Published by S. E. Lund 8/30/13
Goodreads Synopsis: Despite the carefully-worded agreement meant to keep their relationship strictly professional while Kate explored BDSM for an article in her college’s newspaper, Drake and Kate broke their own rules and fell in love.
Now, in the weeks before they leave for Africa, Drake takes Kate more deeply into the D/s lifestyle. In the process, the walls between them continue to crumble as they explore each other physically and emotionally and they fall even more deeply in love. But before they can even leave Manhattan, the past returns unexpectedly to challenge their blossoming relationship.
Is Kate and Drake’s commitment to each other strong enough to stand the test?
My Thoughts: This picked up right where “The Agreement” ended. This, for me, was a stereotypical “middle” book of a trilogy. It lacked a pulse…or something to propel the story. The sex has taken on a decidedly vanilla flavor, not that there was very much of it, or that it was anywhere near as HOT as it was in the first book. We hashed out the same disagreements two and three times within the book.
The only thing I did appreciate was finding out more about Drake’s life prior to Kate. We learned a lot about his previous marriage and it became a major plot point in this book. Once that was resolved there was the requisite HUGE blow-up followed by the equally huge romantic gesture and that’s where it ended.
I will read the next book in the series, but frankly am not holding out much hope for it. I suspect is will be even more vanilla and the D/s portion of Drake’s life, which up until this book had been a driving force, will disappear all together. But I guess we will just have to wait and see.
Rating: Mary Janes