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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 desireFrom 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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Becoming His Master Reviews

  • Lisa
    2018-09-13 01:31

    See my review at Sinfully.3.5 “Eromenos” Stars!Becoming His Master is the fourth book in M.Q. Barber’s Neighborly Affection series. This also marks my first venture into this series and this author. While this story can be read as a stand-alone, I have a feeling that greater reading enjoyment would be had if you were to read the series in sequential order. I found that at times I would have liked to have more background information and a greater understanding of the characters which I am sure is provided in the previous books. With this being stated, this was an enjoyable read about a wounded submissive and the Dominant man that would teach him what the true meaning of valuing one’s self is.“The boy’s need spoke to him. Having someone to look after fulfilled him in a way short-term liaisons did not.”Henry Webb is furious and outraged when he discovers a submissive male was abused at the hand of another Dominant in their club when their scene goes way beyond safe and consensual play. Despite the traumatic experience really marking Jay Kress, the submissive, he refuses to speak against the Dom. Henry takes it upon himself to teach Jay his true value. That what he decides to submit to is a gift that a Dom should never take advantage of. Henry has two months. But, Jay calls to him like no other. The boy’s innocence and desire to please make Henry want to keep him for his own; however, there is no way he is going to take advantage of what he feel’s is hero worship.“Jay Kress was his eromenos. His beloved boy. His mentor and protect. His sweet lips to kiss, his beautiful thighs to fuck.”I loved Henry. He had to tread so carefully when it came to Jay and I adored the fact that he truly did put Jay’s needs and desires before his own. He was just the right person to show Jay what a safe and sane consensual D/s relationship should look like, whether it be for a short time or a more permanent situation. Henry was so adamant about not wanting to take advantage of Jay, not wanting to give into his desire to keep Jay as his own submissive. Jay was also a wonderful character. His sweetness was so endearing. I loved seeing him flourish under Henry’s caring hand. Jay’s courage was admiral when it came to finally admitting what he truly wanted from Henry. The sweet beginnings of a relationship that came full circle. This was a very unique BDSM book, one like any other that I have read. The focus here was more about the Dominant/submissive relationship rather than the kink. While I did enjoy reading this book I did feel that at times I was taken out of the emotional storyline and felt as if things became a little too analytical. I am not sure I can explain any better than this. This book was solely from Henry’s POV and we go through his thought processes about how he should be dealing with Jay, his ideas about what Jay requires to get past the trauma he experienced. Perhaps if we also got Jay’s POV I would have become more emotionally invested in the relationship beginning to flourish between Henry and Jay. Further, the book ended rather abruptly. I would have liked to see a little more. All in all, Becoming His Master was a great read for lovers of this genre.“I feel safe with you.”****An advance reading copy of Becoming His Master by M.Q. Barber was generously provided to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Gigi
    2018-08-31 06:20

    Wait, a BDSM book that is light on the sex. *gulp* This is a new one for me!Becoming His Master is book four in the Neighborly Affection series. I read this as a stand-alone and didn't feel the lack of information from the first three books hindered my enjoyment of this one.Jay Kress is a submissive who has had his submission taken advantage of. He has been hurt and abused and he now lacks trust in a Dom. Henry Webb is a patient, caring Dominant who takes it upon himself to teach Jay the ways of true, safe, fulfilling submission in two months time. And he has his work cut out for him! Jay's kind of a hot-mess.This book is told entirely from Henry's POV, so it was blatantly obvious what a good, kind man Henry is. The raw emotions these men felt for each other was such a delight that I found myself not missing the sex! Love and emotion is really what BDSM is all about for me, but I, of course, like the hot sex too. Fortunately this book does quite well without it.If you are a M/M BDSM fan (there is some ménage in this book with a woman, in case that is a deal breaker for you) and enjoy reading about the safely and security a submissive can feel from a gentle, patient, hot-as-fuck Dom and can go 187 pages without hot monkey sex, this book is for you! (Come on! You can do it!) Recommended.Thanks for the rec Bev!

  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ & MANTIES Champion
    2018-09-10 01:28

    Excellent hurt/comfort Glitterkink!Barber is a new to me author and her writing is reminiscent of Kim Dare, an author close to my heart. I liked this so much that I looked back over the previous three books and realized this is a prequel. IF I can eek out the time I'm going to backtrack and read the others.Jay and Henry are the centerpiece of this installment. Jay is a novice who's been through an ordeal with a problematic dom who ignored Jay's safe word. Henry is an established dom at this club, friends with the manager, Victor, and his wife, Emma, both of whom encourage Henry to take Jay under his wing. Jay is very eager to please and therefore reckless in his decisions, usually putting his needs/desires/wants secondary to his dom's. Henry's primary objective is to instill a sense of safety and a certain level of wariness in the two months they have before the traumatizing dom's suspension expires. The trouble is Henry is smitten and over the course of these two months he comes to the realization that seeing Jay with another dom would crush him. Henry's concern that Jay is hero worshipping him is the fly in the ointment and it's up to Jay to convince Henry of his devotion.There isn't a lot of kink but the UST is sky high as is the steam. I would've enjoyed more sex but given Jay's recent trauma I respect that the author didn't jump into buttsex. There was a highly satisfactory frottage scene, though. Henry and Jay move very slowly and layer the tension for the reader. What I enjoyed most was Henry's attention to detail towards Jay; he's highly observant and intuitive and the way he cossets Jay resonated. I also enjoyed the way this club is depicted running the gamut from plushies to age play to sadomasochism and the fact that all are accepted regardless of kink or sexuality. Speaking of sexuality, both Henry and Jay are bisexual and there are girl bits in this, so be forewarned.The secondary characters were a delight and I'd be interested in reading Will's story if that ever comes to pass. Another reason I'd like to backtrack with this series is to see how Jay progresses with impact play and bondage as his relationship develops with Henry.My only quibble was Jay's behavior towards the end. I had a hard time believing Jay capable of all that mouthiness with his behavior up till that point. It was very jarring.Recommend to fans of slow burn, UST, Kim Dare and hurt/comfort reads.A review copy was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Adam
    2018-09-15 22:37

