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Dana has never submitted to anyone but her husband - he trained her, taught her to submit. He's been dead a year and a half though, and she's beginning to consider the possibility of dating again. She sticks to vanilla at first, but quickly realizes she's going to need more. As she's considering the idea of finding someone who would enjoy hurting her without requiring her submission, her life is complicated by a Dom who pushes all of her buttons.Safeword: Davenport is the first half of Dana's story, it's the personal part of her journey, and has a Happy for Now ending. You can read the rest of her story in Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon.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.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:Steelwhisper
Teoksen nimi:Safeword: Davenport
Kirjailijat:Candace Blevins
Info:Excessica (2012), Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto
Arvio (tähdet):1/2
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Edgy and rough and more hardcore than a light BDSM reader might be able to handle but the emotional strands are what gets me in these books. ( )
  Hanneri | Jul 23, 2019 |


The first book in this series Safewords: Davenport was amazing. Yes there is sex and BDSM in the book. However there is more to the book than just that. This book takes a reader through the relationship of a couple that has the alternate lifestyle of BDSM. This book shows that even though this is something different it is not a bad thing to feel or enjoy this with you partner. However it should be with a partner that you trust.



One Sunday while sitting at work waiting on parts I started reading this book. I was so engrossed in reading that n associate that I was training had to come shake my shoulder to get my attention. He stated that he had been talking to me for over 5 minutes and I did not answer him. It has been several years that I have been this absorbed into a book.



This book is not for everyone. This book has sex scenes, whips, spanking, rough sex and bondage along with several D/s scenes.



Dana is recovering from the death of her husband. It has been 2 years and she is still finding out who she is as an individual. This is not something that can happen overnight. She has She felt like she lost everything when he died. She had to go out and find herself to know what she wanted in life. Yes, with her husband she did have a D/s relationship.



Zach is also recovering from the death of his wife. It has been around 2 years also. He is learning to live again. He has asked Dana to re-decorate his house to his taste and not what his wife wanted. Dana did not know anything about Zach’s lifestyle until she walks into his bedroom. Zach has a special bed designed for BDSM relationships. The author does not explain a lot about the bed, however I would love to see a bed like this.



This book is more than just about sex or a BDSM relationship. The author takes the reader on a expedition through all the problems a couple faces with problems from the past.



Thanks for an amazing read Candace.



The bunnies and I give this book carrots. ( )
  kybunnies | Oct 19, 2014 |
I wished I could give this a better review. I really do. I was rather hard on myself and it took me several weeks to decide on this review.

The reason I am so reluctant is that I agree with Ms Blevins that we need BDSM novels which are about the real BDSM out there, instead of just some figment of the imagination. She tries hard to achieve this and in some areas she certainly has made the cut.

Unfortunately however there is so much else wrong with this book that it almost entirely outweighs the good. I'll state the obvious first:

This book needs an editor, a good editor. The editing process is not just about checking for typos and grammar, it's also about cutting out the fillers, the bloat, the surplus. It's about making a story tight and lean, about taking out explanations and too much exposition where not needed, it is about making your prose pleasant to read. All of that is lacking in Safeword Davenport. One could cut out some 30% of the word-count and end up still with way too much chatter.

Editing is also about "voice". Not just that of the author, which is overly loud in it, but also with the voices of the characters, which are non-existant here. No one has a distinct own voice, with the exception of Jacob and he but marginally. The rest is undistinguishable.

These are the more obvious faults. For a romance, BDSM-themed story and a story about love and death I find myself left out there with zero emotion. There is none, again with the minor exception of Jacob. Everyone else was as moved and emoted as much as a block of stone. Yes, the author "said" these people emoted, but she never showed it.

Which leads to the next two purely craft-oriented faults: there is absolutely no "show" in this book, it is all "tell". I've never fully understood this writer's adage until reading Safeword Davenport, because it contained so much incessant, boringly worded telling that it was very slow to read and I had to force myself repeatedly to continue reading. This too is something an editor would catch and try to change, though of this there is so much of it that I doubt it would reach the editing stage with a publisher.

Sometimes fine, funny or interesting dialogue can make up for the lack in prose, but here as well this book fails. The dialogue is robotic, unlikely, contains way too much blunt exposition and is wholly uninteresting.

All put together this means that Safeword Davenport reads, at the craft-level, like a first draft needing many, many revisions before it is presentable.

