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No Safeword: Matte - Happily Ever After Paperback – January 9, 2015
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That being said, their story is a great journey and one of absolute devotion. Despite my aforementioned conflict, I have bought all three books and read them more than once.
You should absolutely check out these books.
(THIS WILL BE MY REVIEW FOR ALL THREE BOOKS.)
(copy provided by author for honest opinion. Once read, I honestly had to buy it from Amazon too!)
I believe it is completely fair to say, in two spare words: IN. TENSE!
Okay, three words; add ‘epic’ to the mix because this is a long, full, deep, sometimes uncomfortable and always honest conclusion to this Act of Sam and Ethan’s life together.
I expected certain things to happen in this installment. I expected Sam’s court case to wrap up and I expected some, shall we say consequences, from the preamble of this particular arc. I did not expect what did happen, but it fit much better than my idea would have. Good planning, Ms. Blevins. I loved that there was no quick fix, and I really, really loved that medically speaking, the course and the lingo were pretty much spot-on. It rang true and it was skillfully woven with the everyday-life as well as the life-changes that were affecting both Sam and Ethan.
I expected they would pretty much pick up their normal lives upon return from that Honeymoon of Part III. I did not expect the life-changes that came Ethan’s way to involve Sam quite the way it did. And while I’m not generally a big fan of Fighter stories I quite enjoyed, if not he actual fight accounts, the training and strategizing that went into them, as well as the characters introduced because of this segue.
I expected the personal side of the relationship to continue to be explicit and intense. I did not expect my definition of intense to be so challenged. I have to admit to a real stretch in my personal comfort level at times, and yet this book is so skillfully and quite beautifully all about the relationship and what it means in its totality to these two loving, committed individuals. Life is happening around them at a frenetic pace and they deal with it in both recognizable ways, but also in ways that fulfill them as individuals and as a couple. Instead of their lifestyle being the elephant in the room, it truly becomes simply a part of their life and what they need to make it work for them.
Notwithstanding, I can also honestly say that I have encountered a couple of personal “Not-in-this-Lifetimes”, not to mention at least one “Not-ever-in-this-plane-of-existence”!
This book wraps up a foursome of Acts that represent the evolution of a couple, but it certainly also leaves the door open to them being prominent in the lives of more of their friends. I’m looking forward to what the next Safeword (Arabesque) means to Cassie.
I can’t recommend this series enough to open-minded readers as well as those readers looking for a great storyline that also challenges their knowledge and beliefs.
Reading doesn’t get much better than this…
As in all her Safeword books (Matte, Rainbow, Quinacridone, Davenport and Davenport/Chiffon), Ms. Blevins portrays individuals who could be anyone in your life. Outwardly, they lead typical American lives. Granted, some of the events portrayed in her book are there to provide literary drama, such as Sam’s shooting and the winning of national MMA titles by both Sam and Ethan at the same time, but Ms. Blevins is a master at writing a story which make such events both believable and possible. The same can also be said for Ms. Blevins’ portrayal of the characters’ sexual evolution. The play scenes portrayed in the book do, at times, approach the very edge of extreme, but they never depict acts which are not within the norm in a sane and consensual lifestyle. As always, they are interwoven within the storyline so seamlessly that they enhance the story—and, very important to this genre, are very, very hot!
The key to Candace Blevins’ stories, for me, has been her ability to provide rich, detailed descriptions of the events which the characters experience, which results in the reader being drawn into the scene without being overwhelmed, or bored, by them. More importantly, it has made the characters real and thus the reader comes to love them as human beings, not merely words on a page. Another reward Ms. Blevins gives her readers of the Safeword stories is that, while the book/series may end, the characters do not. Her setting for all her Safeword stories has primarily been Chattanooga, Tennessee, and her lead characters in one book often appear as secondary characters in another. So, while this may be the end of the Matte series, it isn’t the end of Sam and Ethan. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them make appearances in Ms. Blevins’ new book, Safeword: Arabesque, as well as any future Safeword books she may write.