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Safe Words (Deviations #5)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  770 ratings  ·  87 reviews
In Safe Words, which picks up where the Deviations series left off, Tobias, Noah and Phan are all working on finding their place, both at Bradford's club and in their personal lives. They're all living together, and Tobias has taken on the roll of full-time Dom, which he loves, but finds incredibly challenging.While Noah finds comfort in the new state of things and is look ...more
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Published September 8th 2010 by Torquere Books
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Drea
The Deviation series has grabbed me & not let go......but the first three are by far my favorite simply b/c I can't get into Phan being in the Noah/Tobias relationship. It wrecked it for me, I feel like I wanted to shout - go get your own Dom and shake Tobias senseless for always giving into Phan's tantrums. I was FURIOUS when Tobias & Noah had to deal with the whinning after their night together......it almost made me want to throw my Kindle across the room.

I would have rather spent ti
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Tara
I suppose how much you enjoy this book is dependent on how much you enjoyed book4.

In this installment we see the business at the club growing and Bradford and Tobias taking care of things the best they can all the while dealing with the pressures of being not only full time deviants as they call themselves, but of being full time Doms to the subs.

Some background as to where my review is coming from, I disliked the addition of Phan to the relationship in book 4 for many reasons that you can read
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Julesmarie
Having read some reviews that this book was basically a giant epilogue, and that it really just followed Tobias, Noah, and Phantom through a few of their days together, I wanted to save it for a time I needed a good comfort read. After the worst Friday the 13th in my personal history, a comfort read is EXACTLY what I needed, and getting to spend time with these three fit the bill beautifully.

I still can't understand all the animosity toward Phan. He's adorable and hilarious and imo has given bot
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Laudie
So someone said that depending on whether you liked book 4, you will or won't like this one and I could not agree more. Since I hated the previous book, I'll admit
I almost didn't finish this book which isn't saying I read 100% percent of it.... I usually don't rate under 3 stars but for a series that started off so great finishing so poorly is just a shame.... And just infuriating. So 2 stars for 2 reasons, the one chapter with T and N alone and the chapters about B and Nikki and the friendship
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Jae
My Blackraven's Review of this title:

What a great continuation of one of the most outstanding series that I’ve had the pleasure to read. I fell in love with Tobias, Noah, Phan and all the gang when the Deviations series first came out a few years ago. It’s one of those things where you hope and hope that the authors will write more about the characters you’ve found so unforgettable. We all know that these follow-up stories usually fall flat…not that we don’t want them anyway. But that is NOT the
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Charly
A lovely book, even though it falls the slightest bit short of the original series

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 9/10

PROS:
- I adore these characters, especially the two subs. This book solidified my affection for Noah; there’s a switch scene in this story that felt more convincing to me than any in the earlier books. I thought it was less “scenelike” and more genuine--less like Noah was acting a part and more like he was really taking on the role
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Jodi
I'm really struggling with the rating. There didn't really seem to be a purpose or plot, other than to revisit this threesome with some added Phan-themed drama. With what did happen, I had issues with. Mainly, how Noah was treated by both Tobias and Phan. Noah, himself, didn't have a problem with it (because he's a big 'ole sweetheart), but I really did. It spoiled the story for me. On top of that, I used to like Phan as a character (not as the third in their threesome, but as a character), and ...more
Nic
Jan 02, 2013 Nic rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: mm, series
This is a 3.5 star read. I really wanted to love this book as I have done with the earlier books in the series. However, although a nice read, I was waiting for something monumental to happen. The story was a bit flat, lots of scenes and sex, but no huge changes in the relationships that had already been established. I guess I was looking for a bit more excitement, suspense or angst to increase the rating. In summary, a nice conclusion to the series.
Dee Wy
It was good to visit again with Tobias, Noah and Phan. The scenes were great as always and the ending was particularly sweet. The only thing I missed was having more character growth this time. Phan will always have problems and Noah is always so dependable and Tobias ever diligent. But at times it seemed like we were just visiting to watch their daily lives go by. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the visit.
Caroline Brand
REVIEWED FOR PRISM BOOK ALLIANCE

The final book in the Deviations series and it wraps up the lives of Tobias, Noah and Phan well even if things don’t always run smoothly.

