Destined to Play by Indigo Bloome

And so, it begins. Just as Twilight inspired a spate of paranormal romance novels, Fifty Shades of Grey looks set to go the same way, inspiring a range of similar titles to be published, or at least to enjoy mainstream success rather than being shot straight off to the corner of the bookstore where all the kinky novels are kept. Launching on July 1 Destined to Play by Indigo Bloome is the next supposedly erotic novel aimed at mainstream audiences, and is the first in a series of three novels. Published by HarperCollins, this ebook-only novel tells the story of Dr Alexandra Blake who recieves a surprising proposition from her former lover Jeremy. He wants to play a game where she will be totally at his will for forty eight hours ... The cover looks remarkably similar to the Fifty Shades trilogy. (But wait, that's not a tie it's a scarf. And it's red!) No doubt these books will be lapped up for a little while, until the target readership grows bored and moves on. (The Da Vinci Code. Does anyone care about that anymore? Clan of the Cave Bear? I'm certainly not hearing much discussion on that, but everyone in my parents generation just had to have a copy ...)

Without reading the book it is impossible to judge the quality or content, but I'm willing to bet that no one would care about it, or that it would be receiving so much attention, had the Fifty Shades trilogy not been so popular. Lets just hope that no one bites their lip or has an inner goddess ...

Of course, if anyone from HarperCollins wants to send me an ARC ...

Postscript: Well, it doesn't look like I'm getting a review copy from HarperCollins any time soon, but I can announce that a print edition of Destined to Play will be released in September.

Oh, and in case you were wondering ... Indigo Bloome, which may very well be a pseudonym, apparently lives in rural Australia, comes from a financial background and has two children. The rights to the book were sold for a six figure sum just days after she submitted them to HarperCollins.

Oh, and if anyone from HarperCollins is reading this, you can contact me at

Postscript 2: I now have a review copy and thank HarperCollins very much. I hope for a review to be up within a few days. Due to huge demand, printed copies have been released today - July 3, 2012.


Anna Valdinger said…
Hello! Looking forward to your review ... BTW, it's not a scarf on the cover, it's a very sexy blindfold. I know this because I have it sitting in my office drawer right now :)
lots of love,
Anna (Indigo's publisher at HarperCollins Australia)
PS I can guarantee there's no 'inner goddess'!
Kathryn White said…
Hi Anna! Thank you for your comment. Ah-ha. A blindfold, that makes a lot more sense, given the plot.

I'm very glad there is no inner goddess. Overall, I've found Destined to Play to be a lot more mature than the Fifty Shades trilogy. I'm hoping to post my review very soon.

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