Today I want to give you a Salacious Players Club series review by Sara Cate. These books have been taking booktok by storm and I have to say it’s one of my favorite contemporary romance series. I just finished reading the third book in the series and I can’t wait for Mercy to come out in August.
Before we dive into the reviews I want to give you a bit of a heads up on a few things. First, there may be small spoilers in these reviews so if you want to read these books be prepared. Second, the Salacious Players Club series is based around the lives of the owners of a sex club. The books dive into kink and taboo so if you are sensitive to sexually explicit scenes you may want to skip these books.
Since we don’t always get trigger warnings on books I like to give trigger warnings in my reviews. This can help people avoid certain triggers that could hurt their mental well being.
Possible Triggers in this book are:
- Homophobia (dead parent of a character)
- Sexually Explicit Scenes
- Slut Shaming
Additional tropes in this series that you should be aware of before diving in. We have ex-boyfriends dad, age gaps, step-sister, bisexuality, BDSM, praise and degredation, polyamory, and kinks of all kinds. Remember the series is based around a sex club where kinks are accepted without judgement.
For a list of the triggers I look for you can check out this link here. This may or may not be a complete list of triggers for this book, I do my best to make sure I mark anything that could be a potential trigger but I may accidentally miss triggers.
The Salacious Players Club Reading Order
These books are stand alone and you don’t need to read them in order, so if a book has something you aren’t interested in reading you can skip it if you want. However, if you are like me where not much offends you then I recommend reading these books in release order.
Praise Book Review
The first book in the series is Praise. In Praise we follow Emerson Grant and Charlie. Charlie is Emerson’s son’s ex-girlfriend who goes to Emerson’s house to get her half of the deposit on her and her ex’s apartment. After a mishap of mistaken identity and an awkward conversation, Emerson decides to give Charlie a job as his assistant. Though neither of them could know how attracted they would be to each other.
Praise is an Age-Gap romance with dominance and submission along with a praise kink. If “good girl” is a favorite phrase of yours, this is a must read.
“Dear God, please let this be the only man I fuck for the rest of my life because there’s not a chance in Hell anyone else could ever top that.”Sara Cate, Praise
I didn’t think I was going to like this book when I first started reading it but I did actually end up loving this book. Sara Cate does a wonderful job about showing how one of the most feminist things we can do is explore our sexuality and kinks and then be completely unashamed about them and not afraid to voice what we want.
Of course Charlie is a fantastic character, I didn’t like her at first but she grows a lot in this book and I love to see it. She figures out who she is, what she likes, and isn’t ashamed to go for it.
Meanwhile, Emerson is an emotionally unavailable man who is very clear about what he desires physically and isn’t afraid or ashamed to go for it. Emerson is a dominant man who works through his emotional issues in this book and I am here for it.
The supporting characters in this book are also amazing. Big shout out to my favorites Eden and Drake. We get more from Drake in Give Me More and I knew there was a reason I love him.
Eyes on Me Book Review
The second book in the Salacious Players Club series is Eyes on Me. First things first, this book has a taboo relationship, Garrett and Mia are step siblings. There is also like a 12 year age gap in this book between Garrett and Mia.
Mia has always been his little stepsister but when Garrett sees Mia on a popular cam girl app suddenly he’s figuring out just how attracted to her he is. He decided to join the family at the cabin for a couple of weeks to figure out what this attraction to Mia is about. He doesn’t expect that it’s so much more than just an attraction.
“Her hips start to grind, and I notice the way she keeps lifting herself up, only to have my arms pull her back down. I lift her up long enough to give myself enough room to talk. “Mia, when I said sit on my face, I meant sit on my fucking face.”Sara Cate, Eyes on Me
First off, can I get a hell yes for the thick beautiful queen Mia. She is funny, witty, owns her life, and isn’t afraid of anything. I love Mia, and fell in love with her almost immediately. Then we have Garrett who became so relatable to me and I love it.
Again we have some amazing supporting characters in this book that make the story so much better. I laughed a lot with this book, I cried at some points, and I enjoyed the story a lot. I liked that Sara Cate touches on depression and mental health issues. I love that we have a curvy and confident female main character. This was a great book.
Give Me More
The third book in the Salacious Players Club series is Give Me More. In Give Me More we follow Drake, Hunter, and Isabel as they are driving across the country visiting sex clubs to see what more they could bring to the Salacious Players Club. They end up figuring out more about themselves than they ever realized was possible.
This book has hotwifing – the act of wanting someone else to have sex with your wife – and polyamory. We deal with self discovery and acceptance a lot in this book in regards to sexuality. We also have scenes where a character is dealing with the trauma of having a homophobic parent and what that did to them.
“Maybe the reason my marriage is so sacred to you is because you’ve always been a part of it. And maybe what I’m asking you isn’t so crazy, after all.”Sara Cate, Give Me More
When I found out we were finally getting a Drake story I squealed because I was that excited. I cannot explain the appeal I had to Drake before reading this book because he is a man whore but something about him called to me and I needed this story. Sara Cate gave me so much more than I thought I was going to get.
I wasn’t liking Hunter till I was suddenly loving Hunter. His growth in this book just hit me so hard because I understand some of the struggles he’s gone through. Isabel is a sweetheart and I love her, but I am so freaking jealous of her. Drake is perfection for me, I knew going in he was a man whore, what I wasn’t expecting was to come out of this book loving a proud bisexual king.
The story, the conflicts, the growth, the ending are all perfect. I loved this book a lot and it solidified Sara Cate for me as an author who I will automatically read anything she writes because it always delivers.
Mercy Book Review
In Mercy, Maggie is 34, part owner of Salacious, and just bought a house, but it’s just her and her dog. She’s always believed she was vanilla until the quiz on her own app tells her she’s a domme. To make matters more interesting she gets a match to a bratty 22 year old who happens to be her friends son who’s also new to kink. It doesn’t have to be serious, they can experiment and learn together, and in secret.
I’ve hated Beau since the very beginning but Sara Cate owns me so I was willing to give him a chance at redemption. I wasn’t expecting to see a younger version of myself in his character. Everyone is going to talk about how bad ass Maggie is but the character growth with Beau is so beautiful I can’t get enough of it.
Everything comes full circle in this book and I loved seeing an empowered woman embrace her sexuality and a lost and misunderstood man finally be free to be himself. I would say the theme for this book is heavy in self acceptance and I absolutely loved it.
Salacious Players Club Series Review
I think what I like most about this series is just how different each book is. We aren’t getting the same story line. We don’t get the same personalities, we don’t get the same body types, we don’t get the same conflicts.
I like that we have so much variety in the books and I look forward to reading more from Sara Cate in the future. I highly recommend this series and I’ll give the series as a whole a 4 stars, 3.5 peppers, and 2 tissues.
For more recommended books like this check out the 82 books I read between January and May 2022.
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