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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Deviations Series by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne

The first thing I want to say is that this series is rated as a:

Series Rating: 10 of 10
Heat Rating: 5 of 5

And every book gets a 10 of 10 as well.

If you haven't figured it out already, I loved these books. I read all four of them back to back like they were some sort of addictive drug. And then I went back and read the first book again almost immediately.

The BDSM is intense in these books. But so is the love story, and the growth, and the depth of emotion.

I enjoy an author who can show the emotions and the psychology behind a BDSM relationship, and that is very well done in this series. While we are given a blow by blow of some of the scenes, we aren't just given the physical BDSM parts of the story. We see the emotional and psychological parts of it as well. All of which are very realistically handled.

To keep from spoiling later books, I'll give a good synopsis of the first book and not too much about the others.

Tobias is a Dom who is still recovering from the break-up of a long term relationship with Phan (short for Phantom). He is a very skilled Dom who has been in the lifestyle a long time, and is well respected at the BDSM club he frequents.

Noah is a submissive who has had a few bad Doms and he's a bit scarred (emotionally, psychologically, and physically) by them. He has learned from his mistakes and is now very careful about who he submits to, and the level he will submit to them.

When the owner of the club suggests they have dinner together they discover an attraction and they have a scene at the club. A scene that blows both of them away. Even though this first scene isn't over-the-top BDSM-wise, it is emotionally.

They begin seeing each other on weekends at Tobias' house in the country. The BDSM gets really intense; emotionally, psychologically, and physically. And I mean all letters of the BDSM... there is heavy bondage, heavy discipline and punishment, the D/s is taken about as far as you can sensibly take it, and of course the S&M portion is involved as well.

Tobias is unsure about risking his heart again, and Noah is dealing (on several levels) with submitting on the level that he is required to submit.

We also see more than just the Dom and sub sides of these characters. We get to see both of them at work a little bit, and we get to see what makes up their characters outside of the scene.

Trust is a huge part of any BDSM relationship, and that is a big part of all of these books. Tobias must gain Noah's trust, like an onion, layer by layer.

I appreciate the negotiations and the use of safewords in this series. Yes, the BDSM aspect of these books is intense, but it is handled responsibly.

In later books we see the relationship move forward and change here and there, some minor changes and some major changes. And we see the characters grow and change as the relationship does. If you enjoy a book that shows the Dom/sub relationship, then you'll enjoy these books.

Deviations I: Submission Book Rating: 10 of 10
Deviations II: Domination Book Rating: 10 of 10
Deviations III: Discipline Book Rating: 10 of 10
Deviations IV: Bondage Book Rating: 10 of 10

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