    2.5 starsThis could have been a great story, but the heavy-handed writing was a let down.'Becoming His Master' works fine as a stand-alone, but it is actually a prequel for the Neighborly Affection series. The series is about the two MCs in this book, Jay and Henry, and a female third, Alice. Jay and Henry aren't gay; they are bisexual and there are lady-parts in 'Becoming His Master'. It didn't bother me, but I know some MM readers are particular about that, so consider this a friendly heads-up.If I was judging this book based solely on the plot, this would be a 3.5 star read. Jay is a new submissive to the BDSM scene, and he's been taken advantage of by many dominants. Reading how Henry takes Jay under his wings, and tries to bring him to a better place was both heartbreaking and very sweet. Seeing how these two fulfilled each others needs was great. And I'm glad that the book focuses on the D/s aspect, rather than S&M. I'm really not a fan of the heavier side of BDSM, so the D/s relationship worked well for me.What didn't work at all for me was the writing. This is a contemporary novel, yet based on the narration, which is from Henry's POV, and the dialogue of some of the characters, the book might as well have been set during the late 1800s. The language used was very formal, and really ruined the experience for me. The narration was also very purple, with too much description and a lot of "telling" versus showing. The writing just wasn't enjoyable.Another concern I had, and which I've had with many other BDSM books as well, is the issue of addressing emotional/psychological trauma through kink. I can completely understand if abuse victims use BDSM as a coping method, but coping and healing are two very different things. Jay was a victim of physical and sexual assault. The resulting psychological trauma should have been dealt with through a certified professional. I don't believe that BDSM can cure trauma on its own, the same way I don't believe prayers can cure trauma. It's absolutely ridiculous that BDSM authors continue to ignore this problem.I was very excited to read 'Becoming His Master', but unfortunately it didn't pan out. The overly formal dialogue and purple prose made it so that I couldn't enjoy the story. I'm assuming fans of this series will probably enjoy this, but I can't recommend it for MM readers who want to try the book as a stand-alone.ARC provided through NetGalley.

  • Bev
    2018-09-20 00:30

    Never having read a story by this author, and being drawn in by the cover ---> Mrs Shallow I know, I was surprised to find that this book is part of a series, all m/m/f and involving the same characters, and THIS one (book 4) is the one that a lot of the readers of the series have been waiting for (apparently)...the backstory of Master Henry and his sub Jay. Needless to say, as m/f readers will hopefully be buying it, the sex scenes have been toned down somewhat (practically non-existent) BUT regardless of that (yes, I can and DO read books without much sex), this was a cracking read. 5 stars from me.Jay Kress, a novice sub, has been visiting a BDSM club where he receives some very unwelcome attention from an unscrupulous Dom, Cal Gardiner. Instead of being respected for his gift of submission, he is abused verbally, mentally and physically, and has been left wounded and possibly broken. The owner of the club Viktor, asks his very good friend and experienced Dominant Henry to try and ascertain what has happened to Jay, from his experiences with Cal Gardiner and others, too caught up in their own desires to give a thought about poor Jay and his feelings. Henry is a model Dom, kind and thoughtful, and very respectful of the submissive’s wishes to give themselves completely to their Master, in fact I would probably go so far as to say that I found Henry to be a little stuffy at times, his use of language stilted and very correct, BUT his behaviour around Jay was exemplary, and the gentle way he coaxed Jay to eventually take part in scenes was touching to read about. Of course, coming into close contact fairly regularly with a hero-worshipping sub has it’s own drawbacks...as Henry discovers when he begins to fall in love with Jay. Henry has never kept his own submissive, and when he begins to see how wonderful a submissive the newly emerging, more confident Jay is, he realises that Jay is everything he’s ever wanted in a relationship, BUT he doesn’t want to make Jay feel that he is under any obligation to him. There’s a very fine line to be walked here, and as anyone who looks at Jay can tell, he is definitely in love with Henry. Jay is clear in his own mind about what HE desires at the end of the 2 month training period he has with Henry...he wants to be Master Henry’s sub and his alone, and to that end, has help from an unexpected source. Master Viktor’s wife/submissive Emma (who was a real handful and such a great character) knows that Jay is exactly what Henry needs, and decides to do a little meddling of her own to get Henry to admit what is in his heart. Wonderful.**Edit. Just to say I liked this one so much, I have ordered it as well from Amazon. The format it came in from Netgalley meant that it wasn't an easy read on a kindle.****Many thanks to Kensington Books via Netgalley for the ARC**

