Title: Becoming His Master
Series: Neighborly Affection #4
Author: M.Q. Barber
Genre: Adult, M/M Erotica
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Published By: Lyrical Press
From rescue to romance…
Teach a wounded submissive the value of his service. The task ought to be an easy one for an experienced dominant like Henry Webb.
But novice Jay Kress challenges his teacher like no other. Still bearing the bruises of an encounter outside the bounds of safe consensual play, Jay is desperate to submit to the man who saved him—and shamed by his desires.
Henry recognizes the dangers of a relationship built on hero worship. He’ll teach Jay how to stay safe, that’s all. He won’t take advantage of the younger man’s trust. He won’t share his fantasies about his dark-haired, athletic student. He’ll never claim this submissive for his own...
An enlightening journey….
This was my first read in the Neighborly Affection series but it won’t be my last. Told entirely from the viewpoint of Henry Webb, it follows his interest in, and training of, Jay Kress.
Jay is a newcomer to the BDSM scene and has not learned the lifestyle rules and, as we find out, really doesn’t understand his own needs. While he must do that before he can truly become part of the culture he must also learn to protect himself emotionally and physically. After Henry was forced to intervene in a scene that found Jay physically wounded, the experienced Dom is determined to take Jay under his wing before he is hurt any further. The clock is ticking as Jay’s abuser will be returning to the club in a few short months. Henry is determined to have Jay fully trained by that time. Jay should be able to admit his own desires in a safe, supportive way while also ensuring his own personal safety. Henry will not accept anything less.
I was able to read this story without having read previous titles in the series but I know I would have enjoyed it more if I understood more about the main, and secondary, characters. Told entirely from Henry’s point of view I do get a sense of whom and what drives him but the rest of the characters are known only by their actions and conversations. This is not enough to get a full picture though certainly has me wanting to learn more. The story is well-written and the insight into the lifestyle is tantalizing. I ache for the vulnerability and innocence of Jay as he tries to find that elusive something that he doesn’t seem to understand himself. Feeling as if his own wants are somehow shameful, he hides his own desires behind other’s needs. Henry is determined to deny his own feelings for his protégé. Watching Henry’s interest change from a forced distance to complete engagement is a treat to watch. There is no cliff-hanger but we know there is more to come in their story.
Ending with the first chapter of the next book in the series, Henry and Jay’s story continues with the addition of an interesting new neighbor in the next installment. That chapter was a great teaser and has me eagerly awaiting the next title! I will be going back and finding the earlier books in the series while I am waiting.
USA Today bestselling author M.Q. Barber likes to get lost in thought. She writes things down so she can find herself again.
Often found staring off into space or frantically scratching words on sticky notes, M.Q. lives with one very tolerant, easily amused husband and one very tolerant, easily amused puppy.
She has a soft spot for romances that explore the inner workings of the heart and mind alongside all that steamy physical exertion. She loves memorable characters, witty banter, and heartfelt emotion in any genre.
The former Midwestern gal is the author of the Neighborly Affection contemporary romance series. Pick a safeword, grab a partner or two, and jump in.