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Safe Word: A Novel

Safe Word: A Novel

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by Molly Weatherfield, Anneke Jacob (Foreword by)

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From the author of Carrie’s Story comes the continuing tale of a young woman’s uncompromising sexual adventure. Carrie leaves Jonathan, the S/M master who initiated her into a life of slave auctions, training regimes, and human “ponies” preening for dressage competitions. Whisked away to Greece by the demanding gentleman who has


From the author of Carrie’s Story comes the continuing tale of a young woman’s uncompromising sexual adventure. Carrie leaves Jonathan, the S/M master who initiated her into a life of slave auctions, training regimes, and human “ponies” preening for dressage competitions. Whisked away to Greece by the demanding gentleman who has chosen her as his own, she learns new, more rigorous methods of sexual pleasure.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
At the end of Carrie’s Story, Carrie had committed to a full-time submissive life by allowing her mentor, Jonathan, to sell her to the highest bidder. As she travels around Greece with occasional jaunts elsewhere in Europe, Carrie willingly submits to her new master and learns the art of competitive dressage (also known as human pony training). Weatherfield tries to elevate BDSM to an art form with a literary tone and a functioning storyline, but the endless sex is reduced to a boring clinical recitation of “insert tab A into slot B.” (“It was all simple physics,” Carrie thinks as every item in the household is turned to carnal purpose.) The sex isn’t tied to emotion, just power, which may not appeal to romance-minded readers, and those who haven’t read the first book will be confused by sections from Jonathan’s point of view. (Aug.)
From the Publisher
Devotees of Fifty Shades should submit to wry Carrie and intellectual Jonathan and Safe Word. Those brave enough to leave the comfort of mass market S&M will find a succulent novel. And those who already enjoy S&M erotica will feel blissfully sated upon finishing this book."'
ForeWord Reviews

"The shining achievement of this book is the characters."
City Book Review

"The stories that Carrie tells are mingled in with her own wit and charm that I came to love from the first book."
Fox in the Flowers

"Carrie's story is definitely worth getting to know."
Fresh Fiction

"A classic of its genre... rare product of a gimlet mind."
–Anneke Jacob, author of As She's Told

"The best word I can use to describe Safe Word is classy: Weatherfield creates an alluring kink underground that treats, as Anneke Jacob beautifully points out in her forward, sex as high art, but Carries sass and self-awareness keeps this world and her European travels out of pretentious cheese territory. Whether you’ve read Carrie’s Story or not, this book is hot and engaging."
Sexlife Canada

"She is ever the thinking sub. A slave with eyes that tell the story of her questioning thoughts."
—Kissin' Blue Karen

"Just when you think things can't get wilder, they do."
—Black Sheets magazine

"This story contains some of the most erotic pony girl training sessions I have ever read. I definitely recommend this book."
—Equus Eroticus

"Fans of the popular S/M novel Carrie's Story won't be able to put down this sequel in which Carrie sheds her old life with lover Jonathan and embarks on an incredible sexual adventure to prove her devotion to a demanding master. Torrid scenes of training in the explicit arts of sexual satisfaction blend with fevered passion and the agony of living with life's sometimes-difficult choices in a book rife with compelling characters."
—Good Vibrations

"Fans of Carrie's Story will definitely want to get their hands on this hot little sequel to that best-selling erotic S/M novel. Safe Word continues the story of Carrie, former Berkeley lit. student turned sex-slave, after her sale at a fancy European slave auction. This book starts at the end of her year-long servitude and slave-training, with Carrie meeting up with her former master, Jonathan. The book goes back and forth, with Carrie and Jonathan swapping stories from their past year apart, and it gives a fascinating glimpse into their interpersonal dynamics and individual sexual experiences. That is, if you chose to read it straight-through, it does. The book also works well if you hold it open with one hand, breathlessly skimming for the next hot sexy scene..."

"Weatherfield incorporates emotions and sensibilities into the text and she tells a good story. Her writing is rich and she has drawn some very real characters. We can only hope for more."
—Amos Lassen

"Intense and vivid imagery, not intended for the faint of heart. Safe Word takes the realm of BDSM to an expanded plane. It is best to compare the wonderful and detailed brilliancy of this book to the series The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne Rice. Ms. Weatherfield ranks up in the leading light by indulging readers with a rare view to a secret world. The view of human ponies and the relationship between master and slave still holds the delicate line and foundation of trust. A breathtaking book."
—Mila Bean, Coffee Time Romance

"It's sheer delight to find what is foremost a great novel—that just happens to have an SM theme and pervy characters. Set in modern day Europe/USA, Safe Word provides a welcome break from the dirge of SM authors insistent upon writing about Morocco or Victorian school houses. Weatherfield's style makes eating a croissant or buying creamy French stationery as sexy as scenes of whipping or pony scenes."
—Skin Two

"Safe Word is an excellent addition to The Carrie Saga. I loved the sexy turnaround between Carrie and Jonathan, and I can't wait to find out what happens next. More, please!"
—Megan Hart, author of Switch

"Molly Weatherfield, aka Pam Rosenthal, recreated the submissive femme novel for our newest generation. Fantastic writing and suspense that doesn't stop."
—Susie Bright

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Cleis Press
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Second Edition
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7.80(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Safe Word

A Novel
By Molly Weatherfield

Cleis Press

Copyright © 2013 Molly Weatherfield
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781573449359

From The First Day (p 52)

He'd shut the door of the hotel room behind us and cut the laces of my dress with a pocketknife. I was kneeling now, at this feet, wearing only my shoes and stockings. The leash I'd worn that afternoon was a shiny pile of links under a bright lamp on the table at his elbow, next to an old leather casket that looked like it might originally have held coins or jewels.

