Review – Soloplay by Miranda Baker (4 Stars)

Posted April 26, 2011 by Nix in review / 1 Comment

SoloPlay by Miranda Baker
Series: Come Again #2
Published by Samhain Publishing on 2011-04-26
Genres: Erotic Romance, Erotica
Pages: 163
Format: eBook

It takes two to toy with love.

“Come Again, Book 2”

When librarian Alisa Mane s boyfriend accuses her of being frigid, she sets out to prove him wrong the only way she knows how with research.

A visit to the local sex shop uncovers the sizzling sensuality locked beneath her cool facade, and she eagerly accepts the opportunity to test sex toys for SoloPlay Enterprises. Under the code name Sologirl, she begins exploring her body on her own terms. After all, no one was ever rejected by a vibrator.

Mark Winters needs his new DoublePlay line of toys to hit big, and there s only one tester for the job Sologirl. She fires his imagination with playfully erotic reviews and never fails to pick a winner. There s only one problem Sologirl refuses to test the DoublePlay toys for couples. With his company s success on the line, he decides to make his offer again, up close and in person.

One look at the icy hot Mark and Alisa realizes he s her best chance to discover if any man can satisfy her. A red-hot month of experimentation more than answers that question, but now Alisa has another problem DoublePlay is almost ready for production and her feelings for Mark have nothing to do with business. Is she brave enough to continue playing with her heart?

Warning: This book contains a sexy librarian, an icy hot businessman, scandalous emails, scorching male/female and female/female play time, and vibrating, well everything

OK, before we begin let’s make one thing clear and give you the lowdown on this erotic little story. It has sex-toys, it has sex in pretty much every position I’ve ever heard of (and one I most definitely have not! Apparently, it’s possible…although I would like to see a sketch of what goes where!), it has the dreaded buttsex, some lesbian action, some very naughty language and a whole host of other kinkiness. If you like your sex as a side dish to your romance, step back, because the sex in this one is definitely the main course. If you like your erotica steamy, kinky and sex laden, then this one is a major possibility for you. Oh, also ths review contains spoilers….if you don’t wanna know anything, please don’t read this review just take my word for it….its good.

So where were we? Well we begin the book with the lovely Alisa having, what sounds like, the worst sex I’ve ever read in an erotic novel. No, thankfully, it’s not with the HEA Mark, but with her soon-to-be ex-boyfriend Eric. Mr Floppy appears, and Eric decides he couldn’t keep it up because she’s frigid (I hate this term!). Alisa is understandably upset and decides that , as she has never had an orgasm, she’s going to stop dating scumbag males, and take matters into her own hands. So after finishing work at the library (I know…it’s a cliché but work with us) she goes to Come Again, the best name I’ve ever heard for a sex shop 😀 Here she meets shop assistant, and sexual psychic, Crystal, for whom she immediately gets the hots. Turns out Crystal likes the ladies, and is more than happy to lend Alisa a hand in her quest for the big “O”. They have a brief but satisfying affair in which Crystal helps her find her hidden sexuality, teaches her to communicate what it is she wants in bed, introduces her to a whole host of sex toys and turns Alisa into a bit of a sex junkie.

Crystal ends things because neither of them can get what they want out of their fling: a Happy Ever After. To stop sex-junkie Alisa jumping back onto the loser boyfriend train, Crystal points her in the direction of Soloplay, who are looking for new beta testers. As a beta tester, Alisa gets to test out a whole host of weird and wonderful self masturbation toys (including the Body-Vibe…which sounds amazing) in exchange for a frank review and a pay check. Reading these reviews, and getting a minor obsession with Alisa’s onscreen identity sologirl, is Mark, who owns Soloplay. They have a flirty banter going on via email, and he realises, whilst he knows everything about her sexually, he knows nothing about the woman on the other end of the email. He also recognises that Alisa can pick a winning product and, in the most bizarre cost cutting exercise, decides he only wants her, and her partner, to test the next line of products for doubleplay, sextoys to be used with a partner. She refuses him, via email, because she has no partner and wants to remain single. So, he breaches several privacy laws and tracks her down at the library. Alisa is shocked that the tall, blonde Daniel Craig look-a-like that turns up asking for sologirl, is the Mark she has been flirting with via email. She agrees to be the double-play beta tester, but only if Mark is her partner for the duration of the assignment. He agrees, mainly because she is blatantly kinky and looks like Barbie, even if he has some niggling doubts about conflict of interests.

What happens after this is lots and lots of sex with lots and lots of toys. We have vibrators, butt plugs, cock-rings, a jungle gym (another thing I would have liked a diagram for!) and a bondage harness. We also have one of the hottest scenes I’ve ever read involving a restaurant, the full body vibe and a sexy man with the remote that controls all the vibrators…..I swear I’ll read this book again purely for that scene! Question is, will there be anything between them after the sex-toys have run out?

I liked this book, I just felt the balance was a little off. What little we were told about the characters (and I didn’t expect a lot anyway), felt like it was jammed into the minute amount of paragraphs between the sex. The characters were likeable enough, so it wasn’t too much of a problem. The sex scenes were damn hot too…:D An enjoyable read.


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