Friday, May 15, 2015

Safeword: Arabesque by @CandaceBlevins #Review #5stars

Cassie’s introduction to kink throws her for a loop until a friend and his slave give her a gentle introduction. Unfortunately, her friend has issues when it comes to kinky activities with women, so Cassie goes looking for someone else to teach her.

She knows how to be safe, but a disastrous adventure ends with an ambulance ride to the emergency room, and the three men it hasn’t worked out with all come together to nurse her back to health.
Two Doms and two submissives in one house should be a nightmare waiting to happen, though under the right circumstances could be a dream come true.

Warning: Contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, male/male sexual practices, bondage, male chastity devices, and the use of toys including clamps, canes, paddles, floggers, plugs, and gags.

Readers with a history of rape may find elements of this story disturbing.

Safeword: Arabesque is a stand-alone book. You do not need to have read the previous books in the series.

Take the reader warning serious, I did, and still I wanted to cry. I think that is a testament to how well Ms. Blevins writes well-built characters. They have every facet of real people, their doubts, their fears and their insecurities.

Somehow Ms. Blevins makes the idea of four people in a relationship work, they aren’t in a clear cut relationships either, they’re all together.

At the heart of the whole relationship in my opinion is Cassie, she’s the one that starts this whole ball in motion, and she’s the one I loved the most, the one I felt the most emotion for, and the one I think it works because of.

Frisco and Cam had a contract, they weren’t supposed to fall in love. Cassie knows Frisco from a very vanilla perspective, yet he introduces her to the lifestyle, and Frisco definitely has his hang-ups with women. So Isaac was the perfect Dom to show Cassie all aspects of the lifestyle that Frisco couldn’t, then add in the whole Cam and Cassie become best friends when everything blows ups. Things don’t stay a little messed up, they get really scary and messy but the best thing I love about Ms. Blevins books is that she makes the characters real, she makes them work for their own happily ever after.

This book made me cry. It made me yell at characters, made me cringe and yet I came out of it in love. It’s not for everyone, it’s not light and fluffy, it’s not cookie cutter BDSM, it’s not traditional, but it’s full of passion and love. I highly recommend it. 

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