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The Slave (1994)

by Laura Antoniou

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This and the Marketplace are far and away the best of the series. ( )
  magerber | Feb 22, 2016 |
The second book in Antoniou's Marketplace Series takes palce in New York, LA, and DC. As with all of the series, Chris Parker plays a key role, but this time somewhat shadowed by the life of Robin Cassidy, who has come to him for an in tense 2 week trainign period to have her ready for the Winter auction. Spotted by Ken mandrin, Robin comes to Chris highyl recommended, and ready to learn. Chris' unique style not only has her learning, but telling her life story as well.
We meet many more people from the marketplace, learn more about specialties, what happens when one is cast out of the Martkeplace, why it is essential to have good backing like Chris Parker, and what happens when people retire out of the Marketplace.
A great, well written tale of SM and erotica, making the reader yearn for more. ( )
  dbhutch | Jul 12, 2010 |
I enjoyed the first book in this series, The Marketplace, so I had to look for the second.

The Slave focuses on one slave, Robin, as she undergoes training by the enigmatic Chris Parker, experiences her first sale in the Marketplace, and her life as a slave.

The training includes intensive interviews, in which we learn how Robin learned that she was submissive and her attempts to find a true master.

This is erotica, so it's obviously full of sex, but the sex is almost secondary to Robin's emotional journey. The flashbacks in the interviews provide the emotional background of the early disappointments and confusion, but what's most affecting is the training. By agreeing to the training and formally entering the Marketplace, she has to be certain it's what she wants, and that's challenged quite a bit initially. And she has to decide whether she's after submission or kinky sex--a decision that's brought home to her by the fact that her trainer never has sex with her, and the fact that her first sale is into a household of gay men, where she basically continues her career as an art buyer.

Then there's the emotional journey of settling in to life as a slave, and what happens when things go bad--which they do, quite dramatically.

The sex is unquestionably hot and exciting and creative, but what really sets this book (well, the whole Marketplace series) apart is that it's all plot-driven. It's not just a string-of-pearls (heh) plot, describing one sexual escapade after another--every sex scene marks an emotional milestone or turning point.

I'm doing a poor job of explaining. Suffice to say that it would be a fascinating book even without the sex scenes. The characters are real and intriguing, and I was thrilled to discover that Chris Parker plays a prominent role in the next book in the series, The Trainer. ( )
  Darla | Mar 29, 2008 |
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The second book in Laura Antoniou's contemporary BDSM classic series about The Marketplace.

Robin wants to be a slave in the underground world of the Marketplace. She falls under the tutelage of the infamous trainer Chris Parker and spends an intense few weeks with him. Little does she know that her adventures as a slave are just beginning, taking her from one coast to the other, into the whirlwind party world of a California gay couple and their house full of slave boys.

The ebook edition also contains an all-new, never before published story "That's Harsh!" The story tells the tale of what happens when Robin's masters decide to throw an all-male party. What will they do with their one female slave? Give her the weekend off? Not likely!
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0964596059, Paperback)

The second volume in the Marketplace trilogy, the landmark series that set the standard for contemporary SM erotica. The Slave describes the experiences of Robin, an exceptionally sensitive submissive who longs to join the ranks of those who have proven themselves worthy of entry into the sexual training ground of the Marketplace. Follow Robin as she is educated in the arts of submission and service by the meticulously ethical Chris Parker, her master-by-proxy, and the person in whom she will confide her deepest sexual secrets.

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