Corporate Plaything by Lizzie Lynn Lee
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (108 pages)
Other: M/F, M/F/M, M/F/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Spanking, light bdsm
Rating: 3 Cherries
Reviewed by Honeysuckle
An inept spy gets more than she bargains for when she enters the Martel brothers' lair. Forget the mission, she will be lucky if she can keep her panties intact.
In the fashion world, triplets Justin, Raphael, and Matthew Martel are designer moguls. Unbeknown to the public, the brothers are actually half-human and half-nymph. When they put their secret nymph concoction into their new perfume, Surrender, in order to find their mate, Surrender unexpectedly becomes a wildly global sensation and sparks jealousy among their competitors.
Blackmailed by her father’s cronies, Anna Vincent is forced to work for the Martel brothers in order to steal their secret formula. Anna is wary, but she doesn't have any other options. Either she gets that secret formula or her father goes to jail.
The Martels know their new personal assistant is a corporate spy. But what they didn't expect is that Anna is the woman they have been looking for as a mate. If Anna had told them the truth, they would’ve gladly helped her. But since Anna is too stubborn and prideful—and a bad spy for that matter—the brothers are compelled to teach Miss Prissy the joy of naughty, sexy, forbidden games until she admits she belongs to them forever.
Get a job with one of the most successful design houses in New York and steal the secret formula to their mega selling perfume to save her father from a Russian mob syndicate…easy peasy, right? Anna Vincent thought the job she was applying for consisted of doing some personal assistant work for the sexy triplets that owned Martel Design House. Well, she was partly right; they did want her to personally assist them but not so much with the business as with their personal lives. She would be at their beck and call, travel as their companion and warm their bed in any and every fashion they required.
Corporate Plaything is a short story but there is a lot going on. The men own a business but are really only in it to find their destined mate. Once she has been found they set out to win her over. Anna is very inexperienced even if she isn't a virgin. She's also a little shy and self-conscious. They hire her under the impression that she is their plaything, contracted for one year. The three brothers are triplets but as much as they look alike on the outside they are total individuals on the inside. Justin is the leader, Raphael is the healer, and Matthew is the fighter. Ms. Lee does a good job of distinguishing the men’s personalities and giving each man adequate alone time to get to know Anna better.
There were some really nice sensual scenes in the book that had me reaching for a fan. One that was very well written is fairly early in the story where Raphael is talking dirty to Anna to help her pass a “test”. You’ll just have to read the book to understand the importance of this test.
I did have a few issues with the book. Some are probably more preference issues than real problems but it was enough that it took away a little of my enjoyment of the unique storyline. The one that kept plaguing me mostly involved the name of one of the men, Raphael. Actually, I loved his name in the beginning but then it gets shortened to Ralph for the rest of the book. I think, maybe, Ms. Lee meant for the reader to pronounce it like Raph but because Ralph is a more common name I kept imagining the character from The Honeymooners rather than the gorgeous half-human he and his triplet brothers actually are.
Ms. Lee is a very vivid storyteller. Her writing style is easy to read and she goes the extra mile to paint detailed pictures of the sites and sounds that surround the characters. When Anna and Justin visit Japan on a business trip and when she joins Raphael in St. Croix I felt like I was actually traveling with them.
If you are looking for a quick read with enough hot sheet action to singe your e-reader, pick up a copy of Corporate Plaything. Ms. Lee has a tantalizing voice for both ménage relationships and the paranormal. She combines both in this little novella for a truly unique story.