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Review: Playing Knotty by Elia Winters

Playing Knotty CoverTitle: Playing Knotty
Author: Elia Winters
Genre: Contemporary Romance/BDSM
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Book Description:

Bondage meets bookworm in this sizzling erotic romance about a shy bookshop owner who discovers an exciting new side to herself when an old friend opens a bondage workshop in the back of her store!

Emma Green has never been very confident. When Ian Cooper, an old friend, asks to rent out the back room of her bookstore for a bondage workshop, she agrees because she needs the money. She isn’t expecting to participate, and she definitely isn’t expecting to enjoy it. But all of Emma’s expectations fly out the window when she tentatively agrees to be Ian’s bondage model for workshops and exhibitions—and her success in the role upends all previous notions she had about her body and her desirability.

Now, Emma must learn to reconcile these conflicting images of herself while dealing with another conflict: Is Ian just another playboy, or everything she’s been looking for?

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Review:

Charming, courageous, and lovely ❤

This is one of those books that might change the way you see rope bondage, or any other act you may think of as taboo. Why? Because our lead character doesn’t just learn about a new lifestyle (like the rest of us), she also embraces her bold and adventurous side that she’s kept hidden for so long. You might think, “yea, yea, yea, this is just another BDSM book about two people falling in love. Whatevs!” Err..I don’t think so. At least for me it wasn’t. *shrugs* For me it wasn’t about the relationship, but more about Emma finding her own voice. Emma will become the girl you can familiarize yourself because of the insecurities we as women might understand all too well. Those voices that tell you, “no, don’t wear that, you’ll look ___.” We’ve all done it. Though, sometimes those voices become louder and don’t go away so easily. After meeting Ian, Emma starts the road to hushing those little devils, so she can accept her body and herself. ❤

It just so happened (coincidentally before reading this book) that I watched The Duff, a movie about a girl who tries to reinvent herself because she thinks she’s the ugly duckling in her group of friends.  Oh, and SPOILER ALERT: She’s not. She’s beautiful, and learns that she doesn’t need to impress anyone for boys to notice her. She’s funny, smart, and finally learns to believe it, too. Much like our girl, Emma.

Ian has had a crush on Emma since high school. He stops by her bookstore frequently, just to get a chance to see and talk to her. Emma doesn’t mind because she likes chatting with him. He’s sweet and thoughtful, and exactly the type she would go for. But, she doesn’t think she would be his. 😦

WRONG! 😉

Once Emma agrees to be Ian’s bondage model, things begin to change. I mean, of course, right?! 😀 Ian brings out the sexiness in Emma that she’s been covering for so long. Thanks to her mom and others, she has low self-esteem about the way she looks. Her mom constantly would tell her things she shouldn’t wear because they weren’t made for her body type, or they were “indecent.” She’s consistently frowned upon for getting second servings, or eating certain foods in general. She never felt confident at home, or outside of it really. Now, her sister is going through the same situation, but now that she feels comfortable and great about her body, Emma’s able to stick up for not only her sister but herself as well.

Ian also brings out other parts of Emma that are buried and scared to come out. She’s sometimes afraid to be the free-spirit she knows she can be, by staying quiet and keeping things bottled in. Now, she’s more comfortable saying what’s on her mind and being open about her feelings–something she’s never been able to do out of fear of losing people she loves.

 

Emma, people have been judging me my whole life. At some point, I realized that by obsessing over it, I was giving them power over me. So I just said ‘fuck it’ and started doing what I wanted.

 

High five, Ian! Like I mentioned earlier, to me, this book was all about a shy girl becoming a confident woman. Bondange isn’t just about “getting off.” It’s about fully opening yourself (no pun intended) to someone, and letting yourself feel and be vulnerable, and exposed. Emma, through the whole introduction to this new world, learned a lot about herself and how to feel comfortable in her own skin and not be afraid anymore.

 

…For some people, bondange is freeing.” He snorted. “That sounds stupid. I mean, bondage reveals who people are. It lets them be themselves. It’s hard to hide who you are when someone’s taking down your defenses like that.”

 

New Emma is now unapologetic and feels sexy, beautiful, and cherished!

Playing Knotty is a feel-good book that will make you smile and leave you feeling radiant. 🙂

Wonderful read!

 

 

Elia WintersAbout the Author:  

Elia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.

Elia dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets.

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