Scorching. Dangerous. Seductive. An undercover mission to trap a sadistic enemy in a twisted blackmail and sex scandal turns into a dangerous game of vengeance and sexual obsession.
Former CIA agent Jason Merritt vows never to let a woman risk a mission again. Jason is hired by a secret White House operation for a dangerous mission to take down a sadistic leader through blackmail, coercion and an undercover sex scandal. The last thing he wants to do is partner with his ex-lover and special agent Zoe Summers.
Jason must train Zoe 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. He's overwhelmed by his need to protect her, possess her and do whatever it takes to make her his.
Zoe fears the growing emotional and sensual ride will threaten their mission, not to mention their lives. Can she dare risk another heartache for a second chance at love when danger and treachery surround them?
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?
About the Author
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Kathy Kulig writes a variety of sexy romances, including paranormal, contemporary, and suspense. Her books can be dark and edgy, passionate and erotically-charged, but there's always a steamy romance and a happy ending. Besides her career in writing, she has worked as a cytotechnologist, research scientist, medical technologist, dive master, bartender and stringer for a newspaper. In her spare time, she can be found mountain biking, traveling, lounging with a good book or having dinner out with her husband. Kathy resides in eastern Pennsylvania.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Red Tape can fit in many genre categories and still live up to each expectation. You have some romance between two lovers who drifted away only to reconnect again due to a new mission. You have the BDSM aspect where this is the key to catching the target. You have suspense as we watch the White House and secret service go after the “bad guys” and of course the shock as you read about FLC (First Ladies Club) practicing in the basement of the White House. What more could a reader want? Zoe is still trying to come to terms with her last mission that went badly. With a scar on her neck as a constant reminder of the danger, she also lost Jason when he just disappeared. Now on a job in the White House basement she is finding that her job appears to be filing cases and she doesn’t understand why. It isn’t until she stumbles across a badge and a private room that she believes the US is using to torture people into confessions that she believes she might be into more than she thought. That is until Jason finds her and sweeps her off into a secret room and she learns that it isn’t torture that goes on there it is BDSM. Being trapped and forced into silence as they hid while a scene is being played out, she realizes she isn’t over Jason but he still has a lot of explaining to do. Jason had his reasons for leaving Zoe after the mission failure and he had tried to contact her as soon as he could but now he is looking at having to get Zoe out of this job before she finds out what the Red Tape is all about. When that didn’t happen he stepped up to be the one to train her in the BDSM lifestyle so she was ready for the mission but one problem is he isn’t a natural Dom. Will he be able to teach her enough to keep her alive and will he be able to stand there and watch another man treat her as a submissive and not want to run and rescue her? When she was injured his protectiveness increased and his love for her never died, he just needs to get her to believe that. The target is known as a bad man who has killed women in the role. The US is hoping to obtain enough information to blackmail them into doing what the US wants. We read of other heads of state and country leaders taking part in the Red Tape room all adding to the shock and suspense of the story. The author did a wonderful job at adding so many dimensions to the story and keeping them constantly flowing and balanced. It was like a buffet for all tastes in this book. I can’t give you more details at this point because it would spoil the book for you but trust me there was enough twists and turns to keep me on the edge of my seat and fully engaged in the story. I really enjoyed the plot and I loved how the characters were developed. It was easy for me to become invested in Jason and Zoe and the author did a great job at keeping the secondary characters entertaining and shocking. The plot, while not realistic in the minds of most people, was written in a way that I could sit back and agree that this could really happen. The whole book had a feel of life is stranger than fiction and it made the reading experience wonderful. This is book one and I will be anxiously waiting for the next book from this author. I have not read any of her other work and I have become a fan with this series. Reviewed by Tbird for Crystal’s Many Reviewers *Copy provided for review*
If you are a CIA agent you expect dangerous assignments, right? What you don’t expect is to find yourself working hand in hand with a man who is a former lover (and for whom you still hold a strong attraction) on an assignment that is loaded with sexual tension. And it’s an assignment that takes both of you into the highly charged and unpredictable world of political coercion starring a very highly placed White House figure as the ring leader. Author Kathy Kulig has written Jason Merritt and Zoe Summers as a pair of attractive but prickly characters who share a work past and a personal past. Zoe is chosen for a dangerous mission because of her physical appearance as well as her top level clearance and training in undercover work. Because Zoe hasn’t been completely briefed about the true nature of her new mission, she initially finds her desk job tedious and a bit of a demotion from the excitement of field work. She receives her first clue that something is very different about this assignment when she runs across a badge belonging to a previous worker. As Zoe quickly discovers, the target of her mission has a weakness for her physical type as well as a particular sexual life style. Good news. . .bad news. . .Jason has been selected to train her to take advantage of the target’s weakness. This is a well-written book with a few editing mistakes that don’t really detract from the flow of the story. The plot is intriguing, the action is fast-paced and the sex is plentiful and creative. There is ample suspense with international implications and a very clever twist to the role of the First Lady and her “team”. The last couple of chapters definitely measure up to thriller status and for those readers who require a HEA, a very romantic one is coming, so just keep reading. I, for one, will be watching to see where the author takes this captivating and clever new series.