Journalism graduate student Kate McDermott is a good girl who has done everything she can to please her very powerful and domineering father - a Justice on New York's Supreme Court, with hopes for political office. When she decides to write an article about BDSM in popular culture, she tells herself it's just research and nothing personal, for she can't afford to become the target of gossip or scandal. She hopes that the carefully worded agreement she writes up will keep her relationship with the Dominant she will interview strictly professional.
Then "Master D" - Drake Morgan - walks into the interview and Kate is mortified for not only is he gorgeous, he's the son of her father's best and oldest friend...
Drake Morgan, MD, bass player, philanthropist - Dominant. Known as Master 'D' in Manhattan's BDSM Community, Drake must keep the kinky side of his life secret to protect his very successful career as a neurosurgeon. After a heartbreaking divorce, Drake doesn't do girlfriends, he doesn't do sleepovers, and he certainly doesn't do breakfast in bed the morning after. He keeps everything in his well-ordered life separate and under his firm control.
Then Kate McDermott crosses his path and screws everything up. Now, nothing is neat and tidy anymore. And no longer under control, for Drake is smitten and things are going to get messy....
The Agreement will stay with you long after you listen to the final minute. Ages 18+ only for mature content.
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BDSM lite, informative, but fell flat
I'm undecided on if I would listen to The Agreement again. There were parts that I really enjoyed and found sizzling, but there were parts where the main characters behaviors were contradictory to the theme and plot direction that was set up.
I really liked the information giving on BDSM culture. While some seemed unclear on if it was real life fact and at times was over explained, it all felt logical, and believable. There were some scenes that were very sexy and this played very much as a beginners guide or introductory to BDSM, which fit the plot set up for Kate the heroine of the story.
I really enjoyed Emma's narration. I felt she brought life to the story. Her narration help me get through parts of the storyline that I am unsure I would have been able to get through if I had been reading the book instead. I always knew who was speaking by the cadence and tone she used and it made a distinct separation between the characters when they were speaking.
BDSM a beginners 101 and how not to be judgmental.
This book had so much potential, but just fell flat on a few things for me. I loved the realism of a person who was walking into a lifestyle that was essentially alien to her, and the fact that she had to learn to adjust to surrendering control. However the heroine Kate at times seemed overly judgmental of a lifestyle she was trying and learning about, and seem to over react to minor things but then turn around and be overly submissive. Over all the Hero Drake didn't feel very Alpha or Dominant which made it feel less Dom/sub and more like he was just controlling and picky despite doing some things that fit a BDSM expectation. I absolutely hated the story line with Kate's friend Dawn, and I use the term Friend loosely. Dawn just made me frustrated at Kate for not telling her to shit up and mind her business, and it made the entire BDSM lifestyle out to seem like it was more of an abusive relationship rather than two consenting adults enjoying their sexual preferences or trying new things. I understand how Dawn would initially be concerned for her friend, but if Kate would have simply told her anything along the lines of "I like it, I want to do this, it's consensual, you need to butt out and mind your own business" I would have enjoyed the story line a lot more. Instead her friend held things over her head in the name of being concerned. I disliked how it devolves the story into a more immature Biden relationship than two adults standing up for their own choices, and then in the end it all seemed to be a moot point. I also had a hard time feeling a real connection between Drake and Kate, and though their relationship does evolve into more, it doesn't seem genuine or passionate with true love, which made all the running around, hiding, and then HEA fall short of what could have been a great story. Over all it was enjoyable but at times frustrating and had things that took away from the main plot unnecessarily. I obtained my copy from audiobook boom for my unbiased review.
- lisa cravens
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