Dan Westbury knows that a good Dom has a great responsibility for the care of his submissives. But for this undercover agent there is nothing in his current assignment that is "safe, sane, & consensual". As the women kneeling before him look up with terrified eyes, he wonders if they'll ever be able to forgive him for what he's had to do, or if his actions will haunt them for the rest of their lives.
Laura Hurst is a childhood friend and the only light in his tortured existence. She longs for a relationship with Dan, but when he offers none, she contents herself with fantasies of strong men who take control. Little does she know that her worst fantasies are about to become reality, and include a cell, harsh punishments, and an auction where she is sold to the highest bidder.
Because when a dangerous rival tries to distract Dan, his secret comes crashing into Laura's life. Now Laura and Dan must keep his secret together and play their parts, knowing that revealing the truth before the end of this deception would have terrible consequences for them all. And as they move deeper into their roles, they experience a growing attraction to each other that forces them to confront their own dark desires and blurs the line between consent and coercion.
This book is a romance, but sometimes the path to happily ever after can lead to dark places along the way. Please don't buy it if you are turned off by reluctant D/s, corporal punishments, anal sex, or permanent markings. However, if those things fascinate you, this is a book to satisfy that secret place in your mind where the shadows linger no matter how bright the lights.
There\\'s character death involved. However, overall a very good read.