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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
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  • Print Length: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Lyrical Press (17 March 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Prequel to the N. A. series. 31 March 2015
By ML49 - Published on
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I am an avid fan of this author and couldn't wait to read this newest edition in the "Neighborly Affection" series. For those of you who have read the previous books, this will be somewhat different. Here we get to see the story behind how Henry and Jay first met, and how their relationship developed. After Jay's last traumatic BDSM experience with Cal at the club (a cruel man who calls himself a Dominant, but does not deserve the title), Henry is persuaded to take Jay under his wing and educate him in what a true Dom/Sub relationship should be. Jay becomes dependent on Henry to help him become a Submissive in the true sense of the have more confidence in himself, to ask for what he wants, and to turn down that which he does NOT want. Jay is just too eager to please, and it has compromised his judgment on what is and is not acceptable in terms of a D/s scene. HIs trust in Henry grows and he soon finds that he wants no other man for his Master. Henry develops deep feelings for Jay as well and would like nothing better than to have him as his own personal Sub. But Henry does not want to limit Jay's choices for a true fit with the right Dom, so he fights his selfish tendencies and tries to prepare himself to turn Jay over to another. But Jay DOES finally learn to speak up for himself and he lets Henry know exactly what....and WHO....he wants. This is a great prelude to Ms. Barber's first book in the "Neighborly Affection" series where Henry and Jay meet Alice, who forms the trio in their relationship. After reading this book, I felt compelled to re-read the first edition all over again. I saw the story with new eyes, and was better able to appreciate just how far Jay had come with his trust and his confidence, and how well suited these two individuals truly are for each other. I would definitely recommend this book for those who are interested in reading about the BDSM lifestyle, and I definitely recommend it to those who have read Ms. Barber's previous books in this series. I gave this book 4 stars and not 5, as I did with the previous editions. Not because I did not enjoy this one....but because I enjoy her books about Henry, Jay AND Alice "just a little bit more."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Standing Ovation 21 October 2015
By Kindle Customer L.Clark - Published on
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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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 16 January 2016
By Tracy - Published on
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I was given this book by Netgalley for a honest review.
This is book #4 in the Neighborly Affection series, but it is sort of a prequel to the series. This is the meeting of Henry and Jay before Alice! This series was one that I did not expect to like. The subject matter wasn't one I usually enjoyed reading(the M/M/F dynamic with M/M interaction) and I didn't expect to like it. I was 100% wrong and fell in love with the characters and the series! I was excited to hear about this book because I adore Henry and Jay. This book was automatically put in my pre-order cart as soon as I heard about it. I was lucky enough to receive a early copy and I read this book in one day!! It was very interesting to see Henry and Jay's history and how they met. I enjoyed seeing this much more vulnerable Jay(whose character I adore and I want one!!) and the Domineering, yet compassionate Henry who helps save him. I also enjoyed a little bit more of the background information. It was interesting and a little sad seeing a certain character who is not in the other books. I enjoyed meeting this person! I would almost suggest to people to read this book first, and then start with book #1, just because it would show how much the characters grow together, but any order would be satisfying! I highly recommend this series and hope there will be a 5th one!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book!!! 12 April 2015
By Angela S Goodrich - Published on
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I must admit that I didn’t read past Neighborly Affection and M.Q. Barber before snagging this book. As such, I began it expecting to continue on the journey with my favorite ménage trio – Henry, Jay, and Alice. However, in Becoming His Master, Ms. Barber takes us back in time to show fans how Jay and Henry came to be. Was Alice’s presence missed? Yes, because I was looking forward to seeing how their relationship dynamic continued to progress. Was I disappointed in Becoming His Master? Absofreakinglutely not! With each book I have read of the series, I wanted to know more about Jay and Henry’s relationship, but never did I expect that Ms. Barber would backtrack within the series to tell their tale. Yet she did and delivered an absolutely wonderful book.

I didn’t know it was possible, but with each page that I read of Becoming His Master, I fell even more in love with Henry. As always, the beautiful dominant is ever present in his interactions with Jay. I loved how, from the very beginning, Henry set aside his own desires in order to give Jay the care and guidance he needed. From the previous books, we knew that Jay had suffered at the hands of a sadistic Dom and that Henry had interrupted the scene when it became apparent that Jay’s safeword had been ignored. What we learn over the course of this book is that Jay’s desire and eagerness to serve a Master had exposed him to mistreatment after mistreatment for months – sometimes actual physical abuse, but almost always emotional abuse as Jay was unable to express his needs as a submissive.

Because of Jay’s history, Henry had to walk a fine line so that he could teach Jay to identify his wants and limits, to learn to communicate them, and to learn that above all else, his own safety was paramount, all while not abusing his position of authority over Jay. Having spent three books with Henry, I was not the least bit surprised that he accomplished it. After all, we know that the two are together. But what is mesmerizing is how Henry does it and how he helps nurse the wounded Jay into the wriggly puppy we all know and love. My only complaint with Becoming His Master is that I reached the final page far too soon, but that has happened with every book in the series. Now the countdown begins for the next book in the Neighborly Affection series and as much as I LOVED finally learning Jay and Henry’s history, I do so hope that we return to present day to see how life fares for my favorite trio.

I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Literary erotica. 27 March 2015
By Cat F - Published on
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If there were a genre called "literary erotica," MQ Barber would be its #1 star.

That said, I think Becoming His Master reads quite differently if it's the first book you've read by this author, rather than the fourth in the series (writing order vs. chronological order). The characters have not yet undergone the emotional evolution that they will have come through by the first book in the series, Playing the Game. So it would be easy to underestimate the power of these characters - and their creator - by reading Becoming His Master (BHM) first.

Don't get me wrong, BHM works very well as a standalone, but readers will miss many of the nuances of these characters. Reading BHM after reading the original trilogy (and add-on short story) allows you to appreciate the Easter eggs of foreshadowing sprinkled throughout the text, the hints of character development to come, the teases of delicious "future" plots. In fact, I think MQ did an amazing job of devolving the characters of Henry and Jay to an earlier stage of emotional growth; a delicate balance between the depth we've come to appreciate in each of them, and the place each of them would have been at this earlier stage.

If this sounds overly analytic for "erotica," I'm not surprised. MQ Barber's books are practically in a class by themselves. I'm delighted that this author's books have found such a broad and appreciative audience, and I hope publishers take note: there's an audience for well-written, nuanced erotica. Write it, publish it, and we will buy it!