Tagged: Candace Blevins

onlyhumanOnly Human by Candace Blevins

Link to buy Only Human (Kirsten O’Shea Book 1)

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Book one of an exciting new urban fantasy series… Someone is abducting women and killing men in a way to get Kirsten O’Shea’s attention. Luckily, she has some formidable friends and allies in the supernatural world, and she isn’t without her own defenses, either. A powerful master vampire romances her while the alpha werewolf flirts with her, and an ancient being who used to be worshipped as a god wants her dead, but Kirsten survives, even if she is Only Human.

140,000 word full-length Urban Fantasy, it isn’t a romance, but has romantic elements

Warning: Light BDSM, graphic descriptions, a sexy alpha werewolf, an even sexier were-dragon, and a panty-melting vampire.

Review:

This was the first time I have read anything by Candace Blevins.  I really enjoyed her writing style. There were so many different elements to this story and each was paid attention to, with just the right amount of detail to make me feel I understood about the ways of dragons, vampires, and supernaturals, plus the spirit world. Throw into that mix her detailed scenes involving BDSM and everything was covered beautifully.  I thoroughly enjoyed the story line and applaud her ability to so convincingly write with such varied themes.

I highly recommend this book if you like kinky sex and stories of a spiritual realm and warfare.

Reviewed by Foxy Loxy

Safeword Arabesque by Candace Blevins safeword

Link to buy Safeword: Arabesque (Safewords Book 9)

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

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 sexual trauma may find elements of this story disturbing.

Review:

There are so many things I’d love to say about this book, I know there are others out there with about the same theme. This one kind of caught me and took me for a ride and touched on a variety of emotions. Amazing job Ms. Blevins for writing a story such as this.

As you read along you will see and feel each character’s growth within themselves as well as a unit. I simply loved it. Each character fought themselves which made them fight each other. If I had to pick a favorite character I think it’d have to be Issac. I really think he was the glue in the unit. A situation rises that will push Cassie to her ultimate limit, her friends will only be able to help so much. Frisco has his own demons to slay, he will have to slay them if he wants the change. Cameron turns out to be the stories own super hero.

I found the story amazing, both the characters as well has the story line. It’s 430 pages of emotional roller coaster. Its book 9 in the Safeword series but it can be read alone. Enjoy.

Reviewed by Daria

safewordSafeword Arabesque by Candace Blevins

Link to buy Safeword: Arabesque (Safewords Book 9)

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

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 sexual trauma may find elements of this story disturbing.

Review:

There are so many things I’d love to say about this book, I know there are others out there with about the same theme. This one kind of caught me and took me for a ride and touched on a variety of emotions. Amazing job Ms. Blevins for writing a story such as this.

As you read along you will see and feel each character’s growth within themselves as well as a unit. I simply loved it. Each character fought themselves which made them fight each other. If I had to pick a favorite character I think it’d have to be Issac. I really think he was the glue in the unit. A situation rises that will push Cassie to her ultimate limit, her friends will only be able to help so much. Frisco has his own demons to slay, he will have to slay them if he wants the change. Cameron turns out to be the stories own super hero.

I found the story amazing, both the characters as well has the story line. It’s 430 pages of emotional roller coaster. Its book 9 in the Safeword series but it can be read alone. Enjoy.

Reviewed by Daria

safewordintrainingSafeword Matte by Candace Blevins

Link to buy Safeword: Matte – In Training

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

First the way I feel about Ethan is entirely my fault. I didn’t read the book before this and you need to.

Ethan was easy not to like, a Dominant and a sadist mixed, strict mostly but willing compromise on some things. He is a perfectionist almost to the point of being OCD. He wasn’t mean or violent just goal oriented once it was set it was little to deviate from it.

Samantha (Sam) I liked because of her strength and sass. There were a few times “the bratty sub”showed her face. Sam is a divorce lawyer and a Kung-Fu champion. Her being able to take care of herself goes in with her make-up of who she is. Being the type of lawyer Sam is, there are a scene or two to see how good she is at her job. A fight scene or two as well.

They have a pretty detailed contract  that seems to cover just about everything, more important for this book, the honeymoon activities. That training is the meat of this story. The contract played around with the safe-word. Sam wanting to get rid of her safe-word and trying to push Ethan into agreeing. The BDSM was hot, some parts more intense than others. I actually found myself enjoying areas in the lifestyle I hadn’t thought about. Ethan knew Sam enough to push her, but be safe.

Hats off to you Ms Blevins. Even reading out of order the story was intriguing and I very much enjoyed it.

Reviewed by Daria

safewordSafeword: Rainbow by Candace Blevins

Link to buy

ASIN B00GC2LC8E

Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Blurb:

Tyler and Viv have found each other again after a three day fling three years ago. Ideally suited for each other, they try to make a relationship work. However, they soon realize Tyler was expecting a 24/7 total power exchange and Vivian will never be a full-time submissive. As they try to find a compromise, Viv must deal with what a Total Power Exchange means, even if it’s only a part time power exchange, and Tyler must decide if he can live with a sometimes-Master and sometimes-boyfriend relationship.

