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The Agreement

(Unrestrained #1)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  7,901 ratings  ·  645 reviews
Journalism graduate student Kate McDermott is a good girl who has done everything she can to please her very powerful and domineering father -- a Justice on New York's Supreme Court with hopes for political office. When she decides to write an article about BDSM in popular culture, she tells herself it's just research and nothing personal for she can't afford to become the ...more
Kindle Edition, 396 pages
Published March 27th 2013 by Amazon Digital Services Inc.
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Deanna❤Pink Lady❤️
Oct 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 Delish Stars

Devastatingly Gorgeous Drake Morgan MD- wealthy, powerful, and KINKY.
He is "Dr. Dangerous", a lady killer, a bona fide bad boy.
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Kate- shy, inquisitive, interested in BDSM, has had sadness in her life.
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Drake and Kate run in the same circle but have never met until one night at her father's fundraiser party. She is instantly attracted to him but she has been warned about him. Is it fate that brings them together or an unlikely coincidence when Kate decides to research the BDSM
Vikki ~ *squee* lite ~
This one didn't work for me at all. There were large parts of the book where I felt like I was getting a lecture on BDSM pop psychology.

Kate irritated the crap out of me. She was so indecisive. She wants it, then she doesn't, then she does, then she's not sure etc. I wanted her to at some point have the courage to actually be honest about her sexuality, but she continually has to be "convinced". She was a laughable sub. There was seriously not one scene that she doesn't continually try to
SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
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FREE on Amazon US today (5/16/2015)

This looks so good. Series is complete!

Journalism graduate student Kate McDermott is a good girl who has done everything she can to please her very powerful and domineering father -- a Justice on New York's Supreme Court with hopes for political office. When she decides to write an article about BDSM in popular culture, she tells herself it's just research and nothing personal for she can't afford to become the target of gossip or scandal. She hopes
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! It had flawed characters who had great chemistry whose dialog was well written and with just the right amount of suspense. This might be one of the closest books that I have read touching on Fifty - storyline was different, but it had the same charisma and dynamic between the characters that made me fall in love with the Fifty trilogy. It was a full-length novel, just the right size in-depth enough but no disappointing cliffhangers (not a series). I haven't been ...more
Apr 26, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bdsm-kinks-taboo
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J. Grayland
May 25, 2017 rated it did not like it
Journalism graduate Kate McDermott decides that she wants to write an article about the BDSM lifestyle and she's convinced herself that it's all just for research purposes until she is paired up with "Master D" AKA Drake Morgan, who turns out to be not only a talented, successful neurosurgeon but also the son of her fathers best friend. What starts out as a research assignment for Kate turns into an enlightenment into her own sexual awakening. This book actually started off interesting and ...more
Apr 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotic-romance
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Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it

To me, this book is so much more than BDSM. Yes there's a lot of sex and yes there are parallels with Fifty Shades, but it doesn't even COMPARE. In FSOG, Christian Grey nearly FORCED Ana into dominant/submissive sex. In this book, Kate was all but willing, which I loved. I mean, in a character sense. She wasn't forced.

I don't know, man, I just loved this one a lot. The writing was good and the characters were good.

Drake. Oh god. Drake. Where can I get me
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Really bored with this one it had promise at the beginning, but it ended up flat for me. Felt like I was reading a manual on step by step "BDSM lite" without any of the heat or passion.
Paris        (kerbytejas)
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, read-2013
What happens when Lust, Sexuality, Devotion crashes head-on with Love, Submission, & Dominance? Like the powerful drug LSD, your life may not be completely under your control. That look across a crowded bar, a warning from a friend, finding out your fantasy is real, discovering your sexual cravings need more, and finding out you can’t keep all the facets of your life in the tiny compartments on a sectioned food plate.

Meet Kate McDermott, young journalism student and daughter of a wealthy,
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of hot contemporary romance
ARC received from the author in exchange for a fair review.

