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The Marketplace
     

The Marketplace

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by Laura Antoniou
 

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Laura Antoniou's modern classic of BDSM-themed fiction returns to print. In The Marketplace, the first book of the series, follow the trials and tribulations of four aspiring slaves as they undergo training hoping to be accepted into the secret underground society of masters and slaves known as the Marketplace. Under the firm hand of Grendel, the sharp eye of

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Laura Antoniou's modern classic of BDSM-themed fiction returns to print. In The Marketplace, the first book of the series, follow the trials and tribulations of four aspiring slaves as they undergo training hoping to be accepted into the secret underground society of masters and slaves known as 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. They embark on a sensual and erotic journey, and yet nothing is quite as they expect in their quest to serve.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781885865571
Publisher:
Circlet Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/22/2010
Pages:
318
Sales rank:
770,958
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Laura Antoniou is the author of the well known Marketplace series of erotic novels, She has also edited the groundbreaking “Leatherwomen” anthologies, and several other collections of fiction and non-fiction. Her work has been translated into Spanish, German, Hebrew, Japanese and Korean. Many examples of her short fiction, articles, essays and rants can be found in the collection titled The Catalyst and Other Tales.

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Marketplace 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
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finiansmom More than 1 year ago
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.
MrDel More than 1 year ago
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.
ChrissyLA More than 1 year ago
I love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ExtremelyAvidReader More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.