This book is all about balance as the three men have made drastic changes to their lives in the past few months. Managing three people in a relationship was never going to be easy and they find themselves challenged often.

Phan is deeply unsettled at letting other Doms and subs into their home at the farm for the training weekends
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Victoria Bennett
I didn't like this book as much as the other four, the author's writing style seemed different, probably because there was a greater stretch of time between this book and the last. But it took me a while to get into it. In book 4, I liked the Noah/Tobias/Phan aspect more than I did in this book. But I think that I was hoping for Phan to leave. I like him as a character, but I think Noah and Tobias are much more compatible. I just don't really understand why the authors chose to make such a huge ...more
Leontine
From the first novel in the DEVIATIONS series the author duo Chris Owen and Jodi Payne captivated me with a triangular developing relationship. Not only did they give me some high quality BDSM that rocked the eroticism, but also intricate characters who got under my skin very quickly. I thought it all ended with book four; BONDAGE, so color me surprised to find out my favorite BDSM series got a fifth novel release. Of course I immediately bought it and fired up my e-reader, eager to become a par ...more
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
Will maybe have to try to do a review after a re-read because I waited too long.

ETA: Re-Read 3/1/14

Book 5 in the Deviations series & at this point the last one.

Tobias has retired from his vet practice now and is a full partner in the BDSM club with Bradford. This seems to be working out really well for him. Noah ends up quitting the police force when he almost has to pull his weapon. He decides that what he really wanted from the force was to help people, not chase criminals. So he ends up w
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Melissa
Apr 22, 2012 Melissa rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Melissa by: Jason Rutledge
This book definitely wasn't my favorite, but it was good. It was a nice way end the series as it showed the more day to day workings of the relationship between Tobias, Noah, and Phantom and the way things had worked out for them after the last book. With everyone healthy and mostly happy, it was nice to see them really just in their element without a bunch of drama and issues to work out.

The pirate scene was utterly entertaining and seeing more of Bradford and Tobias' friendship is always a wel
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Nazli
I really really wanted to love this book but in the end I found myself skipping through it while reading. After reading Fifty Shades series, I was glad that I finally found some decent BDSM books. I enjoyed the first three books and I was happy to see there were others but when Phan came into the equation these books started leaving a bad taste in my mouth. I like Phan as an individual character but especially in these book I just wanted to strangle him to dead. I was especially angry when he de ...more
Jordan Lombard
Series/Standalone: book five
Genre/sub-genre: BDSM
Book Format: print
HEA/HFN: yes
Relatable characters: less so than originally
Abuse/Rape: no
Violence: no
Ratio of sex/plot:even
Well written/editor needed: editor needed (see thoughts below)
Would I re-read?: No.
Personal thoughts:

There were two very good scenes in this book. One was a knife play scene in the middle and the other was a hilarious pirate role play toward the end. I think this book would have been better off if the authors had taken those
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Missy Welsh
Nov 10, 2010 Missy Welsh rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the series
It was nice getting back together with these lovely men again. Usually with series, I have to reread the others before diving into a new one just to re-familiarize myself with that world. Here, I didn't have to. I recalled plenty and was reminded with just often enough details to make me reminisce for a moment with a smile.

The knife-play here was something a previous book had hinted at but never showed in detail. I liked seeing it, and the difference between Phan's and Noah's experiences and tho
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J.P. Barnaby
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Shirley Frances
I've been saving this book for a while since I enjoyed the others so much. However, I'm sad to admit I'm disappointed by this one. It really didn't add anything revelant to the series, in my opinion. Of course, the characters are still great (although I'm not a big Phantom fan. Is Phantom necessary? I still don't get what he brings into the relationship), the BDSM scenes amazing and the writing superb. I especially enjoyed Tobias' "submission" to Noah and the way they anticipate each other's nee ...more
Kerry
I love this series and I love these three guys. This was a comfort read for me. It was so nice to get back into the world of Tobias, Noah and Phan. This book continues right where the last one left off. I'm glad that Noah and Tobias have retired and now the three of them can live full-time as Dom and his two subs. I think this threesome works perfectly together.

