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I very much enjoyed this story. The storyline fit both characters – quite well. I'm definitely intending to read more by this author.
Posted July 1, 2014
It's very well-written and fast paced. The characters were strong and the story was believable!
There are only a handful of BDSM authors that I enjoy and Candace is one of them.
Posted February 4, 2013
Posted February 3, 2013
This one made my favorites list!
I was completely blown away by Sam and Ethan. Seriously, I was not expecting their story to go the way that it did. Safeword: Matte is definitely one to read if you enjoy BDSM stories!
First we meet Samantha. And you know, at first I didn’t really like her. I felt like she had “issues”. To start, she describes her sexual preferences as “warped and twisted” and she seemed to have a thing about people being grown up. It kind of irked me. But then once she starts spending some time around Ethan she softens a bit. She shows this vulnerable side that really made her a more real character for me. And by the end I was in appreciation of her quirks and attention to detail, her strength in general. It just took giving her a chance to show herself.
As for Ethan, well, I liked him right from the start. He was cocky and a bit arrogant. And a 6’5” brick friggin wall. Oh yeah, this man is a cage fighter. Niiiiice. And you know what, he has green eyes!! So many stories I read lately seem to have the male with blue eyes, just the fact that he was green eyed stood out to me. LOL, I don’t know, call it my own quirk, I suppose. Ethan also has some um, ahem, rather impressive attributes. But his attractive qualities don’t end there. The man is a sexy dichotomy. Hard yet tender; demanding yet generous. Honestly, he’s my favorite type of leading man, and I bet you will like him too.
Sam and Ethan both have a secret, and their secrets are about to crash into eachother. And what comes after is sublime. The standout scene in this book that will have everyone talking involves a thunderstorm. Let me say just three words about that scene: OH.MY.GOD. Seriously.
All in all, this story was a magnificent surprise. It was rough and sensual and tender and hot. If you are into this genre, I definitely think you should check it out. As for me, I’m racing to my next Safeword book. I have a couple up on deck, now its just to choose which one is next…
Posted December 26, 2012
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Posted March 6, 2012
I've been eagerly anticipating this book since reading SAFEWORD: RAINBOW last year (best predicament bondage scene, ever!). When it comes to S&M love stories, Candace Blevins knows her stuff. Her latest SAFEWORD: MATTE hits all the right buttons for my inner masochist. It gives a positive portrayal of a safe, sane and consensual S&M relationship. Yes, there are "loving sadists," and the book's hero, Ethan, is a swoon-worthy example.
I really liked Sam's complex character. When it comes to love and sex, she's in a bit of a dilemma. Sam's a tough and well-respected divorce attorney in Chattanooga, a champion martial arts fighter, and a sexual submissive. The men she dates from her dojo just don't do it for her. It's a turn off for her to be able to take her man down. It's also risky to be open about her kinks, because it might hurt her in her professional life. What's a submissive, discrete masochist to do?
Enter Ethan Levi. A six-and-a-half-foot heavyweight cage fighter. And a sadist. Sam decides to bend her "no fighters" rule, because after talking with him, she can't deny that they have compatible kinks. Communication about expectations and safe words is key. The chemistry between them is fierce. Ethan knows how to give her what she needs while challenging her submission.
SAFEWORD: MATTE is a well-written story with strong characters, and the BDSM scenes are off-the-charts hot. I would recommend this book to BDSM romance fans who appreciate heavier S&M. I give it 4½ stars!
Posted March 5, 2012
Samantha is champion fighter who keeps her body at the top of the game. A successful divorce attorney, she can’t let the local community find out she is a sexual submissive without losing her credibility. After dating fighters, she realizes she won’t find what she needs in the way of kink, bit still needs a partner who can fight her and win her submission.
Ethan is a cage fighter and most people equate that to him being not so smart. He doesn’t make a big deal that he owns his own business. Expanding into the Chattanooga area, he enters a fight and meets Sam. Instantly attracted, he flirts with Sam, but respects her wishes to stop.
When Sam shows up at a local BDSM play party, Ethan instantly latches onto her. He can give her the fight she needs and she will gift him with her submission and satisfy the sadist lurking in his soul.
This was a refreshing look into BDSM. While it was more painful than I like to see, it was honest and the characters true to their needs and respecting the trust inherent in this type of relationship.
Ethan is a sadist. He explains to Sam that he doesn’t need to use all his power to satisfy that desire. He likes to inflict pain in a consensual way, but the power comes from the sub begging and crying, not from how much pain he can inflict. I loved how he takes Sam somewhere to talk before they ever scene together. Then he explains the scene very clearly to her so she knows what he is expecting. It was a scene clearly geared to learn about her and her pain tolerance, not for sex. In general through the entire book, Ethan does a wonderful job being a Dom. He watches Sam’s reactions, specifically when he denies her the right to speak. Hand motions are given for him to slow down or even stop for a moment and then the safeword to stop the entire scene. What I really loved is how he put a paper in front of Sam with the yellow right side and red on the left side so she would know without having to think which fist to clutch. He seemed aware that when a sub is in a scene, thinking sometimes goes out the window and he didn’t want to leave it to chance.
Sam is a very complex character in how she has a very dominant lifestyle but really craves the need for submission. Her submission is never given freely because if she can feel she can kick the guys rear end in a fight, then they can’t take her for what she wants. She is a tough as nails divorce attorney, but comes home needing to be a sexual submissive. Fighting is not just a hobby, it is a part of her life and she embraces that as part of her.
There is a scene where Ethan and Sam fight so Sam can have her feeling of submission. My only point of … well … ouch … was that they fought naked. Sorry, I can’t imagine fighting with my ladies flopping and I can’t imagine a guy doing the same. Other than that, I absolutely loved the entire scene as it was a genuine moment of BDSM between two consensual adults getting what they both need and want.
I don’t want to give away too much of the book, because reading it was such a joy…bad word for a BDSM book, but hey, it was refreshing to see an honest portrayal of BDSM even from a sadist and masochist. Most are portrayed badly, but this book allowed us to see the normal life side and the side that gets what it wants.
An incredibly honest, refreshing and delightfully painful book.
Warning: This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, bondage, and use of toys including crops, clamps, canes, and floggers.
Posted June 23, 2013
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