Safe Words – Deviations Book 5 by Chris Owen Jodi Payne ~ Book Review by Caroline

9263408 Title: Safe Words – Deviations Book 5

Author: Chris Owen Jodi Payne

Publisher: Torquere Press

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars


In Safe Words, which picks up where the Deviations series left off, Tobias, Noah and Phan are all working on finding their place, both at Bradford’s club and in their personal lives. They’re all living together, and Tobias has taken on the roll of full-time Dom, which he loves, but finds incredibly challenging.While Noah finds comfort in the new state of things and is looking forward to deeper submission, Phan is finding it harder to strike a balance. Too many changes happening too fast are making Phan act out, and neither Tobias nor Noah are sure how to deal with it. Life is not perfect for Bradford, either, as he discovers new feelings for his sub Nikki. Can Tobias help his friend, manage his job teaching the other Doms, and his relationships with Noah and Phan, or will the house that he’s built for himself fall down around their ears?The Deviations series includes: Deviations Submission, Deviations Domination, Deviations Discipline and Deviations Bondage.

Caroline’s View:

The final book in the Deviations series and it wraps up the lives of Tobias, Noah and Phan well even if things don’t always run smoothly.

This book is all about balance as the three men have made drastic changes to their lives in the past few months. Managing three people in a relationship was never going to be easy and they find themselves challenged often.

Phan is deeply unsettled at letting other Doms and subs into their home at the farm for the training weekends but in true Phan form finds his worries difficult to articulate. As always Noah is the buffer that helps drag out his worries and concerns and then persuades him to talk to Tobias. The solution in the end is quite simple but does make their work load even heaver.

Tobias is far more relaxed having sold his veterinary business and now working full time with Bradford. He is the first to acknowledge that being ‘sir’ to two subs is time consuming and not always easy. Add to this the rapid expansion of their business and sometimes there are not enough hours in the day. When he is feeling frazzled and needs an outlet he is very lucky that Noah is prepared to switch roles and calm him down. Tobias really does make a very good sub for someone who is so used to being the one in charge. I really like this aspect of their relationship but it is not as easy as it was before Phan joined them and when they leave Phan feeling left out they have their first major falling out.

We see more of Bradford in this book. When his newly collared sub Nikki is left unsettled after an event at the club it looks as though he may end up heartbroken yet again. Yet another ‘closed meeting’ takes place between Bradford and Tobias where they try to iron out their relationship issues with each other. It’s a nice reminder that Doms are not invincible, they are only human after all and don’t always have the answers. I think their chats are nice reminders of these facts.

In Safe Words we are given the confirmation that Tobias, Noah and Phan made the right decision with their relationship even if sometimes it is still a struggle. For the most part their issues have already been resolved and now they just have to work to keep that stability. Their love for each other is always clear even when the circumstances are sometimes not easy. If there was ever a series I would like more of it is Deviations and I am sure it will not be too long before I re-read them all again just to have time with three of my favourites.

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