By USA Today bestselling author M.Q. Barber

Neighborly Affection

Available in ebook, paperback, and hardcover

The Neighborly Affection series features a committed polyamorous triad and light to moderate BDSM play, with emphasis on the emotional and psychological aspects of dominance and submission (D/s). Be warned that the characters have been known to swear and use big words: Damn their expansive vocabularies! As in any healthy relationship, sometimes their hearts get bruised—but they face their difficulties together. To all readers in the lifestyle: have fun, express yourself, and stay safe.

Neighborly Affection Book 1

Playing the Game

The 82,000-word USA Today bestselling beginning to the MMF menage saga.

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

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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MMF Menage | intro to BDSM | Friends to lovers

Playing the Game, Neighborly Affection Book 1, by M.Q. Barber

“I will judge when you have had enough.”

Henry

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Neighborly Affection Book 2

Crossing the Lines

An 84,000-word adventure deeper into a polyamorous BDSM relationship.

A safeword won’t save her from love.

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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High Heat | MMF Menage | Safe, sane, and consensual BDSM

Crossing the Lines: Neighborly Affection Book 2 by M.Q. Barber, 2nd edition book cover

“Henry’s in charge of your pleasure. That’s how you know it’ll be good.”

Jay

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Neighborly Affection Book 3

Healing the Wounds

An 85,000-word all the feels hurt/comfort experience for this committed poly triad.

Strength lies in surrender.

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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hurt/comfort | high heat | angsty | MMF menage | D/s relationship

Healing the Wounds: Neighborly Affection Book 3 by M.Q. Barber, 2nd edition book cover

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

Henry

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Neighborly Affection Book 4 (prequel)

Becoming His Master

A 65,000-word MM steamy-sweet love story between dominant and submissive.

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…

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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MM D/s romance | hurt/comfort | self-acceptance | origin story

Becoming His Master: Neighborly Affection Book 4 by M.Q. Barber, 2nd edition book cover

“I won’t touch him when his need is so raw and untrained.”

Henry

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Neighborly Affection Book 5

Finding Their Balance

A 110,000-word odyssey as the three members of this poly triad challenge their expectations.

Three’s the naughtiest kind of crowd.

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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MMF menage | BDSM community | personal growth

Finding Their Balance: Neighborly Affection Book 5 by M.Q. Barber, 2nd edition book cover

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Neighborly Affection Book 6

Minding Their Manners

A 179,000-word angsty family drama as this poly trio comes out to the important people in their lives.

Facing their families is turning out to be the trio’s toughest test.

Life should be grand for Henry, Alice, and Jay. They’ve defeated the doubts that kept them apart and embraced a relationship that suits all three of them.

But the arrival of Alice’s sister threatens to upend their cozy routine. Skepticism and accusations erupt in a visit bristling with tension as the sisters tear open old wounds.

Even worse, Jay’s springing a new idea on his partners: it’s time to come out to his family. His decision might destroy them all—but Henry’s hunger for Jay’s public embrace makes it almost worth the risk.

Henry, Alice, and Jay must redefine who they are to each other and what they want for their future—together or apart. Can they trust in their love enough to survive the consequences?

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poly family drama | D/s relationship | coming-out story

Minding Their Manners: Neighborly Affection Book 6 by M.Q. Barber

“I am always seducing you, in every language I have at my command.”

Henry

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A Neighborly Affection Companion (Book 2.5)

Tuesdays with Jay and Other Stories

A 103,000-word collection of 42 stories set in the Neighborly Affection universe.

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

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.

 

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Tuesdays with Jay and Other Stories: A Neighborly Affection Companion by M.Q. Barber

“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.”

Henry

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Praise for Neighborly Affection

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The ups and downs of a polyamorous triad… Barber frames a sexy, loving relationship that happens to be among three people.

– library journal

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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.

– RT Book Reviews

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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.

– bookaholics not-so-anonymous

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I love ménage stories, but Barber is beginning to ruin me for other authors. Her characters show such depth and her relationships are so complex and rewarding that I’m beginning to hold others to her standard.

– you gotta read reviews