Neighborly Affection

Playing the Game (Neighborly Affection #1)


She expects dinner with neighbors—but gets sex with a side of safewords.

Playing the Game: Neighborly Affection Book 1 by M.Q. Barber
Henry: “I will judge when you have had enough.”

Fantasies about her sexy neighbors spice up Alice’s nights, even a year after she’s moved in. She can’t decide whether the men are roommates or partners, but either way, they spark a wanton desire in this mechanical engineer that has her imagination—and vibrator—working overtime.

Henry, director of everything around him, studies human nature and applies philosophies to his paintings as well as his relationships. Quirky and polite to a fault, he follows his own code of honor even when it means denying himself.

Charming and playful, Jay craves stability, guidance, and the chance to please others. His antics counterbalance Henry’s formal ways and bring vulnerability and fun to the trio’s adventures.

BDSM play with the enigmatic artist and flirtatious joker across the hall allows Alice to quiet the too-logical mind that has kept her unsatisfied and distant with other lovers. She must reconsider her notions of love, submission, and independence if she’s to find a permanent place in their bed and hearts.

A USA Today bestseller. Named a top read of 2013 by reviewers for Red Hot Books and Satin Sheets Romance.

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Crossing the Lines (Neighborly Affection #2)


A safeword won’t save her from love.

Crossing the Lines: Neighborly Affection Book 2 by M.Q. Barber
Jay: “Henry’s in charge of your pleasure.
That’s how you know it’ll be good.”

After six months of cavorting in her neighbors’ bed, Alice admits signing the contract to be Henry’s sexual submissive is the best decision she’s ever made. He more than delivers on his promise to give her sexual satisfaction—they scorch the sheets each time they meet.

But submitting to his dominance alongside his long-term lover shows her the sharp line between sex and love. Henry loves goofy, eager-to-please Jay. Neither man has promised to love her.

Hiding her feelings grows harder every night she spends with them. As the three lovers struggle with wounds old and new, Alice’s emotional turmoil threatens to shred their arrangement. Is it time to bow out before they show her the door? Or can a triangle be the shape of true love?

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Healing the Wounds (Neighborly Affection #3)


Strength lies in surrender.

Henry: “Those years, those events, those people
shaped me into the man I am. The man who loves you.”

When Alice leapt into sexual games with her neighbors Henry and Jay, she didn’t plan to fall in love. She sure didn’t expect she’d be the switch between Henry’s commanding mastery and Jay’s submissive playfulness. But now she’s moving in with them, and she’d better figure it all out—fast.

Trouble is, she’s never been a live-in girlfriend. The day after a traumatic first night at a BDSM club might not be the best time to start.

Struggling to find her place within the lifestyle, Alice seeks equality in a relationship built on surrender. Learning to lean on Henry challenges the foundation of her self-worth. He’ll have to lean on her in return for their triad to find stability. But can her stoic dominant lover accept her as a confidante as well as a submissive? And will their love be enough to silence Jay’s emotional ghosts?

Named a top read of 2014 by reviewer Shelly at Red Hot Books.

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Becoming His Master (Neighborly Affection #4)


From rescue to romance…

Becoming His Master: Neighborly Affection Book 4 by M.Q. Barber
Henry: “I won’t touch him when his need
is so raw and untrained.”

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…

NOTE: Becoming His Master is a prequel that tells the origin of Henry and Jay’s relationship in their pre-Alice days.

Named a top read of 2015 by Crystal’s Many Reviewers.

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Finding Their Balance (Neighborly Affection #5)


Three’s the naughtiest kind of crowd.

Finding Their Balance: Neighborly Affection Book 5 by M.Q. Barber

Getting to the one-year mark is difficult enough for two lovers. With three in the mix, every day brings a fresh challenge for Henry, Alice, and Jay.

Between Alice’s headstrong insistence on pushing her sexual limits and Jay’s need to confront an abusive former lover, Henry has his hands full keeping both of his partners safe and happy. If his balancing act fails, the trio’s future will come tumbling down.

But amid the struggles and risks of their unconventional lifestyle, the three form a union that brings each of them to the edge of something new—a love that could slip through their fingers if they don’t hold on tight.

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Tuesdays with Jay and Other Stories (A Neighborly Affection Companion)


Finally, readers of the Neighborly Affection series get the other side of the story…

Tuesdays with Jay and Other Stories: A Neighborly Affection Companion by M.Q. Barber
Henry: “You are always mine. Every hour of the
day and night, every place on Earth where
you plant your feet or rest your head, you are mine.”

Jay Kress knows his lover is into the girl next door. As a polyamorous bisexual guy, he’s cool with that. And he’s pretty sure the gal is into Henry, too, if their explosive dinner party is any clue.

But now he’ll have to tackle a submissive’s toughest job: getting his lovers to make the leap from occasional sex to the permanent triad relationship he knows they deserve. Their hearts are made for each other—and the sexual perks ain’t bad, either.

With an overcautious dominant on one side and a newcomer to the lifestyle on the other, Jay knows he has to tread lightly, but he can’t help pushing for more. Can he bring Henry and Alice together before their fear of losing each other dooms them all?

Read Tuesdays with Jay and Other Stories side by side with Playing the Game and Crossing the Lines to see the bigger picture of how Henry, Alice, and Jay found their forever love.

Pre-order now! Tuesdays with Jay and Other Stories comes out May 27.

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Three-Way Tie (a Neighborly Affection short)


Strong knots hold love fast.

Henry: “Your hopes are showing. Lust always looks so lovely on you.”
Henry: “Your hopes are showing. Lust
always looks so lovely on you.”

Henry gives his submissive lovers a day filled with the best kind of tension.

Set just over a year after the start of Alice’s arrangement with her neighbors in Playing the Game, “Three-Way Tie” explores a day in the life of Henry, Alice, and Jay. The short story is told in three chapters, one from each character’s point of view.

“Three-Way Tie” is available for Kindle.

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