  • Miranda Whore
    2018-09-03 23:42

    Review for Becoming His Master (Neighborly Affections Book 4) by M.Q. BarberBecoming His Master is book four in the Neighborly Affections series by M.Q. Barber and could be read as a prequel to the first three books — however I would suggest if you are going to read the entire series to read them in the order they are written because you will have a greater understanding of why telling Jay’s story was such a worthwhile journey to series fans.M.Q Barber has one of the most distinctive voices as a BDSM author I have ever experienced reading. It’s like a breath of fresh air to see someone step outside of the S&M side of things and more into the D/s world. There are so many flavors to the lifestyle and the genre seems entirely focused on the pain side and gives very little to the softer side of submission.“Your is not my kink, but your kink is okay.”The entire series can be summed up in that one small quote. Barber hit the nail on the head with this story. It perfectly takes the reader back to when Henry first met Jay and the struggles that painted their past. I normally do not enjoy reading a softer male character. Even in m/m books I like the dynamic between two alpha personalities battling it out, but Jay is such a sweet soul that it’s almost impossible not to fall head over heels for him. If he were a real person I would want to wrap him up in my arms and keep him forever to be MY good boy.“You may be assured I do so no matter what position I place you in. You are my good boy, and you please me with every sweet smile, every pleading whimper, and every wriggle of desire.”Henry. Oh, dear sweet dominant Henry. Becoming His Master gave me an entirely new respect for his Domly ways. While he is quite the domestic task master, he is also every bit the sexual dom … he isn’t into pain for pains sake, but understands the need in others for that type or relationship. If ever a fictional book could accurately portray the safe-sane-consensual mantra of any respectable BDSM player this IS the book to do so.Having read the other books, I knew this one would be a slow burn as far as any kind of sexual gratification, so be warned if you are just looking for a smutty BDSM book, this one is going to leave you disappointed. This book is so much more than wham bam thank you sir. Be prepared to get inside the mind of a calculated and controlled mind of a dominant man and inside the heart of a sweetly sensitive and hurt submissive.“Why do you allow your fear to hold you back? Love demands more of you. Whether master or servant, we are all of us slaves to love.”Becoming His Master is an emotional roller coaster that will grab you from the first page. It is every bit a FIVE star storyline, more if I could… and while the book isn’t overly sexual there is more than a little sexual tension and play that will keep your panties soaked through… earning FOUR drenched panties on my smut scale.Review by the Head Whore at Mommy’s a Book Whore.

  • Tracy
    2018-08-26 01:40

    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!!!

  • Cassandra
    2018-09-02 02:37

    This book was stunning. This is exactly what the "Neighborly Affection" addicts needed in order to gain a better perspective of Henry Webb. We have been all trying to figure out exactly the depth to Henry's devotion to his subs and what Henry does the things he does throughout the other novels. This novel is an important piece to the puzzle for this triad. I highly recommend reading this book and I highly recommend M.Q. Barber.

  • Sarah Beth
    2018-08-21 04:23

    Becoming His Master is the fourth book in the Neighborly Affection series, and serves as a series prequel. I have been a huge fan of this series since Playing the Game was released, and wasn’t sure how I would feel about a book focused on Jay and Henry alone. So much of the first three books were about Alice and her relationship with the two men and I love their dynamic. I shouldn’t have been worried! This is an amazing book, and so incredibly well done.Becoming His Master starts with Jay having very recently entered the BDSM scene. He is a young man who has rapidly discovered his submissive nature and also his bi-sexuality all at the same time. In his urgency to fill needs that he finally has an outlet for he falls prey to some sadist predators masking themselves as dominant men. A major event happens in a club prior to the book’s start where Jay is very badly beaten in a scene with a Dominant. Henry intervenes and that is the catalyst that brings them together. Henry decides reluctantly to take Jay under his wing and introduce him to BDSM and help him understand his needs while also respecting his personal safety. The book takes us over the next few months, each chapter focusing on their standing Friday date at the local BDSM Club where the training and lessons take place. M.Q. Barber has done such an exceptional job of making these characters so incredibly life-like and normal. I feel that these two men could actually exist out there somewhere in the world. Although this book has sexual moments in it, it isn’t all about sex all the time. In fact, the majority of the book is about personal growth, understanding oneself, and finding a partner (or partners) in the world that balances and compliments you while accepting you for who you are. I am used to reading BDSM books were the main male character is some huge alpha-male whose sexual prowess knows no bounds, although he is emotionally closed off. He introduces a naive young submissive to the erotic nature of pain and pleasure. The submissive always loves what he does, regardless of what it is. She breaks down his walls and cold nature, and they ride off into the sunset a week after they meet. Although I have read and enjoyed those types of books, many times you have to suspend reality. That is not the case in Becoming His Master. The author has avoided all of those clichés and given us an amazing love story in a BDSM setting. The characters are flawed in such true ways and the acceptance of those flaws is beautifully written. Their relationship is forged over months, and they really get to know one another. They complement and balance each other is such authentic ways. The examples of power-exchange without the typical bondage/spanking/pain/humiliation that is so common in erotica and romance today was also refreshing.If you are a BDSM fan, or just truly enjoy great love stories you should check this series out. This book is MM, but the rest of the series is MMF. I would encourage you to read the books in order, but it isn’t necessary as this book could stand alone if need-be. Don’t discount this book or series as one in the pile of BDSM books out there. Do yourself and favor and check them out. M.Q. Barber is truly gifted, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for Master Henry, his boy Jay, and their lovely Alice.~ This book was graciously given to me for an honest review via NetGalley. ~

