Review: Free Trade – Lynda Aicher

Review: Free Trade – Lynda AicherFree Trade
by Lynda Aicher
Series: The Boardroom #3.5
Also in this series: After Hours, Blind Trust, Signed Over
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: October 15, 2018
Genres: Romance
Pages: 53
Source: NetGalley

I received an advance review copy of this book from NetGalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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A room full of people. A bowl of names. A night of chance—until a trade is made.

Drake Hanson has it all—success, wealth and the freedom to experience every sexual indulgence imaginable in the Boardroom. The open, uninhibited sex with anonymous partners suited him just fine—until he got a taste of something better.

Shelly Carrigan revels in the freedom of the Boardroom. It’s her escape—a place she can indulge her sexual needs without judgment. But her attraction to Drake is starting to affect her experience. No matter her partner, the only hands she feels on her body are his.

Tonight, when names are drawn, Drake will make a trade. He’ll break the rules of the Boardroom to get what he wants.

One way or another, he’ll have Shelly—this time for more than a night.

This book is approximately 13,000 words

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Drake and Shelly, the couple in this novella, have been popping up in the background of the series for a while, sometimes together, sometimes separately.  The basic gist is that while Shelly is pretty kinky, she’s unable to actually express what she wants in the middle of sex.  There’s one man, whoever, who seems to be the sexual mind reader she needs – Drake.  She’s been low-key stalking him – signing up for scenes he’s participating in – and while she wants more, she knows that’s not part of the rules of The Boardroom.  Luckily for her, Drake’s noticed her interest, and definitely returns it.  Are they both brave enough to try a relationship outside The Boardroom?

“What did she want? When had the enticement of the Boardroom faded and the desire for something deeper grown?
Something long-term and exclusive with Drake?”

As usual, the sex is super steamy and kinky.  A butt plug as a declaration of interest?  Sure, why not!  While Drake has had a little bit of characterization outside The Boardroom previously, Shelly’s appeared only in scenes.  I suppose that’s my biggest gripe for this story.  While there’s a decent amount of characterization for what’s basically a 50-page long sex scene, I wish there had been a little more.  So, overall, while I enjoyed it, it’s not my favorite of the novellas.  It’s definitely whet my appetite for the next full-length novel, however!

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