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Power Exchange (Power Exchange #1)

4.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,636 Ratings  ·  445 Reviews
From the moment Detective Gavin DeGrassi steps into the world of BDSM to solve the brutal slaying of Dom George Kaiser, his course is not his own. Mesmerized by the context in which the victim lived and the images of the lifestyle seared into his soul, Gavin must find a way to navigate these unknown waters. With his personal life in upheaval due to marital trouble, and his ...more
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Published September 15th 2012 by Voodoo Lily Press
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Baba  ♥♥♥ Tyler, Marcus, Archer, Dean, Adrian, Dan & Hunter
4 stars for Ben, Gavin (Gavin the man, not the cop) & Myah.****Review completed August 18 2013

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When Dom George Kaiser is murdered, Detective Gavin DeGrassi doesn't know yet that he'll get more than he bargained for. Gavin is not familiar with the lifestyle and soon he must realize that he is out of his depth. They need a tutor. Enter Dr. Ben Haverson, a psychologist and well respected Dom who is specialized in counseling patients who are into the lifestyle. When Ben and Gavin meet for the fir

I want my very own Ben.

And I'm not a fan of BDSM, not really. But lately I'm finding such good books that give a different meaning to it all. I'm getting the magic in it and the beauty of the relationship Dom/sub. I find it exhilarating and even out-earthly. So if you are one of those scared about the topic, this one is the amongst the best to start it. As a friend told me, it's BDSM 101, which is not synonymous of naive. It was HOT!


Meli Mel *Ty and Zane's Creeper*


Once again, this one was one of the many books that was buried under my pile of 'to read' books that kept getting pushed to the back. Well, I can't believe I didn't read this sooner because wow...this book was pretty damn good.

As soon as I started the book, I was pretty much hooked. I didn't know how it would all pan out, since I knew Gavin would be in a relationship with Ben at some point. The mystery aspect of it, did have me sickened and intrigued. I had a hard time putting
Written March 15, 2014

4.3 Stars - strong and engaging - I was both stunned, terrified and charmed

Book #1

~ Read in October 2013... ~ A VERY late review!!

There was never any review written. Now it's too late to really do this book justice, but I still want to say some words. First of all, I liked this novel a lot - and even more the subsequent second book (Safeword).


A great start for a two book series. I was both frightened of nasty stuff in the crime part, but above all complete
Those clueless about BDSM will enjoy A.J. Rose's "Power Exchange". Detective Gavin falls for his BDSM consultant on a serial murder case, Dr. Ben. Ben's a Dom therapist and Gavin's a woman. So you figure them apples. But if you love Law & Order:SVU, like I do, you'll also like this story. Now while I am a huge fan of the show, the first two seasons were a little hokey.

And guess what? This read like a first season episode. There were two central storylines going on: Gavin's comi
Rach  *Feisty kitty*
Jan 27, 2013 Rach *Feisty kitty* rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, bdsm

Buddy read with the lovely ladies Awilk, Em, Laci Rain, Renee,

The only reason for 4 STARS instead of 5 was because I felt the murder plot overtook the story too much at times. However the relationship development between dom Ben and sub Gavin more than made up for it.

I loved it when Ben called Gavin 'Baby' it made my heart crush for Ben

This is a BDSM book, yet there is much more depth to it. The relationship between Ben and Gavin is beautifully written
Feb 13, 2014 Shelley rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm, suspense, hot-cops
3.5 Stars

I really liked this one. Up to a point.

I enjoyed the MC's and their relationship development and the murder mystery thing was good too. Up to a point.

I read it straight through, feeling invested in the outcome. Up to a point.

I reached that point at about 75% when the murder mystery becomes ... well, a joke really. It's so obvious a whodunit I felt like a kid again watching a pantomime shouting and furiously pointing at the bad guy: "He's behind you, He's behind you", while the hero look
Third read, March 2016 So fucking good. I will review this time!

Re-read on March 2, 2014. Will review after reading the sequel Safeword.
Mirjana ***Let's Sound It Out - - - Mary-On-A***

***4.75 Suspense and Submission Stars***

”It takes more courage to kneel before another than to stand beside them.”

Why have I waited so long to read this?! The answer to that is plain and simple….I’m an idiot!