  • Reflection
    2018-08-20 06:26

    Becoming His Master is a really delightful read that explores a D/s dynamic. Jay is new to the BDSM scene and appears to have issues with self-esteem and a rather warped view of what a submissive should endure, thus making him vulnerable to potential abuse.The story takes place over a period of two months, during which time Henry a long time player and Dominant agrees to mentor Jay. His aim is to help Jay recover from a scene that went too far with club member Cal subjecting Jay to emotional and physical abuse. Subsequently Cal is suspended for two months in penalty.The story begins in the aftermath, Henry is deeply concerned that Jay seems not to recognise abuse and feels at fault for not enduring the encounter with Cal. Henry works to teach Jay about the dynamics of power exchange and how this can occur in a mutually respectful, safe and supportive manner.Becoming His Master is told from Henry's perspective as he uses his skills and experience to guide Jay in etiquette and options available to submissives. Henry's goal is to help Jay identify his preferences and needs whilst establishing boundaries that will keep him safe in future negotiations with potentially less scrupulous dominants. Most importantly to be ready for Cal's imminent return.Jay and Henry agree to meet at the club each Friday. The tale unfolds at a gentle pace the storytelling is rich and thoughtful, the language often eccentric and at times quite cerebral as Henry wrestles with his conscience and growing attraction to Jay wishing that they could have met in different circumstances when he could be more certain of mutual attraction rather than the hero worship he is concerned Jay fosters for him. This is a treat of a book, exploring the omplexities of a Dom/sub relationship with positive reinforcement for a man driven to service. Both main characters come to terms with their humanity, their differences, flaws and strengths and their hopes for the future. Henry is pragmatic and nurturing, rewarding good behaviour and testing for vulnerability. He makes mistakes and he learns from them. He takes the time to consider his past choices and his own drives and wishes.Jay is charming and engaging and does his best to follow Henry's instructions and to be open to self discovery. I found the book to be a really satisfying read. Having not read any of the other books in the 'Neighborly Affection' series this is an excellent stand alone story. The language on occasion was like stepping into an Edwardian rather than contemporary romance, but I put this down to Henry's eccentricity and a metaphor for how his formality and ethics may have prevented him from taking risks in the past and from finding a relationship in which he can truly be himself.If you are looking for a story that is fast paced and full of equally fast and furious sex then this is most likely not for you. The pace is more mellow and thoughtful, like foreplay as the attraction and sexual tension builds to a satisfying outcome. Beautifully written this is thoughtful and engaging, just like the two main characters as they grow towards self understanding, acceptance and build the foundation for love.Thanks to Kensington Books who provided a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mira Stanley
    2018-09-10 05:36

    In a nutshell: A Dom to make you swoon and a sub to fetch your slippersI can’t get enough MQ Barber. I’ve become addicted to her writing and her world. Becoming His Master is actually a prequel to her first book, Playing the Game even though it appears fourth in her Neighborly Affection series.PTG is about established lovers Henry (Dom) and Jay (sub) welcoming their neighbor, Alice, into contractual sexual play. Books 2 and 3 in the series develop the relationship from contractual and temporary to emotional and permanent, and the journey is so well done that I have to give the whole series a great big YOU GOTTA READ.BHM brings the reader back to the beginning. Jay is new on “the scene.” He has taken a break from the club Henry frequents after being abused by a Dom who did not respect his safeword. Jay was left with bruises and cuts, but the real scars are the ones that no one sees…except for Henry.Worried for the new sub who clearly doesn’t understand how to keep himself safe in D/s play, Henry takes him under his wing. He tells himself the arrangement is merely instructional. Once Jay understands the appropriate power dynamic of a D/s relationship—mainly that both partners have equal power, but they exhibit it in different ways—he will release Jay so the young man can play more safely.As the astute reader hopes, Henry invests more than his instruction in his relationship with Jay. If he thinks he can walk away, he’s kidding himself, because he totally loses his heart. Not to mention, Jay is the absolute perfect sub for Henry’s unique inclinations of wielding power but in an environment of compassion, something many subs don’t appreciate or want.M.Q. presents BHM from Henry’s point of view. Henry grew up in Maine, but he has a decidedly British-professor feel. He loves art and cooking and watching a sub suck his cock. His voice and bearing are formal. Most of us, if we were in the same room as Henry, we’d be nervous that we were dressed appropriately and we would be checking our compacts to make sure we didn’t have spinach in our teeth. But don’t let Henry’s immaculate appearance and air of command fool you. He takes observing human reactions to an extreme, and he holds himself to the highest of standards when it comes to caring for his sub-of-the-moment.It’s this caring and compassion that Jay craves. Unlike subs who get their kicks from being degraded or from pain-play, Jay simply wants to serve and be praised. As far as D/s relationships go, Jay’s preferences are almost vanilla. But they just happen to compliment Henry’s preferences to a T.M.Q. has a way of dragging the reader so deep into a character’s point of view, they risk losing hours of sleep by not being able to disengage from her books. BHM is no different. Though lighter on the sex than her other Neighborly Affection books, there is still plenty of steam. I was entranced from beginning to end. Henry charmed me. Jay made me smile. Both made me feel so darn much I wish I could give them both (and M.Q.) big bear hugs.If you like strong point of view, passion balanced with compassion, and male on male tenderness, You Gotta Read Becoming His Master.This review appears on You Gotta Read Reviews

