Becoming His Master
Book 4, Neighborly Affection
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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...
Another Hit for M.Q. Barber! Truly Phenomenal Book!
I absolutely loved this book! I was surprised at just how deeply it touched me. I have so missed Henry and Jay (Alice too, but I’ll just have to wait a bit longer to catch up with her), and I had always wondered about the early nuances of their relationship, and how Henry was able to help restore a once broken Jay to the bright, beautiful, and effervescent man that he is now. When Jay comes to Henry, he is so broken and desperate that he doesn't even realize just how broken and desperate he really is. His self-esteem and confidence is shattered, and he truly believes he is not worthy of anything better than being the object of emotional and physical abuse. Henry is beyond attracted to Jay (which hasn't happened in a long while for him... at least not to this extent), yet he will not sacrifice Jay's training or his emotional and physical well being just to satisfy his own selfish urges. Lord knows he wants the boy... more than anything, but how can he have Jay and still respect himself as a dominant and a man? He knows it can’t happen unless and until Jay can see his own worth and embrace his right to say “no” to anything that is not in his best interest. He also needs to know that Jay wants to submit to him because he’s attracted to Henry, the man and the dominant... and not because he’s drawn to him out of some misguided hero worship. Ultimately though, how could these two wonderful men help but fall in love? I fell in love with both of them a long time ago… even more so now. My heart just ached for Jay when I read this. It ached for Henry too. M.Q. Barber has truly given us the most beautiful love story here. These two incredible men… each suffering in their own way… each needing the other to be truly whole. Their journey to that realization and Jay’s road to healing make up some of the most compelling writing I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Kudos Ms. Barber. You have undoubtedly got another huge hit on your hands!
* I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Baring Henry’s thoughts and Jay’s heart, this book is so much more
I went into my first title from M.Q. Barber expecting a story that was familiar, if intriguing: the transformation of a young man into a submission. What a surprise to find that this story, told almost wholly from the point of Henry, the slightly older and more experienced Dominant.
While I’ve read a few titles that provide a Dom’s perspective, this is the first one that has completely captured my imagination: his careful consideration of Jay’s past, his needs and the understanding that every action he takes will have a reaction and potential consequence to their relationship. While Jay is most certainly submissive, his own experiences have been traumatic at the hands of a rather unscrupulous man. But Henry presents him with a safe place, allowing the trust between them to grow and build, while actually keeping the physical elements of their relationship moving at a slower than expected pace.
I loved Jay: although I tend to prefer a stronger and more ‘take charge’ man, he is so genuinely sweet and giving, and so wanting a man to claim him heart and soul that he was hard not to appreciate.
Henry, on the other hand, is just the right sort of Dom for Jay. Not into pain for pain’s sake, although he has no real issue with those who are, Henry’s experience and willingness to be patient with Jay, forming their bond and connection without pushing. He knows that too much can endanger the trust that is building, and he wants Jay for the long haul.
I was completely blown away with the emotional connection and build between the couple, as well as Henry’s ability to predict and allow for reactions from Jay, and make adjustments accordingly. Baring Henry’s thoughts and Jay’s heart, this book is so much more than the naked moments, and all the better for it.
I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.