MtSnow reviews ‘How To a Train Your Dom In 5 Easy Steps’ by Josephine Myles (published by Samhain Publishing September 23nd, 2014)
We received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. NOTE:If you hurry, you can take advantage of preorder discount at either Amazon or Samhain Publishing! Definitely worth it *g*
Why I read this book: Josephine Myles is the bomb! Whenever I want a taste of some serious Brit, she delivers. I loved Hot Floor, and Junk and I always seem to learn something when I read her stories *grins*
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.
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.
First, let me just say, for a self-professed non-romantic, Jo has outdone herself on the combination of kink and sweetness. I loved this story!!
Okay. Jeff. Evidently he’s a newly practicing Dom…Unfortunately for him, there are rumors going around the scene due to an embarrassing ‘episode’ when he attempts to dominate a female sub.
Enter Eddie – Hawt *Look at that cover!* Experienced male masochistic sub. Best friends with Maddy, a scary female sub who is involved with Niall, a Dom that Jeff just happens to be doing a heavy-duty landscaping job for. The sales pitch begins and antics ensue.
The supporting characters are really fun and interesting too!
Mags and Bert- Jeff’s mum and dad, very down-to-earth. You’d almost think that Jeff is a ‘momma’s boy’ as we call it in the U.S. But really, he’s just a family guy at heart. His mum cleans his house, does his laundry, and he’s the fixer upper guy for them. And…his parents only live down the hill! He has weekly family dinners on Sunday. And! guess what?! His mum comes and goes into his home at whim. *surprise*
Tony and Diana – Jeff’s brother and sister-in-law with 4 kids. 3 sons and a daughter. They’re moving further away, so Jeff has to take on the full load of interacting with his aging parents.
Maddy and Niall – Sub AND Dom pair that are a trip. Just fun.
Eddie is a posh, or uptown, artist/designer. Jeff is a blue collar worker doing manual labor with cement and heavy duty landscaping. Jeff secretly would rather work with plants than cement and rocks. And Eddie, well he wants something different than what his life has given him so far…
With all this fun stuff going on, you wonder how any of this can work out! Well, leave it to Jo. It does, and in a wonderfully ‘spicy’ way *Enter ginger.Take a bow.*
Highly recommended read. As always, if you want to learn something new, and have fun doing it, with lots of fun smexin thrown in, pick up one of Jo’s books. Quite lovely!
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English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo publishes regularly with Samhain. She’s one of the organising team behind the UK Meet, an annual event celebrating GLBTQ fiction. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion.
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