A Shot in the Dark

Christine d'Abo
A Shot in the Dark
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Carina Press
Release Date
November 2011
Book 2 of Long Shots
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Carter is one of the hottest men ever to walk into Paige Long's coffee shop. The attraction is mutual, and when Carter reveals himself to be a Dom, the submissive in Paige is aroused. Yet she brushes him off—her last relationship was abusive and she's unwilling to get involved with another Dom.
But when Carter returns the next day—in his firefighter uniform—Paige's fantasies really heat up. She can't resist his offer to get to know him over a drink at Mavericks, a local sex club. Their conversation quickly escalates to a session in one of the private rooms, and Paige is both thoroughly satisfied by Carter's skills in domination, and impressed with his selflessness as a lover.

Paige is ready to move on with her life. But can she trust in herself and submit to happiness?

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Jan 18, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
151 people found the following review helpful
A fireman who's also a Dom. Fire! Fire! Fire! Carter is a Dom who can generate heat and passion in the control freak Paige. Paige is the oldest in the Long siblings and this is her story. I really enjoyed this story because I can totally empathize with her. As the oldest child in my family of three, I feel the same responsibilities she feels. Her need of BDSM is so well expressed in this story. I feel the same. Fortunately, this is where we differ.

Paige unfortunately was damaged by an ex-boyfriend who played at being a Dom. I can't state how much I loathe people like her ex-boyfriend. His brand of BDSM is what gives the rest of us a bad name. I want to pistol whip the jerk. I appreciate Ms. d'Abo showing how he was wrong and this is not acceptable. Make no mistakes, abuse is not BDSM. Of course, since Paige has been badly burned and embarrassed, she's shy to try again. People could ask why would she ever want to join that lifestyle again? My answer, for a BDSM person to suppress those desires is impossible. It's like cutting off a part of you. I know this from personal experience.

Fortunately, Carter enters the picture and entices Paige back into the lifestyle. Carter isn't perfect, but he is so tasty in his dominating personality. I enjoy how he's not domineering which is a total turn off. Imagining Carter in his fireman's outfit only turned up the heat for me. I needed a cooling down from a fire-hose. Carter is the perfect partner for Paige. Even when he messes up, he still makes it up to her. Paige still has a ways to go for trusting again in a BDSM relationship, but Carter is doing all the right things. I recommend this story for BDSM lovers who enjoy a lighter side after the darker side has been exposed. I like this story so much I have to read the next one in this series.
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