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Playing Games

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  77 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
Everyone has secrets. What would it take to make you whisper yours?
Louise had no interest in relationships until one night turned her whole world around.
Hold me down. Kiss me hard. Fuck me harder.
A stranger in a strange city, she wasn’t looking to lose control. Until she did.
Intensely. Irrevocably. Dangerously.
She handed herself over to him.
One night. His rules. No nam
Kindle Edition, 275 pages
Published November 2015
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Cyndi Becker
Dec 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What as absolute score. When I started the story I had no idea what to expect, the synopsis had looked interesting but the author was new to me and I did no investigation. So when I immediately loved how the story opened (even the title of chapter one made me grin) and recalled (from many many years ago) the same trepidation Louise felt, I knew the story was for me. Yep, by the end of chapter one meeting Louise and her clever and caustic wit I knew I had made a smart choice. Include the uber cha ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Playing Games is a scorching hot read, by Donna Alam. This standalone is an Erotic Romantic Suspense and it really sizzles from the beginning, right through to the end. I am going to have one of those “I have a dirty little Secret” smiles on my face, for the next week. So if you are thinking about getting this book, do it- you won’t regret it, just hang on to your hat, because you are going to be in for one hell of a ride- it’s so titillatingly good.
Louise (Lou) is an American, who moved
Jun 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: compiliations
This book was part of the book " Dark Desires: A Contemporary Romance Collection Full of Bad Boys, Bikers, Billionaires…"
The anthology is quite a bargain with 22 novels for just 0,73 Euro/0,82 Dollar - at first glance. Once you start reading you’ll notice that the authors did without anybody proof reading, editor or somebody with a knowledge of grammar. There are so many mistakes in regard to sequence of tenses, difference of your and you’re, spelling errors (he went passed (meaning:past) his ca
Misty Ziegler
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
****5 stars****
“Playing Games” by Donna Alam

This was my first time reading anything by Donna Alam and I can say with certainty that I will be checking out more of her work in the future. I would give Playing Games a strong 5 star rating. Louise, an “always in control” American living in London and concentrating much of her time on being successful at work and avoiding relationships, decides to blow off some steam with colleagues one night and let go of all of her inhibitions after drinking sever
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Louise is an American who moves to London on contract for a job. She lives with one of her coworkers. She has no interest in relationships. She is in London to do a job and nothing more. That all changes one night when Louise finally agrees to hang out after work with her coworkers. She has a little too much to drink that night and wakes up the next morning in the bed of a stranger. She leaves the stranger in bed before he wakes up.

The story is told in flashbacks to get the back story of what l
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hot with spice and all things not nice.
If this book doesn't heat you up, then your as cold as Iceland.
Louise is quite indifferent towards relationships. She's guarded and doesn't even think about having a connection. It's been a while since she had a lover and after tonight she may never be the same again.
Louise takes a chance on a one night stand to let go, be free.
A night where Daniel will encourage her to be who she was always meant to be.
He will entrance her with domination and delight her
Jennifer Lessard
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book and voluntarily wrote an honest review.
When I first started reading this book I wasn't real sure about it. I thought, oh another one of these books...but as I got more into the book I realized that it is not like those "other" books, so if you are thinking the same thing, stick with it for longer than the first few chapters. I don't write reviews that go over and give you an overview of what happens throughout the book. If you want to know more beyond what you
Rock Hard Romance
Nov 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
*ARC Received in exchange for a review*

A one-night stand which becomes more! I was hooked right from the start to this new standalone from this author.I liked the character's,amusing banter between both leads,other's featured,sex scenes well written.It is a fairly quick read with an Epilogue which could possibly lead to more in the future!

