She sat across from me, in her shorts and tank. Legs pulled up to her chest and arms wrapped around them. Holding a warm mug with fingers intertwined. Eyes with smudged kohl and a sleepy smile on her lips, that she couldn’t help.
She said she loved the way I made it, that it was the best coffee in the world.
I believed her!
It was a little chilly and she probably should have worn some more clothes, but she knew I liked to touch her skin, and that wouldn’t let her sit for too long.
She didn’t plan these little things, that made me want her. But they did.
She said it was the eyes. Mine devoured her, while her’s craved me.
I believed her!
Publisher: Penguin Books India
Play With Me is a racy, contemporary read on love, lust and sex. The protagonist, Sid, is a successful photographer in a boutique agency he co-founded. He seems to be living the dream, has almost everything; work that he so passionate about, money, a lavish lifestyle. But the one thing missing, perhaps the most important, is love. And one day, a stunning, independent, free-spirited woman called Cara walks into his life. The two get involved in a thrilling affair, sexually obsessed, which drastically changes all of Sid’s ideas about love. The relationship completely alters the way he thinks about the natural, sensual pleasure. Another twist in the story changes everything because something strange happens in Sid’s life he discovers himself falling intensely in love with another woman, leaving Sid in place where he has to decide between love and lust.
The character of the protagonist is described in handsome detail. Sid is a charming personality, passionate about his work, oscillating between love and lust on his moral pendulum. Cara is the free spirited intern, who breezes into Sid’s life, oozing of sexuality. While the very married Natasha fills the emotional caring spot in his life.
Ananth’s writing is crisp. He manages to keep the plot cooking nicely, spicing it up with sex every once a while. A little more seasoning is all it needed to be a perfect lip smacker. Play with me is an erotica written from a man’s point of view. This makes it different from the others that have been making book store rounds. It also marks a sensational debut for Ananth.
Read the book for the meat or read it for the spice. The book makes a perfect quickie!
Love is blind, they say; sex is impervious to reason and mocks the power of all philosophers. But, in fact, a person’s sexual choice is the result and sum of their fundamental convictions. Tell me what a person finds sexually attractive and I will tell you their entire philosophy of life. Show me the person they sleep with and I will tell you their valuation of themselves. No matter what corruption they’re taught about the virtue of selflessness, sex is the most profoundly selfish of all acts, an act which they cannot perform for any motive but their own enjoyment – just try to think of performing it in a spirit of selfless charity! – an act which is not possible in self-abasement, only in self-exultation, only on the confidence of being desired and being worthy of desire. It is an act that forces them to stand naked in spirit, as well as in body, and accept their real ego as their standard of value. They will always be attracted to the person who reflects their deepest vision of themselves, the person whose surrender permits them to experience – or to fake – a sense of self-esteem. Love is our response to our highest values – and can be nothing else.
A man’s sexual choice is the result and the sum of his fundamental convictions…. He will always be attracted to the woman who reflects his deepest vision of himself, the woman whose surrender permits him to experience a sense of self-esteem. The man who is proudly certain of his own value, will want the highest type of woman he can find, the woman he admires, the strongest, the hardest to conquer–because only the possession of a heroine will give him the sense of an achievement.