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Matthew Galinda buried his own heart and needs the day Muriel Stewart married his best friend and business partner. Having Muriel in his life is all Mathew has ever wanted. Get A Copy. Kindle Edition , pages. More Details Pandora's Playground 1. Other Editions 2. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Coveted , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters.
Sort order. A year after losing her husband to a sudden death Muriel is still struggling to recover. She knows that it is time to take the first steps back into the life that she enjoyed with her husband but she is naturally reluctant to face the place and people that she once found so comforting by her husbands side. Muriel is about to find out that the one person that she thought was so repelled by her presence is the person who will help her reconnect to who she was before her husband's death.
Matthew is A year after losing her husband to a sudden death Muriel is still struggling to recover. Matthew is struggling with his own demons from the past. With the pushy help of his best friend and the open mindedness of Muriel, Matthew now has a chance to become who he has been afraid to be with Muriel. Matthew's habit of watching and protecting from a distance is coming to an end and he has to either face his fears and possibly get exactly what he has been too afraid to even hope for or walk away and live with the fact that he wasn't brave enough to even try.
Even with this one is novella length Lynne managed to give a story that felt complete. There is a bit of sharing in this story so if you are offended or hesitant with two men sharing an erotic experience with one woman be warned-there's no direct sexual contact between the men. However, this is not a menage or a love triangle romance. Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews 4. Coveted is a provocative, sensual, and intriguing story of two people who must move past the things they cannot change, see the beauty in what is right now and accept the love that is in front of them.
There was much I admired about Muriel but first and foremost was that even though it was hard she faced the club and the people who meant so much to her late husband and herself head on and realized that she needed the club and the lifestyle in her life.
I respected that she grieved but that she also knew her husband wanted her to move on if something were to happen to him and that despite her reservations she took charge and went after the man that she wanted in her life even though she felt he might not want her. She took a chance, she risked a lot and in the end she won something quite beautiful. There was no doubt Matthew was just the kind of Dom Muriel needed but he was carrying around some tremendous guilt and at times he came across as uncaring and dissociative.
He was such an honorable man that even when Ian invited him to play with them, he always turned them down because he was afraid his friend would see the way he felt. I hurt for Matthew as his intentions were nothing but good, but because of his guilt for many different reasons it took him awhile to come to terms with having a relationship with Muriel. Muriel loved serving her Dom and meeting his needs and I love that she understood the ways Matthew needed her even before he did.
There was a special connection between them that honestly stemmed from their love of her late husband and his best friend, Ian. At times their scenes were sexy as hell but other times they were tender and passionate with this latent sensuality that oozed off the page.
From the first book I read by author Alannah Lynne I felt connected to the characters in a way that makes them feel like real people; someone you would want as a friend and that was no different in this story. Character and relationship driven with very little outward angst although there were a few internal battles Coveted is a brilliant and beautifully told story of loss, hope and best of all love. Review copy provided for an honest review. Jun 14, Mayas rated it really liked it. This was a wonderful push and pull of submission and will.
My heart did break for Mathew struggles but his secrets and doubts were not his own and were not so secret either. Alannah astounded me on how she expanded of the kink lifestyle and made it not so much high protocol and more of a give and take. Jun 12, Liza rated it really liked it. I've been a fan of Alannah Lynne since I found her very first book. I was super excited to find out she had a new series coming out and really enjoyed the first installment in the Pandora's Playground series.
Coveted it one of the best books I've read from Alannah Lynne. I totally connected with both Muriel and Mathew. I could feel how much Mathew loved and wanted to be with Muriel from the very beginning of the story. I also would feel Muriel's pain from still missing Ian, yet needing to let her I've been a fan of Alannah Lynne since I found her very first book. I also would feel Muriel's pain from still missing Ian, yet needing to let her submissive connect to a new Dom. I loved how strong Muriel was when it came to proving both that she was ready and that Mathew was the Dom for her.
Mathew has so much guilt over being in love with his best friend's wife, that he really does almost throw the chance that Muriel is giving him away. I loved that Ian has messages for both Mathew and Muriel from the grave thanks to remembered conversations. I also loved that Lucas, who is the 3rd partner in Pandora's Playground, sees and helps push Muriel and Mathew together. Alannah Lynne has always written emotionally connected love scenes in her books, but with Coveted, the heat level has gone up about a thousand degrees and I loved it.
Lucas, Mathew and Muriel have one of the sexiest and most emotion filled menages, and the play between Mathew and Muriel was so hot whether they were giving massages or actually making love. I love when I feel the connection so much that it brings me to tears, and I had that connection to Mathew and Muriel.
