Safeword: Matte


By Candace Blevins

Publisher : Excessica

ABOUT Candace Blevins

Candace Blevins
Candace Blevins is a southern girl who loves to travel the world.She lives with her husband of 14 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  More...


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 or wait. 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 thing for a while… until Fate decides to step in.

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

My husband and I once rented a remote cabin outside of Gatlinburg, TN, on the side of a tall mountain. He flogged me on the screened in porch during an intense thunderstorm one night, and the storm has turned it into one of those memories that sticks with you. I've tried to write those feelings, those memories, into one of the scenes in Safeword: Matte.

Diana at The Forbidden Bookshelft gave it 4½ stars out of 5 and said:

When it comes to S&M love stories, Candace Blevins knows her stuff. Her latest SAFEWORD: MATTE hits *all* the right buttons for my inner masochist. It gives a positive portrayal of a safe, sane and consensual S&M relationship. Yes, there are “loving sadists,” and the book’s hero, Ethan, is a swoon-worthy example.

Jennifer at Romance Novel News rated Safeword: Matte a Recommended Read.

Shari at Delighted Reader rated it an A, and said it’s an incredibly honest, refreshing and delightfully painful book.

Rebecca at Guilty Indulgence gave it a 4 out of 5. She liked the fact it shows submission is not a weakness, which spins into a rant about press coverage of Fifty Shades of Grey (which I basically agree with, BTW), and then gets back on topic to say:

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.

Annabel Joseph rated it five stars on Goodreads and said:

BEWARE, the sex scenes are really…AROUSING. Alpha, alpha, ALPHA male here. If you are into demanding yet sensual alpha males, this book is for you.

AlexJouJou gave it four and a half stars on Manic Readers and said:

Creative and imaginative, the scenes are spellbinding. They will take you further than you think you want to go and make you happy you arrived there. Crisp and flavorful prose delights the senses and will have your face contorting six ways from Sunday at many of the actions…

The Dark Haven Maven gave it a 5 of 5 and said:

… I love these characters! I’ve read this story three times and the feeling at the end was the same each time- realism.

Sam and Ethan will have you gasping at a painful moment, one minute and then squirming in your seat the next during some of the hottest sex scenes I’ve read in a while. And I’ve read a lot.