Max has secrets. Painful secrets. Secrets he keeps to himself. He covers up for them by asserting his dominance and focusing on work. Brought up the son of a wealthy industrialist, he was sent off to boarding school at a young age. The experience distanced him from his parents and he learned to hide his emotions. Losing the love of his life scarred him deeply, and he’s fearful of loving again. It’s easier being a playboy… dating society women in public and playing at BDSM in private. Lauren on her own is unable to break through his armor, and it won’t be until Steve joins them that Max will let down his defenses and open up his heart. Once Max overcomes his inner conflict, however, external factors come into play and he will have to travel an emotional journey to reach his HEA.