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Soft Limits

(Deviations #0)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  49 reviews
Fans of the iconic Deviations series will fondly recall Bradford as the beloved owner and Master of the elite and exclusively male BDSM club that anchors the series, and also as the wise man who introduced Tobias and Noah.

Dominant Bradford’s story is one defined by sudden opportunity, unimaginable heartbreak, and new-found purpose. His calling is to provide a safe and su
Kindle Edition, 220 pages
Published November 12th 2019 by Tygerseye Publishing, LLC
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Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mm-romance, arc-r2r, bdsm
A prequel to the Deviations series, Jodi Payne’s perfectly named Soft Limits tells the story of Bradford and Nikki, as well as laying a bit of groundwork for what’s to come for Tobias and Noah. As a long-time fan of this series, I highly recommend you read books 1-5 first so you can fully enjoy the characters and their story in Soft Limits.

Fans of the series know Bradford and his sub Nikki, and we’ve watched them support Tobias and his boys (especially Phan) over the years. What an unexpected tr
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited when I found out that the Deviations series was getting a prequel... that said this book was such a tease. It was light and fluffy. I loved Nikki and Bradford. It was a great read but...

I want more. It finished before it started really so it was definitely a prequel. I wanted more depth to it. I wanted more conflict. I wanted more, damnit! Maybe I'm just greedy but this book has left me wanting more.

I want to know about Nikki and Bradford's first contracted month. I want to know
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
this was really good.. slow burn and sexy.. i loved watching how they seemed to fit so well but still had so much to learn about each other. it was well written and i cant wait to read more of this series.
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)

When Dom Bradford happens upon a young man in his local coffeeshop, something draws him close. When he discovers Nikki can't even afford a granola bar, he takes him in and offers him a job. But Nikki will soon come to mean much more to him than just an employee. And Nikki will start to learn a new world, one of contracts and dominance and submission.

I really liked this story. Bradford and Nikki, while seemingly mismatched on paper, are actually perfectly suited to each other. Though kind of slow
Leelah🍁♋️ Orion
Audio also 3.5

Great story. I’m guessing since this is the prequel we will see more of these two? I enjoyed their journey. And what a learning experience it was. I felt like Nikki the whole way. Learning the ins and outs.
I feel as though this story isn’t done. I hope it isn’t. Felt like it was in the middle of their story. Maybe a happy for now kinda?
Good story good writing wonderful side characters
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Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Cindy

Bradford is used to being in control. The life he created for himself is the very definition of control and that’s how he likes it. When Nikki stumbles into his life, it’s tested beyond anything he could have imagined.

Nikki is just doing his best to survive. Abandoned by his family, he’s suspicious of Bradford’s intentions when they first meet but he’s in no position to turn down the best opportunity that’s come along.

Watching Bradford stumble was fascinating. I’ve never read th
3.5 stars!

Soft Limits by Jodi Payne was the first book I've read by this author, and while the author suggests reading it AFTER the rest of the Deviations series, I didn't find anything that seemed too spoiler-y for the rest of the books. I quite enjoyed this as an introduction to the Deviations series.

Bradford is the Master of his own club, and one morning, he runs into Nikki, a sweet boy who peaks his interest. After giving Nikki a job and a place to stay, Bradford starts introducing Nikki to
Jess Gabriel
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-bdsm-or-kink
I enjoyed this as much as it frustrated me. I wanted so much more. I felt like this was just a teaser.
Audrey Pott
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great intro to this series, Bradford is a Dom of his own club he meets Nikki in a cafe, spends time chatting and offers Nikki a job in his club, I liked how Bradford would mumble to himself when he was annoyed with himself, as he made assumptions about Nikki then finding out he was sleeping in the streets. This is a slow burn, very romantic romance, witty banter and a lovely way to learn about BDSM, Nikki had no idea and at first found it difficult. Jodi’s descriptive writing of her characters ...more
Gabbi Grey
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fitting conclusion/beginning to iconic series (an audio review)

This series has been a favorite of mine and I’ve enjoyed every moment of watching Tobias, Noah, and eventually Phan, become a true triad. Bradford and Nikki were always in the background. Bradford owns the club where Tobias and Noah are members. He even set the two men up. But how he came to own the club and his story has never been told.

