Playing Rough (Billionaires in Disguise: Lizzy #2)

Playing Rough (Billionaires in Disguise: Lizzy #2)

by Blair Babylon

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Be careful whom you submit to.

Lizzy is trapped. Mannix Bonfils and Theo Valencia have bought The Devilhouse. Her estranged parents keep calling, wanting her to quit college to coach Olympic-level gymnastics, the life she escaped at sixteen. Mannix demands that she give up more and more control, and he becomes rougher, more frightening, with her. Her job is gone. Sports reporters stalk her college dorm, looking for the feel-good homecoming story she dreads. Mannix's sexual power games grow more disturbing every day, and someone tries to shoot them at The Devilhouse, narrowly missing Lizzy. Even though she wants to stay with Mannix, to grow stronger, to be loved, and to fulfill her commitment, everyone is telling her to get out, but they all seem to want something from her. When Theo offers to help her leave, should she stay with Mannix or go back to the prescribed life she thought she had escaped?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940159052957
Publisher: Malachite Publishing LLC
Publication date: 03/07/2018
Series: Billionaires in Disguise: Lizzy Series , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 49,043
File size: 419 KB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Blair Babylon is an award-winning author who regularly publishes contemporary romance and romantic suspense fiction. After writing literary fiction where reviews usually included the caveat that there was too much deviant sex, she decided to abandon all literary pretensions, let her freak flag fly, and write hot, sexy, erotic romance with crazy, breakneck plot turns.

