Friday, February 12, 2016


Title:  No Safeword
Author: Claire Thompson
Genre: Erotic BDSM Romance
Release Date: February 13, 2015

“My safeword,” she said hurriedly. “We forgot to discuss my safeword.”
“This isn’t some amateur scene at a BDSM club. There’s no negotiation. There is no safeword. You signed that away when you joined The Enclave.”

Jaime Shepard fantasizes about being bound in chains—her heart, body and soul the possession of a Master who won’t hesitate to take what he wants. Unfortunately, exploring dreams of sensual submission has taken a backseat to the daily grind of life, yet she never feels more alive, more vital, more herself than when engaging in a scene at one of the local BDSM clubs.

When the sexy, mysterious owner of Asheville’s premiere underground BDSM club makes Jaime the offer of a lifetime, she jumps at the chance to experience The Enclave, a secluded community dedicated to the passionate realization of a 24/7 BDSM lifestyle. Against the backdrop of a luxurious mountain resort, Jaime’s rigorous, full-immersion indoctrination begins. Erotic discipline and intensive slave training push Jaime to the very limits of her boundaries and force her to reach deep inside to discover the grace and inner strength necessary for true submission.

One thing she isn’t seeking is love—but it might find her just the same.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

When I first started reading BDSM books (long before the 50 Shades craze) I discovered Claire Thompson. I've read most of her books and she is a go-to author for me. No Safeword is not light BDSM. It's heavy and dark at times, but Claire Thompson can write genre this like no author. The book is heavy and erotic, but there is a happy ending. There is romance. 

Jamie wants to experience more than she has. She's done the whole BDSM club thing and while she likes it, she needs more. When she's offered the opportunity to experience full-immersion slave training at the Enclave she takes it. Mark is a former rock-star and all Dom. He knows what he needs and what he is, but he hasn't yet committed fully to becoming a full-time Master at the Enclave. 

Jamie and Mark are drawn to each other from the beginning of her training. Jamie has lots of new experiences with lots of different Masters, but she feels most comfortable with Mark. At one point Mark comes to Jamie's rescue and shows how he cares. 

I know some people don't like heavy BDSM books and I don't suggest that they read this because I don't want the ratings to drop. If you're not into this, that's fine. Don't read it. The title alone, No Safeword, says that this book has some darker themes. But if you're into this kind of book or in the mood for something heavy, definitely pick it up. I loved it and can't say enough about No Safeword and Claire Thompson.  I give No Safeword FIVE STARS!

I have published erotic fiction and romance since 1996. My work includes the sensual exploration of D/s and erotic romance, as well as the darker side of BDSM. My work includes in-depth exploration of both m/f and m/m relationships, in the context of romance and D/s. I have published over fifty novels and short stories, both in print and ebook format. 

It is important to me to write about real people, characters I and my readers come to care about. I don't want to simply provide an erotic thrill or evocative description. With my D/s romances I seek not only to tell a story, but to come to grips with, and ultimately exalt in the true beauty and spirituality of a loving exchange of power. My darker works press the envelope of what is erotic and what can be a sometimes dangerous slide into the world of sadomasochism. I strive to write about the timeless themes of sexuality and romance, with twists and curves to examine the romantic side of the human psyche. Ultimately my work deals with the human condition, and our constant search for love and intensity of experience. 

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