Until now.

When Bradford meets Nikki, the young man is in a rough place. Bradford takes pity on hi
Mary Mary
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, arc, bdsm
It was ok.
I really like good romance with some BDSM and it was supposed to be just that. After reading blurb I was sure it is something for me. It was my first book by this author and I haven't read other books in this series so I wasn't sure what to expect.

Sometimes I start reading a book and I FEEL it is a great read and sometimes I know from the first chapter that I hate it. Here I was mostly irritated, I didn't like main characters and I didn't "feel" the story. The idea was quite good - an
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great addition to the series for all the fans who wanted to know how the things started and were curious about Nikki and Bradford. It doesn't really matter if you start with this book or read it at the end. It can be read even as a standalone but I can guarantee that if you are new to this series you won't be satisfied with just one book. It's almost impossible for me to review this book separate from the series. Deviations is one of the most realistic descriptions of the the lifestyle ever publ ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, m-m, reviewed, kink, bdsm
Bradford is the ultimate Dom. He owns an exclusive club that he inherited from the man he loved. He likes nothing more than to bring Dom’s and subs together. An option that he feels is no longer open to him. Until he finds Nikki.

Nikki, alone, living on the streets, just trying to survive day to day. Bradford offers him a job, and a safe place to live. Nikki is so busy in his new job in the kitchen that he doesn’t even realize at first what the club is. When he finds out he is very interested in
Torhild Borg
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once upon a time there were two men meeting at a cafe... well it turns out it was Bradford, the Dom and owner of a Club where Doms and Subs met for a joyful time together.
This day tho as Bradfrd sits in the cafe, he notice Nikki, a young guy drained in rain coming in. He sits down with his paper going through ads for work.
Bradford offers him a job and a safe place to live. First Nikki is reluctant, but soon he figures out that he got roof over his head and a good bed to sleep in and he was safe
Faye K
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.. A great start to the book.  Poor Nikki has no idea what's ahead of him when he meets Bradford. And certainly knows nothing about being a submissive.  Hmm Bradford assumes a lot about Nikki and maybe a little ignorant with his future plans for him, things may or may not go smoothly.  A big difference between employee and submissive which consistently reminder to Bradford at the beginning. A big learning curve for Nikki and a self challenge. Hot sexy scenes and and a few rough moments ...more
Amy Dufera
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Jodi Payne's Soft Limits is an intriguing BDSM story. The prequel to the Deviations series, I find it's a great story on it's own.

Bradley, the owner of a kink club, takes Nicky in off the street, giving him a home and a job. Soon he's training the young sub, taking him under his wing.

What follows is an emotional story of a Dom falling for his sub. They have to deal with testing their limits, and restraint.

Nicky's such a sympathetic character, as he's so unsure of himself, and has no clu
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this slow-burn, sweet and delicious story about finding that person that can fit in your world.  I loved how slow and gentle the introduction to kink and BDSM concepts were shared with Nikki.  This MC was young and just finding his own feet and starting to understand who he was.  

I really liked Bradford, he really was a mature and protective Master.  I really enjoyed learning some of his backstory and how he became the owner of this club.  Such a loving and touching story.  

Bradford an
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Soft Limits by author Jodi Payne is a prequel novel in the Deviants Series. I loved the forward in this book. Really a fan-driven story. I felt the excitement and love that went into this story.
Bradford, I loved getting to know him better. We get to really have a feel for how he ticks. I think the series was good, but this really adds to the experience. He is in a good place in his life and content. He is kindhearted and strong. I loved getting into his thought process more.
Nikki, he is cautious
Diane Dannenfeldt
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this series & had hoped that we would have gotten the story behind how Bradford and Nikki met. All through the series we see Bradford and his faithful sub Nikki. I loved that this book ends where the first book in the series starts, so now I have to go back and re-read the entire series now :) I loved the patience that Bradford had with Nikki & slowly pulled him out of himself & into see what he really wanted & that the life Bradford lives in is one that he didn't really knew ...more
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From my point of view as a newbie to the Deviations series world, this amazing prequel story is simply brilliant. Meet Bradford, a very experienced Dom, owner of the exclusively male BDSM club that is the main scenery for the stories in the other books and discover how he found Nikky and taught him everything he knows of being a sub. This is the beginning and it is incredible detailed, from the explanations of the Dom/sub scenes to the complex relationship between the main characters that Ms Pay ...more
Eek.... Thank You Jodi Payne!!!
OMG to find this gem addition to my all time favorite Deviations series co-written with Chris Owen,
is my own holiday gift to myself. An exceptional addition to the iconic Deviations series. I can't get enough of this series. I absolutely LOVE the characters, the setting, the plot.... well everything about this series! The author(s) portray the emotions and relationship journeys within the BDSM community with erotic romance with their characters in such a way that y
Dennis Crotts
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
The beginning and the end of a very interesting story of growth, death and learning. This audible brings all the loose storylines together giving you a bit of history of all the main characters except for Phantom, Tobias, Noah, Bradford and Nicky also you learn a bit of the men's club. It is nice to learn who Bradford is and his pass from a young man to adult and a his history with Harrison the original owner of the club. From what he learned from Harrison made him the man he is and why he is at ...more
Leslie Zak
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A very good m/m bean story

