Sometimes I like a well written blackmail story, but unfortunately it felt very much non-consensual, which it is, but also very harsh. Let me explain more.
Ultimatum starts right off with the domineering boss, Gage Channing, confronting Kayla Sutton over embezzling money. Kayla needed the money to pay for experimental treatment for her young daughter. Gage immediately puts the deal to her: become my sex slave for the next six weeks or go to jail. There isn’t much choice in her mind, but she is expected to do anything and everything Gage wants and using her safe word means the deal is off and she is faced with jail time.
We learn very little about Gage through the story. It is told in first person from Kayla’s point of view, which is very colored with her on views. She has escaped an abusive husband who stabbed her and now is holding onto trying to help her daughter survive. Before meeting Gage for their first weekend together, she meets her daughter’s new doctor Ian, a love interest of Kayla’s from the past.
When Kayla shows up for the weekend, she is made to perform in many ways she finds arousing, but is so against as well, but she can’t say no. She is punished often because she can’t follow the rules and often back talks Gage.
Because the story jumps so quickly into the action, we don’t grow to understand the entire picture. Throw in the fact that we don’t know what Gage wants. Is he secretly in love with Kayla? Does he want more than six weeks? Is Kayla just a sex slave for his use, with no other motives? Why does he treat Kayla so harshly…just because he is a sadist? He seems cruel, but then also possessive at times. I just wish I could have gotten to know his motives in all of this, because really, I didn’t like him at all. He does agree to pay for all of Kayla’s daughters bills, but again, I don’t know what he is up too.
Then there is this mysterious Ian. We don’t know where that is going, but then this is the first of three books so I don’t know if we are supposed to know.
The story is short and you only see the first weekend of this arrangement. I don’t know what my feelings are. Right off I want to say run, Kayla, run away from Gage as soon as your six weeks is up. If Gage wants more then I think he has a lot of atoning to do, but I don’t see that happening.
So I have mixed feelings on going onto the next one. Part of me wants to see what happens. The other part of me wants Kayla to have rights. The right to agree to her treatment. The consensual part is what is getting me upset. So I probably will grab the next installment…I just want to know what happens!
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