Casual Fridays by Bridget Midway

Story: 8.5
Presentation: 8.5
Total: 17
Publisher: Loose ID
Contemporary interracial BDSM
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Blurb: Blurb: Cherish Burke has it all: a large corner office and a very efficient, if not sexy, assistant. As a high-level executive at Stratum Corporation, and one of two African-American directors, she has her sights set on becoming president of the business someday. In the meantime, she harbors fantasies about someone else taking over all of her responsibilities…but not at work. From the BDSM novels she’s read, she's learned to lust for a Dom who can control her. Who knew that that Dom could be her assistant?

Perry Stone fought to be Cherish Burke’s executive assistant. Who wouldn’t want to work for the woman? She’s made huge strides in the business world. Plus she’s not bad on the eyes. When he catches her after work reading some daring books, he discovers a sexy side of her that he never suspected.

When they start a strictly BDSM relationship, Perry wonders if Cherish can see beyond his status and job to want him to be in her life always. Cherish doesn’t know if Perry is using her just like so many before have done. Can they have a relationship that can last, or should they just keep it to casual Fridays?

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Domination/submission theme and elements, bondage, wax play.

Review: Oh what a seductive slide into a D/s relationship. I’ll start out by saying this is a book for anyone from hardcore BDSM lovers to those who aren’t sure they’d enjoy a story with such a hardass hero and submissive heroine. Cherish is far from submissive. She’s strong, intelligent, driven, and hungry. Hungry for a Dom to demand her surrender because she struggles to willing let go of her control. And Perry, a Lifestyle Dom is searching for a sub who can trust enough to give herself. He won’t demand from Cherish but wants her to give herself to him completely, not just during sex.

I have to say, I wasn’t sure I was going to like the story for the first few pages. I found the dialog abrasive, the heroine unlikeable and Perry just comes off as a doormat. But the blurb promised a good premise so I read on in hopes the author delivered on what the teaser promised.

And does she….

From the moment the dynamics between Perry and Cherish were revealed, I was hooked. Oh he’s so hot and she’s perfect in her willingness to learn. I savored the anticipation. Like a building climax, I rode the wave with them and when the story crashed in a gut wrenching moment, my heart hurt for them both. There is so much between them left unspoken. The emotion was raw, the sex hot and erotic and when both realize they need the other, the connection is beautiful. I loved the way Perry sees and understands the parts of Cherish she thinks she keeps so hidden. Cherish also has to take a leap of faith and trust in Perry. She has a lot to lose by not being strong and domineering and with Perry she needs to submit. This is seriously excellent storytelling. A book you can’t put down.

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