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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Corporate Desires by Bridget Midway

Corporate Desires by Bridget Midway
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (122 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Fresh from her recent incarceration, Edna "Madame Z." Zulma wants a normal life. Unfortunately between her new boss and her parole officer, she's finding it hard to be plain ol' Edna. Throw in the very sexy office manager, Burton McCutcheon, and Edna is starting to think about the BDSM lifestyle again.

Burton's goal of staying focused as he tries to start his own business is affected as soon as Edna Zulma arrives. When he discovers her BDSM past, he decides to fulfill her fantasies...and his.

After devouring Bridget Midway’s sensual and unforgettable Corporate Seduction, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the second installment, Corporate Desires. Even then a secondary character, Madame Z made one heck of an impression, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened to her. Now, I have my answer, and I have to confess, I enjoyed the journey immensely.

Edna is in a rut brought about by her own actions, and now she’s paying the cost. Once the renowned Madame Z, she is now simply Edna, a woman nearing forty, fresh out of prison, who lives at home with her mother. She fantasizes about the man who drove her to madness, but knows a future together will never happen. He’s married – to the very woman she tried to remove from his life. Taking a regular job, she hopes to find some sense of normalcy and happiness, but accepts things might never start looking up. Just when she’s settling in, she’s introduced to her co-worker, a gorgeous man who brings all of her wickedly naughty passions to life – Burton McCutcheon.

Burton is a man who has denied his sexual needs for far too long. Newly divorced, he’s determined not to make the same mistake again. He needs control – both in his life and in the bedroom. His attraction to Edna is both consuming and confusing. She dresses like a spinster and carries herself like a woman much older than her years. Still, there is something about her he can’t ignore, and soon, he discovers there is far more to his office assistant than meets the eye.

As with Corporate Seduction, Ms. Midway lures you in with complex, yet relatable, characters, fantastic dialogue, and scenes that will have you in stitches. She’s the Mistress of writing moments that make you cringe as you chuckle, ensuring your stomach rolls as a smile expands across your face. Edna and Burton each have issues, with tainted histories, which mold them into people you can’t help but care for. I loved the flourishing relationship, especially as it’s hindered by comical (and at times uncomfortable) obstacles along the way.

Bridget Midway fans will not be disappointed with Corporate Desires. The writing is excellent, the characters are fantastic, and the story has enough drama, emotion, and tension to keep you turning the pages to learn what happens next.

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