Reviewed by Caroline
SERIES: Deviations Book 1
AUTHOR: Chris Owen and Jodi Payne
NARRATOR: Maxx Power
PUBLISHER: Tygerseye Publishing
LENGTH: 8 Hours 56 Minutes
RELEASE DATE: May 17, 2017
Tobias is a skilled Dom, able to bring even the most hesitant submissive around. Noah is a man in need of just that. He wants to sub badly, but has yet to find someone he believes can take him where he needs to go. Through a series of encounters in the world of bondage and discipline, Noah reveals why he has trouble trusting, why he needs such a firm, steady hand. Tobias may allow himself to dominate, but he has trouble letting himself love. Still, Tobias can’t resist Noah’s charms, and the two of them set about making a scene for themselves, one that works for them and their unique set of problems. They learn to love, but can they stay together while they explore each others’ secrets, in a world where all is laid bare and emotions run high?
From authors Chris Owen, writer of the popular “Bareback”, and Jodi Payne, writer of “String of Pearls” comes a romance on the deviant side, where love is all tied up with the need to submit, the need to dominate, and the need to share a life of exploration and care.
These two skilled authors create a world that’s hard to resist, and a book that’s even harder to put down.
This series is an absolute favourite of mine and it is one I have been re-reading since I first found Tobias and Noah and of course later on the feisty Phantom many years ago. Whether I am in a reading slump, I need a comfort read or I just fancy spending time with some familiar and well-loved characters Deviations is my default series to fall back on.
Since Tobias split from his last partner Phantom who was his 24/7 slave he has lurked in the shadows of his former life choosing to put work and being solitary first. Deciding on a night out at his local BDSM club for his birthday his plans are for a nice and meal and a catch up with his close friends. One close friend in particular who will become a series favourite and owns the BDSM club is determined to get his old friend going again and introduces him to a sub who he believes will be a good match. Bradford is cheeky and tenacious and one of only a few people who will challenge Tobias. The sub in question is Noah and this birthday treat will see the start of something special.
Noah has been working his way through a lot of the available Doms at the club looking for a man who can give him what he needs whilst dealing with his past – a task that is not proving easy. Noah suffered abuse at the hands of an old partner that still impacts on many things he wishes to do when it comes to his submission and he is finding it increasingly frustrating. From the start Tobias is thoughtful and inquisitive and although he can’t just magic away Noah’s fears he does immediately show understanding and starts to show Noah that all is not lost.
Noah isn’t the only one with problems. When Phantom left Tobias it hurt him badly and knocked his confidence severely. He wants to be everything Noah needs him to be but little bits of self-doubt hold him back. This is the story of two slightly broken men who through determination and kink are the best medicine for each other anyone could prescribe. There is a lot of sex but there are also a lot of tender moments and this book really lays down the meat for the entire series. The fact that it has come to audio is amazing and I really, really hope the rest of the series will follow. If you have not yet met Tobias and Noah and you like things a little bit kinky I cannot recommend this series enough!
Maxx Power is a new narrator to me and like anything new he took a bit of getting used to J. By midway through the book I thought his voice was damn near perfect for the story and he is a narrator that I would listen to again.