M/M Novels

Submission Novel [Deviations #1]

Novel: Submission

Author: Chris Owen and Jodi Payne

Genres: BDSM, Romance

Released: 2006

Part of Book Series: Deviations #1

Summary: Tobias is a skilled Dom, able to bring even the most hesitant submissive around. Noah is a man in need of just that. He wants to sub badly, but has yet to find someone he believes can take him where he needs to go. Through a series of encounters in the world of bondage and discipline, Noah reveals why he has trouble trusting, why he needs such a firm, steady hand. Tobias may allow himself to dominate, but he has trouble letting himself love. Still, Tobias can’t resist Noah’s charms, and the two of them set about making a scene for themselves, one that works for them and their unique set of problems. They learn to love, but can they stay together while they explore each others’ secrets, in a world where all is laid bare and emotions run high?

Post’s Author Opinion:
Note: This is a personal opinion, it does not reflect YaoiOtaku’s official position towards the novel.

Before I go on with this, I have to mention that I did not technically finish reading the series and I do not plan to. However I did make it all the way to the first half of the last book. If you want to read the series, I would recommend reading only the first three books.

I have mixed feelings about this book. It started out pretty interesting and there are parts I enjoyed, but at the same time it could have been so much better.

I liked the characters, the openness and the communication, it was actually nice reading about it. At the same time the first book of the series deals mostly with Noah and Tobias’ relationship, the start of it, and I would have liked to find out more about them individually. There is some, but not enough. Being pretty sure more will be revealed about the characters in the sequels is the only thing that made me want to continue reading the series.

The book reads very easily. There are a few moments that stand out, but overall I’d say it is pretty forgettable. It didn’t stir anything, I couldn’t fully get into it, and I didn’t feel strongly for the characters. I doubted any of these would change in the sequels, but I was still curious about what’s going to happen next and I actually ended up liking Noah quite a lot. But more about that in the next review(s).

As for the BDSM aspect of it, not bad, but not great either. The scenes are okay, but that’s about it. I liked the creativity, but I wouldn’t say it is hot, they are actually quite bland. I am also not a big fan of the writing style, I don’t think the authors are all that compatible, but as I said, it reads easily.

Overall there’s nothing spectacular about the first book of the series, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, but eh, a lot of people seem to have really enjoyed it so maybe give it a try.

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One fateful day I came across the anime 'Gravitation' and I've been hooked ever since.
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