Safeword: Matte

Candace Blevins
Safeword: Matte
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Excessica LLC
Release Date
March 2012
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance

Matte, pronounced mah-tay, is the word used in some forms of martial arts to stop a fight. It's the Japanese word for stop. Sam (short for Samantha) has made a hobby out of learning the various fighting disciplines, but she also happens to be a sexual submissive. What better safeword than matte?

Sam wants to find someone to submit to who she can't beat in a fight. She's tried to make it work with men from the scene who know nothing about fighting, but it doesn't feel real to her – she needs someone who can truly control her. However, after dating from the fight scene and discovering not all guys like to spank their girlfriends, she's decided to just back away from the whole dating scene for a while… until Fate decides to step in.

Warnings: This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, bondage, and use of toys including crops, clamps, canes, and floggers.

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
May 07, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
316 people found the following review helpful
Have you ever read a story and have a specific song run through your head while reading it? In the latest installment from the talented Ms. Blevins, I had one song running through my head. How does that song by the Judybats go? Here are the lyrics in the song, which summarize this story for me so very well.

"Pain makes you beautiful
I give you what you want, the pain and the pleasure
No sorrow tied
Tied to my hurting you
We delight in every torture I put you through
How did we find this place
This state where we satiate, where pain makes you beautiful"

Ms. Blevins is back with an awesome story, SAFEWORD: MATTE. This is the book I was expecting to follow up SAFEWORD: RAINBOW. In this story, Sam is a hard-assed divorce attorney with several martial arts championship awards under her belt. She's good at analyzing fights to figure out the weakness of her opponent. Basically, she can kick butt verbally and physically. I love Sam. She's a strong, independent woman who knows how to take care of herself. She's also pretty kinky. Too kinky that she's not able to find a man who can handle her kink.

Tired of dating from the Vanilla pool, she's made the hard decision to only date within the lifestyle group. The problem – she's afraid that if she starts attending BDSM socials locally, she may run into another attorney and she'd loose respect and credibility. How is she to find a man if she doesn't date locally? Did I mention Sam's a submissive?

I understand Sam. As a strong professional woman who gives off uber Domme vibes, I command respect and sometimes fear. I can sympathize with Sam's fear with her professional life mixing with her personal life. In her cutthroat world of lawyers, showing no weaknesses is top priority. While one of the cardinal rules of the BDSM lifestyle is to keep it separate from the Vanilla world, people are human. Not to rip on lawyers, they do use every little advantage they can get to win their case. After all, they make more money if they win their case, no?

Fortunately, we never run across this scenario in the book. Instead, we are treated to a very fine Dom specimen – Ethan. Oh, how I drool over Ethan. He is everything Sam needs and wants in a partner. Their dynamic is out of this world for me. Ethan is literally perfect for Sam. He is strong enough to overpower her, which is what she desperately wants. Personally, while I drool over Ethan, Sam can have him. He intimidates me. As I read and play more with impact play, I've learned I'm not into pain. I do enjoy it to a degree, but definitely not to Ethan's sadistic style. I would not be able to satisfy his needs to dole out pain. Fortunately, Sam's threshold for pain is very high and suits Ethan.

There are so many things in this book I liked. The fight for physical dominance is a total turn on for me. The willing submission from Sam with the rule of no speaking was just that little added extra which gave me a happy reading high. Ethan's manner of 24/7 D/s caused me to nearly overload in sexual desire. Speaking of sexual desire, Ms. Blevin delivered blow by blow of the sex. I read the scenes over and over again. They were blazing hot. So hot that just thinking about them again makes me want to re-read the sections and search for my spouse to jump. Make no mistakes; the sex in this book is rough and hard. It's the kind where the woman will walk like a duck afterwards, that is, if she can actually stand up and walk.

I love Ms. Blevin's brand of BDSM. She mixes just the right D/s and SM for me. I need the D/s as that is my preference in a BDSM relationship. The way she writes, it makes me yearn to be able to handle SM from a masochistic side. I just can't handle that much pain and turn it into pleasure. While I would be able to survive the brutal beatings given by Ethan, I wouldn't enjoy it. My endorphins wouldn't be able to start firing into pleasure. I'd just be in a howling mess. Still, the way Ms. Blevin's describes how Sam feels, I can understand and wish it would work for me the same way. Sometimes, living vicariously is better.

Lastly, I have one comment on Ethan's endowment. NO BLOODY WAY. I'm intrigued and honestly wish I could try it out. I do wish Ms. Blevins will write a little one off story about the preparation for the honeymoon and the detailed honeymoon sex because my immediate reaction is – NO BLOODY WAY.

I loved this short story. There is not a single stray scene or a wasted word. I do wish this story was longer or that we receive another "episode" in Ethan and Sam's life. I highly recommend this story to BDSM lovers who want to read a well-developed D/s SM story that includes hot rough sadistic sex. This is a must read.
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Book Review by Rebecca
Apr 09, 2012
332 people found the following review helpful
Safeword: matte caught my attention right away. What a unique spin on a bdsm themed romance to have a fighter – a woman with the ultimate physical strength – have a need for submission. It gets right at the heart of the fact that submission is not a weakness.

The heroine, Sam, is a part of the fighting scene (I know nothing about the fighting scene so it is likely I may get facts wrong – bare with me!) and could likely take most of the men she spars with. She's also very intelligent and kind, a divorce lawyer with a heart – what a fabulously inventive concept! ;0 Anyway, Sam needs a Dom who she can't beat in a fight; someone she feels is more powerful than she so she can feel truly controlled. But the men in the fighting scene aren't necessarily into the bdsm scene and therein lay her problem.

Frustrated, she backs off from dating entirely until Mr. Right literally walks into the ring.
Ethan is a bad-ass cage fighter new to the area. He's also inexplicably drawn to Sam. They first meet in the fighting scene when Ethan fights Tom, one of her friends, in a cage fight competition. Ethan is known to knock out his opponents but with a little help from Sam on the psychological part of the fight, Tom wins. They meet again when Sam attends a play party with friends from the bdsm scene. Ethan is a Dom. Ethan is a fighter. Sam has found the best of both worlds wrapped up in a delicious package.

They both crave pain. Ethan is a Sadist - some of their scenes were quite intense for me - and he is just what Sam needed. The focus on consensual, honesty and trust were there - it was perfect that they sat down to talk before ever beginning a scene. And the intense way Ethan watches Sam to gauge her pain threshold, her desire while allowing them to push the edges of her needs was erotically beautiful. The author creates a perfect Dom in Ethan.

Their romance is a bit quick but not overly so, the dialogue is a bit awkward but the characters are strong and interesting. Their connection is believable. While I did not go crazy over the book, there are elements I enjoyed though wished had been fleshed out a bit more. The bdsm scenes were original – not the same old, same old – and pushed boundaries. Sam's inner strength and also her need for connection through submission are the most profound elements that will compel readers to read more by this author.

Safeword: matte is an honest look into a deliciously erotic world. FYI… "Matte" is pronounced mah-tay and is the word used in martial arts to stop a fight. So what better safeword for Sam than matte?
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