I really enjoyed the first installment into Pandora's Playground and can't wait to visit the Playground again in the future. I'm especially looking forward to Lucas getting his story and will probably bug Alannah Lynne excessively until we get it. Aug 01, LJT rated it really liked it. Alannah Lynne is one of my favorite authors.
No matter what type of story she is telling, I can always count on the characters and plot to be engaging, honest and sexy. Coveted is the first book in Ms. Lynne's new series, Pandora's Playground. This tastefully executed kinky read is combined with a perfectly balanced love story. Masseuse Muriel Stewart is a submissive, and she recently lost her loving Dom and husband Ian, when he collapsed from a heart attack on the tennis court.
She has been grieving in solitude for almost a year, when she is convinced by her late husband's business partner to seek out her old friends and former lifestyle. Lucas Steele and Matthew Galinda were Ian's best friends and business partners. Now Ian's shares in the kinky sex club, Pandora's Playground, belong to Muriel. Muriel spends an evening playing with both men, when she learns how much Matthew truly cares for her. Matthew, a ruthless divorce attorney, has always been in love with Muriel, and never thought anyone knew about it.
Boy was he wrong. Muriel and Matthew are attracted to each other and one night at the club evolves into a glorious new future for both of them. I enjoyed this interesting, yet strikingly unconventional read. The light BDSM scenes are written with love, as the author tenderly creates an inviting environment for Muriel and Matthew to explore their feelings.
Matthew's emotions, doubts and fears are expressed with significant realism. Overall, this is a solid read with well-conceived characters and a unique storyline. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley. Aug 07, Anita Byars rated it it was amazing. Wow this was one steamy, sexy, and intimately erotic story that did not hold back on the steam factor. I was glued to the pages, it made my pulse pound, my insides clench and left me breathless.
Alannah Lynne created this story that was such a passionate romantic and magical story that it was breathtaking. Muriel Stewart has been mourning her late husband Ian for the last year, when she is invited back to Pandora's Playground by the other co-owners that opened the club with her husband for a spe Wow this was one steamy, sexy, and intimately erotic story that did not hold back on the steam factor. Muriel Stewart has been mourning her late husband Ian for the last year, when she is invited back to Pandora's Playground by the other co-owners that opened the club with her husband for a special unveiling and to help her get re-established back into the lifestyle of BDSM that her husband and herself loved.
Muriel has missed being a submissive but doesn't know how and with who she can enjoy and trust this part of her life with. Mathew Galindo was Ian's best friend and best man when they got married, but he has always kept his distance from Muriel since she started dating Ian thirteen years ago. Muriel never understood why he hated her and never came to their party's.
But tonight she sees a different emotion in Mathews eyes as her husbands best friends indulge with her in a sexy, steamy, passionate scene. Although Mathew has loved her since he met her he doesn't think he is good enough for Muriel, will she feel the same way. Will Muriel find out Mathews secret? Will she be strong enough to make him understand what he does to her? You have got to read this passionate, romantic and magical story that brought a smile to my face and filled my heart with so much emotion. Highly recommended!
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Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Aug 11, Jackie Wright rated it it was amazing. Muriel lost her husband Ian nearly a year ago and is having a heard time getting herself back out and about and living a life again. Mathew has always had fee,Inge for Muriel but she was married to his best friend and he was best man at there wedding Muriel has always felt that Mathew hated her maybe for taking Ian away from him Can Lucas push these two together and make sure they both get what he feels they need which is Mathew to take Ian's place as Muriel's Dom This book is about love and trust.
This is book is not all plain sailing it has it's fair share of ups and downs. I loved it and can't wait for book Aug 14, Claudia rated it liked it Shelves: contemporary , romance , first-in-series , netgalley , bdsm. I really liked the characters in this one but I had some troubles with the development of the relationship, at least on Muriels side.
Matthew on the other side was a very complex character. I liked how he worked through his flaws and could understand his hesitations although I thought his backing down sometimes a bit much. Aug 09, Johanna Sawyer rated it really liked it. Thanks to the author for a copy to read and review.
I enjoyed Muriel's story as book one in the Pandora's playground series takes off. Very light BDSM, and some spanking but otherwise a very tame read. Muriel has lost a husband who was very much her Dom as well. She has taken on hiatus because of her mourning but she tempted back to the submissive side of herself feeling lost without her Dominant husband. One of her husbands best friends wants to step up and be the Dom for her.
Not a whole lot of Thanks to the author for a copy to read and review. Not a whole lot of drama, just a pleasant and erotic read! Four stars. Aug 09, Karinosa rated it really liked it. This author for me was new. Not having ever read from her I did not know what to expect. I would have liked to have seen what Ian and Muerriel were like together before they were no more, but not knowing what their connection was, for me, was a little disappointing. Having that said, it was still a good read. Enjoyed Matthew and his abrasiveness.
