Chris Owen & Jodi Payne
Deviations: Submission (Deviations, #1)
Torquere Press, February 2006
Genre & Keywords: Gay, M/M, Bdsm
Heat level: ¹¹½
The Back Blurb:
Tobias is a skilled Dom and Noah is a man in need of just that. He wants to sub badly, but has yet to find someone he believes in. Through a series of encounters in the world of bondage and discipline, we learn why Noah has trouble trusting, and why Tobias is reluctant to let 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. But can they stay together in a world where learning to love means accepting all of their dark secrets?!
This book is one of a series of four (up till now) about two guys, Tobias and Noah. The authors write about the Dom/sub lifestyle in a realistic way (as far as I know, and I only know from other books ;)). This book tells about the first meeting of the two men and has rather an open ending, because their story continues in the next book of the series. Both have issues and scars that have to be overcome. I liked it that their (hot) sex scenes were not an answer to their problems. The issues were not that easily dismissed but affected their encounters, their relationship and their daily lives. Another thing I liked is that both men did actually have a daily live, Tobias as a veterinarian and Noah as a cop. So their D/s relation is not a 24/7 one. But when they’re together it is all about dominance and submission, obedience, pain, rewarding and punishment. Not just playing games when they’re both in the mood, but the real deal.
Although the story is told from Tobias’ point of view, both guys are well developed characters. Noah’s voice and focus on things is heard and shown through the many conversations the men have. Noah is easy to like because of the open and frank attitude he has despite his insecurities. The character development is well done and the main reason for enjoying this story is watching the two of them grow into their relationship.
I haven’t bought any of the other books in the series yet, but I will certainly put book 2 on my TBB list, because this first book made me curious enough to know more about these wonderful lovers.