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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Safeword: Matte **Candace Blevins**

Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Genre: Contemporary/Novella/Erotica
Series: Safeword Series
List Price: $2.99
Sensuality Rating: NC-17
Stars: 4/5


Matte, pronounced mah-tay, is the word used in some forms of martial arts to stop a fight. It’s the Japanese word for stop or wait. Sam (short for Samantha) has made a hobby out of learning the various fighting disciplines, but she also happens to be a sexual submissive. What better safeword than matte?

Sam wants to find someone to submit to who she can’t beat in a fight. She’s tried to make it work with men from the scene who know nothing about fighting, but it doesn’t feel real to her – she needs someone who can truly control her. However, after dating from the fight scene and discovering not all guys like to spank their girlfriends, she’s decided to just back away from the whole dating thing for a while… until Fate decides to step in.

Warning: This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, bondage, and use of toys including crops, clamps, canes, and floggers.

My Opinion:

This was a new sort of book for me. Not to say I haven't read BDSM before, but Safeword: Matte is a whole new world. No fun and games, this is series sadism, masochism. I learned a lot from this novel. It's not all about hurting or being hurt, it's about a different kind of pleasure. I felt very enlightened at the end of this story. I learned a lot about the BDSM scene afterwards.

The sex scenes (when they actually get around to it) are fantastic! Lost of description and detail. Not conservative in the least, which makes it awesome!

The book is centered around Martial Arts, and I for one found it fascinating. It remind me of a series by Lori Foster in that regard. Love it!

I enjoy reading romances set in Georgia. I live here, and always dig into a book featured in my Southern state. I love it here, and like to read about people who do as well.

The only problem I found in the book is that sometimes the words don't flow smooth enough. The picture is clear, it's not that I can't see what Ms. Blevins wrote, but sometimes dialogue is to proper for people who are so intimate. Fortunately, it doesn't distract too much from the story, so that's okay.


How 'bout I tell you who is NOT the recommended audience? Conservatives, people who like a sweet, mushy romance. Anyone who is squeamish probably would not like it too much. There isn't any blood or gore (unless we are talking in the arena), but this is a story about a relationship between a sadist and a masochist.


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