  • Theresa
    2018-09-19 23:41

    No warning label in blurb about M/M/F.The retraining/rehabilitation of sub Jay by Dom Henry was very nice. Although Jay needed to see a counselor in addition to the good work that Henry did with him. I really enjoyed Henry's POV and thought processes as he slowly, artfully and tenderly guided Jay to build personal boundaries and self confidence. Both men were bi. Both men invited additional people into their scenes - both Doms and subs, men and women. If I had known that I would have skipped the book. (view spoiler)[There is a sex scene at 75% where Henry stands behind Jay as Jay has intercourse with female sub Naomi. Henry presses his erection up against Jay's back and ass, holds Naomi's legs and stimulates her clit. Henry directs both subs during the scene.(hide spoiler)]After I wasted time reading this book and getting grossed out and disappointed, I realized it is a prequel to the first book in the series which is M/M/F. I hope this review will help future readers.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>

  • Jen
    2018-09-18 22:43

    Note: This ARC was provided by Kensington Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review."Why do you allow your fear to hold you back? Love demands more of you. Whether master or servant, we are all slaves to love."Prior to the night that their paths crossed, longtime dominant Henry Webb and neophyte submissive Jay Kress would never have imagined how entwined their lives would become after Henry rescues Jay from a sadistic and barbaric dominant. The blood may have been wiped clean and his broken skin will slowly heal, but Jay has been traumatized by the physical abuse and degradation he suffered. Henry may be the only one qualified to take the young man under his tutelage and teach him the ways of the BDSM lifestyle, but will Henry be ready to let him go when the lessons have been learned and their time together is up?Jay is desperately seeking a new dominant to take him into service but those in the club are keeping their distance, as per the orders of the owners for his own safety. When the owner requests Henry take Jay under his wing, Henry is hesitant, and not just because the bloodied and battered novice is forever burned in his memory. There's something about the young man that calls to him like no other person has before, leaving him unsure of whether he can separate being the professional dominant Jay needs from his own personal feelings. The fact that Jay looks at him with such adoration isn't exactly helping matters either.As Henry agrees to help Jay, he reminds himself that at the end of the two months before the return of the suspended offender who hurt Jay, he will need to have prepared the submissive in the ways of servitude without giving up his rights while looking for the ideal dominant for him. Easier said than done as Jay is showing signs that he was thrust into the world of BDSM without any preparation and the dominants he was previously with failed to provide any training whatsoever. As the weeks pass, Henry falls even more for his young student and will need to soon decide if it's time for him to be honest about what he wants.Becoming His Master by M.Q. Barber is the fourth novel and fifth release in the addictive Neighborly Affection series and is now officially my favorite book among the five. This is a prequel and tells the tale of Henry and Jay and how their relationship first began and the challenges that they had to face to get to the point that we find them in in book one, Playing the Game. This is pre-Alice and further solidified the idea in my head that the love these two men have for each other is true and pure, with a foundation based on mutual trust and respect and open and honest communication and made me believe they're soul mates.The Neighborly Affection series as a whole has opened my eyes and has made me view the BDSM lifestyle in a new and refreshing light and I fully appreciated the wonderfully gifted manner in which author M.Q. Barber presented these books. This fifth book in particular was hauntingly beautiful, what with Henry's selflessness and Jay's innocence and their mutual love and affection for one another. Even in the wreckage of a terrible event, something amazing can be found in the rubble, bringing with it light and hope to take over the darkness. Becoming His Master goes on my list of 2015 favorites and gets five-plus stars! ♥Release Date: 17 March 2015

  • Kiki Sidira
    2018-09-15 00:22

    In the beginning, I thought I would be reading a familiar story with a storyline I've read before. That didn't happen. The beginning of the book was different from what i expected and that went on for the rest of the book.We are guided from Henry's point of view as to what is happening, what has to be done and what the possible outcome can be.What felt kinda strange to me was the way Henry was talking, the words he was using, his expression in general. It can be attributed on his job, though some times I felt like he was older than what was said in the book. Another thing that surprised me was the character's closeness, without actual sex happening. It shows how deep a relationship can go, even with mutual acts of trust!It also has me wondering of The story between Victor and Emma, which I would love to read as well. I think that all M/M lovers should buy this book, even if it's to see a different perspective in BDSM.Needless to say, I've already added the rest of the books from this author in my tbr, very close to the top!!!!I was given an advanced copy, through netgalley, from the editor, in exchange of my honest opinion.

  • Philomena Callan Cheekypee
    2018-09-01 03:47

    Although this book is part of a series this can be read as a standalone which is what I did. This story is told through Henry's point of view. Henry is a dominant who wants to teach Jay what a proper sub/Dom relationship should be. Jay has been hurt so much in the past by a previous Dom. Can Henry show Jay his true self worth? What happens when he starts having feelings towards his sub?This is a bdsm m/m story where the sex scenes are toned down. This is a really brilliant romantic love story in a bdsm setting. I love the characters and I love how the author portrayed them as relatable yet flawed. After reading this gem I'm so looking forward to reading the rest of this series to read more about these wonderful characters. Highly recommend this book. I loved it.

  • Rhenna Morgan
    2018-08-25 02:46

    I've said it three times before, I'll say it again. This is a great series. I was really wondering how this book would feel/read since it's from Henry's POV, but I loved it just as much as the rest in Alice's POV. The characterization is beautifully done and the intimacy gripping.If you haven't picked this series up, you're seriously missing a string of fantastic reads.

