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[Epub] Games Players By Manna Francis – serv3.3pub.co.uk [Epub] ➟ Games Players By Manna Francis – Serv3.3pub.co.uk It's all fun and games until somebody losesSocioanalysts can read minds and motives at a glance predict the future manipulate the smallest actions of their unwitting puppets and crush careers with a s It's all fun and games until somebody losesSocioanalysts can read minds and motives at a glance predict the future manipulate the smallest actions of their unwitting puppets and crush careers with a single wordor so the popular rumors say Their arrival is dreaded everywhere in the European Administration even the Investigation and Interrogation Division Para investigator Val Toreth accustomed to being feared himself is about to discover the truth of the rumors at first hand when he is assigned as personal liaison to Carnac the socioanalyst seconded to II to root out anti Administration sentiments among its staff And to make matters worse it seems that his admin Sara is smitten with Carnac and Warrick has a history with him With his closest allies straddling the line of Carnac's camp Toreth must rethink the rules of engagementThe third book in the Administration series contains the novella Game Set as well as nine short stories in which virtual reality corporate genius Warrick and Toreth must face new players in the game and discover whether their association can survive both the tensions between the unlikely pair and the pressures of life in the near future dystopia of New London.

10 thoughts on “Games Players

  1. Penny Penny says:

    I loved it This was great great greatThere are incredibly strong moments in this book truly powerful and deeply emotional without being sentimental or corny in the least It made my heart pound uncontrollably many times It was almost impossible to put the book down it was so addictive The sex is very hot Their relationship is slowly progressing We can feel the emotions the angst even when we don’t hear the feelings expressed out loud or even thought for that matter It’s a beautifully crafted relationship I can't wait to watch it grow expand into something defined and with a shared futureToreth and Warrick are amazing characters; I can't imagine ever wanting to stop knowing about them My reviews of The Administration series’ booksBook 1 Mind Fuck 3 StarsBook 2 uid Pro uoBook 21 Unlucky Break 2 StarsBook 22 Friday 3 StarsBook 23 Pancakes 5 StarsBook 24 Surprises 4 StarsBook 25 Family 4 StarsBook 26 Mirror Mirror 4 StarsBook 3 Games Players 5 StarsBook 31 Game Set 4 StarsBook 32 As Long As It Lasted 3 StarsBook 33Fuck of the Day 3 StarsBook 34 Wine Women and Cushions 2 StarsBook 35 Playing with Fire 5 StarsBook 36 All Work and no Play 3 StarsBook 37 Gee 2 StarsBook 38Shopping Fucking 5 StarsBook 39 Pool School 3 StarsBook 395 Without the Game 4 StarsBook 4 Control 4 StarsBook 42 Wait For It 4 StarsBook 43 Caged 5 StarsBook 44 Unaccustomed as I Am 3 StarsBook 45 Helen 4 StarsBook 46 Shopping No Fucking 4 StarsBook 47 Losing It 4 StarsBook 48 Coming from AmericaBook 5 uis Custodiet 35 StarsBook 52 Gratuitous Kink 4 StarsBook 53 Then and Now 4 StarsBook 54 Friends in the Right Places 2 StarsBook 55 Smoke Cameras 4 StarsBook 56 Sunday 3 StarsBook 6 First Against the Wall 4 StarsBook 7 For Certain ValuesBook 71 Family ValuesBook 72 Boy's Toys 3 StarsBook 73 Make it a SurpriseBook 74 ProdigalBook 8 Blood CircusesBook 9 Corpora Delicti Gratuitous Epilogue

  2. karen karen says:

    happy valentine's daytoday i would like to take a minute to review this book the third in the administration series and confess that i am totally hooked it is than a dystopian sf series it is than an mm romance series it has now worked its way into my brain and heart and if my star rating seems low it is simply because some of these are stories and some of them are better than others so i gotta round 'em but i five star these characters and their back and forth because their tension is killing me in an excellent waythese books take place in a near future london dystopia where the deeply flawed and sexually addicted sociopath toreth works as an interrogator read torturer and meets warrick the virtual reality making hobbyist baker who loves being tied up and hurt and they form what should be the best relationship ever but they are trying to keep it casual because of how puzzled toreth is about human emotions and how scientific warrick is forcing himself to keep himself they plant their own obstacles and each of them feels than they let on and it is so deeply frustrating the way thomas hardy is so frustrating characters talk to each other jeezbut the cracks not those cracks pervs they appear and you just want them to be in love already and admit it there are these tiny perfect moments where toreth is just so small and sad and vulnerable oh it makes me want to be able to fix everything i understand the character of sara toreth's assistant who knows what he is but still wants to break through to him emotionally she wants what i want yes all of itbut after three books i really care about these characters talk about gay right? but i do the structure of these books is generally a novella about toreth and warrick and then some short stories that are sometimes about them and sometimes about supporting characters and i get angry every time it is not about them even when they give good obliue character stuff about themis it condescending to wonder why she is wasting her time writing mm fiction?? a genre with a growing but still very small and specific audience although i do not care about gay male sex i do not care about sm there is nothing in here that should make me feel sexified and yet and yet than any of the books i have read with the bodice rippers society this one both got me a little flushed and also made me feel heart flutters of romanceso it seems like the audience can surprise itself once they get over these ucky covers i swear these are really well written bookscome to my blog

