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Title: Soft Limits
Series: Deviations – Prequel
Author: Jodi Payne
Publisher: Tygerseye Publishing, LLC
Published: 12 November 2019
Length: 238 pages
Keywords : M/M BDSM, Experienced Dom & newbie sub, May-December, Homeless,
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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 supportive environment for men in the lifestyle. Bringing Doms and subs together is his superpower, yet he feels fated to be alone himself.
In this prequel to the series, you’ll not only discover Bradford’s own history, but also how Bradford is first drawn to Nikki, a beautiful and hungry young man living on the streets, and the unexpected ways Bradford grows and changes while helping Nikki understand a world of strange, new desires.
Deviations readers already know outcome of Bradford and Nikki’s journey together. Soft Limits is a deep-dive into Bradford’s story, into what makes the Dom tick, and how he ended up with ownership of the club. It also introduces Nikki, the sub that tests Bradford’s patience, steals his heart, and soothes his soul.
Once upon a time, well a few years ago. I bought my first kindle and happened to come across a BDSM book series by the name of Deviations and bought both books available at the time and loved them.
Fast forward to 2019, and we have the final book in the series, which is also the prequal to book 1. And a fitting end to this iconic series.
We find out how Bradford became the owner of the club, and who taught him to be the Master that he is today.
We also meet Nikki, a cute homeless guy that Bradford employs and soon takes under his wings. Poor Nikki has such strengths that he has learned how to look after himself on the streets, and to trust no one. Yet he still has an innocence.
We get a really touching story that slowly unravels both main characters have their own history and are kind of damaged in their own way.
Bradford is still getting over the death of his husband and has not been attracted to anyone for a long-term relationship since he lost his husband. Until Nikki arrives and he is instantly protective of the young man, and he soon becomes convinced that Nikki is a natural sub.
When poor Nikki slowly realises that the club where he works is in fact a kinky BDSM club. He is shocked but soon gets his head around the issue.
I loved the way the author slowly introduced Nikki to the lifestyle, and how it was not all plain sailing, there are a few mistakes and fears between Bradford and Nikki. It is obvious that they are made for each other.
I really liked all the supporting characters too, Levi the Sub that is also a bossy supervisor, Brian I loved, such a caring boy.
And towards the end of the book we have the original main characters Tobias and Noah who we met almost ten years ago.
The characters are full and vivid, and the story world feels real. The characters narration and emotions are well balanced.
I really recommend this book and the whole series to anyone that loves a BDSM romance. I know that I must re-read the whole series Soon.
I’m Jodi Payne and I’m visiting today to talk about my new book, Soft Limits. Soft Limits is a prequel to the Deviations Series that focuses on Bradford’s backstory and the very beginning of his relationship with Nikki. It’s a “prequel” in the series timeline, but can be read first, last, or at any point along the way in the series. It’s a standalone as well, as it has its own HFN. There are no spoilers for the series.
The Deviations Series has been around a long time so there’s not too much I can say about the inspiration that hasn’t been said. But I can tell you a little about my inspiration and reasons for writing Soft Limits.
The Deviations Series revolves around a Dom named Tobias and a sub named Noah. Both are experienced, both have issues, and they find in each other, an extraordinary partner that can meet their needs. They are introduced by Bradford, the owner and Master of a BDSM gentleman’s club, and nearly everyone you meet in the series is a member.
Bradford becomes an important figure as he is best friend and confidant to Tobias. Over five books, we get to know Bradford, his club, his employees, and his lover, Nikki, who is often a confidant for Noah.
But we never learn Bradford’s “why.” We never learn his story–how he got the club, how he and Nikki met– and we’re never in his head or read any scenes in his point of view.
So I wrote Soft Limits to give readers some insight and to bring Bradford to life in a way he couldn’t be in the series. Soft Limits dives right into his head, his past, and his journey to become the man we already know.
Soft Limits can be read as a standalone, and has a hopeful HFN. There are no spoilers for the series.
Thanks for having me!
Nikki kept his word and presented himself in Bradford’s office on his break. There was a brief knock at the door before it opened.
“It’s customary to wait to be invited in,” Bradford told the boy evenly, not looking up from his paperwork.
