Friday, 13 February 2015

Book Review - Becoming His Master by M.Q. Barber (m/m, BDSM) 5/5 stars

Becoming His Master by M.Q. Barber

5/5 stars

Becoming His Master is book number four in M.Q. Barber's popular Neighborly Affection series.  This book is a prequel to the others, so even though I haven't read the first three books I had no problem starting out with this one.  Becoming His Master is an intelligently written book that delves into the emotional complexities of D/s.  Unlike some BDSM books out there, this isn't filled with spanking and flogging scenes, it goes far deeper than that and is a very rewarding read as a result of this.

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 recognises 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...

After Jay is brutally attacked by a vicious sadist he his rescued by caring Dom Henry.  Jay is naturally submissive and badly wants to serve a Dom or Domme, but he has not been taught the fundamental 'safe, sane and consensual' rules of BDSM.  Enter the gorgeous Henry, who works hard to teach Jay how to safely interact with dominants, while also helping him to overcome his traumatic attack.  The author really stresses how important safety in BDSM is, and the consequences that can happen if this is not followed, which is something that is often glossed over in BDSM romances.

Henry does not use pain to discipline Jay, he's had far too much of that from other dominants.  Instead he connects with Jay emotionally and uses rewards and affection to guide his submissive through the world of BDSM,  So if you are looking for constant whippings and floggings this book probably isn't for you, but if you are looking for an emotional, romantic journey with some hot sex scenes then this is a book you'll enjoy.

I will definitely be reading books one to three in this series, as I really want to see how Henry and Jay's relationship developed into a menage with a female submissive (I'm a big fan a m/m/f menages).  M.Q Barber is a new author for me, but definitely one I would recommend.

Becoming His Master gets 5 out of 5 stars!

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Disclosure: I received this book free of charge from the publisher for the purposes of an honest review

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