Deviations: Domination (Deviations Book 2) by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne #Audiobook #BDSM #DuoReview #MMRomance #LGBT #Contemporary

Erryn and Melissa review ‘Deviations: Domination (Deviations Book 2)’ by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne. This book was released by Pretty Muses Publishing on September 30, 2006 and is about 302 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Maxx Power, released by Tygerseye Publishing LLC on December 22, 2017 and is 8 hrs and 14 mins long.

Why I read this book:

[Erryn] BDSM? Count me in!

[Melissa| I enjoyed reading this series in the ebook version, so I decided to give it a go.  🙂


 

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. 

With a deep exploration of the BDSM scene, secondary characters who shine, and a romance that has the reader rooting for these men from the start, Deviations: Domination is one book you can’t miss. Authors Chris Owen, writer of the popular Bareback, and Jodi Payne, writer of String of Pearls, have done it again.


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Erryn’s Review:

Book 2 in the series picks up where Book 1 left off.  Fortunately I had both audiobooks and so was able to listen to this book immediately after the first.  The transition was smooth as Maxx Power narrated this book as well, so the voices and narration style were the same.  That was great because I enjoyed the first book, and in turn, this one as well.

Tobias and Noah are adjusting to their new relationship.  Tobias visits his friend Bradford, the owner of the BDSM Club. Bradford schools Tobias, reminding him of the role of a Dom, pointing out that if he’s not helping Noah, he’s running the risk of hurting him.  He also points out that if Tobias lets Noah ‘coast’ through his submission, then neither man is getting his needs met.  Finally, he tells Tobias to trust Noah.  And this is the theme throughout the book.  In the first book, it was revealed Tobias’ last slave, Phan, left him.  Tobias fears Noah will do the same.

Isn’t that a normal human reaction?  Worrying the person we love will leave us?  Even those who have absolute trust in their partners have moments of doubt.

As Bradford is reminding Tobias of the responsibilities of being a Dom, he also admits he is having trouble with Phan.  After the slave left Tobias, Bradford took the man under his wing and they scene every week.  The sessions are intense, with Phan needing more and more pain.  Even a hardcore Sadist Dom like Bradford has limits, so he plans an intervention of sorts.  As the book progresses, the listener is given glimpses into the slave’s life, both before and now.

Phan intrigued me in Book 1 and has piqued my curiosity.  He is a hardcore masochist submissive, so the contrast with Noah (also a submissive but not masochistic) is stark.

Tobias resets his relationship with Noah, going back to strict high protocols.  He pushes Noah’s limits, within the confines of their contract, of course.  Noah finally talks about the abusive relationship he was in prior to meeting Tobias.  I am reminded of a profound moment in the first book when Noah admitted he saw ‘penetration as punishment’.  It broke me then and hearing the details of the abuse turned my stomach.  Finally, both the listener and Tobias understand why Noah finds trust – and submission – such a challenge.

With Tobias’ persistent and gentle guidance, Noah sinks into submission, letting go, knowing someone will be there to catch him.  In turn, Tobias is more open about his pain.  Because Doms are people too, even they need support.

There is a LOT of hot sex in this book, along with almost as many BDSM scenes.  Those scenes are steamy, but not gratuitous.  Tobias and Noah build their relationship through those interactions, but their conversations, moments of silence, and the gentlest of touches, show the men are bonding.

As Noah sinks into submission, and by extension, subspace, he lets go.  Now, it is unusual for someone to be in subspace for prolonged period of time like Noah, but the meditational quality of his time with Tobias does have clear benefits.  I was a bit jealous of the relationship because they really are perfect together.

Add in one of the hottest scenes at the New Year’s Eve party and the emotion-filled scene at the end, and I was content that Tobias and Noah have their happily ever after.

But there are more books in the series and I’m hoping they will be released on audio soon.

Erryn’s Rating:

10/10 Points of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars


Melissa’s Review: 

This will be my second time “reading” this story, and I have to say the audio really enhanced this story. I thoroughly enjoyed the story the first time and now with Maxx Power’s narration, I am in love with these characters and their story for the second time!

I loved the relationship between Noah and Tobias. They are so well suited for each other and have grown closer since book 1. Phan of course was simply adorable and I loved seeing him and Noah interact. They are smoking hot together, and that scene at the club was perfection!

What I particularly enjoyed was the ending where Noah gets collared and all the Doms and Subs are there in Tobias’ barn. It was an emotional scene for both men and I liked seeing them finally come together after they had such a trying start. They didn’t have an easy time to get to this ending, and when you think of all the issues Tobias has with his history and his perceived failure with Phan as his sub, I really think it was special to see them show everybody they made it.

If you enjoy BDSM romance novels, and this is a romance, you will really enjoy this series, and if you like audiobooks, this one is not to miss. At first I wasn’t sure about the narration but as the story went on and I became familiar with the characters again, I felt the narration was spot on and especially for Phan. 😉

Melissa’s Rating:

8.5/10 Points of Gold ( 80% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars

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Chris Owen

I live and write in eastern Canada. I went to a bunch of schools, learned a lot of things, and now make stuff up because not to do so is unthinkable. I’m fond of fountain pens, Levenger’s Circa system, and Steampunk fashions. I’m inspired by the day to day minutia of life, and find beauty in the way words go together. I like texture and richness of experience. I’m not shy. I’m happy, I’m learning, I’m living.

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Jodi Payne

JODI spent too many years in New York and San Francisco stage managing classical plays, edgy fringe work, and the occasional musical. She, therefore, is overdramatic, takes herself way too seriously, and has been known to randomly break out in song. Her men are imperfect but genuine, stubborn but likable, often kinky, and frequently their own worst enemies. They are characters you can’t help but fall in love with while they stumble along the path to their happily ever after.

For those looking to get on her good side, Jodi’s addictions include nonfat lattes, Malbec, and tequila any way you pour it. She’s also obsessed with Shakespeare and Broadway musicals. She can be found wearing sock monkey gloves while typing when it’s cold, and on the beach enjoying the sun and the ocean when it’s hot. When she’s not writing and/or vacuuming sand out of her laptop, Jodi mentors queer youth and will drop everything for live music. Jodi lives near New York City with her beautiful wife, and together they are mothers of dragons (cleverly disguised as children) and slaves to an enormous polydactyl cat.

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