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He's not the only one who has a rough time. Tobias breaks down and shows Noah he's not all dominance, too, which sends shockwaves through their romance, leaving them to wonder if they can keep it together.
With a deep exploration of the BDSM scene, secondary characters who shine, and a romance that has the reader rooting for these men from the start, Deviations: Domination is one book you can't miss. Authors Chris Owen, writer of the popular Bareback, and Jodi Payne, writer of String of Pearls, have done it again.
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By Erryn Barratt on 02-12-18
The Story Continues and the Love Deepens
Book 2 in the series picks up where Book 1 left off. Fortunately I had both audiobooks and so was able to listen to this book immediately after the first. The transition was smooth as Maxx Power narrated this book as well, so the voices and narration style were the same. That was great because I enjoyed the first book, and in turn, this one as well.
Tobias and Noah are adjusting to their new relationship. Tobias visits his friend Bradford, the owner of the BDSM Club. Bradford schools Tobias, reminding him of the role of a Dom, pointing out that if he’s not helping Noah, he’s running the risk of hurting him. He also points out that if Tobias lets Noah ‘coast’ through his submission, then neither man is getting his needs met. Finally, he tells Tobias to trust Noah. And this is the theme throughout the book. In the first book, it was revealed Tobias’ last slave, Phan, left him. Tobias fears Noah will do the same.
Isn’t that a normal human reaction? Worrying the person we love will leave us? Even those who have absolute trust in their partners have moments of doubt.
As Bradford is reminding Tobias of the responsibilities of being a Dom, he also admits he is having trouble with Phan. After the slave left Tobias, Bradford took the man under his wing and they scene every week. The sessions are intense, with Phan needing more and more pain. Even a hardcore Sadist Dom like Bradford has limits, so he plans an intervention of sorts. As the book progresses, the listener is given glimpses into the slave’s life, both before and now.
Phan intrigued me in Book 1 and has piqued my curiosity. He is a hardcore masochist submissive, so the contrast with Noah (also a submissive but not masochistic) is stark.
Tobias resets his relationship with Noah, going back to strict high protocols. He pushes Noah’s limits, within the confines of their contract, of course. Noah finally talks about the abusive relationship he was in prior to meeting Tobias. I am reminded of a profound moment in the first book when Noah admitted he saw ‘penetration as punishment’. It broke me then and hearing the details of the abuse turned my stomach. Finally, both the listener and Tobias understand why Noah finds trust – and submission – such a challenge.
With Tobias’ persistent and gentle guidance, Noah sinks into submission, letting go, knowing someone will be there to catch him. In turn, Tobias is more open about his pain. Because Doms are people too, even they need support.
There is a LOT of hot sex in this book, along with almost as many BDSM scenes. Those scenes are steamy, but not gratuitous. Tobias and Noah build their relationship through those interactions, but their conversations, moments of silence, and the gentlest of touches, show the men are bonding.
As Noah sinks into submission, and by extension, subspace, he lets go. Now, it is unusual for someone to be in subspace for prolonged period of time like Noah, but the meditational quality of his time with Tobias does have clear benefits. I was a bit jealous of the relationship because they really are perfect together.
Add in one of the hottest scenes at the New Year’s Eve party and the emotion-filled scene at the end, and I was content that Tobias and Noah have their happily ever after.
But there are more books in the series and I’m hoping they will be released on audio soon.
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