19 March 2010

DEVIATIONS week: Chris Owen & Jodi Payne - Bondage

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Written by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne
279 pages / 132000 words
ISBN: 978-1-60370-196-9, 1-60370-196-6
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Genre: M/M Erotica
Main Characters: Tobias, Noah, Phantom & Bradford.
Book Origin: Personal E-Book Library

Cover Summary:
Noah and Tobias come back from Paris with a renewed contract and a deeper personal bond. Too bad things don't go as smoothly at home. When they get back, they face a crisis that might just threaten their contract, and their personal intimacy.

The crisis has a ripple effect, but Tobias and Noah finally learn that they can evolve with it, instead of collapsing. They experiment with scene after scene, making them longer, deeper, which allows them to explore more than they've ever dared. They even explore moving in together.

When Noah is forced to face the danger of his job, he starts to question why he became a cop. Tobias is also questioning his job. Soon enough, their external life is changing enough that they're forced to lean on each other to sustain them. Can they achieve a comfortable balance between their outside life, their scenes, and their love?

Chris Owen /Jodi Payne: #3 in DEVIATIONS SERIES – BONDAGE - 4,5 stars:

!!!This review contains what I believe to be spoilers!!!

My Review: I cannot write this review without giving away – what I believe to be – a major spoiler. In BONDAGE everything comes together regarding Tobias, Noah and Phantom. I’ve grown with these men from a budding gay D/s relationship & friendship, getting to know each other, going through the motion in the individual ups and downs, and gradually something more blooms between the three of them. The previous three novels somehow prepared me for what was about to happen in BONDAGE and while I was not surprised it created a huge dilemma which made me wonder how the authors were going to handle it. And with it, I mean one Dom, with his two subs. I was pulled in to a three-way relationship and my instant worry was how this was going to work romantically, how each character will get what he needs, and once again I was amazed in the creative ability Owen and Payne showed to make this relationship work.

Throughout each novel there was no doubt Phantom still had emotions for his former Dom Tobias, and that there was a unique connection between them. The friendship between Phan and Noah also strengthened with each day, so with these ties connecting the three characters together there was already a foundation for what was to come. Phan needed to do some rigorous emotional healing and a choice needed to be made by Tobias and Noah. With that choice made things inevitably shifted and that the situation was becoming far more difficult was to be expected. Tobias now needed to take care of two subs, each with their individual desires and approach from him as their Dom.

It, once again, showcased the formidable dialogues between Tobias, Noah and Phan. Each being very honest in revealing their feelings, how difficult this sometimes may be. It made me understand each of them on such an intimate level my emotional strings were inevitably pulled. The issues rose from Tobias needing to make choices in what he has time for in his day-to-day life, Phan dealing with vocalizing his needs and knowing he is wanted, and Noah furthers his exploration in this relationship. Ever single action was trying to bring them together in this threesome, it wasn't the easiest way to love or be in a relationship and they were well aware of this fact. Still, Tobias, Noah and Phan were determined not to let the difficulty hold them back. They would make this work on their own terms and let no-one come between what felt good for them.

I loved watching their advancements, their struggles, the unleashing of their passion, and I say watching because the evocative writing style made me see it all in the mind’s eye. The erotic pictures of Tobias, Noah and Phan going at it together - as well as separately - are permanently burned in my memory. Over the course of this novel this threesome had to undergo some changes, making some life altering decisions to head for an ending that was so good. I hated to leave them, I knew it was the perfect place for the men to be but I wanted to stay with them just a little longer knowing I could never experience this series a first time again. I knew that Tobias, Noah and Phantom were rock solid, having an incredible time together, completely devoted to one another and would work out all that life would throw at them. Leaving them as I read the final page was bittersweet and I knew the DEVIATIONS series earned their spot on my keeper shelves.

