Reviewed by Vicki
SERIES: Deviations #3
AUTHOR: Chris Owen and Jodi Payne
PUBLISHER: Pretty Muses Publishing
LENGTH: 251 pages
RELEASE DATE: October 29th, 2016
Tobias and Noah explore their relationships more deeply than they ever have, not just with their own dominance and submission, but with their friends. As Noah helps Tobias through the loss of someone dear, he finds Tobias helping him, too, leading him through some intense sexual games, breaking down the last of Noah’s fears, and helping him face his biggest one. The cage. Meanwhile, Tobias’ ex-lover, Phantom, becomes close friends with Noah as they discover and try to resist the simmering sexual tension between them. Their teasing turns to real support when Phantom reaches the breaking point thanks to the lack of a master in his life, something he desperately needs. While Bradford works to become that master, Tobias and Noah go to Paris, where they see the sights, go to sex clubs, and re-negotiate their contract. Returning from Paris to their own lives brings then all sorts of new difficulties, from deciding whether they should love together to trying to figure out just where Phantom belongs in their ever-changing relationship. Deviations: Discipline is the third book in the popular Deviations series, which begins with Deviations: Submission, and Deviations: Dominance. Chris Owen and Jodi Payne have another winner on their hands, a gripping, emotional tale that you won’t want to miss!
This is the third book in the Deviations series, and picks up right after the ending of the last book. This book is split between Phantom’s emotional issues, Tobias’ emotional issues, a trip to Paris, and a breakthrough for Noah. I think the balance was just right…
Phantom and Noah have been meeting once a week for some cuddle time, chatting and flirting. Tobias has told them no sex, but cuddling is fine. These evenings give them a chance spend some free time together without the supervision of Tobias or Bradford. Noah and Phan are having one of their evenings when it all goes wrong…. After some discussion and arguing Bradford, Tobias being a jerk to both Bradford and Phan’s counselor, it is decided that Bradford will take on Phan as a temporary sub.
Tobias has an emotional issue come up that gives Noah the chance to step up as a comforter. Tobias also helps Noah start to work through one of his issues, in a very caring way. Followed up with some kink! Oh there was also a lovely role-playing scene at the beginning of the book that was quite fun. So then the pair take of to Paris for a fantastic vacation! Their contract is renegotiated and some plans for their future are made. With some drama and Tobias being a shit. But what they really do in Paris is have some kinky sex. At a very cool Paris BDSM club, with the help/attendance of a couple of local D/s pairs. Now they are back to their real life and some work and drama. They have been together six months now, and are well established as a couple in love, as well as a D/s couple.
I liked this book, there was definitely lots of emotional drama, similar the last book, and not as much kink as the first book. I’m working through my issues with Phan as well. I like him as a character, but I can’t decide if I like his emotional attachment to Tobias. I’m not sure it’s best for Noah. Yes, I’m concerned about a fictional pair!
I made a comment in my first review about wishing we saw in to Noah’s head, and Jodi Payne posted a link to some journal entries that were written and never included from Noah’s journal. I really liked reading those, it did give me the inside view of Noah. I really do wish they had been included in the books, and more. But they did help! They are on Jodi’s website if you want to look…
So yah. I liked this book! I’m still liking the series, and my thoughts from the last book still hold true. These are not individual books, but more like chapters in a long story. The farther in I get, the more I’m ok with that. Usually I like a complete story in book, even if it’s part of a series. But it’s working for me now. This one had more BDSM than the last one did, but not as much as the first one. This story is really about the emotional issues the characters have.
Book four looks to be a long one, and I remember some of what is coming. Off I go! And I do recommend this series! Go get the first one and dive in to the world of Tobias and Noah.