Title: Secret Funding (Secret Agreements, Book 1)
Author: S.M. May
Published: October 15, 2015 (Originally published April 2, 2015 in Italian)
Publisher: S.M. May
Author’s Page (Goodreads): link
Noah Kress is an investment broker who is not afraid to make bold choices in his dealings. And he’s not afraid to do the same in his private life, moonlighting as Master Noah at a local BDSM club. When one of his investments ends up on shaky ground, he is approached with an offer he finds very difficult to refuse. But accepting it means he will have to confront the few things he is actually afraid of–and it may mean that nothing will ever be the same again…
I found this to be an interesting concept. I don’t read a great deal of BDSM, but when I do, the doms and masters are always presented as being so tough and hardened. Even when they’re not, the need for an outward appearance is so strong they fight so hard to show any weakness and it gets in the way of an authentic story. Here, we get something different. Noah knows and accepts his limitations, despite those pressures that demand perfection and strength at all times.
There were some scenes that struck me as a bit awkward and/or unnecessary, but the overall story arc kept me reading. The changes that the main characters experience make for an engaging book and it pulls them to the foreground. This was quick read, it was paced well, and it flowed quite nicely. I think I might be curious enough to find out what happens in the next book…[Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.]