Tuesday, November 27, 2012

BDSM Challenge: SAFEWORD: DAVENPORT by Candace Blevins





SAFEWORD: Davenport (Safeword #4)
Author:     CANDACE BLEVINS
Publisher:  Excessica
Date:  June 2012
Source:  Submitted by Author for an honest review
Genre:  Erotica, BDSM
Length:  Novel, ebook
Reviewed by:  Artemis




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.



My Ratings

Review





Sexual




The warning label above is there for good reason.  SAFEWORD: Davenport is a novel about Dana learning to move on with her life, after suffering the loss of her husband, by rediscovering herself through BDSM.

Dana meets Zach when he hires her to redesign/redecorate his home.  His wife, Bethany, passed away about the same time Dana’s husband, Garnet, did, and wants the house to reflect more of his style.   Although, dead and gone, both Bethany and Garnet play considerable roles in the story.  Dana and Zach keep their relationship strictly “business” until the house is completely redesigned.  

Seven months later, however, the initial attraction has only grown and Zach asks Dana out on a “date”.  At the end of said date however, Zach kisses Dana and asks her home,

“to drip hot wax on you until you’re encased in it, and then flog it from your body and either make love to you or fuck you – depending on where the energy takes us.”

Dana responds with an,

“Okay….for the wax and flogging anyway – not certain about the fucking part.  I’ve never had sex on a first date, but this feels like more.”

As Dana and Zach begin to explore each other’s needs, Dana soon realizes she needs more and calls on Sir Brent, a good friend to help her.  Dana is a masochist and doesn’t want to give her submission to find her fulfillment.


SAFEWORD:  Davenport is told from Dana’s POV.  For all of the sex play, scenes, etc., happening in this story (and trust me there were P-L-E-N-T-Y), it wasn’t very exciting.  It read more like a “how-to” manual.  Zach didn’t seem to be very emotionally involved with Dana.  Also, a Dom never, ever, ever says, “you can’t safeword out of—Do you agree?”  When a sub isn’t capable of doing exactly that!

I would recommend this book to those that enjoy reading this genre.  If you aren’t familiar with this type of lifestyle or aren’t comfortable with complete/total submissiveness, total power exchange (TPE), or sadomasochism, I highly suggest you pass this one by.




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