Safeword Quinacridone by Candace Blevins
Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5
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