Carried Away by Bridget Midway
Publisher: Whispers Publishing
Length: Short Story (93 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, spanking
Rating: 4 Stars
Review by: Fuchsia
What happens when you can’t face your perfect man?
Summer Carter faces that dilemma as her two best friends, Kathryn Maynard and Leya Greenwood, convince her to honor their pact and take her adventure. She flees to a tropical Hawaiian paradise when she can’t face her online Dom, Xander. The reality of the relationship and what she really wants in a man is too much for her to face.
Xander Houston never saw himself as a Dom who would need to look for a submissive on a personals site. But when he encounters a witty and intriguing profile for a submissive named End of Summer, he strikes up a fast friendship with her. Months later, she still refuses to meet him face to face, and he tells her he’s going to take a break.
Coincidentally, both end up in Hawaii on separate vacations. When Xander finds her and figures out who she is, he cooks up a plan to sweep her off her feet, not as a Dom, but just as Xander. When Summer discovers the truth, will she run away from her secret Dom or will she allowed herself to get carried away?
Summer Carter, Kathryn Maynard and Leya Greenwood challenged one another to take a trip, find a man, have mind blowing sex and come back relaxed and ready to face life again. Kathryn took a cruise and found her prince charming Justin whom she is now engaged to. Leya went to Bali, and fell in love with her now husband Kolby. Now it's Summer’s turn to take a trip with the hope of finding her Mr. Right or a Mr. Right Now. Summer's happy for her two friends but she doesn't see the same outcome for herself. She's hiding a secret from her friends, one that she’s sure they will judge her for. Summer's into a different type of lifestyle, she wants to be a submissive to a Dom, and the only man she craved was the one she met online known only as Master Z.
Xander Houston was interested in a woman he met online known only by her screen name of End of Summer, or Flutter which he called her. He asked her many times to meet him in person but Summer always declined saying she wasn't ready for that. Frustrated, Xander decided that he needed some time away and off he went to his friend's beach house in Hawaii. Imagine his surprise when he recognized Summer who had also taken a vacation trip to Hawaii. Instead of revealing himself to her he decided to let her get to know him as Xander before he revealed his alter ego.
These two characters heated up the pages of this book, with Xander introducing parts of the BDSM lifestyle little by little. Summer took to it like a duck to water but I wondered how she would feel and react once she learned the truth.
One of the things this reader looked forward to in this story was the way Summer would finally find the courage to tell Leya and Kat about her sexual preference. How was she going to explain to them that she was into an alternative lifestyle and would they judge her or embrace her? I also wanted her to stop and allow Xander to plead his case because these two characters belonged together.
The BDSM in this book was light, nothing extreme, which gave me a chance to see that it doesn’t always have to hurt. I love a book that will make you understand the characters viewpoint and look forward to them getting what they want, which for most is that happily ever after. This book actually teaches you some things about this lifestyle and you get a really good story as well with characters that are likeable.