Josephine Myles is an autobuy for me and if I needed it confirmed why.
Title: How to train your dom in five easy steps
Author: Josephine Myles
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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.
Josephine Myles has written a very good, very funny, sweet and naughty novel with ‘How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps.’ I have never read about a more adorable sadist and if that seems like an oxymoron read this book and then tell me I’m wrong!
Jeff isn’t your typical Dom or sadist. He is confused, hard working and so very English, working class heterosexual, which goes to show you how wrong stereotypes are.
Eddie is most definitely not the kind of posh, hot tottie Jeff might have imagined or hoped would replace the emptiness in his life, when Sarah his partner of thirteen years left him. In a wonderful novel, which is not stereotypically ‘romantic’, Jeff learns confidence and to strive for what he wants rather than what his father has wanted for him. Eddie learns how to love and who couldn’t love Eddie. He is from a wealthy, privileged background but not a snob in fact he likes butch, hairy working class Doms, and he altruistically offers to help train Jeff to be a Dom that women won’t dislike and leave before dinner.
I don’t want to go too deeply into the plot, as it is the characters and situations which are so funny and endearing. There is some fairly hardcore BDSM enjoyed and discussed, but even that has a veneer of affection and adorableness! I highlighted a couple of sections, which I think convey the slight dorkiness yet adorable nature of Jeff and the realistic atmosphere of the whole novel.
Jeff sighed and eyed the space under the rear view mirror where the cardboard pine air freshener had hung up until two days ago. He’d liked the smell of that thing, but then decided that maybe it was a touch too precious. Straight working-class men had no need for such fripperies. They didn’t even need to shower everyday. Or wash their clothes all that often.
This experiment in less than rigid personal hygiene doesn’t last very long. It is the black and white way Jeff has been brought up to see straight and gay men. How he talks himself out of his views is so funny and so worthwhile. As much as we would wish it, humans rarely have philosophical epiphanies about their everyday lives. In reality it is the little things that change us and alter our world views. Jo Myles writes about real people who react in real ways and find real love. This realistic narrative is summed up for me by the reactions of Jeff’s brother, on finding out Jeff is gay,
“So you’re really a bummer?” was the first thing Tony asked.
“Looks that way, doesn’t it?”
“I don’t get it. If you still like birds, why’d you want to go and get involved with a bloke?”
“Because I love him?”
“Yeah, but women are sexy.”
“Eddie’s sexy. Really fucking sexy. And filthy too. You would not believe some of the things he does.”
It was fun watching Tony’s expression turn to horror.
I absolutely loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys BDSM and life with a healthy dose of humour and comforting reality.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
|This post may contain affiliate links.
|Prism Book Alliance® assumes no liability for the ownership of photos or content used in guest posts and interviews. The post author assumes all responsibility and liability for this content.|