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Deviations: Domination

Narrated by: Maxx Power
Series: The Deviations, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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In this sequel to Deviations: Submission, Dom Tobias and Sub Noah are back, learning more about each other and their relationship, testing the boundaries of what they can and cannot handle, both together and apart. Tobias works at becoming more comfortable and finding his balance as a full-time Master again. Meanwhile, his work brings out the true submissive in Noah, who faces some of his greatest fears, and his greatest secrets, confessing to Noah about a terrible time in his past. 

He's not the only one who has a rough time. Tobias breaks down and shows Noah he's not all dominance, too, which sends shockwaves through their romance, leaving them to wonder if they can keep it together. 

With a deep exploration of the BDSM scene, secondary characters who shine, and a romance that has the reader rooting for these men from the start, Deviations: Domination is one book you can't miss. Authors Chris Owen, writer of the popular Bareback, and Jodi Payne, writer of String of Pearls, have done it again.

©2005 Jodi Payne and Chris Owen (P)2017 Jodi Payne and Chris Owen

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The Story Continues and the Love Deepens

Book 2 in the series picks up where Book 1 left off. Fortunately I had both audiobooks and so was able to listen to this book immediately after the first. The transition was smooth as Maxx Power narrated this book as well, so the voices and narration style were the same. That was great because I enjoyed the first book, and in turn, this one as well.

Tobias and Noah are adjusting to their new relationship. Tobias visits his friend Bradford, the owner of the BDSM Club. Bradford schools Tobias, reminding him of the role of a Dom, pointing out that if he’s not helping Noah, he’s running the risk of hurting him. He also points out that if Tobias lets Noah ‘coast’ through his submission, then neither man is getting his needs met. Finally, he tells Tobias to trust Noah. And this is the theme throughout the book. In the first book, it was revealed Tobias’ last slave, Phan, left him. Tobias fears Noah will do the same.

Isn’t that a normal human reaction? Worrying the person we love will leave us? Even those who have absolute trust in their partners have moments of doubt.

As Bradford is reminding Tobias of the responsibilities of being a Dom, he also admits he is having trouble with Phan. After the slave left Tobias, Bradford took the man under his wing and they scene every week. The sessions are intense, with Phan needing more and more pain. Even a hardcore Sadist Dom like Bradford has limits, so he plans an intervention of sorts. As the book progresses, the listener is given glimpses into the slave’s life, both before and now.

Phan intrigued me in Book 1 and has piqued my curiosity. He is a hardcore masochist submissive, so the contrast with Noah (also a submissive but not masochistic) is stark.

Tobias resets his relationship with Noah, going back to strict high protocols. He pushes Noah’s limits, within the confines of their contract, of course. Noah finally talks about the abusive relationship he was in prior to meeting Tobias. I am reminded of a profound moment in the first book when Noah admitted he saw ‘penetration as punishment’. It broke me then and hearing the details of the abuse turned my stomach. Finally, both the listener and Tobias understand why Noah finds trust – and submission – such a challenge.

With Tobias’ persistent and gentle guidance, Noah sinks into submission, letting go, knowing someone will be there to catch him. In turn, Tobias is more open about his pain. Because Doms are people too, even they need support.

There is a LOT of hot sex in this book, along with almost as many BDSM scenes. Those scenes are steamy, but not gratuitous. Tobias and Noah build their relationship through those interactions, but their conversations, moments of silence, and the gentlest of touches, show the men are bonding.

As Noah sinks into submission, and by extension, subspace, he lets go. Now, it is unusual for someone to be in subspace for prolonged period of time like Noah, but the meditational quality of his time with Tobias does have clear benefits. I was a bit jealous of the relationship because they really are perfect together.

Add in one of the hottest scenes at the New Year’s Eve party and the emotion-filled scene at the end, and I was content that Tobias and Noah have their happily ever after.

But there are more books in the series and I’m hoping they will be released on audio soon.

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Deviations Domination

This book gives us the story of Tobias and Noah’s relationship. We watch it progress and grow into something strong and precious. They have their ups and downs as any couple does. As much as I enjoyed their story, I found the constant worry about Phan by Tobias to be a distraction to their relationship almost bordering on an obsession by the man. We know that the young man has gone through more than his share of abuse, but it seems that Noah is left out in the cold more often than not and is always having to just understand and ends up being compared to Phan. This in turn makes this relationship almost one-sided and not balanced. It seemed that there were three people in this relationship and Phan takes over a book that is supposed to be about Noah and Tobias many times. Noah and Tobias have some hot moments and the love Noah has for Tobias is clearly evident. It was nice to see the two work to find a happy ending. They each find that there are many dimensions to their relationship and must learn how to deal with them.

Narrator Maxx Power does a good job with keeping the story moving along at a good pace. I liked the voice of Tobias, but I felt that many of the other voices were lacking and the submissive voices all sounded as if they were too young.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Megs
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  • 07-01-19

Enjoyed this as much as the first!

I really enjoyed hearing more about Tobias and Noah! Didn't expect to like these as much as I have.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Tobias & Noah Part 2

This is the continuation of Tobias and Noah's story as they settle into their relationship. This one focuses more on Tobias as he gets more into his role as the Dom and helps Noah reach his true submissiveness as their trust grows and flourishes. I really enjoyed watching these two men really settle in and bond. The narrator did a great portrayal of the characters and the story. I voluntarily reviewed a gifted copy of this audiobook.

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Not too bad for a sequel.

This is a pretty good sequel to Submission, but like most sequels it didn't quite live up to the first. It was nice to see Tobias and Noah grow together in their relationship. And once again it is really nice to see a book with a more realistic portrayal of the BDSM community.

Maxx Power does a great job with pacing but I still think his characters need more distinction.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

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LOVED IT!

I absolutely loved it! This book delves further into the romance surrounding Tobias and Noah relationship. The narration was superb. I can't wait to read the next book in this series (Discipline). I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Love this series

Kinky and complicated can be just what is the right thing to have.

Great series.
Great narration with a very enjoyable voice to listen too.

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👍🏻

I did not realize this was part of a series, I would have liked to start at book 1. So I had a bit of catching up to do. It took a bit to hook me. Still it’s a great BDSM book. Sexy and fun I loved it. The narrator was decent, not my favorite. A tad to monotone for my tastes.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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I wish I could be more positive

I enjoy BDSM fiction and Dom/sub interaction; I also enjoy reading about MM interaction. Most of the reviews of this book are very positive. However, I am having difficulty getting into the book. Maybe it is because the plot is really spread over 4 or 5 separate parts. I am not able to feel like I know the characters and can connect to them. What is Noah’s life as a policeman?

We learn that Tobias has been badly hurt by the end of his previous Dom/sub (Master/slave) relationship, but that history is in the first book. I wish I could be more positive about the book, but I just cannot seem to feel the emotion and eroticism.

I received this free copy from the author/narrator and voluntarily offered an unbiased review.

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Really good!

I really enjoyed this one. I actually found this to be a really interesting BDSM story with some great characters. Sexy but also a lot of story with this one.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.