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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Jake's too big for most Doms to handle, until Eduardo comes along to tame him.

Jake is his own worst enemy, an ex-Marine struggling to meet everyday challenges now that he no longer has the externally-imposed discipline of the service. He longs to submit, but needs a master who can make him do it, and he’s developed a reputation for fighting back that has Doms giving him a
Kindle Edition, Expanded 2nd edition, 80 pages
Published December 12th 2019 by Tanya Chris Publishing (first published June 11th 2019)
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4 Stars

I am a T.M. Chris/Tanya Chris fan, and while those stories written as Tanya tend to be a bit softer and more romantic, I found this T.M. story to be all kinds of tender and loving.

It is definitely a BDSM story, but the focus is on domestic discipline, and the story revolves around a hurt/comfort theme. There are some pretty hot moments, but the BDSM does not focus on sex, and I appreciated seeing it depicted a bit differently than most BDSM stories.

Jake is a big, brawny, ex-Marine who str
True Loveislovereview
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, lgbtq
I can be short about this. A good, consistently written story, full-on BDSM.
Jake wants a Dom who can handle him. He didn’t meet the one who is right for him.
He is a strong, big guy, an ex-military and with a short temper, he wants to submit but has trouble, he can’t trust a Dom who is weaker than him. You have to be a master Dom to get him into submission. He tried many Dom’s and now they look at him with wary eyes because he’s unmanageable.
Then there is Dom Eduardo.

A painful journey. The discip
Danny Tyran
Oct 30, 2020 rated it liked it
It's not a bad novella, but it didn't excite me either. It's too basic for me. Nothing SM except a spanking once in a while and two stays in a corner with the sub's nose against the wall. It's more domestic discipline than real BDSM. And I really don't believe that spankings can solve the psychological problems of someone with PTSD.

And by the way, it's not "His reputation proceeded him", but "His reputation preceded him".

I give it 3 stars and I recommend it to gay BDSM beginners.
A shorter version of this was included in Come Play: An Erotica Charity Anthology and I really liked it. This expanded version? I love. These were my thoughts about the short:
I like how Tanya Chris a.k.a. T.M. Chris does BDSM stories that aren't prescribed by a rule book and this was no exception.
Jake is sort of a big brute of a guy, who's been floundering since ending his stint in the Marines. He wants, craves, and needs discipline to center his scattered life, but being a Hulk sized brat, who
Ed Davis
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved this story about a big difficult sub. Eduardo was the perfect Dom. Theirs was a fairy tale story. Earl was pretty wonderful too.
Ula'ndi Hart
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: age-gap, bdsm
Overall book rating: 4
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 3

So... I’ve decided that Tanya Chris has a way with dominant males.

There were parts in this book that made me super excited for what I was finding. Especially in the first half, Eduardo ticked all my dominant boxes and them some.

I really really have a thing for men who dominate without “trying”. I don’t know how else to put it. Doms with PRESENCE. Men you want to obey because they demand it of you without having to say a word?

Are you getting it pe
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Maybe it's hard to believe, but I actually found Jake adorable. Yes,I know he's a bada**,former marine, but sometimes he would act up just like one of those cute little kids,throwing tantrums just to test their boundaries.

That's precisely what Jake is lacking in his life: boundaries, structure and rules. And  Tanya Chris really has made it amazingly easy to understand Jake's state of mind and why he's looking for specific things from a Dom. Why it's so hard for him to find one who could make him
Dec 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I liked this but didn't love it as much I wanted to. Jake is exactly what I wanted him to be and T.M. Chris really went deep into his psychology and the reason why his needs as a sub are what they are. It hit close to home sometimes. I guess we have all struggled with self-sabotage in one way or another in our lives.