Apparently this is an older book but is new to me. It is a well written primer on the BDSM lifestyle. Bradford, the owner of a high class gentlemen's club comes across Nikki, a young man desperately in need of a job and offers him a job as a dishwasher. He is really intrigued by Nikki who is a hardworking innocent. Nikki may have a job but doesn't make enough to afford rent and is still sleeping on the streets. Bradford is horrified and gives him a room in his own home
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, and would definitely recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind a touch of BDSM in the TBR pile.

I haven't read the other books in the series yet, but I will be searching them out now.

Bradford grew on my, it took some time for me to really feel for him, as I couldn't immediately relate to his stuffy proper way of presenting himself. However, Nikki I felt an infinity with straight away. Once we learned the reasons for Bradford appearing as he did, he instantly becomes so
Kathryn Manzella
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Soft Limits by Jodi Payne is part of the ​Deviations series and serves as a prequel to the series. I have not read the rest of the books in the series but after being introduced to these characters and their universe I am definitely anxious to check them out.

Filled with themes such as BDSM, finding a hopeful situation after a bad situation, and discovering new sides of your self and your desires... this story intrigued me and made me want more. These characters are interesting and their story e
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome start to the series. Bradford and Nikki story is epic. I haven't read any of the other books so this is a true prequel for me going in. I love the unique universe and couldn't put it down. Brad and Nikki were so different and when you mix them together you see they can't be with anyone else. Nikki is so sweet and you can't help but fall in love with him. Brad wants to make sure others find their match but doesn't think that includes him; until now. Start to finish you'll only want to rea ...more
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this. I read the Deviation series years ago and it was really great to see how Bradford and Nikki began. I really liked how Bradford introduces Nikki into the bdsm scene, little by little. He knows Nikki is a true sub well before Nikki realizes it and he goes to great lengths to slowly teach him how to be his true self. He is patient, kind, compassionate and very tender with him. I wish there were a few more chapters though, I would have liked to see a little more of them togeth ...more
Nov 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book as a Devations series virgin, having for some bizarre reason not found these books before. I was given the opportunity to read this prequel as an arc, written some 10 years after the series finished. It is a way for fans to revisit favourite characters, learn more about the history of the club and get inside Bradfords head. Is that Devation virgin I can say wow.

This tells how Bradford found Nikki and introduced him to his world, where Nikki finds his tribe, his family and his e
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bradford is the club owner whose life is pretty much a mystery in the Deviations series. Now, this wonderful prequel shows Bradford's meeting and instant infatuation with Nikki. Nikki is just trying to survive, and he and the world of BDSM is something he knows basically nothing about - and has certainly never considered for himself. We get to see Nikki begin to grow more comfortable with Bradford, kink, and his own desires. And we get to see Bradford fall for the younger man. The Deviations ser ...more
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed meeting Bradford and Nikki. I haven't read any of the books connected yet, which is a good thing since this book gives me the background or start to the series in a way. Meeting the other subs and Doms in this book gives me a familiar place to start.
I really enjoyed this story. The characters were really easy to like and it gives a good look into the bdsm world. I quickly became attached to Nikki and Bradford and was rooting for them. Now I have bought Noah and Tobias's book.
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