Tuesday, September 23, 2014

How to Train Your Dom in 5 Easy Steps by Josephine Myles

Title: How to Train Your Dom in 5 Easy Steps
Author: Josephine Myles
My Rating: A

Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m) 
Series: -
Main Characters: Jeff and Eddie
Release Date: September 2014
Publisher: Samhain
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Sometimes the little head really does know best.
Jeff White’s needs are simple. All he wants is a submissive to help him explore the dominant side that his ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle. Problem is, inexperience in both dating and domming has resulted in a string of rejections.
What he needs is an experienced sub willing to show him the ins and outs of controlling a scene. Unfortunately, the only one willing to take him on is male, and Jeff is straight. One hundred percent, never-gonna-happen straight.
Easygoing painslut Eddie Powell doesn’t care that Jeff is younger, working class, and shorter. Eddie likes a bit of rough, and Jeff fits the bill perfectly. The trick will be convincing him to follow Eddie’s five-step training programme—which would be easy if Eddie wasn’t starting to have feelings for the rough-around-the-edges landscaper.
Once Jeff lays his hands on Eddie, things definitely get out of hand. But it’ll take more than hot, sweaty, kinky sex to persuade him to come out of the closet—especially to himself.
Warning: Contains a happy sub, a confused Dom, a high ratio of sex to plot, misuse of root ginger, and a suitcase of kink. Written in Jo’s usual exceedingly “English” English.

My Review:
I really, really enjoyed this book, although I'll admit I wasn't so sure about Jeff when the book began. Which is Jeff's problem...he's not a guy who's a natural with women. He's more than a bit rough around the edges. He has inklings of it, but has come to realize that he's a sadist and most women just don't respond well to that especially in combination with his rough around the edges manners and habit of just stating it like it is. He's not one of those guys that girls are going to immediately fall for...or even like, honestly. He's a working class guy and doesn't seem to know how to smooth that part of himself over.

But for masochist, Eddie, Jeff is the perfect guy. He's big and burly and wants to beat on a sub. Unfortunately for Eddie, Jeff thinks that someone needs to be female. But Eddie is out to prove to Jeff that no matter that they don't have the same parts, he can teach Jeff to be a good Dom to any person...male or female. It's a state of mind, not sexuality. 

Jeff is getting a bit desperate and is admittedly intrigued by what Eddie can teach him. He's tried to learn by research, but there's too much that a guy just can't learn through word vs. action. He finally gives in agrees to the five needed lessons...and finds himself getting schooled on much more than just D/s relationships. 

On the surface Eddie and Jeff are extremely different, but they work really well together...both in the bedroom/dungeon and elsewhere. Jeff really is a natural Dominant. When he just relaxes into the process of taking charge, everything works pretty well. It's when he thinks things through too hard that it all starts to unravel. Of course, this is an erotic novel...it's centered around the BDSM lifestyle and those scenes get pretty hardcore, but they are seriously hot. 

And as the story developed, I began to develop deeper and deeper empathy for Jeff. He's not a bad guy. He honestly just doesn't know any better. He's trying to learn, but has been brought up with a pretty narrow view of the world. That doesn't mean he's close-minded though especially as he begins to realize just how different things are than he ever thought. I liked to watch his emotional development and loved the person he became in every way. 

And I know that it's mentioned on the cover copy, but this book is so purely British. I loved that about it. I lived in England for two years and this book completely transported me back to that time in my life. After reading I felt like I'd spent a few hours on the other side of the pond and it was a great visit! 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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