How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps by Josephine Myles (5 Stars)

Easy might be an exaggeration, but it was certainly worth the effort.

Jeff White is 100% straight and intends to stay that way. He has finally admitted that he’s a sadist, but he’s having a very hard time finding a new lover after the breakup of his 15-year relationship. Eddie Powell is a huge pain-slut who is having a very hard time finding the right man. When Jeff decides that he needs some training to be a good Dom, a mutual friend connects the two of them. The question is, what will happen after the training is over?

Jeff’s fear of doing anything at all that might be considered gay is palpable. On the outside, he is extremely rude and has no idea how to filter anything before speaking. However, on the inside, he is actually a very considerate and thoughtful person. Fortunately, Eddie catches on to this right away and sees the potential of a relationship with Jeff. Eddie is a cheeky, adorable sweetheart who runs his own graphic design business. These two were a perfect fit when having scenes together.

There is a lot of serious play taking place in this story including several instruments of pain, like an electro-therapy wand and a tawse, along with significant humiliation. Eddie obviously enjoyed everything, and it came through loud and clear. On the other hand, Jeff was an absolute baby when it came to receiving any pain at all, but he loved dishing it out.

In addition to the scenes, these two had quite a bit in common, and it was great to see them develop their relationship. I liked watching Jeff constantly questioning whether each act he performed would be considered gay or not, until he finally accepted the truth about himself.

A fabulous trip into the minds of a sadist and a masochist who were fortunate enough to find each other.


Originally reviewed for The Romance Reviews. Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review.


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.

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