Reviewed by JustJen
Title: How to Train Your Dom in 5 Easy Steps
Author: Josephine Myles
Heroes: Jeff White/Eddie Powell
Genre: MM Contemporary BDSM
Length: 295 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: 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.
Review: I’m a bit on the fence with this one. There were things I enjoyed, but there were just as many that I didn’t.
I loved Eddie. He was sweet little dirty slut puppy in the best way. He decides to help train Jeff after Jeff has some issues with a female sub. It takes some convincing, ok, it takes a lot of convincing, almost every step of the way, to get Jeff on board. His biggest issue, of course, having a male sub. But he could not deny how perfect Eddie was for him. And Jeff was just about perfect for Eddie as well. He could dish it out at the level Eddie needed and didn’t let Eddie walk all over him.
Eddie knew what he was getting into when he entered this arrangement. He knew Jeff was adamant about being straight, etc., so it wasn’t really a surprise when Jeff balked. He was convinced he could change Jeff’s mind about things though.
I didn’t really like Jeff all that much. He pulls through in the end, but getting there was really rough and didn’t do much in the way of endearing himself to me. Through most of this story, the two had hot, dirty talking sex, but it was almost clinical, very unemotional. That changes a little when they both have feelings for each other, but they kept those under wraps – Eddie for fear of scaring Jeff off, and Jeff for his own sexual identity issues. So that got a little tiresome, but as I said, things come together in the end and these two seem to be on the right path. I really would have liked to have seen more of them from that point forward.
This story has some great humor and really hot scenes. The writing itself was great. It read smoothly and at a nice pace. I believe I’m in the minority on this, so many kink lovers will most likely really enjoy it.
Overall Impression: It was ok
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*