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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
  • ASIN: B00ONTR8AY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #167,743 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing Ovation 21 October 2015
By Kindle Customer L.Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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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 Amazon.com
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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!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars = I freaking LOVED this book!!! 12 April 2015
By Angela S Goodrich - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
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 Amazon.com
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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!
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely loved it 31 March 2015
By Jude - Published on Amazon.com
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~4.5/5

I have read the previous books in this series and absolutely loved them. When I heard this was up on Natgalley, I immediately went to request it. I didn’t actually think I would be approved, but started it immediately when I was.

I started this series a while ago, just came upon it on Goodreads I think. It sounded good, the writing seemed nice. I read the first one. And then proceeded to gobble up the next two in days; I couldn’t put my phone down, they were so good.

When I first heard of this one, I thought it was going to be a continuation with Alice, not a prequel for Henry and Jay. I was even a little hesitant, though interested of course. I should have just jumped on it, because this book was amazing.

This book is all in Henry’s point of view, and that helps worlds to understanding him. He’s always seemed a bit too god-like, too restrained and unemotional, even when making mistakes. But there’s so much more to him. Now I understand that he likes resisting, prolonging what he wants. Now I see how Jay really does affect him, and how good of a Dom and a person he is. I immediately re-read the previous books when finishing this one, and I saw him better than I did before.

The relationship between Jay and Henry is complicated at first. Henry doesn’t want to commit, doesn’t want Jay to hero-worship him or fall back into his harmful patterns. He just wants Jay to be better.

And Jay is so wounded. So hurt from past relationships, from his family; needy and wanting and afraid. I ache for him. There were some moments in this book where I just wanted to hug Jay so hard, and I think that Henry does a good job helping him and taking care of him. Building him up to be healthy and safe and smart.

The love between them is beautiful. It makes me so happy and giggly, I just love it. I will probably be re-reading this book, and the others in the series, over and over again.

The sex is very nice, and while there is quite a bit of it, there’s a lot of reason and taking it slow, slow progress at a perfect pace for them.

The writing is gorgeous. The descriptions, the words that Barber uses, just flow and sound so pretty. I just found myself noticing several times, her variety and smart choices with words.

I absolutely loved this book. I will be re-reading it often, I’m sure. And I will definitely be reading everything she releases from now on.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, Kensington, through Netgalley. Thank you!

[More of my reviews are available on my blog, Geeky Reading, to which there's a link on my profile.]

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