16 March 2010

DEVIATIONS week: Chris Owen & Jodi Payne - Domination

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Written by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne
185 pages / 88000 words
ISBN: 1-934166-00-6, 978-1-934166-00-0
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Genre: M/M Erotica
Main Characters: Tobias, Noah, Phantom & Bradford
Book Origin: Personal E-Book Library

Cover Summary:
In this sequel to Deviations: Submission, Dom Tobias and Sub Noah are back, learning more about each other and their relationship, testing the boundaries of what they can and cannot handle, both together and apart.

Tobias works at becoming more comfortable and finding his balance as a full-time Master again. Meanwhile, his work brings out the true submissive in Noah, who faces some of his greatest fears, and his greatest secrets, confessing to Noah about a terrible time in his past.

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.

Chris Owen /Jodi Payne: #2 in DEVIATIONS SERIES – DOMINATION - 4 stars

My Review: After reading SUBMISSION I decided to read another novel but I couldn’t let go of Tobias and Noah, a sign for me that the first novel definitely left its mark on me. I decided to throw my “genre variation prevents boredom” rule overboard and just go with my need for more about these men. And more I definitely got…

With an established base line of trust Tobias and Noah head for an intensifying of their connection. Phantom, as Tobias former sub, stirs the deeper lying issues for both Tobias as well as for Noah. Tobias has a very intense and complex history with Phantom and has trouble pushing the envelope as a Dom with Noah. Noah on the other hand doesn’t feel a 100% secure in where he stands in his relationship with Tobias. In their D/s they both need to work harder to get what they need and a beginning of a romance relationship is formed throughout the weekends spent together.

I’m used to getting a submissive’s perspective but in DOMINATION I also got a very good taste of what it takes for a Dom to be a Dom. It would’ve been so easy for Tobias to remain indulgent towards Noah, to keep them in a safe and in a comfortable zone. Instead he needs to push boundaries, it is what Noah needs of him as a Dom. The variety in D/s, from flogging, to sensory deprivation, to elaborate scene play worked incredibly well in giving me a comprehensive notion of that side in their relationship. Next to these scenes there is also time for play, for humor and intimate conversations.

The magnetism between Tobias and Noah is tangible, it is vigorous, sensual, deviant and caring. The growing intimacy between me and the characters made me live it all with them. I was getting more and more in sync with not only Tobias and Noah but Phan kept pulling my strings, each time he entered the story my heart skipped a beat just because he was there. Phan also has to go soul deep to work through some of his issues and it becomes more evident that he isn’t just any secondary character. Then there’s the growing friendship between Phan and Noah that gave a humorous note that I cherished. The authors kept their focus on the interconnected relationship development and the eroticism which made it a very character driven and a powerful story.

Tobias and Noah can converse an erotic scene to even greater heights which made is so easy for me to feel how well they fitted together and how they gave each other the kind of release they sought after. Every time their sexual desires were satiated my heart was in my very parched throat, the heat level definitely was a scorcher for me and while Tobias was very good in staging a scene, Noah turned out to be a natural in his passionate reactions and role playing. The emotional pinnacle in DOMINATION was the coloring scene between the two men. This is where Tobias told the whole world – well at least those who were invited to the occasion - that Noah was his, his to protect, his to cherish and his to love.

DOMINATION gave me more romance, more of Noah and Tobias’ road to discovery in each other’s wants, needs and emotions. It gave me more of Phantom, more of the Dom/sub and an ending that made me grab for book three in a heartbeat. Chris Owen and Jodi Payne are an incredible author match who bring a small cast of characters to life whose journey is incredible to follow. Tobias and Noah are well on their way to become an unforgettable pair on my shelves!

Tobias; “Want you,” he growled, diving back into the kiss. “Take me,” Noah responded breathlessly. “Fuck me.” He shoved a hand in Tobias’ groin and gave it a hard squeeze. Tobias’ growl was part groan as he turned them both, holding Noah up as he took the three steps to the table. “Right here,” he promised, biting down on Noah's neck. He set Noah's ass on the table and began to fumble with the button of his pet's jeans. “Right here. Now."

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  1. Holy cow Leontine after that quote I'm going to have to take a cold shower.

  2. Yikes should not read that quote while eating! ;)

  3. @Smokinghotbooks - And this quote is just one of many dialogues and smut between Noah and Tobias, the water bottle wasn't far from me while reading this series ;)

    @Blodeuedd - Yeah, maybe I should place a warning ;)

  4. I agree with your thoughts on this Leontine ..

    This was a growth for me - it concentrated more on the romance yes, but I liked how I saw the guys likes and dislikes more..

    Which was good - it gave a more solid feel to the team...


  5. Smoking and Blodeuedd got this right.... Going take a cold shower now!!!! And do not read while eating or drinking!!!!
    Girl... okay.. I thought you were killing me... NOW you are aare!!!!

  6. @EH - I couldn't get enough of Tobias and Noah together, in how they vocalized their wishes ;) It truly gave me a feel that they were working on their relationship every step of the way.

    @Cecile - But hon, it is such a sweet way to go...great smut sacrifice *wink*

  7. Great review! I agree with you that it's a very character driven story. And the D/s aspect in all it's nuances was very well layered and getting more and more depth. It fascinated me. I couldn't help myself, I was falling for the guys :)

  8. @janna - I love layered, in-depth storytelling of these relationships. it makes me involved with these characters and what made the final book such an incredible high :)


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