Review – Playing Knotty by Elia Winters

Review – Playing Knotty by Elia Winters





Synopsis 1


Bondage meets bookworm in this sizzling erotic romance about a shy bookshop owner who discovers an exciting new side to herself when an old friend opens a bondage workshop in the back of her store!

Emma Green has never been very confident. When Ian Cooper, an old friend, asks to rent out the back room of her bookstore for a bondage workshop, she agrees because she needs the money. She isn’t expecting to participate, and she definitely isn’t expecting to enjoy it. But all of Emma’s expectations fly out the window when she tentatively agrees to be Ian’s bondage model for workshops and exhibitions—and her success in the role upends all previous notions she had about her body and her desirability.

Now, Emma must learn to reconcile these conflicting images of herself while dealing with another conflict: Is Ian just another playboy, or everything she’s been looking for?





This was my first book by this author and after inhaling it, I can honestly say it won’t be my last. From the first page to the last I was captivated by this book. There really is no other word to describe it.

The author has written a book about an often taboo subject in rope play and made it into a love story that was surprising, tender and hot. Not an easy thing to do with what this reader thinks is a fascinating subject.

What happens in this beautifully written and descriptive story really is an awakening of her soul for the heroine in Emma. It was wonderful to see her go from a quiet, yes woman to an assertive and confident woman, with horrors of all horrors, her own opinion on things.

We see the hero Ian bring out a surprising side to Emma, one that he never expected from the girl he’s had a crush on since high school. Through his tutelage in bondage and encouragement he sees the other side of Emma and it only make him want her more.

“You’re beautiful like this. Like a work of art. A sculpture. I wish you could see yourself.”

When accountant Ian asks bookstore owner Emma to rent her spare space at the back of her shop for his workshop, neither knew where one simple request would take them. They embark on a journey of discovery and soon find themselves falling for the other.

But can Emma reconcile that the person she has become under Ian’s attentions is really who she is and who he wants or will her insecurities ruin her new found confidence and chance for love? As for Ian, will an overheard conversation derail the happiness he has found with Emma and chase him away from his perfect match?

“There’s nobody here but us, Em. How about you stop pretending and tell me what you want?” You, she wanted to say, her lips even forming around the word. His gaze was on her mouth. His eyes shone dark, feral, and he wanted her. This wasn’t just him teasing her or flirting; he wanted her the way a man wanted a woman, and the hell with all of it, the hell with whatever tomorrow was going to bring: She was going to have him, at least for tonight.

I really have to say that the rope play is very sensuous and really, how the author has managed to convey the beauty, freedom and sensuality of the acts is amazing. You can really imagine how Emma and Ian are reacting to each tie and knot.

This book was a fantastic read and one I’m glad I stumbled across and gave a try to. I hope you do the same, it’s worth every word.

Be warned this book does contain bondage, rope play, voyeurism, hot sex, sexual enlightenment and a very hot rope master.

In case you are interested below is an example of some rope/knots used in this type of rope play.








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Elia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school.  She dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets, where she balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.

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