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Becoming His Master (Neighborly Affection) by [Barber, M.Q.]
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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...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1006 KB
  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press (17 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #165,296 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting combination of ‘gentle’ and ‘BDSM’. 18 March 2015
By Devan Huff - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received a copy of this book at no charge through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

Becoming His Master is the first book in the Neighborly Affection Series that I have read, however it is completely understood as a standalone novel.

At the beginning of Becoming His Master we meet Henry…an experienced Dom who is a frequent visitor of his friend’s BDSM club. His friend and club owner Victor wants him to take on a wounded sub that he rescued the week before from a cruel abuser posing as a Dom. Having been part of the ‘rescue’ team, Henry knows that his feelings towards Jay are not exactly neutral. But, more than anything he wants to make sure that Jay learns to play within the rules so he doesn’t get hurt again.

Jay has serious confidence issues and will say yes to any demand, merely because the Dom wants him to. He has acted the submissive for far to many abusers over the last few months and Henry worries for good reason. However, his hero worship of Henry may get in the way of them developing a successful relationship.

Becoming His Master moves very slowly because Jay is seriously emotionally scarred and Henry needs to teach him the rules of BDSM that he never learned or never took to heart. Henry is patient and kind but forceful when his needs to be. Jay is terrified, suffering from serious hero worship and never really comes into his own, even at the end of the book. Henry was insistent that he not enter into a real relationship with Jay unless he knew that Jay’s feelings were genuine and not clouded by past events. However, even at the end of the book I don’t think Jay quite had a firm grasp on his own wants and needs. I definitely think these two need to continue to work on their communication and relationship…both the BDSM part of it as well as their romantic relationship.

I enjoyed Becoming His Master and the slow pace Henry took with Jay allowed for quite a bit of education of the reader in terms of the BDSM lifestyle. There were many tender moments, a few steamy scenes that were not overly graphic, and very realistic characters. If you enjoy BDSM but prefer it to be less hardcore than whips and chains, Becoming His Master is a good choice!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We are all slaves to love .... 26 March 2015
By Miranda BookWhore - Published on
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Review for Becoming His Master (Neighborly Affections Book 4) by M.Q. Barber

Becoming His Master is book four in the Neighborly Affections series by M.Q. Barber and could be read as a prequel to the first three books — however I would suggest if you are going to read the entire series to read them in the order they are written because you will have a greater understanding of why telling Jay’s story was such a worthwhile journey to series fans.

M.Q Barber has one of the most distinctive voices as a BDSM author I have ever experienced reading. It’s like a breath of fresh air to see someone step outside of the S&M side of things and more into the D/s world. There are so many flavors to the lifestyle and the genre seems entirely focused on the pain side and gives very little to the softer side of submission.

“Your is not my kink, but your kink is okay.”

The entire series can be summed up in that one small quote. Barber hit the nail on the head with this story. It perfectly takes the reader back to when Henry first met Jay and the struggles that painted their past. I normally do not enjoy reading a softer male character. Even in m/m books I like the dynamic between two alpha personalities battling it out, but Jay is such a sweet soul that it’s almost impossible not to fall head over heels for him. If he were a real person I would want to wrap him up in my arms and keep him forever to be MY good boy.

“You may be assured I do so no matter what position I place you
in. You are my good boy, and you please me with every sweet smile, every pleading whimper, and every wriggle of desire.”

Henry. Oh, dear sweet dominant Henry. Becoming His Master gave me an entirely new respect for his Domly ways. While he is quite the domestic task master, he is also every bit the sexual dom … he isn’t into pain for pains sake, but understands the need in others for that type or relationship. If ever a fictional book could accurately portray the safe-sane-consensual mantra of any respectable BDSM player this IS the book to do so.

Having read the other books, I knew this one would be a slow burn as far as any kind of sexual gratification, so be warned if you are just looking for a smutty BDSM book, this one is going to leave you disappointed. This book is so much more than wham bam thank you sir. Be prepared to get inside the mind of a calculated and controlled mind of a dominant man and inside the heart of a sweetly sensitive and hurt submissive.

“Why do you allow your fear to hold you back? Love demands more of you. Whether master or servant, we are all of us slaves to love.”