  3. Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder& Elise ✘ a.k.a Ryder& says:

    ⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱This Seriouly Isn't For Me⋰⋱⋰⋱⋰⋱ We're back with Senior Para investigator Valantin ‘Val’ Toreth 33? and Doctor Keir Warrick 35? the head of the minor corporation SimTech We get to see puzzles of Toreth's past and to see him dismissrepress his feelings for Warrick I had hope for depth in the relationship The sex isn't my thing BDSM just doesn't do it for me and since Toreth and Warrick's relationship is just sex the book is uite uninteresting for me I did however somewhat like the last chapter ‘Without The Games’ where we get to see Toreth seem concerned for once regarding Warrick However I didn't like Warrick there I seriously shouldn't continue with the series as it's clearly not for me I'll read some reviews and see if something makes the decision for meuick basic factsGenre Adult Science FictionDystopia Romance MM Heavly BDSM themedSeries Series Book ThreeLove triangle? view spoilerNo hide spoiler

  4. ElaineY ElaineY says:

    Reviews for all the stories in the paperback version are here In every case the star ratings refer to my enjoyment of the content not the uality of the writing which is of course par excellence throughoutGAME SET 5 STARSCarnac Jean Paul Baptiste Carnac Would have to be another fucking JeanExcuse my language this morning 'Family' in Book 2 left me very upset with TorethNow in Game Set I can't find the words to describe fucking Toreth I'll post my rants later I need some time to settleAS LONG AS IT LASTED 3 STARSThis short is about that one and only fuck between Sara and Toreth I'm still too pissed with Toreth to care Every story after Game Set is likely to be just another nail in his coffin as far as I'm concernedRules of Engagement is up next but I'm thinking of taking a break and reading a romance about normal people to recover before tackling this next story I'm now nervous about what else Toreth is going to do or rather who else after thisRULES OF ENGAGEMENT 4 STARSThe first segment called Fuck of the Day is available on the website Rules of Engagement in the paperback version includes the second segment which deals with Toreth teaching Sara's sleazebag boyfriend a lessonThings don't start off well for Toreth in this short story He's caught lying about fucking someone so what's new?and we get another peek at Warrick's feelings about Toreth what is Toreth to him? I know of course but Toreth probably doesn't yet so he wants Warrick to articulate it Toreth doesn't get to find out but doesn't press the issue Why? Fucking's the priority remember?By now I am uite depressed about Toreth The man is incorrigible and utterly self serving and Warrick yeah he's got every reason to despair as he says 'Yes' every time Toreth asks So do you want to fuck? Warrick is as trapped in his obsession as Toreth is stuck in his emotional development This takes up half the story and the remainder of the 12 pages show a side of Toreth that gave me pause I went back to reread some parts from the previous story and put the two together Result? It made me think perhaps I was wrong to pigeon hole him Or pin that 'sociopathic' label on himIn this story that comes immediately after the flashback of their one off fuck Sara's current sueeze is a sleaseball who's been stealing from her He's lied and conned his way into her life Toreth goes all protective but has the good sense to keep uiet about what he's going to do about RickNaturally he employs skills he's learned and honed as a para investigator but Rick doesn't need much Toreth picks a commonly used scare tactic and it's sufficient to make the sleazebag do whatever he's toldWith regards to T W's relationship nothing's new in this short story As I see it it served to lure me into believing that Toreth is incapable of seeing and feeling beyond his own needs Then what transpires later at Sara's flat where he confronts Rick made me come to a screeching halt I realize there is a side to Toreth I've missed because his unrestrained non stop fucking distracted me from the aspects of him that he's afraid of that he is capable of caring deeply about another person; that he is capable of loving and possesses all traits of someone who's loyal and protective of the one he loves In fact we can see this in the earlier story that I mentioned earlier As Long As It Lasted Toreth discovered suddenly and uite unexpectedly that he didn't want Sara to hate him under any circumstances Especially not now when she'd put herself on the line for him And unlike his other fucks Warrick notwithstanding Toreth displays a tenderness towards Sara I haven't seen with anyone else he fucks He'd meant to go at once but he sat for a while watching her stroking her hair away from her forehead Asleep she looked soyoung So vulnerable so un Sara All the passion and animation drained from her expressive faceHe dug out a duvet to cover her This is post coital Sara has fallen asleep on his couch but before she did she'd told him “Night then Love you D'you know I love you?” Toreth replies “You told me before”A few minutes later just before he falls asleep he had a thought that he didn't remember in the morning 'Love you' So that was what it sounded like when someone knew you and they still meant itReading these little snippets again make me even certain he isn't the sociopath he's accused of being Sara gives him what's been missing all his life Unconditional Love ' So that was what it sounded like when someone knew you and they still meant it' I can only hope that despite the long painful journey to the end of Book 7 Toreth realizes that's what he miraculously has from Sara and WarrickAnyway by the time we get to Rules of Engagement Toreth has forgotten everything Sara's declaration of love 5 years ago except the fuck and the story ends with him satisfied with just another day's work and satisfied Sara will be safeWINE WOMEN CUSHIONSI skipped this story the minute I saw it was FF and between Cele and Dillian FF doesn't do anything for me and Dillian in the mix really puts me off as I do not like her I'm glad Toreth's on to their liaisonPLAYING WITH FIRE 5 STARS WARNING SPOILERISHDoes every story start with Warrick asking Toreth about the person he met and fucked in between their meetings? That's how it seems to me Warrick and Toreth would meet fuck they part The next