Saturday, May 3, 2014

Review: Safeword Rainbow by Candace Blevins - 5 Wine Glasses

18658113Title: Safeword Rainbow
Series: Safeword, #1
Author: Candace Blevins 
Format: ebook, 2nd Edition, Extended version, 326 pages
Published: November 1st 2013 by Excessica 
ISBN: 1609827716
Links: Goodreads | Amazon
Source: Publicist
Reviewer: Shannon
Rating: 5/5

Tyler and Viv have found each other again after a three day fling three years ago. Ideally suited for each other, they try to make a relationship work. However, they soon realize Tyler was expecting a 24/7 total power exchange and Vivian will never be a 24/7 submissive. As they try to find a compromise, Vivian must deal with what a Total Power Exchange means, even if it’s only a part time power exchange, and Tyler must decide if he can live with a sometimes-Master and sometimes-boyfriend relationship. 

Will they find their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

This title was published in 2010 with less than half of the current content. The story has been considerably rewritten and contains a great deal of new material for your reading enjoyment. We think it’s a far better story now, but if you read the original, you can be the judge!

231 pages, 87,000 words

Warning: Contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, bondage, and the use of toys including clamps, canes, plugs, paddles, and floggers.

Tyler and Viv meet and share an amazing time but then Tyler leaves...three years later chance has them meeting again. Tyler is a sadist Dom which means he not only enjoys dominating a submissive but also inflicting pain. Vivian is a submissive who enjoys being dominated but is not interested in a 24/7 Total Power Exchange. So when they meet again and Tyler assumes Viv wants a 24/7 TPE and to be his full time slave they have a lot of figuring out to do to decide whether this relationship can work. 

In the beginning of this book, it starts out with a bang and catches your attention.  Also, in the beginning of the book, I wasn't sure about Tyler.  He seemed too much like a steamroller and a bit too egotistical and harsh. I could identify with Viv in many ways - her desire to keep her independence, her conviction of what had off limits/hard limit for her, her level of education (which was very high) and just general intelligence level. I found myself just as hesitant as her and worried with her about where this was going and whether or not it was desirable for her given her life and her career. There is such good communication between the characters though that you really are able to enjoy reading even when the subject matter goes beyond what you might expect.  I thought the compromises they came up with were exemplary and they really gave the book that extra something that propels it from a decent read to an "I liked it" read. 

The one part of this book that was lacking was the emotions as in showing more depth in how they feel and this transfers to the reader who will feel things along with the stories characters and our empathy and understanding is greater as opposed to telling us as is. However, it is a good story and I look forward to reading more of Candace's books especially as this I understand is one of her earlier novels. I would recommend this to those who are into BDSM more than those who prefer erotica.

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