ian almost one year ago. Ian, along with his best friends, Mathew and Lucas ran Pandora's Playground, a private BDSM club. Lucas thinks it's time that Muriel gets back to the life she loved and tells her to come to the club. What she doesn't know is that Lucas and Mathew have a surprise for her. Before Ian's death, the three of them started to design a new area in the club per Muriel's ...more
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
5 Stars!

Wow! What a book. This is a newish author for me and this definitely won't be my last book with her. While this author is seasoned, she has given us a hot new series that will leave you with a full heart, tons of feels and lots of steam. This book is not for the faint of heart and should definitely come with a wet panty warning. I cannot wait for more of this series in the future.

I loved this book. It was really good. I love a good BDSM book and while this book deals with that, it is als
Moon Love
Aug 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I usually don't read BDSM, let alone erotic BDSM. I've always felt since I didn't personally enjoy it, I wouldn't enjoy reading about it. I guess I shouldn't make assumptions because they more often than not turn out to be wrong. Now it could just be that this book is different, but I won't be so hesitant to pick one up next time.

I'm a sucker for unrequited love so I knew I was going to find Matthew and Muriel's story fascinating and I was right. Matthew and Muriel have this wonderful chemistry
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Coveted is the first book in Alannah Lynne's new Pandora's Playground series. I've always enjoyed Alannah's books and this one was no exception.

Muriel Stewart is a submissive woman who has been grieving the sudden loss of her husband and Dom, Ian for nearly a year. Her husband was part owner of Pandora's Playground, with two of his closest friends. Ian's friends and business partners, Lucas and Mathew convince Muriel it is time to revisit the lifestyle and the friends that she left behind when s
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