On to the subject matter and meat of the story. I am in the lifestyle myself, a hard player, so I would expect a story to at least stimulate me a bit, make me have emotions, catch my breath, reminiscence or want to do something myself. Unfortunately this story is lacking here as well.

I could not connect to the characters and I had trouble in even believing their reality as human beings. Things between them did not progress in a believable manner either and I had several WTF-moments where something they said or how they acted took me way out of the story. They felt, again with the exception of Jacob, like soulless dolls played with by a listless puppeteer.

Lastly the BDSM itself. While above I applauded the fact that many times Ms. Blevins tries very hard to represent BDSM as it takes place in real life, she incorporates fragments and insinuations which I do not believe belong here and which can be dangerous for the reader to take for granted.

One of these is meta-consent, especially as given here without at least acknowledging that it makes an already illegal act not just factually illegal, but also depriving the players, especially the dominant, of every mitigating factor they might have in a courtroom. Consent has to be informed, given by an adult in the full possession of their faculties and has to be retractable at any moment in time to be legally valid. In a book trying that hard to be realistic I'd like to see this addressed, and not just as some lip-service, but indeed by showing (not telling!) what is the consequence of such a lack.

The second problem is worse and comes on the heels of meta-consent: punishable safewords. I've no idea whether this is the latest fad, but it shocked me into putting the book aside for days. Punishment of safewords reduces the concept to absurdity. Not just that any and every submissive I have ever met already thinks hard and often far too long to safeword, if they now have to expect something very unpleasant on top of disrupting a scene and potentially upsetting the Dominant, the whole thing becomes very unsafe. Not just for the submissive, also for the Dominant who might continue to play while the partner already goes beyond their health or sanity. This makes consensual BDSM play suddenly ride on the edge of straight abuse, both emotional and physical. To see this so off-handedly proposed is quite shocking. Add to that that negotiation during scenes just doesn't happen in my personal experience, especially if it touches important things like this.

What also belongs here is the atmosphere of higher, farther, further which pervades the concept of BDSM in this book. Instead of concentrating on pleasuring each other, being emotional, sharing true intimacy, I had--all the time--the impression of competitors in some soulless game, a game played against each other, but also against everyone else. Maybe that's the different culture, because I noticed this a lot in erotica from the USA, but here it really bothered me.

I cannot recommend this book. I'd have liked to, because it tried to be something which is very much needed, and unfortunately the errors and faults overshadowed the positive points far too much for comfort.

All that said I would love to read a well-edited story from Ms. Blevins. ( )
1 ääni Steelwhisper | Mar 31, 2013 |
Author: Candace Blevins
Published By: Excessica
Age Recommended: Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4

Review:

"Safeword Davenport" by Candace Blevins was a interesting read. Yes, it was of sex (BDSM)...of a relationship of a couple with an alternative lifestyle. Now, just let be begin by saying...this is a Adult Mature book and not for everyone. The book will explore: bondage, spanking, sex scenes, whips, rough sex...hardcore stuff. The novel features...Dana who is trying to recover from the lost of her husband for the pass two years and she meet Zack who is also recovering from the death of his wife. The story ... comes forth showing how they both deal with their past, embrace their present and hope for the future again."

I will say this novel is more than about sex...and this is where I say if you are interested in this type of reading ... you must pick up "Safeword Davenport" and see for yourself what it is all about. You will find that this author deals with the problems that this couple has and will face. Be ready for a lot of emotions to flow and each character ...from Dana, Garnet, Zach to Bethany ...all very interesting.

I would only recommend "Safeword Davenport" to the reader that is interested in this particular genre. Be ready for a very intensed read..it is not for the weak-minded or faint at heart. I must say this book covered it all and I read things I had no idea about.... leaving me only to say Wow! ( )
  arlenadean | Dec 25, 2012 |
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Dana has never submitted to anyone but her husband - he trained her, taught her to submit. He's been dead a year and a half though, and she's beginning to consider the possibility of dating again. She sticks to vanilla at first, but quickly realizes she's going to need more. As she's considering the idea of finding someone who would enjoy hurting her without requiring her submission, her life is complicated by a Dom who pushes all of her buttons.Safeword: Davenport is the first half of Dana's story, it's the personal part of her journey, and has a Happy for Now ending. You can read the rest of her story in Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon.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.

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