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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Inheritor by Laura Antoniou

The Inheritor, Book 6 of The Marketplace series, by Laura Antoniou
Transgender Erotica
Series: The Marketplace Series
Paperback: 692 pages
Publisher: Circlet Press (August 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1613901275
ISBN-13: 978-1613901274
Amazon: The Inheritor, Book 6 of The Marketplace series
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The long-awaited sixth installment of Laura Antoniou's Marketplace series! A surprise hit when first published in the 1990s by Masquerade Books, THE MARKETPLACE launched a series that eventually grew to five books. The author, Laura Antoniou, wrote them slowly, while working a day job, and after Masquerade went under, moved to a small press. After that press's demise, the series faltered, but in 2010 Circlet Press began to re-issue the series in new ebook editions. The revitalization of the entire franchise in the face of "50 Shades" mania has been nothing short of incredible. Antoniou's work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Life Story, and elsewhere as a safe, sane, and consensual alternative to "50" and now, at last, after a massively successful Kickstarter campaign, a brand new, never before published sixth installment is ready to foray into bookstores! When last we saw Chris Parker, he had been bought by master trainer Tetsuo Sakai and was blissfully ensconced in Japan under Tetsuo's wonderfully sadistic boot. And here we join Robin Cassidy, now contentedly serving a slave contract for a rich Chicago businessman. But the Marketplace is shaken when a new Trainer of Trainers must be anointed and the resulting machinations and clashing loyalties threaten to tear their world apart. Everyone has a stake in the outcome and Chris Parker is about to find out who is with him and who is against him. Richly told, interconnecting threads of Parker's previously unseen past with his complicated present, The Inheritor also weaves in the narratives of many favorite Marketplace characters, including Robin, Ken Mandarin, Ron Avidon, and features appearances by many more, including Jiro, Rachel, Michael, and Grendel. Laura Antoniou is the award-winning author of The Killer Wore Leather and the long-running series that began in 1993 with The Marketplace.

The Inheritor. Wow. That was all I could say when I finished this book. Intense. Gripping. Uncomfortably erotic and achingly real. The aspects of the book that closely mirrored and reflected aspects of the BDSM Lifestyle were so spot on that I couldn't help but nod, smile, or feel a thrum of satisfaction that they were there, explained with such grace, simplistic complication, and yet, blunt realism. Each character was awash in full 3-D development. And with each scene I felt as if I were standing there, a quiet, invisible observer. The only problem took place at the first half of the book and persisted throughout the book. There were so many various POVs that having one be in 1st person when the rest are in 3rd person, and then to only have that 1st person POV appear in less than 20 full chapters when the book is 80 chapters long, made each 1st person POV jarring when the rest of the book was seamless, with each new POV that appeared it was like being slapped as the reader tried to catch up with where the book was and who they were with. Other than that, the book was fantastic.

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