Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Safeword (Power Exchange Book 2) by A.J. Rose Review

After having some time to mull Safeword over I have come to the conclusion that Gavin and Ben are probably one of my favorite couples that I have read about this year. These two went to hell and back in book 1. Now in book 2, they are on the path right back to hell again. The devotion and dedication that Ben and Gavin had to have to survive what they did at the end of Power Exchange and still manage to function both individually and as a couple is amazing. Now in Safeword all of their hard work and progress is being challenged.

Gavin continues to face his fears, inhibitions, and hesitations both professionally and personally. While Ben exhibits his patience, strength, and fortitude when dealing with Gavin's insecurities as well as his need and desires. Ben displays all of the positive qualities that I have come to attribute to my idea of what at good Dom should be. Despite dealing with his own trauma Ben is able to put Gavin's needs first even when it's at the expense of his own comfort.

I initially thought that I would give this one a 3 star rating, but with everything that was ultimately delivered in this story it is definitely a 4 star read. I was swept away so thoroughly by book 1 that I was thinking of Gavin and Ben a week later and needed to read this one just to make the story leave me alone. I hope that there will be more books in the Power Exchange series.I suspect that there will be since there were definite changes about to take place at the end that has left me yearning for more.

Happy Reading!

You can read my review of book 1 POWER EXCHANGE here!


Everywhere Detective Gavin DeGrassi looks he’s reminded of his attack by the Breath Play Killer. It’s in the house he lives in with his partner and Dom, Ben Haverson. It’s in the sympathetic yet pitying looks he receives from his fellow detectives when he returns to the force after a year-long hiatus. It’s in the suffocating coddling of his entire family, and the relentless reporter demanding an exclusive of his ordeal. 

Most of all, it’s in his lack of submission to Ben, who isn’t convinced Gavin’s recovered enough to trust the power exchange between them. 

The miraculous recovery of two teen boys from a twisted kidnapper gives him heart, and Gavin's determined to prove he can handle anything despite increasing strain between him and Ben, painful nightmares, and panic when anyone touches him. 

But his next case is too close for comfort: a friend and colleague found raped and murdered in a fate chillingly similar to what could have been his own, and this killer isn’t stopping with one cop. As the body count rises and taunting souvenirs are being hand-delivered to Gavin, he faces a frustrating lack of leads, a crushing need to prove himself, and a sinking suspicion the imprisoned kidnapper’s reach is further than originally thought. A miasma of uncertainty and fear threaten to suffocate him when he asks a question with which he’s overwhelmingly familiar: what happens when a victim is pushed too far?

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