The story flows smoothly as a plot of mystery develops in the background. It has elements of crime solving (people do get in bloody fights), entertainment industry in a way (from rags to riches via cat food ads), lessons from daily life, and adventures (with his cat bros, an ex soldier that has ambiguous morals and also an eccentric hipster CEO).
Most relationships start off with the couple dating and finding the best in each other. They then get married and go off on a honeymoon, before returning to a normal life and discovering each other's flaws, leading to many domestic disputes and their love for each other not as passionate as before.
This story does not follow that formula. Instead, the author skips the honeymoon phase and plops the two main characters right into a domestic life. In the beginning, it is evident that there is a gap in the relationship or missing something that truly bridges the both of them together. They don't try to hide their flaws nor afraid of confronting each other's problems, and it is through overcoming these challenges that trust and love flourishes between the two.
Despite the title, it is not a BDSM-centric heavy smut novel, but a slice-of-life novel. The story is told from the perspective of Xia Zhi, a man in his late 20's who is desperate for a reliable, life-long partner. Many parts of this story follow him as a third-party observer of the BDSM practices as he tries to understand and come to terms with his partner Ye Qia, and by extension his partner's identity as a s*x worker
it has an extremely satisfying auction arc
The men are manipulative and story gets all kind of effed up in later stages in the raws. I didn't manage to finish it due to plot twist and deus ex machina.