Jason Merritt and Zoe Summers were picked to take down a sadistic leader using blackmail, coercion and sex. Jason and Zoe were former CIA agents now assigned to work with homeland security. However they have to deal with their personal issues with each other for all of this to work.
The beginning of the story leaves you interested in how the author will tie in politics and BDSM in a believable way. By the end of the first chapter, I was intrigued. The world the author created pushed the boundaries of reality. The author was able to establish a time and place easily that enabled me to better picture the world she was creating. However the use of blackmail and sex as a way for world leaders to work together pushed the boundaries of reality. The pace of the story was a bit slow at some points and fast is others. The main characters and the secondary characters were attention-grabbing and lifelike. I did like that both Zoe and Jason each had faults that they had to deal with making them realistic.
The point of view alternated between Jason and Zoe, giving the reader a glimpse inside both characters. The changing point of view was done with care so the reader did not get lost or repeat storylines. The main conflict of the story was Jason and Zoe working together to catch a sadistic leader while putting the past behind them. While I found elements that were realistic, the whole part of using sex and BDSM to blackmail world leaders pushed what I found realistic or even believable. The dialogue between the characters was genuine and distinctive. The characters voice matched not only the setting but fit their overall personality. The ending was a bit predictable but the author takes the reader on a wonderful journey. I hope we get to see these characters again in the future.
Red Tape is the first book in the FLC series by Kathy Kulig.
RED TAPE...The first book in New York Times & USA Today best-selling author Kathy Kulig's new erotic thriller series...FLC (First Lady's Club)
Blackmail, coercion and undercover sex scandals are meticulously devised by the FLC, a secret society in the White House. When ex-CIA agents, Zoe and Jason, agree to put their damaged pasts behind them to manipulate a sadistic leader, Jason must train his ex-lover for her role as a submissive in a dangerous BDSM sex tape project. But the bondage aspect of the plan takes their relationship on an emotional and sensual ride mixed with heartache, second chances and treachery. Life unravels when their target discovers the plan and devises one of his own, and it appears Zoe has betrayed Jason and her country. Torn between love and national security, can Jason protect the woman he loves from one of the deadliest enemies?