Title ~ How to Train Your Dom In 5 Easy Steps
Author ~ Josephine Myles
Publisher ~ Samhain Publishing
Release Date ~ 23rd September 2014
Genre ~ M/M BDSM Romance
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.
I’m British, I live in a small town and grew up in a village… I know these two men! Haha… not literally, but that is something I love, love, love about Josephine Myles… not only is she an incredibly talented author but her characterisation is spot on, she makes them human, so real I can see and hear them clearly. Jeff and Eddie are so familiar to me, their attitudes and each nuance is an unspoken understanding, I just get it and add that to her easy style of writing and this book is an absolute treasure and that’s before we even start on the hilarity and kinky fuckery!
Jeff and Eddie are separated by social divides and Jeff has that ‘typically’ British working class mentality… repressed, with no expectations or ambitions of his own, influenced instead by the opinions of his parents, and Jeff’s Dad is very opinionated. Especially when it comes to being different, which is something that is totally frowned upon… and being gay, God forbid! …or anything that can be deemed as being ‘not manly’ is smirked at and belittled, so, our Jeff is just one of the lads, he goes with the flow not wanting to rock the boat.
Jo Myles takes a character that is so obnoxious when we first meet him and made me love him. His sensitive soul belies the macho man image he fronts to the world. I felt Jeff had been stifled by his parents, his girlfriend and this ingrained attitude, subjugated by his need to keep every one happy. So after a fourteen year relationship with his teenage sweetheart ends, it’s as if all that need to somehow assert himself comes out and he wants to explore the kink he had previously been too embarrassed to even acknowledge to himself… Only it’s not going to plan and poor Jeff, just doesn’t have a clue! He’s intimidated by the scene and people, he doesn’t feel comfortable and has no idea of etiquette, and to him it’s all so simple. Jeff want’s a woman that gets off on pain and will then let him shag her to his hearts content… What’s so complicated about that?
Jeff is so naive, it’s adorable and his brain just isn’t wired for complicated shite, of course this is all enhanced by the amazing humour Jo effortlessly weaves into the story, and after a disastrous start to his sexual liberation… the only person willing to help him train to become a Dom is a man, and a gay man at that!
Eddie Powell… oh my, I loved him, an unabashed pain slut who takes the pain and the slut to the extreme and makes no apologies for it. He’s at a stage in his life where he wants more from a Dom than just satisfying his need for pain and a good fuck. In the social divides, as a posh bloke, he’s well out of Jeff’s league, well spoken, educated, drives a Jag and lives in a more affluent area. …But when it comes to the men Eddie likes and wants to be dominated by, it’s the strong type, those that are a little rough around the edges, someone that can take control of him and as a toppy bottom it’s not an easy task… I’m chuckling just thinking about him, especially as Jeff is his ideal man. There is just one little problem with that though, Jeff is straight, as in… absolutely-no-doubt-whatsover straight.
Jeff is a wannabe Dom that lacks confidence and guidance, sexually aggressive and incredibly bullish, he has the whole caveman thing going on, he wants, he needs, he takes. His training with Eddie is full of delightful kinks and toys and as a reader that gravitates to this sub genre Jo enthralled me with a completely different take on the BDSM scene, I read and learned as Jeff did and Jo doesn’t hold back on the scene’s or the toys involved, but it never felt squishy to me and she delves into some pretty hard-core stuff. And again I’m going to go back to the realism of it all, in that this isn’t Hollywood glamour, glorified BDSM, these are normal blokes and come across as such and their foray into some of these kinks, especially as Jeff is so nervous and tentative not to mention extremely self conscious of the fact that Eddie is a man… was hilarious.
The icing on this glorious delight for me was the relationship and how that developed, yes we have the kink and the humour but there is a connection between these two men that hits you right from the start and Jeff’s journey from macho man to the caring and loving man we see in the end was beautiful to watch, it pulled on all my heart strings. Eddie was the catalyst in Jeff’s awakening, the subtlety and gentle persuasion in his training methods, not wanting to push him too far too soon… haha although he was more than a little vocal at times… helped dispel Jeff’s misunderstandings and the myths not only about the lifestyle but also sexuality and life. As Jeff’s confidence grows so does the bond between them and the fumbling's of the awkward scene’s from the beginning become so much more than the giving and receiving of pain and a mutual desire for kink. The emotion was intense and the sex was not only moving but powerful and erotic.
This is a fabulous read and highly recommended and I think even if you are someone not into reading BDSM, this book is a journey of enlightenment, not only for our two men, but also readers. Add that to Jo’s brilliant sense of humour so cleverly conveyed in her writing and the excellent story telling, characters you will fall in love with, and this book will certainly be one you won’t forget in a hurry.
Guest post and giveaway by Josephine Myles: The eternal allure of men in kilts
Part of the How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps Blog Tour
Just why is it so many people go crazy for a man in a kilt? Okay, there’s the obvious that it shows off his shapely calf muscles, and the eternal tease as to what he’s wearing underneath, but I have to admit, it wasn’t until I clapped eyes on several men in leather kilts that I realised just how hot they could be.
Let me set the scene: I was visiting a fetish club as “research” for this novel (honest, guvnor!) and scanning the crowds of women in corsets, men in leather jeans, and people of both genders in inadvisably tight latex and rubber, when I clapped eyes on a couple of ripped young men wearing leather kilts. Better yet, one of them was also wearing a body harness over his naked torso, and a pair of fishnet stockings and high heels.
Droolworthy. I’ve always had a thing for men in corsets, stockings and high heels (not exactly sure why, but I love the way those “feminine” items look on a muscular, masculine body), but now I could add kilts to the list of clothing I consider a bulletproof kink.
So perhaps it’s no wonder that when the time came to write the fetish club scene in How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps, there was really only one outfit to dress painslut submissive Eddie in: a leather kilt.
Here’s a short excerpt from the scene when Eddie puts the kilt on:
Jeff’s grin was positively feral. “Turn around, boy.”
Eddie did as instructed. There was a long black leather skirt on the bed. “You want me to wear that? Seriously?”
“Have you got a problem with kilts?”
“Not on Scottish blokes, no. But…” I’ve never been into cross-dressing, he wanted to say, but he didn’t want to get into an argument about it on their last evening together. He picked the kilt up. The leather felt soft and it looked quite well made. Fully lined, and there weren’t any over the top details to make it look too girly. But still, it was a skirt. “I’ve got some of my own leather jeans to wear,” he said, pointing in the direction of his suitcase.
Jeff stepped up behind him and spoke into his ear. “You said you were going to be a good boy tonight, didn’t you? You said you were going to do what I say to keep me happy.”
“No buts. Just you, in the kilt and your boots. I want you naked underneath.”
Eddie took a deep breath and felt kind of dizzy. It was like that, giving in to someone else’s will even while a part of you protested. But it was better that way. Something about it not being exactly what he would have chosen made his head swim. That bliss of giving himself up to be Jeff’s fantasy. And so he dropped his jeans and stepped out of them before slowly stepping into the kilt.
Readers, what about you? Think kilts are sexy, and if so, why?
About Josephine Myles
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo publishes regularly with Samhain. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion.
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Readers, what about you? Think kilts are sexy, and if so, why?