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Playing Rough (Billionaires in Disguise: Lizzy #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ButtonsMom2003 More than 1 year ago
There is a cliffhanger but this is a great series. This review is for Episode 2 only. This is a hard book for me to review. I’ve read the entire series and loved it. Since I read them all, one right after the other, it’s a bit difficult to separate one episode from the other. In this episode we learn more about Lizzy’s past. We also find that things are getting more and more rough between her and Mannix. This episode contains even more disturbing things than episode 1 but it seems necessary for the overall story. The BID: Lizzy books are a bit darker than the Rae books but it fits for Lizzy’s character. This series is full of sexy and not so sexy times. It is also full of intrigue and some violence. I did not want to stop reading this series once I started. Be warned that there is strong language and some possibly disturbing scenes in this book. There is also a cliffhanger, which I usually hate. I love Blair Babylon’s books, though, and since all of the episodes for Lizzy’s story are available now I have no problem recommending this series. If you read the BID: Rae series, and you want more of her and Wulf, you MUST read BID: Lizzy. p.s. I do not understand reviewers who criticize this for being only part of a book. The title of the book clearly lets you know that it is Episode 2. I hate it when authors do not disclose that their book has a cliffhanger but this is not the case with this book.
DYac More than 1 year ago
I love Lizzy's POV the more I read through this part of the series. In this selection, we find out so much more about not only Lizzy but also Mannix and Theo. We see what drives Lizzy to allow the way Mannix handles her as his sub, why she takes what she does from him and the brokenness she feels deep down inside of her. But we also get a glimpse into the life that Mannix has lived, what caused the pain in his body and his life and why he feels the need to treat all of his subs the way he does. Believe me, a part of me wants to sympathize with Mannix for what he has had to endure in his lifetime. But the largest part of me seethes at the way he takes out every wrong in his life on those who can't defend themselves. He's a master manipulator and a fiend. I also sympathize with Theo over the feelings he initially had for Lizzy, feelings that haven't left him but have only grown stronger as the days go by. But I also feel such anger toward him for not simply taking her from Mannix's clutches and staging an intervention, which is exactly what he should have done by now. I love the way the author brings us into the psyche of the characters, shows us their inner workings. It's easy to judge when you see the characters from the outside, but Ms Babylon is able to take us to a level no all authors can reach. It isn't all sunshine, dreams and wishes inside the mind of her characters. Their lives are a living nightmare, and she simply takes us through the unforgiving maze that leads us through. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the time Lizzy has in the substitute Dom's hands during Breaking Rules. This has been eye opening from so many perspectives. But I have a feeling things are about to get so much more than interesting.
Ellette More than 1 year ago
As I read the second book it's pulling me more into Lizzy's complicated history and I feel for her so much. Blair is so good at writing complex characters. Her writing skills are fantastic and she has a way of making the story intriguing. I can't wait for the 3rd book.
RuralMom More than 1 year ago
Captivating and intense; erotic romance at it's best!   Blair Babylon turns up the heat in Playing Rough! Lizzy's quest for strength leads her to submit to Manix in ways she never imagined were possible. Even as her friends being to voice their concerns as Lizzy's behavior beings changing; she immerses the mantra of "Weakness is pain leaving the body." while ignoring her instincts whispers of caution. It takes a crazed gunman and shocking changes at The Devilhouse to shake Lizzy out of her haze; but with Manix now running every aspect of her life, finally opening her eyes and acknowledging his sadistic manipulations may be too little too late. Playing Rough is a fast paced erotic adventure that will blow your mind! The depth of storytelling and character development is amazing. While episode one contained a noticeable amount of timeline crossover with the previous series, The Devilhouse Books: Rae, episode one is all about Lizzy, and I loved it. I would highly recommend this excellent series to adult readers who enjoy books with BDSM themes, complex characters and intense storylines! A copy of Playing Rough was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. MY SPECIAL EDITION BONUS REVIEW OF: Falling Hard: A Romance, Episode #1 (Billionaires in Disguise: Lizzy) Initially the timeline started out a little confusing for me; I'll just come straight out and say that the introduction flat-out threw me off. Add in that this series is connected to character from the previous series, Billionaires in Disguise: Rae, and that the timeline is essentially the same, it took me a little while to adjust from the Lizzy I remembered from the previous series and connect with her character in the setting of having her own story. Once I got over that little hiccup the book really started to take off for me! I loved getting to know Lizzy better and connecting with her character. There is so much more depth to her than was anticipating; I underestimated her because of my previous experience with her being a supporting character. I always thought of Lizzy as pleasant and caring, but to see her inner struggles, insecurities and emotions coming through was an eye opening experience for me. By a quarter of the way in I was 100% hooked. Lizzy is a female powerhouse. Emotionally abused, physically damaged, mentally conflicted and sexually unsatisfied; she views herself as broken but at the same time uses her strength and outward beauty to her advantage every day. Her over the top Jersey girl attitude that's packed into such a pint sized body is a winning combination every time. Her will to survive and stand on her own two feet is admirable and at the same time she has this soft and vulnerable side that I just couldn't help falling in love with. I found Falling Hard to be an erotic adventure, it IS still the Devilhouse after all! Once again pushing the limits as it delves into the heat of subspace bliss and explores dominant settings that are both terrifying and tantalizing. A fast paced, engaging and emotional rollercoaster; Falling Hard overcame its initial challenges and left me satisfied while at the same time yearning for more. It's what the Devilhouse is known for, after all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blair's stories always leave me wanting more, and this one is no exception! Lizzy was so strong and self-assured before she met Mannix. It takes so much courage to walk away from everything and everyone. Does she really feel the need to be controlled like that in her life again? Mannix seems like such a manipulator. He has no qualms about crossing a line to get what he wants, or to have his ego stroked. Theo and Georgie sure have their work cut out for them. Five days isn't much time to help Lizzy see Mannix's true personality, and convince her to get out while she still can. I had a very hard time putting this book down; I just had to see where the next twist would take her. I can't wait to see where Lizzy's journey takes her next!
mary8808 More than 1 year ago
Blair Babylon has done it again and you will not be disappointed. Lizzy is trying to figure out where she needs to be in her life. After running away at 16 years old and hiding from her parents, she believes that pain is the only answer. But at what cost will she submit to Mannix? But will she let Theo and Georgie help her before it is too late? At the ending I was screaming NO you can't do this to her and then it was like OK, that will work. But what will Lizzy and Theo do now? I was on the edge of my seat while reading this one and didn't want to put it down even to sleep. And I can't wait for more. A copy was provided by the author in exchange for my honest review.