Synopsis: Kate McDermott is a graduate journalism student writing a research paper. She’s chosen to write about the world of BDSM and tries to convince herself that her interest is purely intellectual. She has contacted a real-life Domme in order to get some information. The Domme has agreed to set her up with a Dom who can “instruct” her in the ways of a D/s relationship. Enter Dr. Drake Morgan, or “Dr. Delish” as he’s known. Kate’s met
The Agreement is like a flip of the coin to Fifty Shades of Grey. Kate McDermott is a serious and studious graduate student, a good catholic girl and the daughter of “the Hanging Judge” Kate McDermott’s relationships have only been vanilla and after her last disastrous relationship she needed to feel something different. Coming out of that had left her feeling numb and “no more bad boys” That is until her eyes connected with Dr Delish. Dangerous, dark and dominant Drake Morgan. Kate’s instincts ...more
Debra Johnson
The Agreement by S.E. Lund
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
2.75 Stars

Was just an okay read.
A bit long winded & repetitive.

Not for me.
I ended up putting it on my 'book rejected' shelf.

In 2016 I read another book by S.E. Lund and it was worse than this one.
She will probably end up in my 'author rejected' shelf unless one of my GR friends can convince me to give her another try.

That will most likely not happen.
Trinity (A Love Affair with Books)
The Agreement is the other side of the story from books like Fifty Shades of Grey. Kate is a serious and studious graduate student with a more than pressing curiosity about BDSM. She hopes that writing a paper will help her learn more about it. She agrees to meet with a Dom who will introduce her into the world.

What she wasn't expecting what Dr. Drake Morgan to be the Dom. He's an acclaimed doctor and the golden boy in her father's eyes. Ashamed and embarrassed, she does the only thing she can
Added March 2017:

I just want to apologise to anyone who read the comments thread to this review. Someone made several comments and although this was fairly innocuous at first, it became rather vitriolic. I *tried* to remain above it, but I'm not perfect and do have a temper. I'm on Goodreads to keep track of my reading and be friends with other bookworms not to argue, so again: I'm sorry to anyone who witnessed it.

Now on to my original review, written July 2015:

On the long list of things I
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: erotica
When you read a story in the erotica genre, there are only so many twists that are plausible enough to get into the story line. Otherwise, you're just reading for the thrill of the sex scenes, which is ok too, if that's what you like.

One of the reviews of this book points out all the similarities between this and FSOG. OK, it's true, there are similarities, and it wouldn't surprise me if nearly half the BDSM/Romance books that have come out since FSOG are also very similar. In fact, I'm reading
Okay, that's it. I can't do it anymore.

This book is a FSoG wannabe. It's on the right track, too. The writing is, while not as bad, awful and suicidal-thoughts-inducing, the main character indecisive, the the male hero gives off some weird vibes.

The similarities with 50 shades are there:

-stupid MC:
-hot guy who's a legend in his field:
-hot guy who does charity work:
-guy warns off MC with cryptic comment:
- MC's best friend warns her off hot guy:

And that's just in the fist 16%.

Do yourself a
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Oh goodness, this book wore me out. I just couldn't believe anybody would allow their "best friend" to dictate who they would have for a lover even under the guise of fearing for their safety. I just wish that situation had resolved so much sooner than it did. I felt the beginning 25% was too long and boring. I almost made it a DNF but then did finish it. I did really like the ending a lot.
Michelle [Helen Geek]
Not bad, but too clinical. I didn't f e e l what the author intended.
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book took me five days to read. I had to force myself to finish. when I am constantly looking at how much is left to read and groaning in frustration when I realize I am not even half way...this is not a good sign.

If you don't want any spoilers quit reading.

What i didn't like. There was too much info. The book should of been 100 pages less. The heroine was a push over and let everyone walk all over her. But with Dom she suddenly is more assertive and stands up to him. I Always felt the
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bdsm, erotica, romance, arc, d-s
*~ The Erotica Book Club Review of - The Agreement ~*
By S.E. Lund
I did receive an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest opinion.
Graduate student Kate McDermott is trying to find herself and her place in her powerful family's future. Her life has been mapped out and controlled by her father and she has always felt inadequate and that she could never meet up to his expectations of her and she was not happy with the plans he had for her. After a traumatizing experience while being embedded
I received an ACR copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review & I have to say that I absolutely loved it!

