15 March 2010

DEVIATIONS week: Chris Owen & Jodi Payne - Submission

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Written by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne
183 pages / 90500 words
ISBN: 1-933389-50-8
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Genre: M/M Erotica
Main Characters: Tobias, Noah, Phantom, Bradford
Book Origin: Personal E-Book Library

Cover Summary:
Tobias is a skilled Dom and Noah is a man in need of just that. He wants to sub badly, but has yet to find someone he believes in. Through a series of encounters in the world of bondage and discipline, we learn why Noah has trouble trusting, and why Tobias is reluctant to let himself love.

Still, Tobias can’t resist Noah’s charms, and the two of them set about making a scene for themselves, one that works for them and their unique set of problems. But can they stay together in a world where learning to love means accepting all of their dark secrets?!

As with some books and some authors I buy on impulse and this was the case when I saw Chris Owen’s name on the cover of SUBMISSION. Of course my impulse behavior caught up with me when I heard that it was part of a series and I had to go back and do some researching. SUBMISSION turned out to be the first novel in a series of four books revolving around the D/s relationship of Tobias and Noah. From that first novel; SUBMISSION, Tobias and Noah wouldn’t let me go. Their challenges as a Dom and sub, their growing feelings and their relationship hooked, line and sinker me and I was a goner for this series. It wasn’t long after I read the first novel that I bought Domination, Discipline and Bondage which I read all consecutively in one week’s time. That is why I’m doing a series review, highlighting every novel and my overall opinion.

Chris Owen/ Jodi Payne: #1 in DEVIATIONS SERIES - SUBMISSION – 3,5 stars:

My Review: Tobias is spending his forty-first birthday in a D/s club of which his very good friend Bradford is the owner. Tobias is a very well known Dom and hasn’t had a submissive for quite a while, this is where Bradford points out Noah, telling him that he might be interested in a scene with him. This is how Tobias met Noah and the scene they shared at the club was so good they decided they wanted more of that chemistry.

Until that point I was settling in to the writing rhythm of this author duo and very interested in how this D/s chemistry would play itself out. Color me surprised when Tobias and Noah started to negotiate a D/s contract where their individual needs and demands were discussed. It really threw my off and felt very clinical at first, it wasn’t like it was screaming instant attraction to me. I had to wrap my mind around the fact that at first it wasn’t about romantic feelings, it wasn’t about falling in love, it was about two healthy men with individual lives that could fulfill a need with each other. Tobias needed to Dominate and Noah needed to submit.

Because if there is one thing that is done elaborated is the scenes between Tobias and Noah as a D/s. With Tobias farm and stables they both have a considerable playground to fulfill their needs. The moment either of them hit a nerve or a boundary, emotions came flying with it and gradually I got to know two men who fascinated me. Chris Owen and Jodi Payne fulfilled my need for the intricate workings of a D/s relationship, they delved in to the individual psyche of a Dom and a sub but also let the chemistry between Tobias and Noah share the impact of a scene with the reader.

Tobias Vincent is a veterinarian, a hobby farmer, is wealthy, balanced and has been a Dom for most of his life. From everything in SUBMISSION you can tell that he has an incredible amount of experience in the D/S scene and has build quite a reputation for himself. Noah is a cop, late twenties, is still very much seeking for the Dom that can meet his needs and has a few issues to deal with as a submissive. From all that is going on between them I could feel their exploration of each other’s personality, them getting to know each other and the inevitable pushing of buttons. What was incredible arousing was the fact Tobias wanted Noah to talk to him during the scenes; what he felt, what he experienced, what he needed and that made the sex talk very hot.

The dialogues in SUBMISSION are very good and slowly reveal a part of Tobias and Noah personality and their hidden emotions. This story is very centered around these two but Owen and Payne didn’t have me clamoring for more. Bradford was a wonderful friend for Tobias and the introduction of Phantom Shaw instantly perked my attention. He was the former submissive of Tobias for a very long time and has a very outgoing personality and that is stating it mildly. He loves to provoke, to be in the center of all the attention and has no shame. I loved him from the very first moment in this story.