I watched the large hands select items--shiny metal, dark leather, matte rubber--from the casket, arranging them on the table's lacquered top as though he were preparing for surgery. Finally a riding crop, next to a slender whip coiled like a watchful black snake at the table's edge. He latched the casket and put it on the floor.

He considered the hardware he'd chosen for a minute then, before picking out a brass clamp to bind my cuffs together behind my back. And now a pair of nipple clips. They were pretty, actually, shaped like little seashells.

"Good," he murmered, fingering my right nipple, which had stiffened when he'd run the palm of his hand lightly across it. "Very good, very obedient little body." He opened a clip and closed it painfully on me. I kept silent, as tears started their mascaraed paths down my cheeks. I breathed hard, leaning into the pain, as it bit into my other nipple, tugged at my other breast.

The clips were attached by a silver chain. He tugged at the chain, lightly, this way and that. My breathing became tremulous, sobbing moans bubbling out of me, ebbing and flowing with the awful pulling at my breasts. He kissed me--light kisses on the cheeks, my eyelids, the underside of my chin near the collar. He picked up another of the shing objects from the table and hung it from the chain between my nipples. A weight. No, not just a weight. A bell. It tinkled gaily. He took it off, substituted a heavier one, with a deeper sound, and unhooked my wrists.

"Hands and knees." He slapped my ass lightly. "Head up, and crawl around the perimeter of the room. Quickly. I want to hear your bell jingle loudly." I bet he did.


Excerpted from Safe Word by Molly Weatherfield Copyright © 2013 by Molly Weatherfield. Excerpted by permission.
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Meet the Author

Molly Weatherfield is the penname of Pam Rosenthal, author of Carrie's Story (Cleis, 2002) and the forthcoming romance novel The Bookseller's Daughter (Kensington, 2003). She has written for Salon.com and her writing appears in Susie Bright's Best American Erotica 2000. Pam is also married to Michael Rosenthal, owner of Modern Times Bookstore in San Francisco, CA.

Best-selling BDSM novelist Anneke Jacob is the author of As She's Told and Owned and Owner and resides in Toronto.

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Safe Word 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Sunjakat More than 1 year ago
I don't know about most but I didn't seem to be as into this one as much as I did the first one. The first one seemed to have more description, and thought put into the writing. The second one was written in a different style for the beginning and it threw me off.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Carrie's Story, the prequel to Safe Word, and I was looking forward to reading the next chapter in the story. And I was not disappointed! Molly Weatherfield has a way with words, safe or otherwise. The characters are realistic and are able to evoke real emotions (at least from me!). I'm so glad I got the chance to see what happened next to them. Plus, the sex scenes are hot, hot, hot! Totally recommend this title!
msj116 More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the first book, I recommend this sequel. Carrie and Jonathan's stories from their year apart are worth reading. I was sad to see them go.
Guest More than 1 year ago
thought the author made up for the first with the twisted ending of the second,but still was missing something that i just can't put my finger on
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was just OK. I really didn't need to read it.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Crystal Book provided by the publisher for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Carrie is a woman that knew she wanted something different in her sex life. she was tired of the old boring thing all the time. Now she has really went into even more of the unknown then when she first started. In this book we get different POV from the Dominant and the Sub. I read Carrie’s Story and thought that I would read this one next. It was nothing I thought I would be reading. I was a little confused and thought in the last book that she had left Jonathan and now he has sold her to another Dom. I was really taken on a whole new adventure and one I wasn’t sure I wanted to be on. I just couldn’t get in the story and caught myself skipping some of it. I would start reading and put it down to do something else and then come back to it later. I try to finish something that I started but this one was hard. I am not into the horse thing. Why would you want to be like a horse and be in races when you are a human? I just could not grasp the concept. The story was well written and I usually enjoy reading things that are different and unknown. This one was just a little too much for me. I did have some problems with the first book, Carrie’s Story, and didn’t think this one would go way beyond the means that it did. There were some parts of the book that I liked. Getting to know what each person was thinking was good and getting to know more about things that I didn’t know before. I like the whole whipping and bringing pain to feel pleasure. Some things I might even consider doing. I guess I just want to read something that had a happy ending. I know everything doesn’t come with one but with this series you just never know what you will get. I am glad that I for through it as much as I could. If this is the thing you are into then this could be the book for you. For me I just couldn’t get into it.
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Piercese More than 1 year ago
The Writing style changed from the first one, there was way too much Kate for my taste. I kept finding myself having to reread parts of the story to remember what had happened. I was really hoping that Carrie would find her HEA.
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Mdsable01 More than 1 year ago
everything you were looking for in a book with tantalizing sexuality that gets you hooked right away.
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Still highly intelligent. Love the stories back & forth.
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