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.
©2013 Susan Elizabeth Lyons (P)2016 Susan Elizabeth Lyons
If you are a fan of Fifty Shades then it is probable you will like this book. What I enjoyed about this book is watching Kate explore and discover her own sexual desires. There's kink, but it's not too much, which actually I felt worked really well. Kate's questions, her insecurities, were open for the reader to see, and it was wonderful how the relationship between Drake and her developed. Drake is a strong male character, and there is something very likeable about him. The references to Pride And Prejudice were slightly irritating, as was the use of for, "for he, for I ...". But apart from that it was a really enjoyable, easy to read book, and I am looking forward to reading the next in series.
I found this book to be a little repetitive with it's sex scenes, although some of them are good.
This is also a poor BDSM novel, and so I'd look elsewhere if that is what you want. I think there is only one scene with bondage that I recall, one light spanking and the other elaborated scenes are vanilla sex only. And I found the idea of using a safe word to equal we stop and I go home rather lame, given it should always mean this, and certainly shouldn't mean you quit rather than deal with why the safe word was used.
I found the D/S to be equally bad. The Dom breaks fair few of his rules, which does not equal trust. He doesn't listen to her when she wants space, and all but stalks her and bombards her with calls, texts and visits when he doesn't get his way etc. And we keep getting told she is smart, but after weeks she still can't remember to call him master for more than two minutes at a time, and never gets punished for this or countless other rule breaches.
The worst part for me was the cringe worthy moment Mr vanilla Dom gives an unprompted class to his peers on how to give an over the knee spanking at a fetish party. Very teach your grandmother to suck eggs moment.
I'm sure this book will appeal to some for some of the sex scenes and the rather done to death romance style, but it's BDSM content is pretty laughable for me.
Drake sounded like a honey, but it all became tiresome. She cried a lot, some women do I suppose. I became easily bored with the whole scenario.
"The complete package"
I want to stand on a rooftop and tell all my fellow audio peeps just how fantastic this book it.
Not only is the storyline so completely enthralling and entertaining, it also sparked a lot of deep thinking about sexuality and the roles gender plays in society. The writing is so smart and intriguing not to mention incredibly sexy and hot. This audio is seriously the complete package.
Emma Wilder is a fantastic narrator and was the most perfect voice for this book. She was able to completely separate all characters in my mind so easily.
Although I received this book in exchange for my review by Audiobook Blast, it in no way is influencing this review. If the remainder of this series is released in audio, I will most definitely be scooping it up. Until then, I'm heading over to Amazon to buy the ebook so I can continue reading SE Lund's gifted writing.
"fantastic beautiful book"
this was inspirational beautiful well done book. even the parts that were dirty were well done with class. you must get this book it is great.
I received this book free from the publisher author or narrator for a honest review and unbiased option via audio book boom.
"You Will Remember This Book"
I was given this book in exchange for an unbiased review. This is not your typical dominant/submissive book yet it is. The story is fully developed and is not just a few lines here and there then sex. The narrator did a good job and made the story come alive. Drake and Katie have issues but who doesn't? How they solve them is something else. I await the next book in this series.
"Good Book... Worth the Credit"
I was given a copy of The Agreement by the author or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review of the book.
As I started listening to the book I realized I had read the book some time ago. I enjoyed the story and was happy to hear the story brought to life by Emma Wilder. She did a very good job. The story develops slowly and the heroine got my nerves a couple times but all in all it's a good story. I think it's worth the price of a credit.
"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.
When Are the others books coming out in audio.they are so good I read them three times.
"What a great story...so hot and more!"
I was given this book in return for my honest unbiased opinion . I really liked this book and enjoyed the narration. The story line was so much more than what I expected. I can't wait to read the next book. She is going to Kenya to be with Drake...I can't wait.
"Enjoyable Book with Complicated Relationship"
I received this audiobook to review for free from the author, narrator or publisher for an unbiased review.
This book goes more deeply into the relationship between Drake and Kate, the H and h. Some times the books can be mostly sex, but this was more.
Interesting that they arbitrarily see each other in a bar, are attracted and then find out that their parents are friends and they have heard about each other. This adds some twist to the story
There is always angst, but overly...It's a longer audio book so one must devote time to listen but is worth the time and I felt the narrator made it a great listen, and I recommend it!
"Believable Story and Hot!"
"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom." This was a very enjoyable listen. I could see myself asking the same questions often enough that it kept it believable. Lots of angst to keep me riveted. I especially like that the author didn't use the hot sex as a load bearing foundation; she created a good plot that would have held up alone. At the end, there's an intro to the next in series but it has enough of a HEA ending to stand alone.Emma Wilder does an excellent job handling different male voices. If anything, her female voices are a bit too similar. All in all, she rocked the vocalization.Worth a credit!
"Excellent Story! Much better than expected!"
This is not my favorite genre because it is hard for me to find stories I really enjoy. This book was one of the best I have listened to in this genre and topic.
The author did an outstanding job with the story. It sucked me in and it was hard to put it down. It was over 13 hrs of bliss but it went by so quickly, and I really enjoyed every bit of it.
The characters were smart, intriguing, caring, fun, and unpredictable at times. Dawn drove me nuts trying to dictate what Kate could and could not do! How annoying she can be! Too nosy and bossy for a best friend!
The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life. The story is told in Kate's POV. There is no cliffhanger. The author wraps up the story nicely and doesn't leaves us hanging like many authors like to do. The next book in this series will continue their story and I'm looking forward to it! I'm sure there will be more ups and downs but I have really enjoyed this author's writing style.
This audiobook is definitely worth a credit!
**This audiobook was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion**
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