Louise,a 26 year old American,in London for work purposes,has no interest in a relationship-that is until her encounter with Daniel(Dan)-a man who is used to g
Oct 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What happens the morning after the night before? You wake up next to a naked man with little recollection as to how you got there...What do you do?
Louise gets dragged out by work mates, meets a sexy stranger in a club, waking the next day and leaving before he wakes up. Told in flashbacks we get the back story of the who's, how's and why's and when Louise's sexy stranger gets in touch with her, she's tempted to meet up again. Can a one night stand really lead to a relationship? Or will it alway
Natasha Harvey
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hot + British + Alpha = Daniel Masters

Dan, Dan, Dan,**swoon** where do I begin!! British....oh yes, I'm a Brit myself and have to admit to being happy about that, always surrounded by Brit men. Alpha....who doesn't want a man to take control and entice you to submit. Hot....self explanatory lol.

Louise makes me laugh, along with help from friend Flora. And when it comes to word games with Dan Louise plays the game well. Louise enjoyed a one night stand that certainly changed her life.

Dan has an i
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was ok
What could have been an interesting, sexy read, turned out to be nothing more than one big editing mess. It was, quite frankly, a waste of money.
Why readers continue to put up with this, is quite beyond me!
Carrie Garza
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Almost as good as the pretty series. I think the element of pain is what makes it harder for me, for whatever reason. Still a good book.
Amber Sikes
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 out of 5 stars

Playing Games is a standalone novel by Donna Alarm and tells the story of Louise, an independent, strong willed, American woman working overseas for a short time, and Daniel, a sexy, club owner from London.
Louise has only been in London about 3 months and finally takes her roommate up on her offer for a night out. After a few too many Tequila shots, Louise finds herself sneaking out of the house, of the sexy one night stand she met the night before. A week later she's still remem
Melissa Schaub
Oct 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Playing Games by Donna Alam is exactly what the title suggests, a whole book of game playing. In this book Louise, goes out one night to celebrate with co-workers and ends up going home with dark, hot, alpha man. She is not used to the feelings that Daniel unlocks in her and is unsure if it is wrong to feel this way. Dan is a closed off man just trying to distract himself with faceless women. His ex wife did a real number on him and refuses to open himself up like that again. When he meets the u ...more
Jun 29, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is the 1st book I read by Donna Alam. I'm sorry this book's story line & characters didn't grab my interest.
Waleska 'Wally' Floyd
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Flove it ! Donna Alam is the best, her stories are fun, well written, sexy, additive and originals.
Mom's Guilty Pleasure
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is about discovering yourself, your wants and not worrying about what others will think of you, not worrying about judgement, getting out of your own head and just letting yourself follow your desires.

Louise finally gave herself a little freedom from her usual schedule of just working and going back to her home. She let her roommate talk her into going to a club and then found herself giving into a one night stand. So she thought...

“Her eyelids were still uncooperative as she wondered
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Title Playing Games
Author Donna Alam
5 Stars
Could not put this book down.
Omg could Dan be any hotter or bad?
Louise had been in London for three months from America for her work, she’s moved into her friend Floras place.
Louise and her work mates are at a club when Loose spots Dan looking al gorgeous, later that evening she falls into his lap spilling her drink all over him offering to buy him another drink since he is now wearing hers. Dancing with him and after a passionate kiss she asks him if
Heather Bass
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read by this author and it will not be my last. I could not put this book down it was so sexy and intriguing. I read this book in eighteen hours.

