Becoming His Master: Neighborly Affection Book 4 by M.Q. Barber

mm dom/sub romance (series prequel)

Becoming His Master

Neighborly Affection Book 4

Henry isn’t looking for a submissive of his own when Jay crashes into his life. But now that he has one, he’ll handle their every interaction with strict attention to detail. Leading this sweet, eager young man astray would be unconscionable—no matter how much Henry’s heart aches for him.

Becoming His Master

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.

hurt/comfort | all the feels | BDSM club setting | mentor/student romance

Becoming His Master

Read an Excerpt

Henry claims Jay as his submissive in training.

With trembling fingers, Jay accepted his new ribbon and fastened it. His breathing quickened. The motion highlighted his slender abdomen and firm chest, a fact that hadn’t gone unnoticed by the submissives behind the desk. Their admiring, envious glances might have been for his attractiveness or his luck in receiving a coveted exclusive arrangement.

Emma, naturally, appeared rather more maternal and appraising. “Privileges, sir?”

Dangerous. Jay couldn’t be trusted alone. He lacked judgment and the appropriate level of awareness for his own safety.

“None.” If Henry meant to teach him properly, he couldn’t leave anything to chance. “If I’m present when he arrives, he’s to be sent to me. If I am not, he’s to be detained at the desk and I’m to be called immediately at the number on file.”

“Jay.” Calling his name in a gentle undertone, Emma tipped her head. Mahogany spirals cascaded from her upswept bun. “Do you agree to Master Henry’s terms, Jay?”

Good. Jay ought to understand he had the right to refuse. He wouldn’t, of course. His sharp nod came as no surprise.

“Wonderful.” Emma moved her fingers over the keyboard. “He’s all yours, Master Henry.”

All his. A quivering, abused pup who deserved gentleness but required firmness. Strict control.

If all went well, he’d be able to show him he needn’t accept humiliation and degradation from any master or mistress who would have him. He would teach him to recognize and respect the gift he offered. To be selective in his choices.

“Thank you, Emma.” He turned to his newest acquisition.

Head bowed, Jay revealed exquisite bone structure. His high cheekbones and steep, narrow nose acquired a glow from the lighting. Angelic and sweet to all appearances, a sculpture finished with delicate tools. But inside lay the raw, unformed nature pushing its way out.

“Come along, my dear boy. We’ve much to do.”

Praise for Becoming His Master


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


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 review


Beautifully written, this is thoughtful and engaging, just like the two main characters….

– Reflection review


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 review