  • Veronica of V's Reads
    2018-09-14 00:32

    This is the fourth book in a series; I haven't read the preceding books, but had no difficulty with this standalone novel.Henry Webb is a Master in a BDSM club. A week ago he rescued a young man, Jay Kress, from the abusive attention of a sadist in the club, Cal. Cal has been barred entry for two months, but Jay has returned, looking for another Dom. Looking, for Henry.Convinced by his friends Victor and Emma, Henry agrees to talk to Jay, determine if he can help this novice submissive from finding further harmful Doms--and their conversation horrifies Henry. Jay has been victimized several times over by many Doms, because Jay is completely untrained and has no idea how to respect his own needs. He had been admonished several times for using his safe word, and now abandons its use fearing a Dom will never accept him--which is how he became an instrument for Cal's torture. Immediately, Henry claims Jay as his training sub to prevent further abuse to the boy, who still bears welts and scabs from Cal's beating even two weeks later. Jay is enamored and Henry is cautious. Really, really cautious. He agrees to meet Jay one night weekly for two months, and during these training sessions he works diligently to uncover Jay's true submissive desires. They watch scenes, they learn about each other--well, Henry learns tons about Jay. Henry provides the comfort Jay needs, his true desire is to be cared for, be special to someone, and it melts Henry's will to cut Jay loose after their two months of training ends. Jay learns to accept the power within himself. To voice his fears and his desires. He is so tender and loving, so diligent--Henry considers--for the first time ever--keeping his own regular sub, but Henry fears Jay is only immediately infatuated because Henry is considerate and played a big role in Jay's rescue from Cal. See, before coming to the club as a sub, Jay had been strictly heterosexual, and while Henry has had female subs previously, he is undoubtedly gay. He fears his attraction to Jay will cause him to misstep, cause him to be a poor trainer to Jay, cause him to mold Jay into his own perfect partner against Jay's true desires. It's a heady experience, and Henry takes extreme steps to keep Jay from making a mistake with other Doms in the future. I have always wondered about the dark side of BDSM--the parts that don't make the romance. This story packs a huge emotional wallop. We are in Henry's head the whole time, learning with him all of Jay's secret desires, exalting in Jay's successes, and, feeling the sting of his rejection and abuse. I absolutely wanted to cuddle Jay, just as Henry did, petting him and praising him. Loving him. Because, this is indeed a love story with a tender fledgling couple.I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley.

  • Angela Goodrich
    2018-08-27 22:46

    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!

  • Julie Barrett
    2018-09-06 06:40

    Becoming His Master is book number four in M.Q. Barber's popular Neighborly Affection series. This book is a prequel to the others, so even though I haven't read the first three books I had no problem starting out with this one. Becoming His Master is an intelligently written book that delves into the emotional complexities of D/s. Unlike some BDSM books out there, this isn't filled with spanking and flogging scenes, it goes far deeper than that and is a very rewarding read as a result of this.After Jay is brutally attacked by a vicious sadist he his rescued by caring Dom Henry. Jay is naturally submissive and badly wants to serve a Dom or Domme, but he has not been taught the fundamental 'safe, sane and consensual' rules of BDSM. Enter the gorgeous Henry, who works hard to teach Jay how to safely interact with dominants, while also helping him to overcome his traumatic attack. The author really stresses how important safety in BDSM is, and the consequences that can happen if this is not followed, which is something that is often glossed over in BDSM romances.Henry does not use pain to discipline Jay, he's had far too much of that from other dominants. Instead he connects with Jay emotionally and uses rewards and affection to guide his submissive through the world of BDSM, So if you are looking for constant whippings and floggings this book probably isn't for you, but if you are looking for an emotional, romantic journey with some hot sex scenes then this is a book you'll enjoy.I will definitely be reading books one to three in this series, as I really want to see how Henry and Jay's relationship developed into a menage with a female submissive (I'm a big fan a m/m/f menages). M.Q Barber is a new author for me, but definitely one I would recommend.Becoming His Master gets 5 out of 5 stars!Disclosure: I received this book free of charge from the publisher for the purposes of an honest reviewhttp://jjskinkybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2...

  • Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
    2018-08-31 23:25

    I received a copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review.Genre Contemporary M/M RomanceMC1 Henry WebbMC2 Jay KressStorylineHenry is outraged when he's discovered that Jay has been abused at the hand of another so-called Dominant in the exclusive club they belong to. He wants the abusive club member to be expelled, but Jay won't admit he was abused. Jay believes what happened to him was normal play. So Henry is driven to teach Jay how to be safe when he plays, but Jay wants to belong to Henry as more than just a student. And Henry desperately does not want to take advantage of Jay's hero worship.ConflictThe said abuse happened off page, but Jay does have some flashback memories. All real conflict is internal for Henry - he has to come to terms with his developing feelings for Jay.My ThoughtsI absolutely loved this story! I've loved this series from the beginning and getting so see where Jay & Henry solidified their bond was like winning the lottery. While there's no penetrative sex between the men, there is plenty of steamy build-up & UST going on. You can almost see the smoke coming from the pages as the heat generates between the couple. And I'm a sucker for a good hurt/comfort story so that pulled me right in as well. There were tears in my eyes more than once. I really love these characters and will be sorry when their story ends.