time they get together again it could be just a week apart Toreth would have found someone to fuck and Warrick would start their meeting asking about his latest fuck It usually degenerates into a heated argument which culminates in explosive make up sex which gives Toreth his excuse and rationalisation to continueIn playing with Fire Warrick has invited Toreth along to a tech conference Warrick to Toreth's surprise and discomfort practically interrogates him over his latest fuck Warrick wants every dirty detail and Toreth suirming inside wanting to stop this but too proud to admit it The poor guy doesn't realize he's walking into a trap and Warrick's remark I thought I'd try something else is going to turn the tables on him Warrick confesses that he fucked someone else at the last conference but before he even gets to that he does the prepping He wants Toreth to reach combustion point so he drops these dangerously provocative statements fanning Toreth's jealousy tormenting him until Toreth breaks and in a uiet one word plea tells Warrick to Stop But Warrick isn't done Toreth needs to know how Warrick feels every time Toreth fucks another person And as if that's not enough he tells Toreth he didn't fuck this guy once but four or five timesIf Toreth is unthinkingly callous and self centered in that aggravating adolescent way then Warrick is deliberately intentionally tactically cruel here Not that Toreth doesn't deserve it I loved this scene I loved that Warrick gave Toreth a dose of his own medicine overdose even and the piece de resistance of this entire charade of getting Toreth up here for a tech conference? The man Warrick fucked is here and Warrick brought Toreth because he didn't think it would be a good thing to fuck the guy againYou can imagine how Toreth is feeling now Toreth's insecurities are laid bare; his tortured silent pleas cut me to the bone With one sweep of Warrick's well aimed sickle he's reaped an acknowledgment within Toreth that Warrick is different from all the other fucks he's ever had in his sorry lifeWarrick's words create visuals that hurt as nothing in an interrogation room at II could Toreth flees the scene while Warrick is asleep and catches a late flight home However as so often happens in these 'slice and dice' lovers' games neither one wins Warrick feels just as shitty if not worse Luckily for them it's Sara to the rescue AgainToreth's reunion with Warrick is where I believe I see evidence that Toreth is progressing He thinks before he opens his mouth to utter a lie And in this instance he chooses honesty It would have been good if the story ended here but no it continues and at the conference's evening reception we see Toreth coming face to face with the man Warrick fuckedMore apologies reassurances and of course fucking It will carry on in the same vein I suppose for the next few zillion books but I could get lucky and Toreth could actually make real and noticeable progress One can only hopeALL WORK NO PLAY 5 STARSContent wise this started off meh but the second section with Toreth in a sim session with Warrick bears paying attention to Toreth and Sara go to the annual year end training party where the fresh grads jockey for the positions of choice There's a nice little morsel here to enjoy between Toreth and Nagra a fresh grad he's checking out to replace Doyle It gave me a bigger chuckle than the ones I come along every now and then Those are usually involving Toreth and his familiar FEB Fucking Evil BastardThe rest of the story involves Warrick and Toreth at Sim Tech where Warrick gets T to try out something in the sim before it's uninstalled the project having been suspended But before this Toreth is baffled and of course suspicious as to why Warrick two weeks so far has been too tired to fuck An insecure Toreth is fun to watch but this seuence was all to familiar to me as I used to ask the same thing myself Toreth dejected and at a loose end after yet another 'Work' excuse from Warrick wonders what the hell did he do on Saturdays before he met Warrick and comes to the conclusion it must have been boring Whilst I know why I even wanted to compare Toreth doesn't even stop analyze it Just slams the lid down He probably subconsciously knows that if he opens a can of worms pythons would come out as far as his inner life is concernedThe sim seuence didn't do much for me but the prelude to this did Toreth by this time is so antsy and scared that Warrick is losing interest in him that he's ready to jump through hoops just to get an evening with him not that he'll admit it even to himself These spots in each story segment are usually revealing and show me that Toreth is progressing He is now sustaining a regular relationship where the sex isn't just an itch to scratch or a filler for some free minutes on his II schedule The Relationship is now center stage in his life and even if Toreth hasn't realized that he's doing and feeling everything that normal people do when we are in one Not a single one of his reactions where Warrick is concerned is abnormal He goes through the same insecure internal uestioning as I and other people do when a partner is not as available as heshe ought to be Some like me eventually manage to shrug it off and move on Others like one of my ex employees may find it takes longer she received love letters written in her husband's blood they were in the midst of divorcing Now that's not normal and that's what I'd expect Toreth to do if he were abnormal Only it wouldn't be his blood It would be either Warrick's or Sara's cat'sBack to the sim While the technicalities of it didn't interest me much I did manage to get something useful out of it Meaning something that I could connect to TorethThe sim session involves two Warricks having sex One's the real Warrick and the other a copy Toreth after observing them enters into the sim seuence and participates Lo and Behold Our man is able to tell which is the real Warrick and which is the copy He couldn't at first when he was just a spectator but now touching them kissing them he is able to tell It feels identical they feel identical but Toreth is able to sense something is off when it's the copy and immediately knows when it's the real Warrick More than this Toreth realizes that it unnerved him when ' the idea of fucking Warrick and not knowing who—or what—he was touching almost frightened him He shivered'That doesn't stop Toreth from enjoying the sex that follows of course As he said to Warrick it was as if he'd died and gone to heaven fucking two Warricks the ultimate menage for Toreth Yet when it's over and only the real Warrick is left Toreth's answer when Warrick asks what he thinks of it is very telling “Pretty good” he said “But”Warrick frowned “But?”