3.5 Stars for Safeword by Samantha Cayto #MM #Romance @PridePublishing @Samanthacayto

CoverTitle: Safeword
Author Name & Publisher: Samantha Cayto (Pride Publishing)
Publication Date: August 23, 2016


A dangerous game turns into unexpected pleasure…

Carter’s dream of running from his abusive family into the arms of the perfect Dom has been shattered. Virtually enslaved by a vicious arms dealer, he has to submit to any man his master gives him to.

Undercover agent Damien Crow is close to putting away the arms dealer he’s been hunting for years. All he has to do to gain the man’s trust is ‘play’ with the pretty boy with the frightened eyes and alluring corset piercing down his back. Being straight and not a practicing Dom, he has doubts he can pull off the effort. One look at his playmate changes his mind. The stakes are high, and he must put on a good show.

At first, Carter assumes Damien is just another brutal Dom to survive. But the big, brooding man reignites his passion and gives him something Carter hasn’t had in years—a safeword. It might be his last chance to enjoy being a sub and he embraces the role no matter what the consequences.

Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released as part of the His Rules anthology with Pride Publishing.

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 ThreeandHalfStarsHmmm, where to start with this… I would say that it was well written, but so short that it made it difficult to really develop anything.  This seemed almost like a teaser to a larger story.

I think that Damien was successful as a Dom, but his reluctance was somewhat strange.  If he had been undercover as long as it seemed, he would have had to play this persona more than just the once, I would think.  However, it seemed that this was his first time – they talked about his crash course and implement schooling…

Then you have Carter – he just seemed meek.  There really wasn’t much to his character other than his complete submission because he knows what’s in store for him.

Overall, while this was short and just a taste of what I believe this author is capable of, I think that if you’re not used to BDSM writing, this would not be the book to start with.  There are too many holes and it doesn’t offer much other than the one scene.



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Samantha Cayto is a Boston-area native who practices as a business lawyer by day while writing erotic romance at night—the steamier the better. She likes to push the envelope when it comes to writing about passion and is delighted other women agree that guy-on-guy sex is the hottest ever.

She lives a typical suburban life with her husband, three kids and four dogs. Her children don’t understand why they can’t read what she writes, but her husband is always willing to lend her a hand—and anything else—when she needs to choreograph a scene.

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America and the New England Chapter and credits RWA, NEC and the wonderful friends she’s made there with helping her become a published author.

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