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Would you listen to Deviations: Submission again? Why?
When Tobias, a successful vet and skilled dom, goes to his favourite club to celebrate his birthday, he's looking for a simple hookup… What he finds instead is Noah, a young man in need of a reliable dom to help him learn his limits. Tobias is immediately attracted to Noah and his responsiveness, and soon he finds himself with a demanding sub in his hands…
A very entertaining novel in the BDSM spectrum, Submission shows us the making of a relationship between a dom and his sub. Told mainly from Tobias point of view, the story focuses on the development of the relationship, which moves swiftly from an almost casual night together in Tobias' favourite club, to their commitment by signing a six months contract to explore the possibilities of their relationship. Through their encounters and the establishments of the rules in their relationship, we are privileged witnesses of the dynamics of BDSM, from the use of safe words to the enacting of fantasies. This book only deals with the beginning of their story, I felt a bit let down by the somehow abrupt end. Talk about creating expectations! I'm now looking forward to finding out what comes next.
Max' narration is an excellent example of how to make an audio enjoyable. He brings characters to life, providing them with nuances and pitches that make them easily recognisable, and most likeable. Tobias' “dom” voice is especially remarkable, as it changes whenever he decides to adopt his role and exert his dominance. In short, the narration made an already good story into a great one.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I had heard of the Deviations series some time ago and was thrilled the books are now being released on audio. After about an hour of listening, I became curious and looked up the original publishing date – 2006. Aside from having pagers instead of smart phones, the book is in no way out-of-date. It is, however, somewhat different than many of the contemporary books.
Tobias returns to the BDSM club he belongs to and it creates quite a stir because it’s been a while since the Dominant has visited. His friend Bradford, who owns the club, introduces Tobias to Noah. Noah is a submissive who has been going to the club for months, and although he has scened with numerous Doms, there hasn’t been a good match. Tobias decides to take a chance on Noah, and they go to a private room to scene. When Noah tells Tobias that he doesn’t need a safeword, Tobias is instantly wary. Despite this, he scenes with Noah.
Although it goes well, there is a disconnect between the two men. Tobias gives Noah his number, but he doesn’t expect to hear from the man. Surprisingly, he does, and they do another scene. This one goes better, and it becomes clear they both want more.
Just to add to the drama, Tobias’ former slave, Phan, shows up. His true motives are eventually revealed, but at this moment, his presence is not welcome.
Tobias and Noah make plans for the following weekend, They will meet at Tobias’ farm with the intention of figuring out if this could turn into a relationship, and if it does, what the parameters might be.
This book involves strict protocols – even ‘high’ protocol at times. In this instance, this is what Tobias is accustomed to and what Noah needs. Through a traditional contract, Noah is able to get the boundaries and rules he needs. He is able to adapt quickly, calling Tobias, “Sir” or “Master”.
When they do their first scene in Tobias’ unique BDSM space, the disconnect becomes clear. Noah has issues. Deep issues stemming from a bad relationship with another Dom. He hasn’t shared this with Tobias and things go sideways. Noah’s stoicism almost ends in disaster.
Many subs are stoic. Instead of screaming and crying out, they internalize the pain. They believe they’ll be a better bottom if they can just ‘take’ the pain and, above all else, they view using a safeword as a failure on their part.
Tobias, wisely, seeks the help of someone he is close to and is given another perspective. There are a lot of discussions after this which may feel boring, but are critical for the men. They both have something to give and something to get out of it. Something worth fighting for.
They continue in their relationship with care while feeling each other out. This is how D/s relationships work. Discussions, negotiations and doubts. Tobias fears he’s afraid to push hard enough to help Noah. Afraid if he pushes too hard, he’ll lose Noah.
The vast majority of this book is from Tobias’ point of view. His struggles are real and easy to related to because even vanilla relationships have ups and downs, moments of doubt, great successes, and minor setbacks. I love Tobias’ determination to prove his worth as a Dom and friend to Noah.
Noah’s point of view is given during a scene with another submissive. This is a great scene because it allowed me to see Noah in his own skin. He’s in a high-stress job which requires him to take charge, so giving up control with Tobias can be tough. He also has doubts, the scene in his POV allows us to see more of his character.
I won’t say much more because the story continues, and (yay) the second book is out on audio. That review will be posted tomorrow. Needless to say, Tobias and Noah have a long road ahead of them, and I can’t wait to join them on the journey.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
What can I say, I love this book and the series. The building of Tobias and Noah’s relationship, rules and dynamics are so captivating. Maxx Power has given Tobias a wonderful voice that in my opinion fits him so well and a distinct voice for Noah. I am looking forward to the next book coming out.