“But it isn't you is it?”Well done TorethGEE 375 STARSI enjoy teacher student romances not finding the sex icky at all But that's probably because of the age of the student over 18 and because it's a RomanceWhat we've got here in Gee is nothing like that It gives us a glimpse of Toreth's history back in his adolescent years He's having lunch with Sara at a cafe bar when a man approaches Sara to verify Toreth's identity Toreth is surprised startled in fact to meet the man who was his teacher during his years at Retraining CenterWe often talk about a person's formative years and the part they play in the adult we become Gee is Toreth's Just 12 pages but enough to fit in another piece of the Toreth puzzleSHOPPING FUCKING 5 STARSIt occurs to Toreth just a fleeting thought of course but still hallelujah that Warrick has a life outside Sim Tech and him that Warrick does things normal everyday things with friends and family without Toreth For me these little realizations are vital to the kind of person Toreth will be or has the potential to be by the end of this seriesToreth takes Warrick shopping Where? The New London euivalent of an adult store Where else? Warrick ends up with a very expensive birthday gift from Toreth and it's not even his birthdaySF is one long kink session after this The gift is a kind of wardrobe with chains and cuffs inside instead of clothes hangers Here we see Warrick's obsessed with the wardrobe; his unuenchable thirst for pain that hunger that invades his body and mind and makes him take risks that will endanger his lifeThe sex here is intense involving fisting though not graphically covered in painful detail as it is in SF and only leaves Warrick desperate for And The highlight for me was Toreth as he climaxes crying out Warrick's name but attaching to it words tells me Toreth is not too far from a place where he can acknowledge what Warrick means to him There are other little revelations Like learning Toreth isn't fantasizing about someone else when he's fucking Warrick It's always Warrick Even when Toreth is bringing a third Dillian or Sara it's still about WarrickToreth tells Warrick about a couple he met recently and adds that he didn't fuck them Even Warrick is surprised Far as he's come I wouldn't be surprised if Toreth does fuck them at some point but it's his post coital thoughts I'd be interested inDillian makes an appearance in this story and as usual is getting her knickers in a twist over her brother's relationship with the para investigator Toreth loses several points when Dilly catches sight of the bruises on Warrick's wrists She pushes and digs and pushes until Warrick decides to show her what he and Toreth doBy the time he's done showing Dillian the wardrobe she's about to puke Good Does she stop? No She continues her ranting and raving then threatens to tell Mommy about what her brother's into I wish she did What an irony considering whowhat Kate really is Anyway Warrick is pissed off by the threat and smashes his tea pot one he was fond of and a wedding gift to him and Melissa That's when Dilly sees the bruises on his ankles tooDillian can only see the negative where Toreth is concerned Not that I blame to be honest especially when Warrick goes in to details about their BDSM activities As far as Dilly is concerned her brother is sleeping with a psychopathPOOL SCHOOL 35 STARSToreth decides a change would be nice since all he and Warrick have done since he bought him that wardrobe was indulging in their kink So Toreth goes along with Sara to a strip club Warrick and Dillian will be there too The latter's presence could put a crimp on the evening but he goes anywayThey play pool and Toreth confident that he'd win ends up losing and the forfeit he's got get up on stage and do a number This short story is light and fun A nice breather after the rather intense ones earlierWITHOUT THE GAME 5 STARSI should have known 'light and fun' would be shortlived The next story the last one in the book despite being the same length as Pool School is a major milestone IMO It's inversely connected to All Work and No Play where we saw Toreth realizing he didn't like not knowing who or what he was fucking In Without the Game it is Warrick who is using Toreth and so deeply caught up in the BDSM scene starring The Wardrobe that Toreth realizes Warrick isn't aware of his presence He's just one of the items in their kink play He's not an Administration para investigator he's BDSM para phernaliaThat's not the only reason Toreth is in such a foul mood either We learn that the night before he was summoned by Warrick to his flat We aren't told what happened that night to put Toreth in a foul mood but I wouldn't be far off the mark if I said Toreth had yet another revelation re fucking strangers and meaningless sex So when he's ordered to be at Warrick's flat after work Toreth doesn't want to go He does anyway and right into a heated argument the moment the door is closed It appears the argument and Toreth's anger is over Warrick's use of the wardrobe He is as obsessed with it as he is with the sim Even so these days I can't find another convincing piece of evidence that here Toreth is where every man who loves someone should be Toreth is in the right place in this seuence It was heart warming Something you'd have to read for yourself to believe me when I say there isn't anything abnormal about Toreth Perhaps in the later books he will display a trait that's truly sociopathic but up to now I haven't seen that And definitely not here in this final book of Games PlayersThe story ends on a very very good note Toreth asks for sex without the 'game' Just him and Warrick I see that as Toreth now knowing the difference between the real no frills to mask to hide behind and the the false where your lover can become just another object another piece of paraphernaliaHe wants Warrick to want him and just him the man who feels who needs who loves and needs to be loved for himself even though all he can manage with which to communicate that is five simple words Without the game Just us”