Will they find their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

Review:

Loved how this one started out. The mystery of who the Dom is, why he’s really there….and then boom he leaves! Three years later and what do you know….the Dom – Tyler a.k.a. Master James and Vivian a.k.a Katrina meet once more. There is a wonderful story line here that one wishes had been explored more than just the kink. Kink is all good and well, but a good story line is a must too!

Loved how Vivian is a strong woman and not really wanting to compromise her life and her dream job, even though she desperately wants Tyler. Tyler on the other hand, he thinks he wants 24/7 TPE relationship, he just has to get Vivian to agree. Luckily his dream job and hers both end up in the same city!

Although not opposed to TPE relationships, each person has their own kink after all, this book centered around that so much that it was at times difficult to read. Would have been nice to see more of the story line mixed in with the kink instead of primarily kink.

Review by Cat

Safeword Quinacridone by Candace Blevins

http://www.amazon.com/Safeword-Quinacridone-ebook/dp/B00AUIY2XS/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1362604659&sr=1-2&keywords=safeword+quinacridone+by+candace+blevins

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

Tired of the cold, emotionally stunted billionaire going after the too young, naïve, untried virgin trope?  In the mood for a very realistic, deeply psychological, dark, BDSM romance? I’ve got the perfect solution for your problem: Read anything by Candace Blevins and make it a point to read her latest, Safeword: Quinacridone.

Fair warning: Like all of Candace Blevins’ Safeword series, this is heavy into sadomasochism and not for the faint of heart. Don’t let that scare you away, however. This really is the story of a loving, committed relationship between two broken people who find emotional awakening and growth that leads to a loving, almost symbiotic relationship in one another.

Travis is a true computer geek. He really does relate better to machines than people. He is also something of a prodigy. He was a millionaire before he was in high school and a billionaire before he could vote. He learned very early in life that money really could open more doors than wit and brains.  As a result, he is a walking case of arrested development with a very dark side. He is a deep sadist and recognizes this within himself in time to find a caring mentor who teaches him how to channel that side of his personality. Travis also knows there’s more out there and doesn’t have the first idea of where to start to find this elusive “something”.

Cara is a very introverted artist who expresses herself in her web designs and paintings. An incident in her past has essentially shut her down to the point where she refuses to allow herself any more than the most superficial friendships and absolutely nothing more than one-night stands to satisfy her physical needs.

Travis has frequented the coffee shop/internet café where Cara works for sometime and she has definitely been on his radar. He finally manages to approach her one day and convinces her to take a chance and go out with him.

As the story progresses, each one finds in the other something that unlocks the doors each has kept closed tight. Cara begins to force Travis to finally grow up and Travis shows Cara that the world might not be as hostile a place as she perceives it to be.

The story of how they grow, evolve, compliment one another and fall in love is riveting, disturbing and, for this reviewer, thoroughly enjoyable. The reader will definitely get a very intense, deep, detailed, very realistic look into the practice and psychology of the sadomasochistic side of BDSM. There is no doubt that Ms. Blevins knows her subject matter inside out.

Reviewed by Ekatarina

When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?  

Following the ‘write what you know’ instructions, I started out writing in the genre. I’d love to transition to Urban Fantasy at some point, but for now I’m having a lot of fun with the Safeword series.

Do you use a pen name? If yes (or no), why?

Yes. I have elementary and middle school aged children and don’t want them to be judged based on what I write. Not to mention the fact they don’t need to know what I write, either. Kids really don’t want to know those kinds of things about their parents.

Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?

I have a pretty demanding career, and no one at work would believe I have a submissive bone in my body. However, for my husband? I pretty much belong to him. We dated several years before marriage, and were married five years before we had kids. We played around with some pretty heavy-duty TPE for years, but these days our daily life looks pretty normal. We’re still 24/7, but we only play at night now, after the kiddos are asleep.

Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?

I’m a pretty heavy-duty masochist and my husband is an extreme sadist. All of my books have heavy S&M in them, though they seem to have varying degrees of D/s.

Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?

I write what interests me. My interests seem to be a bit more extreme than most people’s, but I work to show the emotional impact as well as the physical, and so far my writing seems to speak to people. My latest, Safeword: Quinacridone, focuses on objectification and explores some of my darkest subject matter yet. In some ways it’s less intense than my other books, as there is very little D/s, yet it explores how deep some couples can take objectification. How far can you safely take a fantasy?

Do you do any “hands-on” research when you’re writing BDSM/kinky themed erotica?

