18+ Review: Safeword:Quinacridone, Safeword Series #6 by Candace Blevins

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Safeword: Quinacridone
Series: Safeword Series #6
Author: Candace Blevins
Genre: BDSM, Romance, Erotica (Intense BDSM, not sugarkink)
Publisher: Excessica
Format: ebook
Length: 305 pages, 118,000 words
Buy Links: Amazon
Stars:  4
Book Description:  

What happens when an introverted artist who only likes sex when it’s a one-night stand meets a computer-geek-extraordinaire with his own sexy secrets? Objectification, romance, pain, adoration, lots of kinky toys, and oodles and oodles of wonderfully imaginative sex.

Join Cara and Travis on their journey to mesh their distinctive sexual tastes into a loving relationship with blow-your-mind kink.


1.         Treating a person as an object for use, with no regard for a person’s personality or sentience.

2.         Regarding someone as a commodity; considering them merely an instrument towards one’s sexual pleasure.


1.         A woman is on her back at the edge of a tall bed with hands and feet bound together and restrained above her head. A curtain drapes from a canopy above and puddles on the backs of her thighs. The man about to penetrate her sees only female genitals available for use.

2.         A woman is dressed in a full latex blow-up doll costume with durable latex ‘pockets’ stuffed into her orifices. She is bound into a position giving easy access to all three holes at a party. Her face is completely covered excepting nose and mouth. The men do not know who is in the costume.

Safeword: Quinacridone is a stand-alone book. You do not need to have read the previous books in this series.

Warning: This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM, extreme objectification, bondage, watersports, chemical play, fisting, temporary body modification with saline injections, and the use of toys including clamps, canes, plugs, paddles, whips, floggers, and zip-ties.

Book Review:

As an aside: I do know that a safeword is one that you would not normally say – Quinacridone completely fell into that box.  THEN I got curious: it’s a synthetic pigment, typically deep red to violet in color, that provides high resolution, colorfastness and weather resistance to paints. There’s a word for the record books!

This is a pull-no-punches deep and often uncomfortable look at BDSM as explored through the relationship between Travis and Cara: both approaching the lifestyle for their own personal reasons and desires. This is not the bored housewife looking for a fantasy sort of ‘playing at BDSM story: there are scenes and ideas detailed that are far beyond a wild Saturday night’s experimentation.

Blevins pulls no punches: as an exploration into extreme objectification and a raw look at the emotional and psychological niches that these acts fill. Each highly uncomfortable moment was prefaced by an easy to understand build up to the action, providing an awareness of the reasons behind the action that helped to show them in a less prurient manner. In addition, the slow growth of the relationship between Travis and Cara, and the ever-increasing stakes for both in each encounter aid in the reader’s understanding of their particular situations and feelings.

This book is one that made me uncomfortable, provided answers to questions that I didn’t know I had, and was totally riveting despite moments of almost painful reading. Needing to know where Blevins would venture next, just what extremes the characters would go through, and just how those extremes would change their relationship outside the bedroom became an all-consuming passion.

When an author can present such deeply unusual and disturbing material in a manner that makes you want to read more, that is an author to put in the pile of ‘must reads’. Although, I will say that this is not a book for the faint of heart: open minded readers who are curious and those who find the darker BDSM titles favorites will most certainly appreciate this authors work. Beautifully written, she has delivered on the promise of the book blurb, and provided so much more.

I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review for Full Moon Bites tours. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

About the Author: 

Candace Blevins is a southern girl who loves to travel the world. She lives with her husband of 15 years and their two daughters. When not working or driving kids all over the place she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming.

Candace writes romance books about characters who happen to have some extreme kinks. Relationships can be difficult enough without throwing power exchange into the mix, and her books show characters who care enough about each other to fight to make the relationship work.

Each book in the Safeword series highlights a couple with a different BDSM issue to resolve. All books are standalone books and can be read in any order, with the exception of the two Davenport books, since Safewords: Davenport and Chiffon is a sequel to Safeword: Davenport.

You can visit Candace on the web at candaceblevins.com and kinkyeverafter.com  * Real Romance * Real BDSM *

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