Scorching hot leathersex is only the start when a jaded bottomboy and a one-time Master come together for some no-strings bondage and s/m. But after lust is sated, each finds a deeper hunger within that moves them unexpectedly toward partnership as Owner and owned. Set in the early1990s in New York City, Carried Away is not only replete with hard-core bondage and ferocious leathersex: it's a love story between two men who are equals in intelligence and character, but opposites in temperament. Terry Andrews is a successful architect and all-around topman with a passion for bondage and the means to indulge it. Matt Stone manages a large bookstore, but he lives for the times when he can surrender control. When these two come together at the Spike, the legendary leather bar, neither is looking for a new partner, just a night of hot action. They get that, and much more: almost in spite of themselves, they forge a deeper connection. Matt gradually realizes that he needs to belong to someone, not simply let himself be played with and released. For his part, Terry simply needs to own what he loves, and once he falls for Matt, enslaving him is the only option!
Mr. Benson - it's time to give the '70s a rest. Besides some of the
most sizzling, astoundingly detailed bondage and s/m scenes ever written,
Carried Away gives us believable, complex characters struggling with
jobs and responsibilities, genuine loss, and frightening realities that
have nothing to do with make-believe. The author's passion for his subject
weaves throughout the text like ropes in the hands of a Japanese-bondage
expert. An instantly engaging tour de force. Highly recommended!"
"If anyone is qualified to write hot and realistic man-to-man s/m fiction, it would be david stein, whose lifelong activism within the leather community has bolstered the growth of a whole new world of erotic opportunities. The bondage sex in this book is depicted with great accuracy and feeling, and the characters are well-developed and true to life, making it easy to identify with them. This detailed story reads so smoothly, you'll lose track of the number of pages and wish there was more of it."
- Patrick Califia, author of Macho Sluts and Sensuous Magic
"Carried Away may not be the great American novel, but for those who can see voluntary slavery as a laudable way of life and courtship by a Master as romantic, david stein has performed a great feat of literature. By showing what is actually possible, he does for our sometimes ploddingly realistic times what John Preston did for an earlier and more fanciful time. The truth of the lives Carried Away examines will never be forgotten by any serious reader."
-Joseph W. Bean, author of Leathersex and Leathersex Q&A, editor of Horsemen: Leathersex Short Fiction
"Realistic, compassionate, shocking, arousing - one of the best gay male s/m novels I've read. By making the world of gay Masters and slaves more accessible, david stein has opened doors the narrow-minded want to keep closed. Carried Away shows that love in an s/m context can be the greatest adventure of all."
- Victor Terry, author of WHiPs, Masters, SM/SD, and Tying Knot
Born in Pittsburgh in 1948, david stein grew up in Western Pennsylvania and went off to study philosophy at NYU in 1965 and later at Northwestern University, which awarded him a Master's degree (little did they know!). In 1975 he fell into publishing and in 1977 landed back in New York City, where he got a job as a magazine editor and has lived and overworked ever since.
In 1980 he co-founded Gay Male S/M Activists (GMSMA), now the world's largest and most respected gay s/m organization, and served it in many capacities, from president to newsletter editor and program chairman, for the next 11 years. It was for the GMSMA statement of purpose, back in 1983, that david coined "safe, sane, and consensual s/m," now a ubiquitous catch phrase he has mixed feelings about. Although still a member of GMSMA, he is long retired from a leadership role. These days he is most active in the New York City male-only chapter of Masters And slaves Together (MAsT), which he also co-founded.
For six years he wrote the "Bond+Aid" safety column for Bound & Gagged magazine, and in 1996 he guest-edited issue #14 of International Leatherman magazine, which was devoted entirely to real-world gay Masters and slaves. Over the years, his fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Drummer, DungeonMaster, International Leatherman, Mach, PowerPlay, and other periodicals as well as the anthologies Leatherfolk (Alyson), edited by Mark Thompson; SM Classics (Masquerade), edited by Susan Wright, and Horsemen: Leathersex Short Fiction (Leyland), edited by Joseph W. Bean. Some of his writing is available online at www.lthredge.com/ds, as is a fuller biographical essay.
Having been involved in three Master/slave partnerships of various lengths, from two months to a year and a half, slave david is unowned at present but under the protection and long-distance supervision of Master Steve, the founder and director of Butchmann's SM Academy (www.arizonapowerexchange.org).