“Oh. Right, sorry.” Nikki came in anyway, closing the door behind him. “You wanted to see me?”
“I did. In the future, if I ask to see you, you should consider yourself excused from whatever you are doing and come right away. Chef will understand.” Bradford glanced up from his papers and looked Nikki in the eyes. “Clear?”
God, the blue.
“Yes. Sorry. Okay.”
“Have a seat.” It was thrilling to have had an excuse to top Nikki just then, even to that small extent, and he felt goose bumps rise on his skin. He stood, intending to resume his casual position on the front of his desk for the rest of their talk.
The boy’s reply, however, went straight to Bradford’s cock and he sat abruptly, thinking it better that he remain ensconced behind his desk for the moment. He reached for the bottle of water sitting on a ceramic coaster on his desk and took a long sip before relaxing back in his chair. He’d have to do casual indifference from here.
“You have been an excellent employee, Nikki,” Bradford began, finally regaining control over himself.
Bradford’s lips twitched at the boy’s use of his name. “Yes. Well. You’re welcome.” He shifted in his seat. “I’d like to try to offer someone else a leg up soon, so I think this is an appropriate time for a promotion.”
“Yes. I have an opening on my house staff, I was thinking perhaps you might be interested.” He actually did have an opening this time; Timothy was being moved into the dining room. That Timothy’s well-deserved promotion came about at this moment because Bradford needed an opening for Nikki on his house staff was utterly beside the point.
“The staff. Which means…?”
“Oh, you’d be cleaning and restocking the second and third-floor rooms, running errands, keeping the main floor presentable. Assisting our members as needed. At any given time, there are at least two boys on shift, three shifts in a day. Shifts are typically chosen by seniority, so I’m not sure which one you’d be on just yet, but—”
“It is much cooler out here than in the kitchen,” Nikki observed, interrupting.
He raised an eyebrow. “It’s a small raise as well.”
Nikki nodded. “I could maybe meet a few more people.”
“Naturally. You’d meet the rest of the house staff, the waitstaff, my bartenders, and you’d potentially have the opportunity to get to know some of the members, depending on what shift you work. Also, house staff have a uniform.”
He carelessly neglected to mention that the uniform was little more than a custom-fitted leather harness.
“Well, okay. It sounds pretty good. Thank you.”
He allowed himself a subtle smile. So far, so good. “You’re welcome.” He was finally able to move out from behind his desk, and he stepped around it. “There is some training involved. Have you met Levi?”
“Oh, you’re in for a treat. He’s a…” He stopped himself by pursing his lips together. “He’s very good at what he does.” Perhaps better not to scare the boy off. The uniform might be enough without more information on Levi—his handsome, talented, and submissive daytime manager.
“Wonderful. Welcome to the front of the house. I’m very proud of you.” He offered his hand and Nikki shook it politely. “We’ll get you set up with Levi soon.”
“Sounds good.” Nikki stood up, apparently understanding that the meeting was over. “Later.” He headed for the door.
“Have a nice afternoon,” he replied, and Nikki closed the door behind him with a quiet click. God, how he wanted to get under that boy’s skin. Nikki made his spine itch impatiently and his fingers long for a paddle.
Patience, old boy, he thought. Patience.
If he handled this right, it would be a beautiful thing.
JODI spent too many years in New York and San Francisco stage managing classical plays, edgy fringe work, and the occasional musical. She, therefore, is overdramatic, takes herself way too seriously, and has been known to randomly break out in song. Her men are imperfect but genuine, stubborn but likable, often kinky, and frequently their own worst enemies. They are characters you can’t help but fall in love with while they stumble along the path to their happily ever after.
For those looking to get on her good side, Jodi’s addictions include nonfat lattes, Malbec, and tequila any way you pour it. She’s also obsessed with Shakespeare and Broadway musicals. She can be found wearing sock monkey gloves while typing when it’s cold, and on the beach enjoying the sun and the ocean when it’s hot. When she’s not writing and/or vacuuming sand out of her laptop, Jodi mentors queer youth and will drop everything for live music. Jodi lives near New York City with her beautiful wife, and together they are mothers of dragons (cleverly disguised as children) and slaves to an enormous polydactyl cat.