  5. Sofia Sofia says:

    MF continues chipping away unfolding Toreth mostly though we are getting Warrick too Yep I'm still on board ready for view spoilerI love how Warrick has wormed his way into Toreth heart life being and vice versa What seemed so impossible is now impossible to live without hide spoiler

  6. Irina Irina says:

    This book was seriously pushing my buttons I thought I could take a lot of angst but this instalment had made me uestion how well I know my own limits Still despite all that or maybe because of it I ended up loving it most A lot of pain and a constant feeling of hopeless despair kept me on my toes to the end and left me hungry for I only hope I'll see the light at the end of it all I must add I wouldn't have coped without Sofia's support Some books are definitely better read in company and this was one of those Thank you

  7. Pam Pam says:

    35 starsOf the seven books I've read of this series where the MC is view spoilerpractically but NOT UITE a sociopath hide spoiler

  8. Susan Susan says:

    REREAD November 2019Game Set is one of the most delicious stories in this entire series Carnac is a mastermind and I am even so then when I first read it highly intrigued by him Game Set 5 starsAs Long As it Lasted skippedFuck of the Day 3 starsWine Women Cushions skippedPlaying With Fire 5 starsAll Work and No Play 4 starsGee 35 starsShopping Fucking 35 starsPool School 4 starsWithout the Game 4 stars

  9. Christina Christina says:

    Re read 012015; 03292017Game Set 5 StarsAs Long As It Lasted 3 StarsRules Of Engagement paperback only 35 StarsIncludes Fuck of the DayWine Women and Cushions 3 StarsPlaying with Fire 5 StarsAll Work And No Play 45 StarsGee 45 StarsShopping Fucking 5 StarsPool School 4 StarsWithout The Game 5 Stars

  10. Kat Kat says:

    Manna Francis what are you doing to me?

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