British Agent Drake Steele never thought when he was hired on at the Serious Organised Crime Agency that his job would involve spanking a co-worker. But when the colleague is Lord Robbie Covington, the sexy red-headed computer hacker for SOCA and MI-6, Drake can’t agree fast enough to pop Robbie’s cherry and pull him into the sensual world of BDSM.
Now they are caught up in a web of lies as they pose as members of the jet-setting crowd. Drake and Robbie have to race against the clock to stop a weapons haul that could threaten the safety of all Europe. As their covers begin to fade and danger is closing in, protecting Robbie is Drake’s most important task, but neither man is ready for the moment when their hearts are put on the line.
The set-up for this book actually nearly made me put it down again. There are things that I cannot believe for the sake of a plot and, unfortunately, I felt that some of the things that I was being asked to accept were just a step too far. I kept reading for the chemistry that started between the two characters almost immediately and I am glad that I did because the suspense plot probably only took up about 20% of the book. The rest of the book is focused on the building of the relationship between Drake and Robbie and that was a fantastic read.
Drake is an experienced Dom with a fondness for whips. As soon as he sees Robbie, he starts to get very lusty thoughts about the geeky redhead. These lusty thoughts happen A LOT. I never ever questioned that he wanted him because he thought of him all the time. This made his vow to only touch Robbie in the name of the mission become incredibly difficult, in fact nearly impossible…which is why he failed and ended up sleeping with him 😀 I suppose he was seriously tested by the bratty Robbie though.
Robbie does not, at any point, come across as someone who submits for the sake of the pleasure of submitting; Robbie submits because Drake wants him to and he wants Drake. This doesn’t mean that Robbie doesn’t enjoy himself (he does), but I felt that he was a man who enjoyed a bit of spanking and restraint which, as much as it makes him a little kinky, doesn’t make him submissive. He did know how to get “punished” though and provoke a reaction from the lovely Drake to get him to lose a bit of his control though and this did lead to some fun scenes. However, it was another issue I took with the “mission” as Robbie’s lack of training cold have put them all at risk. Still, in the story it worked well J
The sex scenes, well the sex scenes were fantastic. This author can write fantastic sex filled with chemistry and emotion. I’d wager that this was one of the reasons I ended up enjoying this book much more than I imagined. At the beginning, the training scenes were filled with so much lust and need, they kept my temperature running high. Drake was trying to train a submissive without touching him in a sexual way, even though he desperately wanted to. Unfortunately Robbie’s mouth gets him into trouble, leaving Drake no option but to punish him. It leads to one of my favourite scenes in the book, where Drake orders Robbie to give him a blow job to prove his ownership. Once they started to build a relationship together in the book, the scenes become positively scorching. There was no holds barred for this author and I can honestly say that I will continue reading her work on the strength of these scenes which left me needing a fan at points.
Overall, this was a book that I enjoyed. Putting aside the premise, the core of this book is the developing relationship between two men and boy did it pack a punch. With inventive scenes filled with angst, heat and passion, I loved reading the journey of this relationship. I will be picking up more from this author and I’m sure I will be reading them in the way I ended up reading this one; in one sitting and with plenty of cold drinks.