Safeword by @_AJRose #LGBT #Review #BDSM

Dana and Bethany review Safeword (Power Exchange Book 2)  by AJ Rose. (Published by Voodoo Lily Press, November 15, 2013, 270 pages)

Why Dana read this: Not only because I received an rc in exchange for an honest review, but because after reading book 1, this is shaping up to be a very sexy and intense series I don’t want to miss out on.

Why Bethany read this: After I finished book one I NEEDED to read this one.

We were offered a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

And check out AJs interview here: Power Exchange Series Postmortem and the review for book 1 here: Power Exchange  and the review for book 3 here: Consent

 

safewordBlurb: Everywhere Detective Gavin DeGrassi looks he’s reminded of his attack by the Breath Play Killer. It’s in the house he lives in with his partner and Dom, Ben Haverson. It’s in the sympathetic yet pitying looks he receives from his fellow detectives when he returns to the force after a year-long hiatus. It’s in the suffocating coddling of his entire family, and the relentless reporter demanding an exclusive of his ordeal.

Most of all, it’s in his lack of submission to Ben, who isn’t convinced Gavin’s recovered enough to trust the power exchange between them.

The miraculous recovery of two teen boys from a twisted kidnapper gives him heart, and Gavin’s determined to prove he can handle anything despite increasing strain between him and Ben, painful nightmares, and panic when anyone touches him.

But his next case is too close for comfort: a friend and colleague found raped and murdered in a fate chillingly similar to what could have been his own, and this killer isn’t stopping with one cop. As the body count rises and taunting souvenirs are being hand-delivered to Gavin, he faces a frustrating lack of leads, a crushing need to prove himself, and a sinking suspicion the imprisoned kidnapper’s reach is further than originally thought. A miasma of uncertainty and fear threaten to suffocate him when he asks a question with which he’s overwhelmingly familiar: what happens when a victim is pushed too far?

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Review

 

Dana:  Just like the last cover, I love this one. The purple rope this time stands out beautifully on the white background. The bound submissive male was nice to look at as well.

The story lines that run through this book and the whole series are complex. It is much more than a book about BDSM, much more than a romance or a mystery. Those things share equal space also dealing with the complex nature of human beings, and what toll, certain situations take on them.

In Power Exchange, we were introduced to the BDSM community as a whole and saw how the relationship worked between a Dom like Ben and a Sub like Gavin. After nearly being killed using the tools of their relationship, Ben and Gavin are having a hard time fulfilling their naturally inclined roles. Ben is afraid to push Gavin too far, and Gavin is afraid of being pushed too far, at the same time he knows that Ben is made to dominate and he also feels he needs to be dominated in order to get past the final blockages and triggers that haunt him still. This book steps away from the BDSM community and focuses on the relationship between Ben and Gavin and if they can ever be the same. Reading about these two trying to deal with the backlash is difficult, wanting it to all be okay but knowing it is something that needs time.

Meanwhile the victims of a new string of murders have something in common with Gavin again. In the first book, people in the BDSM community were being murdered, now it is police officers, including one he highly respected and worked with. His partner Myah is a big part of helping him deal with triggers at work, as well as a therapist Ben and Gavin see together. The brutality of the murders escalate in each case and the victims suffered humiliation before their deaths. It was difficult to read through, but seeing Gavin and Myah work to solve the crime kept me hooked to every word.

Besides Ben and Gavin dealing with the aftermath of their attack, there are some young men who were kidnapped and rescued that are dealing with the psychological ripples that happen after being held against their will. I think the author does a great job inspiring empathy for the victims of rape and torture but not excusing the things they might do as a result. It just shows the importance that help needs to be given to those with PTSD, The sub/dom relationship between Ben and Gavin was well dealt with, showing just how important the trust and respect they have for each other is. Gavin’s family plays a big part in the story especially with the growth of the relationship between Myah and Gavin’s brother Cole.. Each book just sucks me more  into the world the author created in with her wonderful characters. .

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Bethany: 

I liked this one more than I like the first one.  And that is saying a lot because I really liked the first one I gave it 8.5 pots of gold.

I think why I liked this one more was because we see Gavin heal, not the overnight healing where miraculously the character has made a full recovery.  AJ puts him through the wringer in order for him to begin to heal.  Let me tell you, it was emotionally hard to watch cause you can see the pain coming off of him.  But what I really enjoyed was we also got to see Ben heal as well.  Cause lets face it, there is no way to go through what they both went through without being a little damaged.

There was less BDSM in this one but I think that was necessary.  Ben is convinced that Gavin is not ready to submit and Gavin is angry that Ben won’t take control and make him submit.  Their balance is off and they have to find away to get back on equal grounds. And man did they struggle to reach that ground.  I ached while reading this book.  I hurt watching them in so much turmoil, it made me cry many times.  I just wanted them fixed, healed, better you know.  But after what they went through do you think it would have been easy for Ben to try to dominate, or for Gavin to submit.  And that is the root of their problem, it is wrong for Ben not to dominate Gavin.  And something is missing in Gavin by not submitting to his dom.

AJ writes in such a brilliant way that you can slowly see them work through that issue.  Little by little they make their way back to each other and a lot of that is through the therapy with their friend and fellow sub, but a big part of Gavin’s healing is his friendship with Myah.  That his relationship with his brother Cole.  I wont get into the murders or the case they are working on because well Dana summed it up very nicely so you don’t need me to do it also.  But I will say man sometimes it was downright painful to get through, but I did cause I needed to see Ben and Gavin happy.

Yes she made them work, HARD, for it but that is why this series is so flippin brilliant.  AJ knows how to tell a story, she takes us to the absolute breaking point before giving us what we need and want so badly.  I could go on and on about how much I loved this book but I won’t .  I will just tell you this is worth reading, but you really should read the first one cause this one picks up after Power Exchange.  I am so excited to start book three, Consent.

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AuthorBio

 

 It began with a Halloween themed short story assignment from a second grade teacher, and from then on, AJ Rose fell head over heels in love with writing. Even an active social life through school, learning to play the piano in a passable imitation of proficient, and a daring cross country move couldn’t stop the tall tales about imaginary people that refused to be ignored. With college experiences came a change in perspective to romance and passion. A propensity to slash favorite TV characters brought AJ to today, writing mostly M/M for publication. But don’t be surprised if the occasional ghost still pops up. AJ tweets as @_AJRose and blogs at https://ajrosewrites.wordpress.com/

 

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