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Paperback The Trainer Book

ISBN: 0964596067

ISBN13: 9780964596061

The Trainer

(Book #3 in the The Marketplace Series)

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The third volume in the acclaimed SM Marketplace Series, these books follow the intense adventures of people involved in a world of slaves and masters, trust and duty, and pain and eroticism. This volume follows the experiences of a junior trainer, who joins the training house of the enigmatic trainer, Anderson, and soon learns that his natural dominance is no match for Anderson's second-in-command, Chris Parker. Exploring all the aspects and styles...

Customer Reviews

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training the trainer

This is the third book in the Marketplace series of BDSM erotica, following The Marketplace and The Slave. The focus this time is on Michael, who was introduced to the world of the Marketplace through his uncle, who owns a couple of slaves. Michael doesn't have the wherewithal to purchase a slave of his own, but thinks he's found a shortcut by becoming a trainer. After a disastrous attempt to train a sex partner as a slave and introduce her to the Marketplace, he convinces everyone he wants to do better and secures a place with Anderson, the trainer of trainers. This is actually all stuff we learn later on in the book--it opens with Michael arriving at Anderson's house and screwing up almost immediately, setting the stage for the rest of his stay there. Not only is Michael not the star pupil he imagined himself, but he's upstaged continuously by Anderson's houseguest, the enigmatic trainer Chris Parker. Even worse, nobody will tell him what to do, or what he's doing wrong. Normally, I'm not a fan of stories that start in the middle and have flashbacks along the way, but in this case, it starts in the right place, and those flashbacks make a nice contrast with Michael's present journey. Michael is a very unlikeable character--he's spoiled and impatient, and The Trainer is as much about him learning a few hard lessons as it is about the Marketplace. Most importantly, he learns to value the slaves, the value of servitude, and the true meaning of being a master--not simply someone who gets sex on demand, but someone who's also responsible for the slaves' wellbeing. The implications of his lessons stretch beyond kinky sex into everyday life--parent/child relationships, employer/employee, even general respect due between people of different socioeconomic stations. Anderson's theory of training likewise applies to parents and bosses--that you must first be able to do before you can teach, as well as the concept that the better you know someone under your command, the better you'll be able to train them. It also has implications for even vanilla sex lives, focusing on respect, caring, and knowing your partner well. The sex scenes (this is erotica after all) are integral parts of the story--they're not just inventive titillating scenes, but demonstrate turning points in Michael's journey, as he goes from focusing solely on himself to also caring about his partner. And of course we get a couple more fascinating tidbits of information about Chris Parker. I peeked enough to know that he figures prominently in the next book in the series, The Academy. I'm looking forward to it.

Marketplace Trilogy - Best in my collection!

This trilogy has got to be the best I have read. Much more believable than the Beauty series (although for fantasy, that was pretty good). I was hungry for the next chapter. Laura/Sara had a wonderful cast of characters. My favourites included Chris Parker, Brian, and Trainer Anderson. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Laura/Sara throws a wrench in for fun. On another note, I was upset to find that The Trainer was the end. It left me with so many questions, which is both good and bad, but I WANT MORE! So Laura/Sara, if you read this, your fans are waiting...

Laura/Sara: better and better

The Trainer is the best novel of Laura Marketplace trilogy. And the first ones were excellent. If you like power games, you will adore it. Laura wrote that the next one will give us more of Chris Parker (my favorite character). I wish she will not take years to finish it as she did for The Trainer.

Best of the Series

This is the most complex book in the trilogy by Sara/Laura, and the best look at what makes trainers tick. Although there is less sex than in the other books, there is MUCH more power play! I especially liked the glimpses into chris parker's past, and can't wait till the next book!!!

A deeper look into the world of the Marketplace

Who are the people who don't own slaves or become them? The Trainer is the story of a young man wishing to be a trainer of slaves for others, and learning the art under the now famous Chris Parker, who appears in all three Marketplace books. For those of us who fell in love with Chris in the first book, this one gives us a deeper look -- but not quite deep enough -- into the psyche of a not-owner, not-slave in the world of the Marketplace
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