This book wasn't as intense as some of the others in the series, but all of them are still 5 star reads for me. This book had an incred
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JustJen "Miss Conduct"
After the last book, I was disappointed with the direction this series had taken. While I enjoyed Phan, I really had a hard time connecting with him and did not like the addition of him into Noah and Tobias' relationship. Rather than adding to the group, he seemed to be taking away from it. This has improved slightly in this book. Phan is finally gaining some confidence and even stands up to Noah at one point. I still feel he takes a lot of wind out of Noah's sails, and Tobias has to spend extra ...more
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
This one was a bit of a let down BUT Tobias did redeem himself in his lack of whininess so there is that. I also enjoyed learning more about Bradford & Nikki. The role play scene alone is worth the read-a brilliant combination of hilarious & scorching hot. The trio is still working out some issues in their relationship but I still can't shake the feeling that Phan is a third wheel & the real "relationship" is between Tobias & Noah or perhaps Noah & Phan but... what do I know? ...more
Jen
Sep 08, 2010 Jen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: m-m
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dblue
I am sad this is the last book in this series.I enjoyed this series very much and wish we had more to look forward to, especially some of the newer characters, Hayden and Brian. Safe words had a lighter tone even with some of the problems the characters were dealing with. One scene in particular had me laughing out loud. this book presented a different side of Tobias as he was more into his role as master and throughly enjoyed it (It's good to be King) but there was still a light tone to how it ...more
Danny Tyran
I was not bored by this fifth book of the Deviations series, but I was not very interested either. I felt about the same for this whole series. This is neat. It’s like a tamed animal, unable to bite, and I like when the beasts can bite and when they do it sometimes.

There is nothing wrong with the writing itself, though. As usual, it is very correct.

For these reasons, I give three stars to this story.

Longer review:
http://heartsonfirereviews.com/?p=18381
Debbie
This book was a nice finish to the series. I've never disliked Phan, but I didn't like him being included in the relationship with Noah and Tobias. I always felt he needed to let Tobias go and find his own Dom. But by the end of this book my feelings towards him had changed a bit. The relationship with the 3 men was getting stronger. They've worked thru a lot of their issues. This book sort of left me with a happy feeling to know the three of them were going to be ok.
Kooky
I loved books 1 to 3 in this series al 5 Stars but I wonder if maybe the series should have ended at book 3.
Out of all the BDSM novels I've read, this series had the most strict D/S relationship. Tobias takes on Noah as a sub after seeing Noah needs something, he's adrift and needs grounding and issues dealt with. Tobias is a sucker for a sub in need and something about Noah entrances him. Noah is not a sweet yes sir sub all the time. It's not all cut and dry D/S split between Noah and Tobias a
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Amanda
It's no secret that this is one of my favorite series. I adore the first four books in the series and re-read them often. Book five, Safe Words was an enjoyable read (and I loved revisiting the characters) but I don't think it quite stood up to the previous stories. Even so, I would still recommend the book.
F.
Seems to have lost the spark of the first 3 books in this series and just fizzled. Still well-written but really only a 3.5 star read. Jogged along without any highs or lows and very little angst. As others have said the first 3 of the series are definitely the best.
Awilk -never sleeps-
This book gave a few more details on the other characters then previous books, and I enjoyed seeing that. As a fan of this series, I got what I was looking for reading this story, and finished it being a happy little reader. I don't need more than that.
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Deviations (5 books)
  • Submission (Deviations, #1)
  • Domination (Deviations, #2)
  • Discipline (Deviations, #3)
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