Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Can a wealthy but frustrated CEO and a guilt-ridden stripper find what they need in a consensual, nonsexual whipping boy arrangement?
Billionaire mogul Grant Jessup, fifty-three, buries his sexual tastes and the reasons behind them—the stresses of his business empire and family. In contrast, Jim Sieber understands the regret that makes him seek pain and penance. As an asexual averse to erotic touch, Jim sets strict boundaries. But as the relationship evolves, Grant struggles to respect them, and both men realize for their association to continue and perhaps grow into real feelings, they’ll have to explore new ways to satisfy each other.
A Cordial Agreement is an interesting take into BDSM agreements. In most books, the sexual component drives the story, but in this case, the author takes the time to explore Mr. Sieber’s asexuality. and how it fits with Mr. Jessup’s need for control.
The main characters are compelling and I enjoyed their interactions. They were witty and smart. The book is well-written and a bit formal but it goes with their transactional relationship. It’s hard to see the moments they fought the intrinsical intimacy in a BDSM relationship.
Some parts moved too fast or lack foreshadowing. The way everyone was connected had me wondering if I had missed something important. Overall, it has a great premise it simply needed more details.
The cover by L.C. Chase shows important elements of the story, and transmits a sense of propriety that it’s part of the story.
ebook, 118 pages
Published: May 17, 2019, by Dreamspinner Press
Edition Language: English