Secret Funding is a business book, corporate business book made into a mind-playing novel, not an erotic novel, not that there has to be actual sex for it to be erotic but this book is more of a Fifty Shades of Gray mind fuck book than BDSM. However, the plot and actual BDSM scenes are way better and real than that of Fifty Shades of Gray.
First we have Noah, in his early forties, an arrogant businessman who is doing really well with his company until this one deal that goes south. Besides being a top notch business man Noah is a well paid, attractive and asked for Dom at one of the finest BDSM Clubs in Boston. When shit goes south Noah quite fast becomes desperate for an investor. When the behind the scene and long lost Dom of the Club Noah belongs to, a rich businessman himself Martin steps up to offer Noah a deal he can’t say no too is when the fun or the trouble begins.
Up until we meet Martin or rather Noah meets him, we have spent a good ⅓ of the book learning about Noah’s business but nothing about Noah himself, not really. Yes, we know he’s arrogant, well paid and asked for Dom and really good at what he does. He’s a control freak that won’t leave anything to chance. But who is Noah!? At this point I’m like, patience Phetra it will come, he’s a mystery. So I keep reading and that is the grand thing about this book, that makes me give it a 3 star that the author knows how to keep you on your toes and yearn for more. But the more never comes!
When Noah and Martin meet and Martin propositions him we get where it will all lead and I go, here we go, finally now we are going to get to the bottom of things. Learn why all this business stuff in the beginning was so important, who is Noah, and yum, yum, yum who’s Martin. I will say that the balancing act between Noah and Martin is done really well, Martin comes off as this private, this is just a business transaction man out to have some fun and share a few good rolls in the hay, with the same person. To show his power, to be in charge to prove a point, teach Noah a lesson that anything and anyone can be bought for money.
I have to say I am torn about this book, in one way I want to give it a 2 star because of the lack of connection between the two main characters, on the other hand a 4 star because it is really well written if your thing is a business corporate story with a cold mindless “I fuck you because there’s nothing better around”.
I am not a person that needs a HEA in my books, I like erotic novels as much as the next person I know of several authors where the main character never finds love but the connection between the main character and his hook up is sizzling and hot, there’s something tangible there to make you fan yourself with a magazine. This book had really good potential, very good I say, to prove that BDSM is more than just scenes with sex, that the lifestyle can be so much more than just that but the author forgot to connect us the readers to her characters. It was as if she had this amazing image of them in her head but forgot to tell us about it. Still as I read the
last few pages of this book, when I started to realize I wouldn’t get my questions answered the very nice ending didn’t mean much because my connection to Noah and Martin wasn’t really there and what was there was mostly that they were whiny selfish arseholes with little to no interest at all in consider anyone else’s emotion than that of their own.
Young, handsome, sometimes cruel. Noah Kress is a hardened broker, skilled enough to bring success to his company and determined to face the ever-growing challenges of the venture capital market. In his private life he is Master Noah, a very popular dominator at the Circle, one of the most exclusive private clubs in Boston. For him, at work as well as in the dungeon, people and events are just variables to be interpreted, numbers to be broken down, combinations to consider and evaluate. But when the latest, most difficult deal threatens to make his company sink without trace, his only chance seems to be the large investment fund managed by the mysterious Martin Scheer. And in order to provide credit, Martin demands a very special guarantee. For both of them it’s just business. Yet, what was supposed to be a mere contract might just shatter the perfect surface of their lives. And will talented player Noah be willing to gamble following brand new rules?
Due to m/m mature content, this book is recommended for an adult audience.
S.M. May is mom of three / lawyer / blogger and she lives in North-East Italy trying to find the right balance between work, family, reading and writing.