In contrast Eduardo is...not as fleshed out. There's lip service paid to him not just being a punishment dispensing machine but this story is simply too short to really give both men
Jean Malherbe
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jake has got to be one of the most confused, contrary and hilarious characters I've read in ages.
Here we have a big, tough, ex-military guy who has serious anger issues.
He haunts the BDSM clubs because he is a submissive at heart, but is also a rebel by nature.
He's already made a name for himself with doms far and wide due to his contrariness and nobody wants anything to do with him anymore...
Until he runs into an equally stubborn but compassionate dom who sees right into his soul.

This book is a
Leslie Zak
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good D/s Mm story

Jake is a submissive with a lot of rage and an out of control life. He wants to be a good sub but ends up fighting with every Dom who has tried to make him behave and he has a terrible reputation as a result. Eduardo takes him on and this book is how he tamed Jake. This is a Hot and ultimately a sweet story as Jake and Eduardo both get what they need and want.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked this story though it is not an easy read. Jake is a big grown up former Marine who needs a strong guide to help him cope with the brat that is in him. You have to be ready to read about a big guy being spanked for punishment, being put in a corner, being treated as a mischievous boy in grade school. Spanking is my least favorite kink to read, but in this case, the need for discipline connected to the action (and not the usual sexual release associated to it in BDSM stories) makes sense a ...more
T Paul
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading through this story I found my heart going out to Jake. His lack of restraint, coming from what seemed like a lack of self confidence and respect, made me so sad for him. His need for someone to control him, to give him the discipline he craved, was filled by Eduardo. Together they fit like a glove. Together they were better. Good start and as you read through becoming more familiar with the m/s’s you hoped for their HEA. As the story concluded your heart was with them both and the story ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
T.M. Chris delivers not only a hot story but also one with meaning. There’s no doubt the erotica feel to this, I’m glad I didn’t read it in public! Yet there’s a sweetness to it that made it all the more captivating.

The character development was exceptionally well done, especially for this type of piece. I fell in love with Jake and loved seeing his journey. T.M. Chris really poured so much into Eduardo; I greatly appreciated the extra depth. The world building was intricate and vivid.

The stor
Patricia Hoffstaetter
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
This is a short but fascinating MM disciplinarian novella with a surprising undertone of love. It is has a well-written, intriguing plot & is told by one character’s POW. The characters have good chemistry between them & actually complement each other throughout the story-line.
There is: a rather large ex-marine & rebellious brat (Jake) needs a master to discipline him & comes into contact with a male dom (Eduardo) who will use a firm but loving hand to turn him into a loving partner, mild twists
Gabrielle Lee
Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
I enjoyed meeting Jake and Eduardo. The two make a good couple and it was nice to see the way their relationship progressed. Jake needs someone like Eduardo. Someone who will give him just what he needs. The author does a nice job of bringing these characters to life. The two men must work hard to figure out what they each need from the other and how their relationship will work. Their story is full of emotions as Eduardo and Jake find a way to their happy ever after without sacrificing what the ...more
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you for the ARC read, I voluntarily give this book an honest review.
Jake isn't the typical sub, he is an ex marine with baggage that not every Dom is willing to work through. No one wants a big brat when they can get a little twink. Finding the right guy for the job is hard, when it all feels fake to him. Spotting Eduardo at the club, will he be the one or will he turn him away when bad boy gets to be to much. Wow the steam with Eduardo and Jake is off the charts hot, good boy or bad. You
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I liked that Jake was not the stereotypical sub type, and I loved that size didn't bother Eduardo. In truth, size shouldn't matter in this case, because a good dom is in control regardless of his sub's stature! The brattiness Jake exhibited was funny and hilarious coming from him, and the spankings- OMG! I'm dead!! The short shorts on Jake just made me smile so big! Adorbs!! I loved watching the connection between the two grow into a special relationship. I loved Earl- so sweet! This story gave ...more
Melanie Titus
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was given an advanced copy of this story in return for an honest review. Another Great book from author T.M. Chris!! I love this story of someone uncomfortable in their own body and feelings finding that one person who "gets" them and is able to help them find comfort in being themselves and being with someone else! The fact that it's within a Dom/Sub, m/m, and age gap relationship just ticks a few extra "YaY" buttons for me!! :D A Few tears were shed during the reading of this ARC, but hey, I ...more
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book when it was a short story, and I love it even more when we got five more chapters with the guys. It's a different take on the genre, Jake is anything but a twinky, giggling and flirting sub. He is big, strong willed and need a Dom that can give him the punishment he needs to keep the brat at bay.

