About 7 With 1 Blow by Caraway Carter
Genre: M/M Contemporary BDSM (Non-Romance)
Heat Level: High
When Taylor Little, who styles himself “Dom Seven,” is unwillingly taken into custody by the Cadre, he is put between a rock and a hard place. Either he will go to jail for his abuses against the local BDSM community, or he will accept retraining from the bottom up, learning to be a slave before he ever lays a flogger on another human being again.
In this tale of redemption, Taylor must face his demons as he learns to accept his status with mouth, mind, and heart.
WARNING: This story contains scenes of sexual intimacy and BDSM.
Taylor Little is a bad Dom. The distinguished members of his local BDSM community are fed up with the way he abuses his slaves, so they kidnap and blackmail him into going through a rigorous slave training program, one that will teach him how to properly treat a slave and show him the path to redemption.
As someone who’s been active in the BDSM lifestyle, this book was a refreshing read. All too often when I’m reading about BDSM in fiction, especially romance (which this is not), it’s clear that the author has no idea what they’re talking about. Caraway Carter, on the other hand, does know what he’s talking about. Some parts of this story were slow for me. I was reluctant to root for Taylor because I’ve known bad Doms like him in real life, and I personally find service submission unappealing. However, by the story’s climax, I was all in with Taylor, hoping and praying that he would succeed in facing his demons and finishing the training program. If only such a program existed where I live (though I wonder if that was the inspiration for this story). I also struggled with the descriptive passages. Each time the author described a setting, I found myself re-reading the passages several times over, trying and failing to make a mental picture. Less description would have been better for me personally because my mind conjures up full-fledged settings from very little prose. Others may have less trouble here. Overall, the story was well-written and well-structured, and the BDSM scenes read as authentic. The ending had me tearing up in a good way.
By the warnings and blurb, I was expecting more non-con and sexually explicit material, but there were only a few truly graphic scenes. The characters in power in this story are not abusers. Though 7 With 1 Blow gets dark at times, it is at its core a story of hope.
About Caraway Carter
Caraway Carter has worn numerous hats. He’s been a furniture salesman, a dresser, a costumer, an actor/waiter, a rabble rouser, a poet and most recently a writer. He has lived his tagline, it’s never too late for love because he married his husband on Halloween at the age of forty-nine and they are the loving parents of an adorable cat, named Molly. He loves words and stringing them together, he loves sex and sexy men, he loves seeing how far his muse will take him and he’s looking forward to entertaining you.