Becoming His Master is an emotional roller coaster that will grab you from the first page. It is every bit a FIVE star storyline, more if I could… and while the book isn’t overly sexual there is more than a little sexual tension and play that will keep your panties soaked through… earning FOUR drenched panties on my smut scale.

Review by the Head Whore at Mommy’s a Book Whore.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, I did love this book. 8 June 2015
By Crystal's Many Reviewers - Published on
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I have never read anything by M.Q. Barber, but saw a review for this book. It sounded intriguing and as it was a prequel to the series, I snatched it up.
Master Henry never gets involved with submissives. He enjoys them at the club or on certain weekends at his friend Will’s cabin, but he never collars one. A week before the story begins, he rescues a male sub whose safeword was ignored by a sadistic top. This book starts with the owner of the BDSM club he attends, asks him to take the boy on until they can get him to act safely.Jay Kness wants to submit, aches to submit. But he had a hard, fast, and cruel introduction to BDSM and doesn’t even understand what his rights are as a sub. And as he has an innate need to please, it makes saying the word “no” virtually impossible. In the world of BDSM, he’s a danger to himself. He already has a bit of a crush on Master Henry since he rescued him the week before and when Henry takes him on as a sub at the club, he’s thrilled.
I loved this story – for several reasons. 1: Master Henry was a good dominant in my opinion. He put Jay’s needs above his own. His sole focus was to get his sub to protect himself. Always paying attention to Jay’s needs, he quickly realized that the play Jay had engaged in was the exact antithesis of everything he wanted. 2: Jay was the perfect newbie sub. New submissives truly don’t understand their power or the fact that it is NOT all about the dom’s wishes. Not until you find one you can trust and then give over that control, anyway. 3: The secondary characters were well written and I’d love to read a story about the owner of the club and his sub.
While I won’t be reading the rest of the series as M/M/F trios aren’t my thing and that’s what the rest of the series is, I will be keeping my eye out for more MQ Barber books.The reason I gave it four stars instead of five is one thing: The ending was too abrupt. Jay was suddenly a completely different person, unlike the unsure sub we’d seen through 99% of the book. That part felt contrived and not natural, but overall, I did love this book.

Reviewed by a-nony-mouse for Crystal’s Many Reviewers
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book is a prequel and by far my favorite of all the books in this series 23 November 2015
By CeeCee - Published on
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This book is a prequel and by far my favorite of all the books in this series. This book begins with how Jay is traumatized and the steps Henry takes to make him whole. Henry tries to fight his growing feelings for Jay believing it's what's best for Jay. He's afraid that while his feelings grow, Jay's may diminish like so many Dominant and Submissive relationships. It's Jay's inability to vocalize his limits that keeps him from letting him go. It's Henry's fear that without proper training he will become a victim worse off then how he began. Still Henry's feelings grow for Jay, and how can they not when Jay gives so willingly, without reservation and only with love. His submission is a gift and Henry treats it as such. From the moment he takes Jay as his own, Jay is in love. Initially Henry believes it may have been hero worship because of how they meet, but after only a few weeks it becomes clear how much trust Jay put's in Henry. It is also clear how abused and debased he was. Jay's desire to please was only confused with the dominant's he chose and their need for pain and humiliation. Jay's the exact kind of submissive he has always dreamed of finding, yet he's afraid he can not be the dominant he needs. This book shows just how complex Henry and Jay are.

This book was by far the most complex of the series. I loved this book out of all the rest.....
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing Ovation 21 October 2015
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One Hundred and Five Stars wouldn't give the appropriate praise for this book.
I have read the other books in the series and hoped the story of Henry and Jay would be told. This is an eloquently told love story. The general synopses is Henry is a Dominant who frequents a club for D/s play. It is supposed to be a safe environment. However on one of Henry's visits he hears screaming and investigates a scene in progress where a submissive is crying and screaming his safe word. The Dominant in charge ignores the sub and beats his back bloody. Henry stops the scene and provides after care for Jay the sub. Henry agrees to mentor Jay. Careful questioning shows others have abused him with regard to club conduct and the practical rules of safety. Henry is a compassionate Dominant. He teaches Jay with rewards and praise and the patience of Job ( from the Bible). My description may imply the book is a slow read. It is a Page Turner.
A truly brilliant erotic romance.