Soft Limits: A Deviations Novel by Jodi Payne #LGBT #Audiobook #Review #BDSM #MMRomance #Contemporary

Erryn reviews ‘Soft Limits (Deviations Book 6)’ by Jodi Payne. This book was released by Tygerseye Publishing on November12, 2019 and is about 220 pgs long. The audiobook version of this story was narrated by Maxx Power, released by Tygerseye Publishing LLC on November 11, 2019 and is 5 hrs and 22 mins long. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why I read this book: I LOVE this series and really wanted to know the origins story.


Fans of the iconic Deviations series will fondly recall Bradford as the beloved owner and Master of the elite and exclusively male BDSM club that anchors the series, and also as the wise man who introduced Tobias and Noah. 

Dominant Bradford’s story is one defined by sudden opportunity, unimaginable heartbreak, and newfound purpose. His calling is to provide a safe and supportive environment for men in the lifestyle. Bringing Doms and subs together is his superpower, yet he feels fated to be alone himself. 

In this prequel to the series, you’ll discover how Bradford is first drawn to Nikki, a beautiful and hungry young man living on the streets, and the unexpected ways Bradford grows and changes while helping Nikki understand a world of strange, new desires. 

Deviations listeners already know the outcome of Bradford and Nikki’s journey together. Soft Limits is a deep dive into Bradford’s story, into what makes the Dom tick, and how he ended up with ownership of the club. It also introduces Nikki, the sub that tests Bradford’s patience, steals his heart, and soothes his soul.

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My Review:

This series has been a favorite of mine and I’ve enjoyed every moment of watching Tobias, Noah, and eventually Phan, become a true triad.  Bradford and Nikki were always in the background.  Bradford owns the club where Tobias and Noah are members.  He even set the two men up.  But how he came to own the club and his story has never been told.

Until now.

When Bradford meets Nikki, the young man is in a rough place.  Bradford takes pity on him and offers him a job.  He believes in helping young men who are having a rough time and Nikki definitely falls into that category.  Nikki is desperate and a job in the kitchen is a God send.  It doesn’t solve all his problems, though, and he still is in need of more.  Bradford eventually sees this and extends a more…personal invitation.  Not to take advantage of the young man, but to take care of him.

Nikki is curious.  At first he wasn’t even aware he worked at a BDSM club, having never left the kitchen.  When he’s promoted to club boy, he finally gets a tour and discovers what really goes on in these hallowed walls.  What attracts him the most is the St. Andrew’s Cross.

I love that this book is a slow burn and gentle introduction to BDSM.  Again, this is a high protocol book, so Nikki is slowly shown the ropes by Bradford, molded into the boy Bradford wants, while still maintaining some autonomy.  Safewords are still important as is Nikki’s comfort level.  The first scene is a gentle introduction to sensory play but as time passes, the scenes get more intense.

Being new, Nikki has set guidelines of what he wants, but he soon discovers it’s not enough.  A misunderstanding nearly drives the two men apart, but good communication rescues them and provides a very hot scene.  All is well and as it should be.

Have I said how much I enjoyed these books?  This one as much as the others.

Maxx Power narrated all the books in the series and I loved the consistency he brought both to the performance and to the material.  He did a great job.  I’m sorry to see the series end but the arc was perfect and the rounding off of the story worked well.  Looking to forward to more of Ms. Payne’s work in the future.


My Rating:

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


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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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