In the beginning we meet an American Louise that is spending time across seas for an awesome job. She wakes up in a stranger's bed and she has no idea how she got there. She does not even ask any questions as she runs out the door. All she remembers of that night was she went out clubbing with her friend and roommate Flo
Dana Busenbark
Louise goes out one Friday night with her roommate Flo, a few weeks after she becomes a 26 year old woman. What happens while they're at the club? What about afterwards? Be prepared that this story bounces from the night before to the day after, as they each remember the previous night and that morning. The games that they played, and how things turned out. Who is this mystery man that Louise never got the name of? We find out later it is Dan, but does she ever learn the name? Do they ever meet ...more
Brandi Bradley
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Playing Games by Donna Alam will erotically shake you to your core. A definate 4 out of 5 stars! This book is about discovering yourself, your wants and not worrying about what others will think of you, not worrying about judgement, getting out of your own head and just letting yourself follow your desires.
What happens the morning after the night before? You wake up next to a naked man with little recollection as to how you got there... Louise an American woman working in London never bargained
Sara Oxton
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Playing Games by Donna Alam a game, set and match five-star read. This is a stand-alone book by an author who writes about exotic locations and men you aren’t married to but may wish you were. Escapism reads with heart and plenty of steam. Is one statement about her and it’s so true, she writes with heart and soul, its hot and heavy but also makes you laugh so hard. You don’t know whether you need to hold your chest from laughing so hard, your pants from getting so wet, or you heart to stop it b ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Playing Games was very interesting. It was definitely a departure from the books that I normally read. Although I wasn’t exactly comfortable with some of the experiences the characters had I enjoyed the author’s story.

Daniel Masters meets a woman named Louise at one of his clubs. He is not at all interested in any long term relationship because his life is a bit complicated. His businesses and his sexual preferences are one and the same. They have already come between him and someone he loves. H
Annabella Williams
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Received a copy of this book for a honest review. Reviewer for 2 girls who love books.

So right I'm just gonna point out why I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5.. I found this book a little to short for my liking and felt it could be more.. But also the first couple of chapters where a little confusing and that I had to back track so I could understand and follow the book.. was a little bit like a ping pong table but slowly it started to make sense and become such a brilliant book.

so the story
Meghan Murphy
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Playing Games by Donna Alam is a standalone novel. Ms. Alam is still a pretty new author for me but she truly blew me away with this book. This story follows Louise and Daniel and their journey of self discovery, secrets, and most importantly love.

Louise has moved overseas to London for her job. She's not into relationships and keeps it simple. Just after celebrating her 26th birthday, she decides to go out with her coworkers and live a little. When one night out turns into a one night st
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Well Played!

Louise is overseas for work. Has a roommate that likes to go out clubs. Louise usually doesn’t like to go out but her roommate Flo talks her into it one night. While in the club she is meets the eyes of a sexy Brit and what is supposed to be a hot one night stand turns into something else. Louise who was raised by a Dad that was used to order, control and was always being told what to do and when to do it. Louise has decided as an adult one night stands are the best way so you don’t
Jodie Scott
Nov 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of 2 girls who love books blog
Playing games by Donna Alam
I loved this story it has a really comedy side to it as well as being hot, sexy, charming and everything else in between. We see a young woman (Louise) wake up after a night out not realising where she is or what she did but next to her lies a hunk of a man named Dan. Turns out that Dan is a super-hot dominant who likes playing games and doesn’t like to lose, Louise is daring to learn about her submissive side and who be
Oct 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Playing Games
By Donna Alam
This book is a standalone.

Because relationships are messy and painful.

Louise is not interested in relationships. Her coworkers think is is gay or dominant. Very strong willed young lady. Does not play games of the heart.
Hold me down. Kiss me hard. Bite me harder.
Daniel is dealing with a divorce, has one son, and the ex lives next door. He is also the owner of an exclusive club. Keeps parts of his life secret, his job, his son, his ex. Until the truth has to come o
Pam Snell
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Such a great book. Louise was an American girl who is now living in London working there. She decides to go out to a bar with her roommate and after a lot of tequila ends up going home with a British guy and doesn’t remember that part when she wakes up the next morning and finds things are different until she opens her eyes and realizes what she has done. This book is full of life. Dan is a guy who knows what he wants and likes to play games. Dan has many secrets that he doesn’t tell Louise ...more
Stefanie Carney
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
How do you know who you are or what you want? Do you know what games you are willing to play? If you have ever wondered what you are capable of, then this book may just help you figure it out. Be warned though, this is not for the faint of heart. This is fast paced and one of the hottest books I have read. This will give you fond memories of Mr. Grey and his antics.
Louisa is living abroad, trying to get from her father’s controlling ways. She decides that a night out on the town is just wants sh
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