Our hero is the well known, wealthy, smokin' hot, brain surgeon - Dr. Drake Morgan ("Dr. Delish") by day, but he's also, the dominant, sensual, Master D by night. He likes control, bondage & his women submissive. He is an expert at compartmentalizing his life & never, ever, mixes love with sex... That is, until he meets Kate McDermott - the daughter of his
Apr 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lend
Really enjoyed this story of graduate Kate, and her interest/curiosity in the BDSM lifestyle. Being a daughter of a respected lawyer, it was going to be difficult for Kate to attempt to "research" a submissive's role for an article she planned for the student magazine.

After trawling the internet, she embarks on meeting a Domme who arranges to put her in contact with a respected, discrete Dom. What she hadn't realised was that Dom "Dr Delish" was not only handsome (obviously), a ground breaking
☼♎ Carmen the Bootyshaker Temptress ☼♎
Wow where can I get me a hot Master D/doctor?

I really liked this book. I like the discovery of the two characters and even Dawn's annoying threats. Dawn made the story more but having the hot neurosurgeon and a dom was enough for me event though there wasn't much oF the BDSM but I'll take it and will continue with the others. All in all I really enjoyed Kate and Drake.

Oh and we can't leave out that he does good things for Africa :) I thought that was a nice twist in the story. This was well
Mar 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
*Scratches head* is that it ........

Nothing happens AT All in this predictable book!

I me it really is 400 odd pages of nothingness and sex ... There was no story in the middle.

Just a tame catholic girl wanting to learn about bondage, but keep it a secret from the world.

I like these type of books, but this one just didn't do it for me, and there is something wrong with a book when there seems to be more sex scences than chapters ...
~ Cariad ~
Apr 12, 2013 rated it liked it
Barely a 3 star read for me

I just didn't enjoy this one.
Drake was almost stalkerish in his behaviour. 'No' never seemed to mean no to him when it came to staying away.
The repetitiveness of the dialogue was annoying me, they kept going over and over the same ground.

It just didn't work for me at all.
Tara  TUG
May 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-you-want
This just wasnt for me im sorry to say..It was like watching a train wreck but being on the train..I found Drake annoying and not very Alpha at all.I also just couldnt seem to get in the flow of Kate and drake together
Debby "Piene Raven"
s. E. Lund and The Agreement are new to me author and book. I chose this book as part of a club listening challenge and knew it had erotic but it was oh so boring. Chalking it up to the H supposedly being much older than the h, however the narration of his voice made him seem much younger.

The pace was a bit slow leading up to the climax of the H/h really getting together and the reason for the break up, seemed a bit superficial.

In summary, not my cup of tea and narration could have been a bit
Apr 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kate McDermott is a graduate journalism student and daughter of a a domineering father running for the Senate. In her flight from the kind of life he has imagined for her she has studied the Arts not Commerce or Politics, traveled to Africa and now lives in the kind of apartment a grad student can afford. Familial duty leads to her meeting Drake Morgan, successful surgeon, musician, philanthropist but her decision to write about the burgeoning interest in the BDSM lifestyle leads to her meeting ...more
Jul 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
Sometimes I don't know what pushes me to choose a book to read, but I'm seriously thinking I must have some sadistic inner voice because otherwise I don't get it.
This was one of the most painful things I've ever read, and I survived Gabriel's Inferno, so that's a lot.
There's spoilers ahead, so here we go:
- First of all, we need somebody that can write a male character, doctor, who is NOT a f@cking neurosurgeon, cause believe you me, there are other doctors that perform incredible surgeries too.
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S. E. (Elizabeth) Lund is a writer who lives in a small Western Canadian city with her two teen sons, a foster daughter, 6 parrots, 2 Dumbo rats and a very tempted Devon Rex cat named Spock. She read Dracula when she was ten, and has been warped ever since. She reads many genres and writes in a few, including paranormal romantic suspense, high fantasy, and YA SF/F. Her books are available on ...more

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