I occasionally ask my husband if we can do something in particular if I know I’m about to write it. More recently, instead of asking for it I can just tell him I’m about to write a scene about something in particular, and he’ll incorporate it in our play. He used the TENS on me quite a bit while I was writing the Davenport books, and we played around with chemical play and fisting more while I was writing Safeword: Quinacridone. We’ve done it all in the past but it’s kind of a refresher, to help me find the right words to describe the sensations.

What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing?

A fan who, for health reasons, needed help from her husband with enemas. She’d never understood how he could enjoy giving them to her until she read the two Davenport books. She’d felt bad about needing his help, not believing he could find the job pleasant. She saw bits of her husband’s attitude in the story, and finally understood he was being honest and not just trying to make her feel better.

Have you ever heard that a fan might have tried something from one of your stories and liked it? Did you take it as a compliment?

Oh yes, I get those emails quite a bit. We also have discussions on some of the Goodreads groups, where people talk about trying things in the various books. I try to stress how important it is to research safety advice on any activity before trying it. While I’ve experienced just about everything I write, I’m creating fiction and not a how-to manual, so you shouldn’t assume I cover everything you’d need to know to be safe.

What is your favorite flavor ice cream? And since this interview is for BDSM Book Reviews, vanilla is not an option!

Mint chocolate chip with hot fudge syrup. Put a warm brownie under it and it’s even better. Mmmmm.

Website, links info:

Safeword: Quinacridone

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Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon by Candace Blevins

http://www.amazon.com/Safewords-Davenport-and-Chiffon-ebook/dp/B008S5XALU/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1358945990&sr=1-1&keywords=safewords+davenport+and+chiffon

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

This book is for the hard core aficionados of BDSM.  It is well written, and the story line is good, but for someone not into pain, some of the playing is way over the top.  It includes electricity, whipping, flogging, piercing, enemas, caging, painful bondage, humiliation, and more.  It also includes M/M play along with M/F play and even a foursome.

The story revolves primarily around Dana and Zack, who have both lost their partners and are entering into a Dom/sub relationship.  They set up a contract, to be renegotiated as needed.  Also participating in the relationship are Jacob and his Dom, Brent. Dana and Brent both top Jacob, while Zack tops Dana.

But both Zack and Dana have issues that don’t surface until she is injured in a car wreck.  When he pulls back from her offer of submission right after she comes home, she feels rejected and leaves.  Can they work past the hurt and fear to regain their relationship?

While much of the book was way beyond my comfort zone, I could accept that Dana needed the pain and Zach needed to deliver it.

Reviewed by Karen H

Safeword Davenport by Candace Blevins

http://www.amazon.com/Safeword-Davenport-ebook/dp/B008HYYCTQ/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1345896437&sr=1-1&keywords=safeword+davenport 

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Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Review:

When even the parts of the story that are not directly involving sexual acts are steamy, you know its going to be a STEAMY read! Candace Blevins really delivers a multi-layered BDSM novel in this book.

Dana lost her husband, who taught her everything she knows about submitting and her masochistic tendencies 18 months ago. She has come to terms with the fact that the part of her life that contained her submission for another was over.

The very first meeting with Zach makes her face her undeniable attraction for another man in ways she hadn’t felt since her husband. The more she learns about Zach, the more she is turned on.

Zach had to bury his wife and is in the process of making changes in his house so that her presence is not so strong in every single room. He has no idea the chemistry he will feel for the interior designer he hires.

The descriptions of the difference between Masochism and Submissiveness is great to read about. Often times its one or the other and authors don’t go as in depth as Blevins does. The journey of self-discovery for Dana really makes this story. She goes through so many ups and downs and second guesses everything while learning so much about herself and her needs.

Just when you think you understand where this story is going, Blevins throws you for a loop in the form of Brent and Jacob.  Being able to have a secondary relationship to dissect really adds to the story as a whole. The complicated relationships between all couples in this story really feels like just the tip of the iceberg and the sequel will definitely be on my “Next To Be Read” list!

There is some hardcore TPE (Total Power Exchange) that may not be for the faint of heart when it comes to BDSM, but everything in this story adds to it as a whole. Pay attention to the warning in the Synopsis on Amazon to make sure this is the story for you. (Warning: This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, bondage, intense sensory deprivation, extreme electrical play, enemas, and the use of toys including clamps, canes, plugs, cages, paddles, whips, and floggers.)  If you do not have an issue with any of these things, you will definitely find this a Fantastic Read!

Reviewed by Cami

Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon by Candace Blevins

 

Blurb:

Dana is ready to submit to Zach, but she’s going to be surprised by the depth of her submission. She’s comfortable Dominating Jacob, but how will the four of them form a unit?

Zach thought he’d worked through his issues, and he was patient with Dana as she worked through hers, but a painful reminder of the past makes him question whether he can accept Dana’s submission. Will he be able to handle being completely vulnerable once again?

Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon is the continuation of a story begun in Safeword: Davenport.

Warning: This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, bondage, extreme electrical play, enemas, and the use of toys including clamps, canes, plugs, cages, paddles, whips, and floggers.

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