Gavin DeGrassi is a homicide detective that comes from a family of cops. He loves his job and making a difference in the world. However, he has a very unsatisfying personal life. He’s married to a cold, status-hungry wife and a family that although loving, can be rather pushy with their ex
Duchess Nicole
"I have you where I want you," Ben said, approaching me. "I can do with you what I will. You trust me not to harm you. I take that trust to heart....I'll take what I want. You'll give me what I need. In return, I'll take on your burdens, set you free."

Gavin DeGraw is a detective and comes from a family of cops. It's in his blood, it's in his bones, and he takes his job seriously. Possibly a bit too seriously, and it's put quite the strain on his marriage. When a brutal case involving the BDSM co

4 Stars! Way more than a book about BDSM!

So much to love about this book and Gavin, Ben, Cole and Myah are at the top the list! Four very likeable, relatable characters that each brought something very special to the read. Gavin, so sweet, wants to please everyone, he's lost and unsure how to proceed with his personal and professional life. Ben, he exudes authority, sure and confident, yet not cocky, comfortable in his skin and wants his skin touching Ben's! Myah, a good cop and friend, she's e
Emma Sea
Oct 21, 2012 Emma Sea rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm
A BDSM 101 / Law and Order: Special Victims Unit mashup.
Enlightening and fascinating book!


Gavin a courageous and awesome men, and Ben *sigh* who wouldn’t want to submit to him!!

"For the first time, I wholly understood the words power exchange. In giving up my power to him, he was, in turn, giving me the power to realize my value, that what I had to offer of myself was worth giving to someone, and I had to trust that particular someone to cherish it."

The book title is exactly what this book is all about,Gavin
4,5 stars

Looks left...looks one is currently reading it?
Do I really have to go first? Unf...friends!

Well written, well thought out mystery-plot (a plot!), touching D/s romance...loved this book and read it almost in one go without skipping a single word.
I`m no expert in police procedure and BDSM, just read about these themes in books but I think there went a huge amount of research into this book - forensics, edge play, D/s dynamics - everything in the story sounded convincing and pla
MsMiz (Tina)
Mar 19, 2013 MsMiz (Tina) rated it liked it
Shelves: glbt-all, kindle-mobi
Okay - cannot pass this up - the cover alone is worth the purchase.

3.5 Updated for review.

I rather enjoyed this book. The slow boil between the murder case as well as Gavin's discovery of what he needed in partner as well as in a D/s relationship I felt was done well. This book went into great detail regarding the lifestyle, different relationships and different levels of play inside BDSM and really seemed to be honest and respectful.

What i did not like about this book was: the ending. For suc
¸. • * ° *❧Gwen❧ •°**★




IS BDSM my not really. My thing is romance.

So, to my surprise, I loved this find. Their is a sweet nurturing relationship within a D/s. I love it to piece's

And the couple~GAVIN & BEN both of them, I wanted to hug and hold tight.

Gavin~ he was Shy & Adorable without a doubt.

Ben~ he was Confident & Lovable without question.

This book w
Mar 22, 2014 Isabel rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Isabel by: Ingela
Power Exchange is the perfect title to this book! The power that is given by the submissive to his Dom is precious and its value is so well demonstrated in this book... I'm no expert on BDSM lifestyle, but it fascinates me...

The subject of this book, however, is not only BDSM... is about a realization... It's about a man Gavin, trapped in an unhappy marriage, feeling how wrong that marriage is, because he's not himself... He realizes that to be who he truly is, he must change his life and submi
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust
Wonderful book. I am kicking myself for ever putting it down (stupid,impatient hormones)

Those of you whom know me are already aware that I don't like to give many details away but in actuality I'm going to be vague because I REALLY WANT TO START BOOK 2, DAMN IT!!!

What an enjoyable murder mystery (is that an oxymoron?). My mind wasn't spinning due to numerous possible suspects, just enough to keep me guessing. The scenes between Gavin and Ben were phenomenal. Ben is a very meticulous lover and
Madeline...Just a Reader
Apr 25, 2016 Madeline...Just a Reader rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Hi all, I have never written a review so please bear with me....

