I’m here today to talk about my new release A Cordial Agreement! I’ve wanted to write a book featuring an asexual character for a long time, and I’m proud that this is my first offering. (I’m planning at least 1 other book, featuring a character you may already know!) I identify with Jim in a lot of ways, so giving him a happy ever after with a partner who respects his limits was vital to me. As Jim moves through the story, he’s a bit of a fish out of water…
“Well. You might be the first asexual we’ve had here that I know of.”
“I don’t sign autographs.”
Miss Wyatt laughed. “All right, you’ve explained why your goals aren’t sexual. Let’s talk about why you’re asking for pain. Are you a masochist?”
“No, ma’am.” Jim dug his heels into the carpet as she unraveled him.
“But you want to be hurt.”
She sounded sure. He glanced up, wondering if he should put up a front and demand to know why she’d jumped to that conclusion instead of asking if he sought to hurt someone. Her thoughtful expression shut him down. She looked ready to explain his life for him. And worse, she would be right.
And his first meeting with Grant shows him with his guard up, but his curiosity and his need to find someone who can assuage his guilt is strong enough to keep him going.
“It doesn’t rip off, if you’re wondering.”
Grant checked Mr. Sieber’s eyes for a glare; his face remained blank, a waiting expression, if anything. He took a second to figure out Mr. Sieber meant his suit.
Once Jim and Grant come to their Cordial Agreement, things don’t always go smoothly, but they grow in respect for each other and lay down the solid foundations for a strong relationship. Sure, they mess up (mainly Grant), but that’s all part of the run, isn’t it? Pretty soon, love is in the air!
Jim was too young, for one thing. For another, they came from completely different backgrounds. Plus, Grant had sworn to keep their relationship all business. It would never work, and that was that. Except… he thrilled when Jim smiled. He burst when Jim laughed. He lived when Jim stood up to him.
“Daddy?” Bea paused.
Grant sighed. “Darling, I’m in love.”
I hope you all enjoy A Cordial Agreement, and if you are interested in more MM books with asexual characters, please read Ada Maria Soto’s His Quiet Agent, which is wonderful.
A Cordial Agreement, Dreamspinner Press, May 17th, 2019 https://tinyurl.com/yyxln8fd
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Can a wealthy but frustrated CEO and a guilt-ridden stripper find what they need in a consensual, nonsexual whipping boy arrangement?
Billionaire mogul Grant Jessup, fifty-three, buries his sexual tastes and the reasons behind them—the stresses of his business empire and family. In contrast, Jim Sieber understands the regret that makes him seek pain and penance. As an asexual averse to erotic touch, Jim sets strict boundaries. But as the relationship evolves, Grant struggles to respect them, and both men realize for their association to continue and perhaps grow into real feelings, they’ll have to explore new ways to satisfy each other.
Ryan Loveless is the author of numerous M/M romance novels and short stories. She is honored to be recognized as a Rainbow Book Award winner (several titles), an Epic eBook Awards finalist (In Me an Invincible Summer), and a Florida Author and Publisher Association bronze medalist (Ethan). She lives in New York with her family, a sentence that brings her great joy to write.