"The fourth Neighborly Affection book offers readers a fascinating glimpse into the real depth and complexities of a Dom/sub relationship, and the dangers that can arise when the heart becomes involved. Barber has a unique writing style that takes a little time to feel familiar, but her world soon becomes lush and increasingly intriguing." - RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
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 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...
Go back to the beginning with this full-length Neighborly Affection series prequel from a USA Today bestselling author.
What NetGalley reader-reviewers are saying:
"Beautifully written, this is thoughtful and engaging, just like the two main characters...." - Reflection
"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." - Mommy's a Book Whore blog
"The author has avoided ... 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 in such authentic ways." - Sarah Beth
"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 book in particular was hauntingly beautiful, what with Henry's selflessness and Jay's innocence and their mutual love and affection for one another."- Bookaholics Not-So-Anonymous blog