You know how covers or titles can determine an opinion of what inside??? this one kind of made me think it was heavy BDSM, in my narrow minded view that meant scary beating, pain, and control of sub by dom. Well after reading this, not so much. This book made me understand so much more about the Dom/Sub relationship. I loved Ben, and how he explained evrything to Gavin. I loved how Gavin not only embraced being gay,(after the misera
Jan 11, 2014 Cory rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one because of the following:

Gavin/Ben - I loved how their relationship evolved and what they became to each other.

Gavin/Cole - Brothers who truly loved each other.

Gavin/Myah - Great partners.

So obviously, I loved Gavin LOL! I thought he was great and I will definitely read book 2!

The 'mystery' part had me cracking up though as it was really easy to figure it out. Other than that...two thumbs up!

Gavin and Ben are adorable and hot and a perfect match for each other.

I was captivated by this book from the very beginning. Two gorgeous guys, the mystery and thriller... and when the power exchange began and things got really interesting and I was completely hooked.

"It's an exchange of power. Believe it or not, the subs have more power than you realize. They have the power to choose whether or not they give themselves to a Dom. Once the exchange is made, the Dom ta

** 28/7/14. Re-read with Andrea. Having such a long gap between reads only emphasized for me what a fabulous book this is, some of the lines are just delicious, and Gavin, well he's just one of my fave characters full stop. Chock full of feelz, wonderful writing and characters. **

Original review dated 2013

Loved it. 5 stars and

I adored Gavin and the 'will he, won't he come out of the closet' saga. Gavin, the youngest of 4 boys all of whom have some connection to the St Louis police force, if
Nov 01, 2012 Mandapanda rated it it was ok
Shelves: various-romance
The painfully earnest and detailed explanations of BDSM completely killed any spontaneity in the romance. I felt like I was being lectured. There was a nugget of a good story there but like many other readers I found it improbable that the Detective could not see who the (very obvious) villain was.
Oct 19, 2012 Jenre rated it it was amazing
I like mysteries. I like BDSM books and I like m/m. Put all three together and you have a book which is bound to be a win as long as the writing is good and the characters realistic. Fortunately, this book managed to combine everything beautifully and was a marvellous read.

The story follows homicide detective, Gavin, who is called to investigate a horrible murder of a man connected to the BDSM community. During his investigations he meets Ben, a psychologist who has been brought in to help with
Cap'n Heather.....Aarrrrrrr
This story was a perfect mix of thrill, love, D/s, murder....and over all a rather beautiful story of finding one's self and accepting and being accepted for who you truly are.
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Gavin...way to finally step out of the closet....even if you were pushed, tripped and fell hard.
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I loved Gavin. His submission to Ben was beautiful. He and Ben were perfect for each other
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Oct 12, 2012 Anke rated it it was amazing
Oh what a wonderful book! It kept me entertained on my long flight today and left me with the feeling of 'I want more'. And that although I knew the bad guy as soon as he appeared. Normally that kills my will-to-read-on, but not this time. The personal development of Gavin was very captivating, I only would have wished for a more lengthy epilogue - all right, the family situation was resolved, thanks:) but otherwise I felt as if I was told only glimpse, not really satisfying after feeling with G ...more
Brandon Shire
May 23, 2015 Brandon Shire rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m
You think you're just going to take a sip, then you look up and you've gulped the whole damned book down. Excellent.
2.5 stars rounded up

I'm certain that had I read 'Power Exchange' in 2012, the year it came out, I would have loved it. But I've read quite a lot of MM since then, and the BDSM and mystery in this book just didn't measure up.

This book is very 'BDSM 101'. There are long paragraphs explaining BDSM practices and terminology, which I couldn't help but be bored with. That being said, Gavin's discovery of his kinky side felt realistic. Once Gavin and Ben started getting a bit bolder and testing Gavin's
Nov 11, 2014 Kelly rated it really liked it
***4.5 stars***
Love it all bookworm
Apr 02, 2016 Love it all bookworm rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, bdsm
Overall book review: 4.5 Stars
Audio book: n/a

Book Cover: 3.5 Stars

This book had me in... the best I can describe it in one word would have to be SUBSPACE!!!


I loved the plot, I loved the characters but most of all I loved the feel of this book. I don't know a lot of writers who have the ability to do what A.J Rose did to me with this book. I fell in love with Ben and Gavin from the first page and felt every angst, every piece of love, every drop of doubt.

I absolutely loved the emotional side
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