The Marketplace [NOOK Book]

Overview

The first in Laura Antoniou's modern BDSM classic, enchanting series of books about an underground secret society of owners, masters, mistresses, and their property: submissives, maids, butlers, and pleasure slaves. In the first volume, follow the trials and tribulations of four aspiring slaves as they undergo training hoping to be accepted into The Marketplace. Under the firm hand of Grendel, the sharp eye of Alexandra, and the painful leather strap in the hands of Chris, these men and women will find some of ...
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The Marketplace

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Overview

The first in Laura Antoniou's modern BDSM classic, enchanting series of books about an underground secret society of owners, masters, mistresses, and their property: submissives, maids, butlers, and pleasure slaves. In the first volume, follow the trials and tribulations of four aspiring slaves as they undergo training hoping to be accepted into The Marketplace. Under the firm hand of Grendel, the sharp eye of Alexandra, and the painful leather strap in the hands of Chris, these men and women will find some of their hardest challenges come from within themselves. The ebook contains an all-new bonus story, "For the Want of a Nail," in which Grendel and Alexandra decide to host a dinner party, and also includes the text of the bonus story from the out of print Mystic Rose edition of The Marketplace, "A Leash Has Two Ends."
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Editorial Reviews

- - Claire Thompson
Laura Antoniou . . . elevates the genre of SM erotica, surpassing both Anne Rice and Pat Califia in storyline, character development, passion and humor. The tales ring true, the dialogue achingly real, and the sex is as hot as you'd ever hope for. For the novice SM player, the well-seasoned old timer, and the simply curious alike, these books are the next best thing to being there.
- - Anonymous Reviewer
With her creation of the fictitious Marketplace, an elite and secretive world organizations, dedicated to the auctioning and overseeing of the world's finest lifestyle slaves, Antoniou has achieved a feat of which few writers are capable: she has constructed a world so vivid in sequel after sequel, it takes on a reality of its own, one that's visually hard to let go of once the reader has put down the book.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940043323866
  • Publisher: Circlet Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/5/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 77,587
  • File size: 2 MB

Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 22, 2013

    Normally I avoid reading reviews until after I've finished readi

    Normally I avoid reading reviews until after I've finished reading a book, or at least have written my own review. I broke that tendency with this book. When I saw complaints about typos, grammar errors, I got incensed for Laura; I'd already read this lovely book once and had noticed only a few small things- if I could take off half a star, I might to do that, but it wasn't bad enough for some truly savage reviews I saw. Further I was angered by "this isn't the BDSM I know" type of comments; while I do enjoy an attempt to BDSM realism, I'm not going to hate a book because the author hasn't done that. I think in the blurb, it's obvious that what Laura intended to write was BDSM fantasy; it shouldn't be judged by what works for one person in real life. Knowing that this was a BDSM fantasy, I sat down to enjoy it as such. And enjoy it I did! The stories of the trainees brought me to tears laughing so many times, what sad, silly caricatures of BDSM they were each in their own ways. I adored the trainers, Grendel and Alexandra. Although the strict, proper majordomo Chris made me curl my toes in anticipation every time he came back into the story. Happily continuing on with the series.

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  • Posted January 19, 2013

    This is the introduction into the world of the Marketplace, wher

    This is the introduction into the world of the Marketplace, where people who identify as submissive consent to be sold on the auction block to Owners they have never met. This book details the training that goes into making a slave ready for the block, by following four very different characters as they are introduced to real-life service submission - it's not all about sex and kink (although there's plenty of that!), but about quality service of all kinds. What I love about the series, and this book in particular, is that there is sex scenes with people of many genders in many combinations, and Antinou is able to express the eroticism in such a way that even if it's out of your personal comfort zone, it's still arousing.

    What this book has that many other erotic novels don't, is real character development. It's not just a quick backstory and then pages and pages of sex; you actually get to know the motives and points of view of the different people - the trainers, the majordomo, and the slaves-in-training - which only makes their interactions hold more fascination and meaning.

