Dana is ready to submit to Zach, but she’s going to be surprised by the depth of her submission. She’s comfortable Dominating Jacob, but how will the four of them form a unit?
Zach thought he’d worked through his issues, and he was patient with Dana as she worked through hers, but a painful reminder of the past makes him question whether he can accept Dana’s submission. Will he be able to handle being completely vulnerable once again?
Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon is the continuation of a story begun in Safeword: Davenport.
Warning: This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, bondage, extreme electrical play, enemas, and the use of toys including clamps, canes, plugs, cages, paddles, whips, and floggers.
When we last left Zach and Dana there were some issues they were working out, chief among them how they could build a relationship from the shattered pasts each of them brings to the table. Zach and Dana negotiate a contract that gives him control of her for certain periods but she retains her work and down time. Merging their households proves challenging in some respects and the balance needed to maintain periods of TPE 24/7 is a struggle for both. Brent and Jacob, the M/M duo from the first book continue as very important characters, nearly eclipsing the primary ones Dana and Zach as Jacob is the emotional support Dana needs while Brent uses rationale and reasoning to help Zach. Their issues are mostly not about what Zach can/cannot do as a Dom or Dana can/cannot take as a sub but in keeping the communication open, honest, and free flowing. However, the impact play part that was an issue in the first novel remains so here; Zach is not sure how far up the sadist scale he falls and Dana needs very heavy duty impact play pain, they are at a bit of an impasse. Dana's Domming of Jacob and Brent's involvement in their lives means it is really about four not two so the dynamic is skewed and being honest becomes even more important. When an event happens that challenges both of them by bringing up the past and the present, will they be able to overcome the obstacles?
This is an author who knows BDSM, there is no glitter kink or pretty play here. This is need, raw and emotional. This is struggle; to craft a relationship with others that meets everyone's needs while maintaining the balance for each person. Ms. Blevin's novels are getting increasingly complex, not with plot necessarily but with characters. Dana and Zach grow here, as do Brent and Jacob. It is not fluffy growth; it is painful, hard earned, and incremental. There is no one who does the dialogue and communication between BDSM partners better than Ms. Blevins. She nails it every time and this is perhaps her best to date. The BDSM play is unique, arousing, and unapologetic. It might sound strange to say it is also practical, but I am not kidding that this is a word I'd apply.
Dana is a serious masochist and most will not be able to relate to her need for the pain. However, that doesn't mean in any way that you cannot relate to her, that is the beauty here. She is your friend, your neighbor, your coworker. I think most folks will connect with her D/s needs since I am a masochist that was not how I felt her. In fact there were times I had a hard time getting through the D/s parts because they are all encompassing. I can appreciate it but I never put myself in her place to go through it, if that makes sense.
Zach grew on me more in this second novel, though honestly he is still my least favorite character in her books. He comes off as too cold to attach a lot of emotion to, and since I was emotionally connecting all over the place with everyone else it left him out, well, in the cold. I had a very hard time with him not believing he could do severe impact play but able to give her more extreme pain in other forms. I mean the whole time in my head I'm going, "Dude, you're a sadist." I mean seriously? Still this didn't detract at all from my enjoyment which is a high compliment to the author.
Brent, with his sage wisdom and his practical advice, is the perfect complement to Zach's demanding and, at times, blinded sight. He has a hard time coming to terms with certain things (no spoilers). Jacob is divine and the way he completes Dana is sheer pleasure. I loved (LOVED) the scenes with the four of them. After you read Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon you'll know the only remaining scene left, so I will officially beg here for that one in a short. Please. Please. I cannot get the image out of my head and I'm betting you will join my chorus as well.
Those who love BDSM, those who are intrigued and those who want to understand, here is your smorgasbord. Enjoy!
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