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Jul 22

Review – Safeword Davenport (Safeword #4) by Candace Blevins

Description:
Dana has never submitted to anyone but her husband — he trained her, taught her to submit. He’s been dead a year and a half though, and she’s beginning to consider the possibility of dating again. She sticks to vanilla at first, but quickly realizes she’s going to need more. As she’s considering the idea of finding someone who would enjoy hurting her without requiring her submission, her life is complicated by a Dom who pushes all of her buttons

Safeword: Davenport is the first half of Dana’s story, it’s the personal part of her journey, and has a Happy for Now ending. Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon is scheduled for release August 3, 2012, and will give the rest of her story.

Warning: This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, bondage, intense sensory deprivation, extreme electrical play, and the use of toys including clamps, canes, plugs, cages, paddles, whips, and floggers.
 I started this book knowing (just by the title) that I would be reading a BDSM book. First, let me tell you that Ms. Blevins writing is extremely explicit. Second, I am as “Vanilla” as the flavor says so I went to some BDSM sites to make sure what I was reading was authentic before I started this review. Third, hold on, breath and prepare yourself for a wild ride through a true D/s

, M/s relationship between Dana and Zach.

Warning: This book is not for the faint at heart. It is a heart-wrenching, heavy read with extreme BDSM play. If you are looking to see what a true Total Power Exchange (TPE) involves, this is the book to read. I did have to put the book down several times and absorb what I was reading and try to get into the total mind-set of what Dana and Zach were doing. With that said…..

Dana is recently widowed and was married to her Dom. They did not live as 24/7 Master/Slave but their sex was extreme and Dana dwells on pain – an absolute Masochist. After Garnet passed, she left him and the life behind, started her own design business and refused to think that she would ever be Submissive to another person. She left that life behind and did not intend on going back.

Zach is also recently widowed. The difference, he is a true Dominant. He lived in a 24/7 Master/Slave relationship with Bethany. He is an inventor of sorts…..working with solar electricity. But, in reality, electricity is his turn on. He is not a Sadist. He’s ready to move on…find someone to share his life with, he thinks Dana may be the one:

“She told herself if Zach weren’t a Dom they might have a chance; but a little voice in her head whispered she wouldn’t be drawn to him if he were vanilla.
Taking a seat on a nearby sofa, Zach looked up and said, “I want someone else to love —
to share my life with, grow old with. I’m a Dom, so they’ll need to get off on submitting to my
control in the bedroom and playroom; but otherwise I don’t have any specific requirements in
mind.”
He wasn’t giving her enough to work with. She tried another tack. “Bethany was twenty-four/
seven. Do you want that again?”
“Not necessarily,” he said, shaking his head as he leaned back and rested his arm on the
sofa’s armrest. “Not at first, for sure. I want twenty-four/seven availability for sex, but I prefer a
partner for everything else. Maybe pick an occasional week or two for a full-time dynamic where I spend brief periods micromanaging her, but not on a permanent basis.” He shrugged.
“However, if we fell for each other and she needed an Owner, I could do it again.”

Realizing what Zach was offering wasn’t too far off of what she was looking for, Dana agrees to see where it may lead but cannot commit to a long-term TPE with him. She still has issues with Garnet’s death and feels that she needs to work through them before committing. Zach is willing to wait and work with her to bring her libido back.

I really do not want to give away much more of the story here. A lot happens between Dana and Zach. There is wax play, electric play, caging, extreme bondage, an extreme scene in a swimming pool, a double flogging and so much more. We are also introduced to Brent and Jacob; a Dom from Dana and Garnet’s past and his Submissive. They will play a big part in bringing Dana and Zach together as one and they give Dana the experience that she needs to totally understand Zach.

As I said in the beginning, this book is not for the weak-minded or faint at heart. If you don’t know what a Total Power Exchange is – you will know by the end of Safeword: Davenport. I absolutely loved this book, the power Dana had and the power she handed to Zach was unbelievable. To know that you are absolutely loved and adored, no matter what, it a total high. I enjoyed the way the book was written. There was no down time, you weren’t sure what Zach was going to do next to or with Dana. There were strong, dominant scenes and there were sweet, loving scenes. This book covered it all and showed me a side to BDSM that I had no idea about. Thank you for enlightening me, Ms. Blevins.

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  1. Sharon

    Wow Kitty this sounds like an amazing read. This is a new to me author and I will be checking her work out. Thanks so much!

  2. MaryC

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the book, Kitty!

  3. Maria D.

    Great review! This sounds like a good read – thanks for putting in there that the books should be read in order –

  4. Landry

    This is a world I know nothing about personally but intrigues me because I don’t naturally understand the motivation. How and when does someone KNOW that they need to control/be controlled? That is why books like these fascinate me, I want to understand. Thanks for showing me another new series that just may do the trick! Thanks!

    1. lacrimsonfemme

      Landry,

      It’s not actually about controlling and be controlled. How about we look at it from a different perspective? It’s called TPE – total power exchange for a reason. We are essentially transferring power from one person to another. Let’s think of it more like giving control away through acts of submission. This person who gives it up, they receives the chance to let it all go. Some for a while; some are for long term. They are more focused on specific needs/wants/desires of the person they love and they want to do everything they can to make that person happy.

      Now the person who is the Dominant. They don’t “take” control. What they do instead, is they receive the responsibility and well being of someone they love and cherish. They provide guidance and take a lot on themselves to ensure this person is cared for and their wants/needs/desires are met.

      If the balance is found between the two, the Dominant and the submissive, it’s a magical and beautiful thing. It’s different for every couple. Over time, the dynamics can also change. It’s very much a giving and receiving relationship.

      If you want a few examples of how it can work, feel free to stop by on my blog site and ask.

  5. Timitra

    I’m definitely intrigued by Safeword Davenport…haven’t read anything like it before, I have read BDSM books before but not on this level-thanks for the recommendation Kitty!

  6. KcLu

    I think this one may be a must read for me! The more I read of BDSM the more intrigued I get. Thanks for a great review!!! 😉

  7. Susan W.

    Thanks for the review! I’ve been looking at this book to buy. Now I think I’m going to have to get it!

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