Liked her character. She is strong when needed and soft when needed. There was no over the top craziness! Good read! I received this ARC from the publis This author for me was new. Thank you Net Galley!! Nov 01, RoloPoloBookBlog rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemporary-romance , naughty , series , bdsm , romance , and-over. The denial is in no way a punishment but because her Dom, who was also her husband has been gone for that length of time. Lucas has prepared not just a welcome back party for Muriel but also some light play with him and their mutual friend, Matthew Galinda.
For years, Matthew Galinda has shelved his own feelings and only indulged his sexual needs with woman who understand there will never be anything beyond a sexual relationship. In an effort to protect his friend and their friendship, Matthew has spent years either avoid Muriel or having as little contact with her as possible. The night is enjoyable but leaves Matthew and Muriel totally confused about their feelings. Oh, he is willing to help her ease her way back into the lifestyle but long term, he is convinced he is no good for her.
If Muriel is going to get her way, she is going to have to do some serious work with Matthew. She puts her plan into motion the night Matthew shows up at her office and allows her to care for him. The experience is both healing and sensual and is the first step toward becoming not only a real couple but a true Dom and sub. The Bottom Line: Lynne hinted at this new story line in the last book of her Heat Wave series and man, did she deliver in this first installment.
Muriel and Matthew are such a good introduction to the series with their long yet troubled relationship. Jun 12, Nikki rated it it was amazing. ARC provided by publisher for honest review When you read a book that just wrecks you, but you know that pain is part of the journey, consider yourself privileged. Baring witness to someone's growth through their grief is like being on an emotional tail spin. I felt incredibly lucky to sit back and "watch" these characters find life and love after suffering an unimaginable loss.
Muriel has lost the love of her life and her Master; the person who completed her, loved her, and made her his whole wor ARC provided by publisher for honest review When you read a book that just wrecks you, but you know that pain is part of the journey, consider yourself privileged. Muriel has lost the love of her life and her Master; the person who completed her, loved her, and made her his whole world.
How do you move on from something so utterly consuming as a love like that? She's lucky, she has an incredible support system in her late husband, Ian's best friends, Lucas and Mathew. Though Mathew typically supports her from afar. Muriel has always felt drawn to Mathew and saddened that he can't seem to stand her. Nothing could be further from the truth; Mathew has coveted his best friends wife from the very beginning.
It's been a matter of self preservation that he's kept his distance. After some conspiring on Lucas' part, the two are thrust together and life will never be the same. From the very first page of this book, my heart ached for Muriel. It ached for them all actually. Watching her build up the nerve to walk into Pandoras Playground, a place that use to bring her such joy, was humbling. This new development causes Mathew and Muriel to open up their eyes to new possibilities.
I loved the journey these two went on to get their happy ever after. Muriel had to deal with the death of Ian and her guilt for moving on, while Mathew had his own demons to face. These two together finally realized what everyone else around them already knew This was a really great, sexy and tender read all wrapped up in one! I've always enjoyed Alannah's books and this one was no exception. Muriel Stewart is a submissive woman who has been grieving the sudden loss of her husband and Dom, Ian for nearly a year. Her husband was part owner of Pandora's Playground, with two of his closest friends.
Ian's friends and business partners, Lucas and Mathew convince Muriel it is time to revisit the lifestyle and the friends that she left behind when she so suddenly lost her husband. She's not sure she is ready for that step, but she goes anyway and while they have a surprise for her, it may be the feelings of Mathew that surprise her even more. Mathew Galinda is a divorce attorney and was Ian's best friend since his teenage years.
While Ian was like a brother to him, he couldn't help having romantic feelings for Muriel - feelings he never, ever planned to act on. Now that he and Lucas have gotten Muriel back to the club, will the night the three of them spend together change everything he thought before?
Is it possible that Muriel has harbored the same feelings for him that he has for her? Alannah Lynne has created wonderful characters and has crafted a story that is about love and trust. I greatly enjoyed this first installment in this new series and anxiously await the next one! I just finished reading this story which is the first in the series and could not help but give a big happy sigh.
The way the story revolves around the hero and heroine, one who is grieving but wanting to forge on after losing her husband, and the other who feels he cannot be loved because of his past. Mathew and Muriel are the perfect couple, but Mathew does not know how or if he can be part of a relationship. Muriel steps in and with her gentleness and submissive side coming out of mourning as well, helps Mathew see that the guilt he has been feeling for something he could not control.
The story has its very kinky moments and they are very memorable. Once the air is cleared you can see such a love between the characters that it literally made me shed a tear or two. Alannah has such a way with her characters, very expressive, very emotional and very passionate!
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