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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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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.

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A cop and a veterinarian get their kink on.

This second book has way more BDSM play and scenes than the first. I found this second book way hotter than the first.
Maybe because the audiobook was well done.
Tobias and Noah have some role playing, spanking and flogging going on. Tobias has a whole barn full of kink.
These two hot men have some very sexy times in the barn of kink. Toys galore. From flogger to hair brush.Throughout their play together their relationship becomes more personal and not just a contract between them. From just weekends at the barn of kink to dinner at Noah's. There is plenty of hot sex. In this room, that room and the kitchen. A couple voyeur scenes that were made even better by the rumbly voice of Maxx.

This audiobook was narrated by Maxx Power. Which was the first time I have heard him. He has a deep voice that seems to compliment both main characters. The only beef i had with the narration was sometimes it sounded like a run on sentence being read to fast. If there was more "acting" in this performance it would have made it just a touch better.

If there is another audiobook in this series I would definitely be listening to it soon. Preferably book #3. If I must be satisfied with a regular book, oh well. I want to know
what happens to Noah with his new......(can't tell, will ruin it for you!)...
Bonus: there was no cheating. A big plus for me!

HFN. Heavy BDSM. Kink. Romance. Series. Worthy Read.
3+1/2 Stars. Only because I am sparse with the stars.
This was a good audiobook. Well written and well narrated.
(Only exceptional audiobooks get 5 stars from me.)

Given a complimentary copy for an honest review.. (thanks).

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Great BDSM relationship


This is the second book in the Deviations series, that follows the new DS relationship between Dom Tobias and Sub Noah. It continues from the events of the first book and describes the evolvement of their bond, and subsequent romantic entanglement. What I liked: this series has a very educated and detailed view of the BDSM lifestyle. It is very refreshing to see the respect and care between these two men, and not just a tale of sexuality. I will say I found it hard to relate because of the status difference between them. It was clear that had Tobias not been rather well off he could have not been a Dom, not posses the amount of props, items, and property to maintain them. I understand the logical need for funds in this type of lifestyle but something in the way the farm was described, the opulence of items and money spent made it less realistic, or should I say, approachable, to me as a regular income person. It made it seen like something only few people had the privilege to partake and in a way distanced it from something I could relate to.
I also felt like something was sometimes a bit off between Noah and Tobias, like they kept shifting from one extreme to the next. I could understand to romance building between them but did not feel it.
Some parts was hard for me to read, and not because I don’t often go for BDSM books, as it is not my main preference. I have read books that are much more extreme in their exploration of kink and BDSM and have not felt like parts were flinch worthy. In this book, sadly, there were a few parts. I also feel like sometimes it was too detailed and could get a bit boring.

I have listened to the first book on audio, before reading this one, and I must say I don’t always care for the narration. The narrator has a pleasant voice, and as Tobias he does a good job. But his rendering of Noah’s voice was a bit too childish to me, I could not feel the emotion in the tone, and this book has many opportunities where such a display of emotion is needed. Without it, it just seems flat and even unappealing. Noah is pushed to great extremes, but you can hardly feel it in the narration.


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

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Book 2 in the series

I greatly enjoyed this audiobook, but It is important to realize this is the second book in the series, and you need to read/listen to Submission to get a complete understanding of Noah and Tobias' relationship. I enjoyed this book more than the first one. The first one seemed to focus more on the punishment side of the relationship. The second book tells more of the tale of the growing love between Noah and Tobias. While there is still a D/s element to the relationship, this instalment shows more of the love and concern between the pair. I like the softer side of Tobias. I loved the eroticism in this book, and how the Doms were so unabashed about having sex in front of the other doms. Even the scenes between Tobias and Bradford were hot, in spite of there being no sexual element involved. I liked the way fellow doms supported and respected each other, and really cared about helping people like Phantom who have a destructive side. I wasn't sure what to expect when Tobias went looking for David, but I thought the way the situation was handled was sooo appropriate to Tobias' nature. The ending was fantastic, but I hope it isn't the last we hear of Tobias, Noah, and the others.

I really want to hear more about Phantom and what in the world happened to him as a child that screwed him up so bad. Hopefully future books will expand on his history and his time with Tobias.

The narration was generally good, but sometimes Tobias seemed to be voiced with the softer, more submissive voice usually reserved for Noah. It was hard to tell which one was speaking sometimes.

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

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I’m in awwww!!

The narrator is amazing! I’ve never heard an MM Dom story damn it was good!!
This is an unbiased review with a credit from audiobookboom

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The narration was great!

What about Maxx Power’s performance did you like?

He was really able to bring different voices to each character.

Any additional comments?

A complimentary copy of the audio was provided via AudioBook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

This will be my second time "reading" this story, and I have to say the audio really enhanced this story. I thoroughly enjoyed the story the first time and now with Maxx Power's narration, I am in love with these characters and their story for the second time!

I loved the relationship between Noah and Tobias. They are so well suited for each other and have grown closer since book 1. Phan of course was simply adorable and I loved seeing him and Noah interact. They are smoking hot together, and that scene at the club was perfection!

What I particularly enjoyed was the ending where Noah gets collared and all the Doms and Subs are there in Tobias' barn. It was an emotional scene for both men and I liked seeing them finally come together after they had such a trying start. They didn't have an easy time to get to this ending, and when you think of all the issues Tobias has with his history and his perceived failure with Phan as his sub, I really think it was special to see them show everybody they made it.

If you enjoy BDSM romance novels, and this is a romance, you will really enjoy this series, and if you like audiobooks, this one is not to miss. At first I wasn't sure about the narration but as the story went on and I became familiar with the characters again, I felt the narration was spot on and especially for Phan. ;)

Narration: 4.5 stars
Story 4 stars