Review: Red Tape (FLC #1) by Kathy Kulig

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Review: Red Tape (FLC #1) by Kathy Kulig

BONDAGE IN THE WHITE HOUSE
Handpicked for an underground White House society, Jason Merritt and Zoe Summers are assigned to take down a sadistic leader through the use of blackmail, coercion and sex. Former CIA agent Jason must train his ex-lover for her role as a submissive in a dangerous BDSM sex tape project. Distracted by their tortured past, he’s unprepared for their reignited passion or his overwhelming need to protect her, possess her and do whatever it takes to make her his.

HE WANTS TO MAKE HER HIS SLAVE
Tough and tenacious Zoe Summers has tried to forget her former field partner and lover. She hasn’t forgiven Jason, or herself, for their failed missions. The BDSM training sessions with Jason stir up deep yearnings and sparks fly. She’s obsessed into exploring this realm of her sexuality, but worried it will undermine both their relationship and their project. Danger escalates when their target discovers the plan and devises one of his own. Now the two must fight and choose between life, love and National Security.

Sensual, dangerous, adrenaline-pumping…

Title: Red Tape
Author: Kathy Kulig
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Spring Break, Desert of the Damned, Damned and Desired, Damned and Defiant
Series: FLC #1
Published by Self
Source: Author
Published: August 5, 2014
Genres: BDSM, Erotic Contemporary Romance, Suspense
Pages: 279
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: four-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I have read this author before and have liked what I read so I was surprised when I very quickly found myself wishing I hadn’t agreed to review this story.  This book is really well written, the characters of reasonably well developed, but the story caused me distress.  I know I was  intrigued by the lure of BDSM promised in the story.  I do like a good BDSM story and have read others by this author.  Unfortunately, this one mostly appalled and disgusted me.

You see the dungeon where the BDSM games happened was in the White House.  I kid you not. The basement maybe, but still the White House.  And the dungeon master, if you will, was the First Lady.  She used this dungeon to lure world leaders with ties to terrorism into BDSM games that were secretly taped and then she black-mailed these leaders into signing peace treaties, releasing prisoners, or what ever else may be needed in her bid for world peace. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind a dark tale with white slavery and BDSM elements.  What disturbed me about this was the politics and the obvious references to current events.  Without going into my personal beliefs and politics, let’s just say most of this story just didn’t work for me.

Then there is Zoe’s training by Jason.  Frankly, I felt this pretty much left out most of the “safe, sane, and consensual” aspects of BDSM.  It was given lip service.  I mean, they wore masks so were suppose to be anonymous, but we were dealing with psychotic terrorists here.  You may be safe in the dungeon with the secret service as monitors, but what happens outside?  Sane – well I didn’t particularly find this particular premise very sane at all.  As for consensual – Zoe wasn’t exactly thrilled about doing this “mission”.  I felt she was just as blackmailed as the world leaders are.  It was just dress up prettier and rationalized to make it sound like her duty.  It was beside the point that she found she actually liked it – at least with Jason.

The last two chapters, yep!  I liked.  Came much closer to my belief on how to deal with terrorist and of course we finally got a somewhat happy ending – at least for now.  I frankly don’t believe this couple will ever have a truly happy life together.  My opinion, but I am glad I made it to the end of the book.

This series is called FLC – First Ladies Club.  I won’t be reading more of this series.  Again, we get into my personal beliefs and politics which do not belong here, but this is a well written story and you, dear reader, might like it.  I leave that to you.

 

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