Let's talk about what we're about to do. 2. Let's have some really boring sex (clinical, but not pervy-hot clinical - it's more like "I am looking to get this reaction from you or press this boundary in this way so I will do X. 3. Let's talk about our boring sex.
Like all popular genres of fiction, it's become pretty damn near difficult to find the gems, the books written by people who either know the scene firsthand or who care enough to thoroughly research the lovestyle in order to present it as another form of healthy sexual expression. The dining scene gave me a chance to get to know Tobias, the elegant and cultured Dom, and Noah the strong-willed but wary sub who very much wants what Tobias is offering. Noah isn't just some weak submissive. I really loved his response as to why he needs the freedom of BDSM. It was also cute that Noah learned how to cook for Tobias and I loved how they created hot roleplay scenes together. Tobias' play-barn makes all those silly club scenes look totally lame.
Tobias and Noahs story really nails the elements of BDSM that I find the most compelling (heavy on the D/s, much lighter on the S/M, no humiliation), but moreover the needs of these two men feel very equally weighted in the relationship, a dynamic thats elusive in kinky books. Real talk, I have gotten bored before by too much sex in books that had HALF as many scenes as this one has. But it works here, for a couple of reasons: 1) The sex is creative, fun, and not repetitive. There are so many elements that the authors interject to keep it lively, including a couple of role-playing scenes filled with personality, and 2) This is a specific kind of D/s relationship, one that builds differently than a traditional romance. Tobias is painted quite differently than hes revealed to be as the book progresses.
I loved the development of the relationship between Tobias and Noah . I wished for Luca to be more developed as a side character because he seemed really interesting.
I think he nailed quite a few things in this series that I, Deviations being my first read in the genre, could not fully appreciate at the time. And in my mind, its going to be a bit of a challenge to get a guy who is alpha into a submissive role? I found the thing about this is to keep a really open mind and not to expect the guys to go at each other all challenging, the way I usually like. (Which I think is a pretty nice touch bay the way) Noah is assertive and sure in his job, or at least that is the picture you get because there is really no direct mention or scenario about him being there or doing what he does. Because he doesnt show his feelings the conventional way its drawing me to find out all these little tells about both of them. It runs a lot deeper than that and that is what makes this read more than I thought it originally to be.
I'll admit I was a tad skeptical through the first few chapters of this what with all the Tobias hero worship. When Im silent its for you to learn from, not a punishment." Tobias embodies what most would want in a dominant. He's honest, highly verbal, compassionate, affectionate, reliable, passionate, perceptive, intuitive, demanding, stern, stable & loyal. Noah does express himself very well & Tobias possesses highly attuned observational skills.
I originally read the ebooks in 2016 (see below) and enjoyed most of the books, particularly the earlier ones. For those curious about the narration, I really enjoyed it. I've read the reviews and blurbs from the other books, and I am little leery about how the characters will progress based on that.
I'm happy, I'm learning, I'm living.