SUBMISSION was a story where I had to get used to certain elements as they were new to me. I had to get a feel for the characters, the lack of a certain romantic development and the abrupt ending. Still, I instantly new upon closing this novel that I found a series where romance would inevitably develop, that it would meet my needs in the D/s development, that Tobias, Noah and Phan were characters who were already very dear to me by the end and that the eroticism was off the chart good. I felt the irrevocable need to immediately explore this series further and see where Chris Owen and Jodi Payne were going to lead me. SUBMISSION is a promise to give it all to me over the course of these four books!

Tobias: “Now, tell me about submission.” He crossed to his chair and sat, leaning back expectantly. He was more than a little interested to know what Noah had been thinking; if nothing else, it would help his own thoughts to settle, to find direction. “It’s hard to know exactly where to start, sir.” Noah admitted. He licked his lips and squinted, and then went on. “Being your sub, I really only have on responsibility to you. It’s my duty to please you, sir. We have discussed in detail what this means to you, and it’s also spelled out clearly by our contract. I understand that it means putting your needs ahead of mine, but harder than that, it means rearranging my thinking so that when I do need to think about myself, it is in terms of you, and your pleasure, not my ego. Noah shifted his feet lightly and looked a little more nervous about what he was about to say next. “I was thinking about myself. I wasn’t thinking about you first. It’s a pretty simple distinction, and I overlooked it completely. I was focused all wrong, totally inward, paying attention to the pain and working through it. I thought at the time it would please you if I kept it together, if I would let you flog me until you had enough. It’s the same mistake I made before…while the pain is meant to help me focus, it’s not about me, it’s about you. That’s where I went wrong. It’s not about how long I can hold out – as you said – it’s about knowing what each sting of the whip does to me. You need to know how I’m feeling because that is something you are to have control over, not me. 

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  1. *sobs* Please tell me there isn't a heart wrenching scene like in Bareback...

    I like Chris Owen's writing style it is kind of slow moving but wonderfully done. Great Review!

    PS I think I've forgiven you know who in Bareback

  2. Your review says it all. It's exactly how I felt about this series and this book. The scene with the contract evoked the same reaction with me. And Phan, you love him or hate him, I think. I loved him too :)
    Can't wait for your reviews of the other books!
    Btw I really love your button for this review marathon! Yum!

  3. Okay, have been waiting for this week to start to read your reviews honey.. and all I can say is Thank Goodness it is Monday!!! Great review honey! I love the cover. That pulled me... then your words... and you knew which ones to use to get me in here... lol... You tease you!! LOL!
    Great review honey!!!

  4. @Smokinghotbooks - There are some heart wrenching scenes later on in the series but they have nothing to do with the topic that was so heart wrenching in BAREBACK. And you've forgiven you know who!! Wow, you're almost too good LOL...I said, almost *wink*

    @Janna - I love Phan, I loved him at first glance and haven't stopped since. I'm a Phan gal all the way!! Wait until you read book 3 and 4 *shivers* Good stuff happening there...well emotional too but in the end, very good stuff ;)

    @Cecile - Yeah, the cover instantly purrs all things mischievous, doesn't it *wink*

  5. I have not heard of this!! It's been awhile since I have read a D/s...this one sounds good. Looking forward to the next review :)

  6. Great review. Sounds like an interesting book :)

  7. @Mandi - I wanted to read something more of Chris Owen and googling turned up with this series. D/s is one of my favorite topics *grin*

    @Elaing8 - It was definitely interesting LOL

  8. it wasn’t about falling in love, it was about two healthy men with individual lives that could fulfill a need with each other. Tobias needed to Dominate and Noah needed to submit.

    You have summed that up so right - I love Chris Owens work.. As KC said she does have a style that you just sink into...


  9. @EH - That is it exactly, I loved BAREBACK so much I didn't think CO could do it a second time but these characters are right up there with Tor and Jake :)


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