    This is not my favorite book in the series - that would be The Slave, hands down - but it is a necessary introduction into how The Marketplace works, and many of the characters from this book appear again later in the series (notably Chris Parker, the majordomo, who is my favorite character hands down...or up, as the case may be). It is *not* just a collection of cheap smut; it is a novel in it's own right, with actual literary value and delivery.

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    I love this series!

    I love this series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Lukewarm.

    This book wasn't that well written and the plot was a bit confusing for no discernable reason. I wanted graphic BDSM, but the book was mostly comprised of the four main characters doing chores and complaining or else being ignored by the master and mistress of the house. The few sex scenes weren't all that original or stimulating, and the house itself came off as derivative and disinteresting. It felt like I was reading about a bunch of people playing pretend. I'd just as soon reread Carrie's Story or Story of O.

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  • Posted June 18, 2012

    I loved this series and I am myself in the scene. I wish there r

    I loved this series and I am myself in the scene. I wish there really was a place like the Marketplace. I wouild love to lose myself in it as I lost myself in the books. Unfortunately I loaned my copies to a friend who is also in the scene. After three years they have not been returned sooooo. ...I am buying them again. Please don't think that I am uninformed. I go to many clubs and private parties. I would love to meet someone who is Old School, like the characters in the book. Unfortunately these Doms are few and far between. I will keep looking and in the meantime I will enjoy the books.

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  • Posted January 18, 2011

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    I didnt like it

    I downloaded it and was instantly turned off by it. I do not like the military style of how the applicants are treated. I know there are masters/mistresses like that. I am an owned submissive and my lover/master treats me very well. I am also marked. He spanks and whips me just because it's fun, not that I did anything wrong. The way he whips me is not hard either. This book is not what I thought it was and made me cringe when the applicants got whipped many times. I'm sure it is good book for other people who are used to it and the military style, but not for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    I'd skip this one...

    I got frustrated with this book in a lot of places. A lot of the characters seemed a bit contrived, like the author was trying to mold them into what she thought the audience wanted. Sorry, I was quickly annoyed with them. Some were so unrealistic for the situation, it was laughable. The presentation of their backstories and 'trasformations' were forced and unimaginative. There was no real plot other than 'will they make it through?' The second in this series is much better. Looking forward to reading the third.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2005

    It is Ok for novices to pick up a few pointers.

    This book has some salacious moments, but the writing is simply amateurish. The characters lack depth. The plot meanders from exercises in discipline to rather tame sexual encounters. This book is chock full of cliches. However, there are a few bright spots. Those can be used for some inspiration. This is a good introduction for the neophyte in to the BDSM community. But bear in mind that this book could have used some formal editing. There are tpyos and mis-spellings. There clunky sentences that require closer reading with insertions of corrections by the reader for the passages to make sense. Also take in to consideration that the physical make-up of the characters is stereotyped and if you are entering this world based on that soap opera-ish view of the BDSM world, you really are in for a major let-down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2004

    Wonderful Read for the BDSM community

    i loved this book! definately worth reading, even if your just curious about the lifestyle or any other 'edge' kind of books. it will give you some insight, some ideas (wink), and some things to ponder. Well worth a few bucks to be transported into another world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2000

    Back in Print and Better Than Ever!

    The new edition of the Marketplace is ever so much better than the old edition. Not only visually prettier (it's trade size and has a beautiful cover - not those ugly Masquerade things), but also a 'bonus story' that adds to the joy of re-reading this favorite s/m classic! After devouring The Academy, reading the Marketplace again, reacquainting myself with the original characters was like slipping between the covers with familiar play partners - fun, and a few surprises. The added story gives us even more insight into the complex relationships between Grendel, Alex, Rachel and Chris, the slave trainers who we all learned to love when they were teaching Sharon, Robert, Claudia and Brian how to prepare themselves for a life of a slave in the mysterious Marketplace. It's a must-read for Marketplace fans, and a must-have book for people who appreciate classy erotica.

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