I'm rating this at four stars because this is a really well written book, not because I enjoyed it. I liked quite a lot of it, but the kink was just too much for me. To make matter worse you simply cannot skip the BDSM scenes because they are VITAL to the relationship development of the two mains. This is the sign of a good sex scene in my opinion, that it is integral to the book and cannot be skipped over, but it makes for very uncomfortable reading if pain and humiliation is not your thing, and it is very definitely not my thing at all. I'm glad I read this book but I don't think I'll be picking it up again any time soon.