Book Review: How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps by Josephine Myles


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.
Denise’s Review:
Okay, so I happened to see this on SSBR (I’ve said it before…if you do not follow them, you totally should…in my estimation they are the best review blog around!) and this looked fun, flirty, and just down right enjoyable, despite it being a sadist/masochist domination relationship. So, I grabbed it right away, and after finishing it, I asked…how have I never read anything by this author before? (Shhh….don’t tell…but after looking at the backlist for Ms. Myles, I found a book that has been languishing in my kindle, way, way down on the TBR…yep, that just jumped up about 1,000 notches!)
**Side Note: I will warn you, this author is British, very British, which I absolutely LOVE reading. But if you have a hard time reading books written from a British perspective, this one may be tough for you, but I still say give it a go, it is well worth it (just download the kindle UK dictionary, worked really well for me during this book). And honestly, reading from a British author isn’t as crazy as some people make it out to be. It made it more fun for me!
Okay, now on to the book. I’m going to gush and sound like I am that person who has stalked the author, and PM’s her, trying to get all the scoop, etc. Nope, haven’t even sent her a tweet. I literally just happened upon it, and absolutely loved it!
The book opens with our potential dom Jeff White outside a friends house working on his garden area. Meanwhile, inside our soon to be sub Eddie is inside sizing up the ever so straight dom. Jeff has had some issues with his dom scenes with women in the past, and is looking for someone to show him what a sub is looking for. Eddie offers his services, which Jeff not so politely declines, and, you guessed it, changes his mind.
This was a fantastic look at how an experienced masochistic sub like Eddie could assist a straight man like Jeff in finding his sadist dom side, and teach him that love may not always come in the package you expect or even think you want, but it will come when it is time.
These two characters were just perfect for each other. Easy going Eddie, who could take whatever Jeff wanted to dish out, and more, all while trying to show his dom how to safely and effectively exert his control. Jeff, a rather gruff, blue collar fellow, who begins to find his dominant side, while still being open to how to correct his mistakes. 
I really loved that Jeff could not get out of his own head (the big one) and just let go. He was so convinced he was straight, and that getting a BJ, or having anal sex with a man did not make him gay, you just wanted to shake your head and scream “How can you be so dense?”. But it was who Jeff was, he had been what everyone wanted him to be his entire life, and straight was what everyone expected. What he didn’t expect was Eddie. What he got was his perfect sub, and a fantastic love to go along with it.
This GFY (if it needs a classification) book was just lovely. And definite re-read for me. In fact, it is officially in my top two for m/m domination books (don’t make me choose!), and I imagine a re-read on it, will happen very, very soon…in the meantime, I am off to hit the backlist for this author.  
Final determination is five pieces of eye candy. And if a follow up book was to be afoot, I would be most happy…just sayin….
How to contact the author:
Twitter: @JosephineMyles
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