Reviewed by Elise Logan
Title: Corporate Seduction
Author: Bridget Midway
Genre: BDSM erotic fiction
Publication Date: 2006
Rating: 4 of 5
There are a number of things to like about this twist on the story of the office romance. The first is that the author doesn’t take the easy road for the plot development of the book. Instead, she makes an effort to give us something a little different. A second thing to like about this book is that many of the conventions of the BDSM lifestyle are incorporated into the story. At one point, the Mistress of the club is extraordinarily clear about the role of power and power play in BDSM, and is also very clear about how rules are to be followed. A third thing to like about this book is the wealth of variety in the backgrounds of the characters. I appreciate having characters cross social, economic, and cultural lines. It makes reading much more entertaining.
There are, however, a few things which keep this book from being as fabulous as it could be. The main problem lies in characterization. May, the main female character, vacillates between resentful and repressed and confident and strong. Win, the main male character, likewise vacilates among dour stuffed shirt, imposing Dom, and stressed executive looking for a little release. The inconsistency creates fits and starts in the growth of the characters, which is a bit distracting. Another difficulty for me was the characters engaging in actions which I would consider unacceptable – violating the stated boundaries of a sub, for example, or engaging in punishment while supremely angry. However, the fantasy element of the scenarios takes the edge off of the behavior in the context of the story.
The story is interesting, the scenes are engaging, and the plot is anything but pat. Aside from the difficulties mentioned above, this work is well-crafted and shows a considerable amount of thought and consideration for the BDSM lifestyle. All of that together makes this a book worth reading – and enjoying.