Kendra has lived as a vampire for thousands of years, and she’s been a Domme for the past thousand years. But then she falls for a human man who happens to be wired as a Dom. Neither is interested in a switch relationship, but neither is willing to give up their Dom side, either. They have strong feelings for each other, can they make it work? As Eric learns about the world of vampires and decides whether he can deal with it or not, the other vampires have to figure out whether they can deal with Kendra, their third in command, submitting to a human who some of them feel is so far beneath them on the evolutionary ladder. Can Kendra and Eric battle all of this to find happiness?
Warnings:This title contains consensual BDSM (both M/f and F/m), bondage, mild discipline, use of toys including anal plugs, cuffs, floggers, and canes.
Word Count: 65,600
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Dark Diva Reviews
In Safeword: Storm Clouds by Candace Blevins, she has a good grasp of the BDSM lifestyle and how to write a believable bondage scene
When a very old vampire who happens to be a Domme meets a very young (relatively speaking) human who happens to be a Dom the question is who will do the submitting. Kendra has been the more dominant partner in most of her relationships for hundreds of years—she’s strong and primary in command under Abbot the Master vampire for her area. Eric’s a human military brat and an adrenalin junkie—not to mention a very successful businessman who designs video games. Kendra’s first taste of submission to a human is a tantalizing one but vampire politics and Kendra’s own need to be a dominant mean that Eric must learn to submit as well. Can an alpha man find pleasure in submission?
Though they may share a similar title Safeword: Rainbow is not a prequel to Safeword: Storm Clouds. Both books center on a BDSM relationship but you do not need to read them in any order. In Storm Clouds the focus turns more to the paranormal and vampire/supernatural society and how humans and vampires integrate. There is a natural pecking order (or should I say “peckish” order?) and, as a general rule, vampires do not submit to humans. When Kendra and Eric meet and she submits to him, they both have to deal with what this means not only personally but within vampire society as well.
I found it most interesting how strong Kendra was—she had an absolutely take no prisoners attitude and she did not budge one inch when Eric had a hard time at first with the whole idea of life with a vampire. It was very in character for her; after all with thousands of years under your belt one would expect you to be disinclined to tolerate a wishy-washy guy. Eric takes some time to come around and his thought process was quite well done. He has an initial “this is okay” then backs up when he really starts to think about the long term implications. This injected nice realism into the story.
The BDSM parts were realistic and more practical—a little less romantic. Negotiation plays a key part and the roles are laid out quite well before the session starts. To her credit the author uses some new toys that I had never heard of—bravo for something fresh and interesting!
This novel made me a bit less uncomfortable than the first one Safeword: Rainbow primarily because that one really went directly into some very heavy pain that I found a bit hard to take—although I certainly enjoyed the pushing of my boundaries! Here both main characters are very strong parties and the pain, while definitely present, is much more measured and the sadism and masochism seem a bit better balanced. If you like some paranormal mixed in with your BDSM then pick this one up. At a nice length with good character development it is a nice entry to the genre.
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