Digital Possession by Mandy Harbin
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Length: Short Story (88 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Toys, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle
Cassie Tucker, a hardworking project leader at a software design company, can’t believe her luck when she’s assigned to work with the hottest guy at the firm. Too bad his office is hundreds of miles away. Technology will get them through—both in the boardroom and the bedroom.
Ian Tucker has had the hots for Cassie for two years. Landing this project with her is a dream come true—until he discovers he’s expected to use Cassie to aid in a consolidation plan that will shut down her office. He really should keep things professional, all things considered. But she’s a temptation he can’t refuse.
When the truth is revealed, Ian can only hope Cassie understands she means more to him than just a digital possession.
Can the hottest phone/internet sex of your life with the man of your dreams make up for his single heinous act of betrayal? Well, this IS romance, so apparently it can!
At 88 pages, Digital Possession is a good length for a short story. Ms. Harbin provides just enough background on both of the main characters to give the idea that they have known each other for a couple of years even though they live in different states and haven’t worked directly together. Circumstances put them together on a project but the chemistry they share keeps them working late into the night and beyond.
Ms. Harbin does a terrific job of building the long distance relationship and keeping it HOT! HOT! HOT! She utilizes several different forms of communication devices to keep the sexual tension simmering between Ian and Cassie including sexting, a Skype strip-tease and sizzling phone sex. This reader felt like a cyber-voyeur on more than one encounter but that type of incredibly descriptive writing is what keeps the story flowing. You can bet the distance has made these hearts grow fonder and the sheets will be smoking when they finally meet face to face.
As well as the story was written I did find one issue that tended to make me stumble on a few occasions. As I said the writer uses texting as well as IMing several times throughout the story. The problem is that there is no defining separation of text-talk and the rest of the story. I think this could have easily been cleared up by either having the texting/IMing put in bold or italicized type. Even extra line spacing with indentions could have set it apart. Thankfully, the instances of texting and IMing are spread out. The story moves at a nice pace so this wasn’t a deal breaker for me as a reader but more of a minor irritation.
The idea of a virtual relationship has never really appealed to me but I have to say the blurb and quick excerpt I read of Mandy Harbin’s novella had me intrigued. The dialogue was funny and the premise was unique enough to pique my interest. This was a quick, fun read that I hope Ms. Harbin revisits in the future. She mentions a brother to Ian who is deeper into the BDSM lifestyle. I wouldn’t mind reading his story while catching up with Ian and Cassie.
If you’re looking for a quick little sizzler, look no further than Digital Possession. They may live hundreds of miles apart but it won’t keep their hearts from growing close.