Laura Antoniou (born ) is an American novelist. She is the author of The Marketplace series of BDSM-themed novels, which were originally published. Laura Antoniou – The Marketplace Series, New York, NY. K likes. Author. Speaker. Pundit. Kvetch. Writing excellent smut since Visit. The Marketplace. Identifier TheMarketplaceLauraAntoniou. Identifier-ark ark:/ /t53gq. Ocr ABBYY FineReader (Extended OCR).

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Return to Book Page. Preview — The Marketplace by Laura Antoniou. This first book introduces us to a hidden world where slavery is absolute and personal honor is valued above all.

The inhabitants of this cosmos are real people striving to meet the challenges of their chosen existence. A compelling laurz, both thought provoking and bursting with raw sexuality. Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Mystic Rose Books first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about The Marketplaceplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Apr 24, Lisabet Sarai rated it it was amazing. If you had a friend who was interested in BDSM, but who didn’t have much experience, what fiction would you advise her to read? What books belong to the BDSM canon? The Story of Ocertainly.

Roquelaure’s Beauty trilogy although if the real author were not Anne Rice, I wonder if those books would get as much attention as they do. One book that would make almost everyone’s list, I think, is Laura Antoniou’s The Marketplace and its sequels. I’ve been hearing about these books for years — no, decades — ever since I joined the ranks of BDSM readers and authors. One reason was the fact that despite their acclaim they have received, the books keep going out of print.

The Marketplace was originally published by Masquerade Books in Now Circlet Books, renowned for speculative and scifi erotica, has created a new imprint call Luster Editions to bring The Marketplace books back for today’s readers. When I was offered the opportunity to review the first volume, I jumped at the chance.

The Marketplace introduces a world where an elite cadre of dominants train, sell and buy willing slaves. The secrets of the Marketplace members are jealously guarded. In the everyday clubs and dungeons, BDSM afficionados trade rumors about the shadowy cabal of slave owners and their human property: The Marketplace introduces Grendel and Alexandra, traders and trainers of premium slaves.

Both are expert dominants. The book is deliberately vague about their relationship. Four would-be slaves apply to undergo the Marketplace training regimen at the hands of Grendel and Alex and their major domo Chris. None is a true amateur. In fact, all four consider themselves to be accomplished submissives. Almost immediately, the dominants strip the four of their illusions and show them how far they are from being Marketplace material.


Despite his claims to being submissive, he is manipulative, sarcastic, cynical, rebellious and far too garrulous to be a good slave. Sharon is used to holding men in thrall as she eagerly offers herself as a sexual object. Like Brian, she believes that being a slave is all about sex. Robert has been feminized by his former mistress to the point that he has no self-confidence and hates his own penis. Although he is intelligent and well-educated, he becomes helpless and incompetent under pressure.

Finally, shy, virginal Claudia can act the part of the sweet, submissive French maid to absolute perfection, but that is the limits of her repertoire. Her mistress offers her marktplace Alex and Grendel out of frustration and boredom, hoping that they can make her braver and more sensual. Grendel and Alexandra devise customized lessons and trials for each of the aspirants, seeking lura teach them the reality of being a slave in the Marketpoace world.

Sharon is assigned to muck out the stables market;lace study diction and opera. Brian is made to wear ribbons and bells and deprived of markeyplace satisfaction. Robert studies martial arts and is forbidden to shave his hated body hair. Shrinking violet Claudia is required to take responsibility for the entire household while the normal housekeeper is on vacation and to severely discipline the other aspirants.

Although many of the stereotypes in BDSM erotica may have started with The Marketplace, the book itself is fresh, original and engrossing. In the Marketplace world, submission and in fact, dominance is about far more than sex. For the first half of the book, few of the lessons imposed on the would-be slaves involve sex at all.

They learn to obey without thinking, to take responsibility for their successes and their mistakes, to trust mxrketplace masters and each other. Over the course of the novel, each one changes, approaching the perfection required of Marketplace slaves — though how that is defined marketlace vary for each one. I loved this book.

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For one thing, despite markerplace fantasy premise, it has a realistic, down-to-earth feel. The characters are complex and their interactions nuanced and believable.

The Marketplace is the exact opposite of the kinky fairy tale world of the Beauty books — even though they share activities and physical elements. I markketplace appreciated the recognition of the deep sense in which the slaves’ servitude is consensual. The aspirants’ most cherished desire is to be accepted as worthy by the Marketplace. To quote one of my favorite passages: To be thrilled by the touch of leather, aroused by harsh words, or satisfied by the security amrketplace rigid bondage is the mark of a lover.

To be thrilled at the opportunity to provide useful service, aroused by a pleased nod, and satisfied by the proverbial job well done, is the mark of a slave.

It may sound severe. Until you see two people, owner and owned, existing in a complementary relationship where each suits the other like balances on antooniou delicate scale. Until you feel the energy of their rapport, you cannot understand how they fulfill each other, take and give in ways no negotiation could possibly express.


Then you will understand the singular intimacy that drives such people on their search for perfection. It is beyond orgasm. It can almost be called rapture. If these words speak to you the way they do to me, you must read this book. Jul 25, Steelwhisper rated it it was ok Shelves: This book has reams of reviews, is considered a classic, and what not all. It’s well-written, head and shoulders above most of the current batch.

That’s why I gave it 3 to 3. Yes, maybe Antoniou was the first, maybe she’s a hard-playing lesbian dyke, yes, I guess she’s lauga a lot for Maybe a 3. But at the end of the day I can’t at all care. sntoniou

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What I care about is that all these rigid roles, all that posing and pseudo-elitist debate completely smothers what BDSM also is supposed to be: More and more I come to the realisation that cultural and societal hang-ups, taboos and behaviourisms of cultures I can’t really relate to, like the American one, should have no place in the erotica I want to enjoy.

Possibly an American reader has an orgasm over a well-placed “sir”, I’m afraid I’m squicked instead. Maybe the American culture has such a taboo about dirt that it’s some major taboo-breaking to force someone to wallow in dirt or shit themselves. Sorry, again I couldn’t care less. All those rules and regs are nothing I find attractive, they repulse me instead with their yawn-inducing sameyness. What’s worse, as this is one of the first such books, it’s responsible for so many which emulate it.

I can’t really forgive that. In short–I can acknowledge that this is well-written culture-centric erotica. It’s however in no way an erotic laufa enjoyable read for me. View all 15 comments. Well this is frustrating, after writing two paragraphs of review I lost it! I’ll attempt to rewrite it. This book is very difficult for me to review.

I both liked and disliked it – thus explaining the mwrketplace star rating. It was very interesting to read antonuou the marketplaace of 4 wannabe slaves, yet the reason behind much of the training sntoniou missing.

The Marketplace (The Marketplace, #1) by Laura Antoniou

There were a few exceptions, notably Brian’s treatment as the family dog for a few days. The main techniques were beatings and criticism. When dealing wi Well this is frustrating, after writing two paragraphs of marketplzce I lost it! When dealing with people, who by their very nature want to please, using negative reinforcement so heavily is just wrong and IMO an incorrect training method.

Yes, it is fiction but Sharon’s character in particular was simply not believable as written. For an antoniouu training house such as The Marketplace, she would have been ejected at numerous occasions.

With her personality, a clueless primadonna, she would have left of her own accord at numerous other occasions.