Safe Word - erotic fiction by Cleis Press Inc. - review by LambChop

Safe Word

Book by Cleis Press Inc.

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"Safe Word" is a must-read if you enjoyed "Carrie's Story." It is also a must-read if you enjoy pony play, but read "Carrie's Story" first!
Kinky sex, variety of sexual orientations and situations
Focus on pony play may not appeal to everyone, alternate-viewpoint storytelling
Rating by reviewer:
extremely useful review

About author

Molly Weatherfield is the author of "Carrie's Story," the prequel to "Safe Word." Once again, she has written an exciting modern BDSM novel. Her writing style is intelligent and engaging. Her characters are written wtih great depth and dimension. Carrie is a sexual submissive but a strong, smart woman. I think many subs will identify with this concept.
    • Engaging

Content / Style / Audience

"Safe Word" begins a year after "Carrie's Story" ends. Jonathan and Carrie meet in a pre-arranged location after she is freed from her year of servitude. The story alternates between present-day (Carrie and Jonathan in a French hotel) and the previous year. The year is covered by Carrie and Jonathan "telling stories" to each other of what they've been up to (or been PUT up to) over that time period. I found this style to be much less engrossing than a chronological novel.

Anyone who enjoyed "Carrie's Story" would enjoy this book. Definitely read that one first. This book will make no sense to you with out the back story. The BDSM and sort-of-vanilla sex in this book is still entertaining, but without the story of Carrie and Jonathan, it's just sex.

The sex in this book is inclusive of genders and sexual orientation, with both male and female dominants and submissives. There are also same-gender sexual encounters, and not just hetero-sex. Most of Carrie's story this time is pony play and her pony training. If this isn't your thing, you might not like this book as much. I found "Carrie's Story" to be much more erotic and exciting, because of this.
    • Bdsm
    • Erotica
    • Fetish


"Safe Word" is a quality trade paperback by Cleis Press, and like all of their books, is well made. The cover is a glossy black and white photo of a naked ass with hands cuffed atop it, so this is NOT discreet at all. The cover proclaims Safe Word to be "an erotic S/M novel" in bright red letters. Again, not so discreet. HOWEVER, this book is small enough to carry in your purse, backpack, or briefcase, and the cover is flexible. Bend it back and read away, public pervs!
    • Not very discreet cover
    • Soft cover
Follow-up commentary
I didn't like this book as much as the first in the series. I still don't like it, although "Carrie's Story" is still a favorite.
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  • Boobs and Lubes
    thanks for the review, interesting to consider
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  • SMichelle
    Great review. Definitely sounds like a good book to read.
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