  • Célestine Beverley
    2018-08-25 05:43

    I received this through NetGalley in return for an honest review. This will will be added to my list of the best BDSM read. M.Q Barber did a stellar job when writing this piece. He captured the nature of BDSM to the fullest and I couldn't be happier that yet another author is discreetly but effectively communicating the differences between BDSM and abuse. He also drives home the point that while everyone within the community may be kinky, everyone's kink is not the same.Henry takes a broken Jay and educates him on what it means to be a submissive. He bandages and mends the boys scars, both physically and emotionally, making him into a confident but wiser boy. His very unsubtle endearments in reference to Jay make him make him an ideal character and Master. Jay as a character can sometimes be very aggravating, but in a pitiful way. His inability to recognize his rights as a person and a submissive are somewhat baffling. Although his preconceived notions are not of his doing, its sad.This book had its steamy scenes. I appreciate an author that doesn't overly portray a scene involving intimacy to a point where it's graphic and nothing is left to the imagination. This is my first read of M.Q Barber's but it definitely won't be my last. Brava!

  • Amanda Lee Disheveled Book Blog
    2018-09-19 00:46

    In the books prior to this one you are told a bit of the story of whats happened to Jay in the past but you never see it from their POV’s. In Becoming His Master you see exactly how Henry and Jay met. Henry never falters from being a seriously delicious dominate. I’m pretty sure that Henry is one of the best dominates I have ever read. There is a different side to Jay in this book, he’s timid and shy. Although he is eager to please his Master. I enjoyed watching Jay transform into the person he truly is. I missed Alice but I am so glad to have read this. MM isn’t something that I’m drawn too to read, But I love Henry and Jay so much I had to read this. M.Q. Barber never seems to fail when it comes to writing an intriguingly hot BDSM book. The scenes are steamy, the story is perfect, and the writing as usual is great. I recommend to lovers of the neighborly series, and fans of MM romance reads.~~I was gifted a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.~~

  • T.A. McKay
    2018-09-07 04:25

    Copy from net galley. I picked this book because of the title and the fact it was m/m and I was so not disappointed. Omg this book is awesome!! It was a different feel from the usual Dom/sub book and that made me really happy. The relationship between the two main characters was really interesting. The mentoring of Jay by Henry was selfless and showed a great heart in him. I just loved that he was willing to put Jays needs before his own, show him the right path. This book has made me look at other books by M.Q Barber and I will be reading them soon. Awesome book....thats all I can really say!!

  • Noreen
    2018-09-19 23:43

    Another great book in this series, made me want to go back and start from the beginning. This was especially good because we get to see how Henry and Jay came to be before the addition of Alice. This has quickly become one of my favorite series and I hope there is lots more of Henry, Jay and Alice in the future.

  • FoxClouds
    2018-09-04 23:25

    3.5 starsA curious read.

  • Lisa
    2018-09-15 00:34

    I enjoyed the story between Jay and Henry.Jay was a sub who had been abused and Henry the Dom who was going to try to teach him about safewords and hard limits etc.This was #4 in the series and I hadn't read the previous books but that didn't matter.What started out as a kind of a job for Henry saw him gradually falling in love with Jay.So you ask if you liked the book why give it a 3 star rating.Simple, there was MF sex in my MM book. I hate that. I read MM for a reason, if I wanted to read about women I would read MF. So that's why the lower rating. If Norma had kept her pants on, or actually not put in an appearance at all it would have been a 4 star read for me.

  • Mike
    2018-09-05 23:21

    Interesting trip into a BDSM story focused on a caretaker Dom and an almost service submissive. It has its own charms, but makes the most sense as a "backstory" for the male D/s pair in the Neighborly Affection series.

  • Gowri
    2018-08-25 00:29

    Jay's story is very touching. Wish we all had a Henry type of person in all our lives who is ethical and wonderful.

  • ByoBook Club
    2018-09-01 00:31

    Becoming His Master is the prequel story to the Neighborly Affection series. This is the story of how Jay and Henry met. 'Henry recognizes the dangers of a relationship built on hero worship.' Henry Webb takes on damaged and somewhat traumatized sub, Jay Kress. The latest victim of Calvin Gardner's sadistic pleasures. A new sub who is full of energy, eager to please and desperate to find a master. Even though his experiences with previous Masters have all been disappointing and unsatisfying, they each lead him to the latest encounter which left him broken and bleeding. After being saved by Henry himself, Jay is determined to submit to him. Henry is given the task to show Jay that being a submissive can be fulfilling and safe without resulting to extreme measures to please his master. When his friend and owner of the club asks him to take on Jay as a sub, Henry is apprehensive. He doesn't want to remind Jay of the ordeal he went through but at the same time is passionate about keeping him safe and teaching him the proper ways about getting his true desires met. Henry has no respect for men or women who ignore the use of a safe word. Which only makes Henry more determined to get through to Jay. The attraction between the two is instant and Henry has a hard time not blurring the lines, but being the ever consummate professional, gets the original task done. It's not easy though because Jay refuses to think of his needs first and has almost no limits or boundaries. He is rather more worried with being what he thinks his master wants, Henry becomes frustrated and increasingly worried. Henry had a tough task before him. He needed to constantly reinforce safe and consensual play with the new sub. Jay needed to be taught that he had the right to refuse play and that he should respect the gift he had to offer. First Henry felt he needed to be on equal footing with Jay in order to successfully show him the joys of true submission. Step 1. 'Questioning and negotiations before submission and play. Retraining without room for misunderstanding. Instill caution and confidence.' I like the kind of Dom that Henry is. He's experienced, confident and intelligent. Caring and strong. He gets his point across without being demeaning or cruel. Henry is possessive, protective and passionate with Jay. He truly cares for the sub and his safety. Not only does he put Jay's needs above his own but he cared enough to show/guide Jay into proper submission. Making sure that Jay will be safe and appreciated with other Masters in the future. Henry never wanted to take advantage of the fragile state that Jay is in or get to personally involved in his life. Mostly because he was afraid of his strong desires for Jay. He felt for both their sanity's, he had to keep his attraction for the boy away from the lessons. It was frustrating watching Henry deny himself and Jay. I understood his reasoning but I really wanted him to live a little. Jay showed his desire for Henry and gave him consent at almost every turn. But Henry is to honorable to cross those lines Step 2. Help Jay redirect his energy towards discovering his own sources of satisfaction During the two month journey that Henry takes them through, self discovery for both parties is present. It both scares and enlightens them to there true desires. Finding everything they want and need in each other. Finding a Master for the care, the approval and the protection. And being a submissive who will be cherished for wanting to wholeheartedly serve his Master. Step 3. Let Jay into his home and heart. 'His home served as his private sanctuary and his studio.' Not even his close friends, Victor and Emma or Will have ever stepped foot into his home. 'Jay jumped to obey. As eager as if he'd been born for it. For me.' It was nice to see Henry finally heed his own advice and wisdom about Dom/Sub relationships. And notice the gift that Jay was giving him. Nobody was better suited for Jay then Henry and vise versa. Jay was made for him, and once he stopped fighting it, finally stopped trying to release Jay to other Dominants and claimed Jay for himself, their relationship blossomed and there HEA finally fell into place. Step 4. Become His Master. 'Having someone to look after fulfilled him in a way a short term liaison did not.' It was a commitment that interrupted his routine. Took much effort but was well worth the time and energy. Jay is beautiful in his submission. It's all consuming for him. Every attention or touch from Henry is like coming home for the sub. He's loyal, focused, enthusiastic and wanton. These qualities capture Henry unlike any other. They soften him, open him up and change him for the better. Allowing him to see his love and pride for his sub. As long as Henry continues to cherish, protect and lead him, Jay is more than happy to continue worming his way into his Masters heart.