This three-way took me to emotional highs, gave me laugh out loud moments, gave me an intimacy with the characters I enjoy so thoroughly in a story and of course this wouldn’t be a DEVIATIONS novel if there wasn’t an amount of sexual foreplay, the back and forth of teasing innuendo and the vigorous sex-play of a Dom with his two subs. BONDAGE took it up a notch and swept me off my feet as Chris Owen and Jodi Payne broadened my horizon with three men I will forever cherish.

Phan kissed back, pushing his tongue in deep and then retreating for a moment. Noah could feel him trying to push and shove them toward the other wall again, but the move more or less wound up as Phan rubbing against his leg. “Suck me, Noah,” Phan whispered. “Want your mouth around me, need to come for you so bad..." “How bad?” Noah asked, looking Phan in the eyes. “So bad I'll get on my knees and beg if that's what you want. I'll rim you, suck you, do anything Sir lets us, make you come so hard your eyes cross.” Phan started to slide down Noah's body, licking at his collar. “Please, Noah? Suck me, let me come in your mouth? Please?" Noah put his hand on Phan's chest to stop him, pushing him back into the wall. “You can do all of those things ... in a minute.” He slipped to his knees again, put his lips around Phan's prick and let him go. His hands slid around to Phan's ass and gave his cheeks a squeeze. Phan moaned, the sound loud in the hallway, and his hips twitched, the thrust shallow and more than likely instinctive. “God, yes,” he said, one hand stroking through Noah's hair to curl at the base of his skull. “Let me? Christ, so hot. Want to fuck your mouth." Noah swallowed him deep in response. It was such a turn-on to let Phan do exactly as he pleased—
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  1. EEk..I saw major spoiler and didn't read the rest :) BUT..I see 4 1/2 stars..looking forward to this series.

  2. @Mandi - I've tried to go around certain info left, right, up and down but couldn't tell what I had to say any other way :S I hope the warning is sufficient though :) I really hope you will one day give this series a go, it gets better and better with each novel :)

  3. the unleashing of their passion, and I say watching because the evocative writing style made me see it all in the mind’s eye.

    I love how you describe that bit... it was really like standing at a window and looking at these three..

    What I also loved about this book - was how much Phantom developed - with the angst of his old Dom and the new emotions swirling for his new one, I really likes how he comes into his own ad made his own choices...

    Another great sum up...

    P.S. Do you read Natural Disaster - the follow up boook with Tor and Jake


  4. @EH - Phantom is a character i fell hard for and loved to witness, like you said, him coming into his own. His story became so intense in bk 3 and 4.

    Last year after reading BAREBACK I had to find out if there was a sequel since the ending of Bareback left something open. Something I couldn't put my finger on at the time. I was so happy when I found out NATURAL DISASTER was the sequel. I devoured it upon receiving. It didn't have the impact of BB but it was so good to see Tor and Jake deepen their relationship and the ending was the romantic one I missed a bit in BB :)

  5. Okay.. honey... I feel the slight push from you to get these books, lmbo!!! I will get them I promise, promise! =)
    Great reviews you are doing for this entire series!
    And I read the whole review cuz I figure by the time I read the books... I will not remember what the spoilers were... just that you did an awesome job reviewing them and making me want them!! =)
    Love ya honey and hope all is well!

  6. lenotine- Get back to my blog and enter the Demonfire giveaway again!! Douglas is going to give out an extra book and she will sent it over seas!! I want to make sure you get in there...

    Sorry couldnt use your contact button.

  7. Oh forgot about my no food rule, you always pick those quotes ;)

  8. Poor Blodeuedd :)

    I skipped this review because I plan to read the last two books very soon and I'll probably still remember your spoilers then.
    But I did read the quote of course ;) I love the interaction between Noah and Phan and I'm glad to see they still have it going on in book 4 :)

  9. @cecile - Slight push, rofl, yeah I'm not so subtle when I say; Buy This Book NOW! If you ever get them i hope you're going to enjoy them too!

    @Laurie - Thanks for the heads up, I apreciate it :)

    @Janna - That is why I included a spoiler warning, I really don't want to ruin your enjoyment of these books...and you knwo they are good :0

  10. I do!! And thanks for the spoiler warning :)

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