Rule No. 1: Do not enter the game unless you intend to finish. Once accepted, there is no escape.
This is a love story, one that comes with rules, expectations, and dark shadows. One where the man who challenges me the most is cloaked in deception. I had no choice but to accept the terms, nowhere to run once the clock started ticking.
Donovan Stone was a man few people dared to cross.
He was dark.
He was dominating.
He was so silent that you had to watch him closely to begin to know what he was thinking.
He was my boss, and the man I should have run from the minute I walked into his corporate office.
Like any bad decision, it took time for me to see the truth about the game I’d entered, for me to understand that it wasn’t the stalker in the shadows I should fear, but the man who pulled the strings.
I had no choice.
At least, that’s the lie I told myself to forgive my foolish actions.
And while running as fast as I could through twisted mazes and deceitful games, I understood that the Rules of Engagement were now my life.
Panty Scorching: 1
Over All Rating: 4.5 Stars
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Reviewed by Robin
When Mia loses her job she finds herself sucked into a dark reality game willing to do almost anything for money. Her new boss is a mystery and darkly intimidating. Her co-worker Jackson comes across as both accommodating and resentful. Thrown into a hostile new workplace with rules she doesn’t quite understand, Mia tries to navigate this sadistic game while trying to grasp that this was not only a game but her life.
“That’s why I was barely able to stand seeing her smiling at another man, to see her speaking with him so freely while in my vicinity. She should have known her shadow was present, she should have somehow been aware that her true predator lurked. But still, she smiled at him and talked, flirted and even allowed him to touch her.
I couldn’t allow it, so I’d found a way to remind her that I was there, that despite her safety she felt, she was never truly safe.”
4.5 Stars of Whoa! I did not want to put this book down and was “engaged” from rule number one! My mind was running all over the place with this story. Mia is a timid woman that has just lost her job and on the verge of losing her apartment/independence. When you are in a desperate situation, sometimes you are willing to do unexpected things. What a crazy, sadistic game she found herself caught up in. Many times I would catch my breath just like when you watch a horror movie and yell at Mia “don’t do that!!!!” Of course, the dummy doesn’t listen to me. I loved how you never quite knew who to trust and the budding attraction between her and Donovan. Everything seemed “off” about her newfound employment and the creepy incidences that kept happening to her. I felt like I was being thrown off balance just like Mia. And just like that…I was sucked into Mia’s world from the first rule until rule number ten.
I’m never disappointed when I read anything by Lily White. I love how her mind works and thinks of these crazy situations. Definitely makes me think twice about who is watching me or working with me.
Lily White is a dark writer who likes to dabble on the taboo side of eroticism. She is most known for her Masters Series (Her Master’s Courtesan and Her Master’s Teacher), Target This, Hard Roads, and Asylum. She’s co-authored Serial (a four part serial series). When she isn’t writing as Lily White you can find other books by her under M.S. Willis where she has penned the Control Series, the Estate Series, Because of Ellison (contemporary romance), and Standard Romance Story (Romance Comedy). Lily enjoys stretching her writing muscles by continuing to challenge herself with each book she publishes.
In addition to writing, Lily is an avid reader, gummy bear slayer, and a gold medalist in puppy naps.