  • Amaranthine
    2018-08-20 03:28

    {Please note: Due to some referencing of the previous books, this review will be a tad spoilerish. Apologies, it just couldn’t be avoided.}As this review is likely going to be fairly lengthy, I want to start with what I feel is the most important point; and that would be: this book does not work as a stand-alone. Which is not a bad thing, though I think in this particular case it is a bit confusing. On the surface, it seems as though this book would function well as a prequel and introduction to the Neighborly Affection series , but long time fans will likely understand the wisdom in this book being treated as it is, as book four. There are just so many questions answered, and so much subtext.From the very beginning of this series, I wanted—right along with Alice—to know what Henry was thinking. There was this continually building need to get out of Alice’s head and crawl around in Henry’s for a while. Having his “voice” allows us to go back to the first three books and read between the lines. It adds richness and perspective, and so very many “Oh, THAT’S why he did that!” moments. Which is precisely the issue with the idea that this might get treated as an introduction, rather than a companion piece. Because read out of order it functions as a giant spoiler (or at least a cheat sheet) to the whole series.In the first three books—all from Alice’s perspective—we are constantly wondering what Henry is thinking, and why Jay reacts the way he does to specific triggers. And as much as I desperately wanted to know what Henry was thinking then, I am glad now that I didn’t have that option. Because it is important as the series progresses, that we learn and grow along with Alice, and this is something that would have been simply impossible with this much insight into Henry’s psyche. Additionally, I really feel that to truly understand the relationship dynamic between Henry and Jay, you need to start with their backstory…er….future story? One of the things I love most about this book is how conflicted Henry is throughout. He normally exudes such confidence that it is oddly reassuring to see him falter. And I just feel that is something that could not have as much impact if the reader doesn’t already understand how much love exists between this couple in the future.This is the story I’d both wanted and dreaded. Still incredibly hot at times, this book is understandably a quite a bit less sexual than those previous, as we are dealing with the direct aftermath of Jay’s brutalization. Though the book takes place after the initial trauma—and is not remotely graphic—I don’t think a mild trigger warning would be unwarranted, as what Jay experienced was definitely psychological and physical abuse, as well as rape. And this book does deal heavily with the resulting mental traumas.At times, this book is hard to read. As a long time fan, the Jay that I know is sweet, exuberant, bubbly and funny. And after getting to know him so well in the previous books, it is incredibly painful to see him so damaged. For a rather large part of this book he is so starved for contact and affection that he is not just lacking in self-esteem, but also in any sort of self-preservation.Written entirely from Henry’s perspective, we are treated to a view of him we’ve never seen before—and one that is much more aggressively dominant than I had expected. And as the book takes place largely at the club, we get a bit of a refreshing sneak peek into many other forms and styles of bdsm. I especially enjoyed seeing more of Emma and finally “meeting” Victor, bittersweet though it was.This entire book is delicately balanced and incredibly interesting from a psychological stand point. I am never one for the idea of bdsm as therapy (believing that it sets the wrong example and emphasis), and I am glad to say that although on the surface it seems that could be what is going on here, it is pretty clear that is not the intent. The plot is based largely on the idea of correcting Jay’s horribly mis-learned habits in order to keep him from allowing more harm to be done to himself. And Henry’s complete restraint as he tries to drive home this lesson is utterly fascinating.In conclusion, this book is amazing. Lovely and beautiful, it is truly a love letter from Henry to Jay, as well as something of a gift to long time fans. If you’ve not read this series before, I highly recommend that you to give it a chance. Just…do yourself the favor of starting at the beginning.For the sake of full disclosure it must be stated that I received this book, free of charge, from Netgalley.