I love Eduardo's way of handling Jake's struggles, so caring and patient, strict when it's needed and know exactly what Jake needs.

There is nothing I don't love about this book, other t
Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this story, and especially Eduardo's infinite patience with Jake. I loved the plot and how Eduardo was able to help Jake make positive changes in his life. I loved Earl, too. So protective, yet so obedient, and a real sweetheart. I loved the way he came to love and comfort Jake. I especially liked that this story wasn't just about BDSM, but had a real life purpose in helping Jake to learn to mange his anger and attitude. I liked the personal relationship that developed between Eduardo an ...more
Michelle Campbell
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the first book I have read by this author(I have KU and all the books are on it) and I immediately got another, then another after that, if that tells you anything.

Of the three stories I have read, this is my favorite so far. I like both of the MC's and it is like a slice of life story (if your slice is M/M domestic discipline). The main angst in the story is Jake's internal struggle with his anger issues, and it ends with HEA.
I have already borrowed a 4th book by this author, and beca
Tatianna Guerrero
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good for what it is...

Jake has it hard, he's his own worst enemy and a big intimidating guy. He's also a brat and submissive. Not an easy combination, then there is Eduardo, controlled and Dominant and apparently up for whatever it takes to make Jake heel.

T.M. Chris writes about the needs that sometimes make the reader wonder. It's a good book, I wanted to hug Jake and strangle him, but his inner brat just needed to know who he could trust. Eduardo was a gift and really just the person Jak
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the dynamic between Eduardo and Jake. There is something about a big bratty sub who has lost his way and needs the firm hand of strict, kind dom that I can’t enough of. Eduardo is the perfect man for Jake and I loved seeing the trust and love grow, albeit with a few hiccups along the way. I would have liked to see more of this couple outside the house and bedroom. As sexy and hot as you would expect from TM Chris! Really enjoyed this story, provided for review.
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
A highly conflicted former Marine searching for a master who can "handle" him, Jake is very unhappy with his life. Seeking what he thinks he needs at one club after another is making him ever more angry and depressed. Meeting Eduardo changes his life. The author couches this story in the BDSM world but allows the characters to be more than just their kink. The story has some heat, but also tenderness. Well worth reading. I received an ARC for an honest review. ...more
Jennifer Swan
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this unusual story of a sub with challenges and the Dom who rose to the occasion. Jake is running out of potential Doms when he hears Eduardo describing how he’s been handling Earl and giving him what he needed. Jake recognizes that he needs what Eduardo has to give, and his quest to submit is another great read from T.M. Chris.

Well written, engaging characters, great chemistry, interesting insights into psychology and D/s. I loved it! This will be a re-read for me.
Coline Peterson
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked it, my very first by T. M. Chris but deffinatly not my last. Jake is stuggling not only at the club but with is life, he has issues with most everything including finding a Dom he can not only submit to, but also respect and being a big retired marine doesn't help when he is trying to scene. He over hears Eduardo discussing about some behavior challenges he has used to help another and thinks maybe he could help him, now if he could just covince him he's worth the effort. ...more
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I enjoyed this book possibly more than I expected to and for different reasons than I expected to. The dynamic between Eduardo and Jake was well constructed and I appreciated that the entire story was from Jake’s perspective since he had so many complex issues to deal with. I liked that Jake wasn’t completely fixed at the end, but that he understood it was okay to be imperfect
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed it

Not sure how a story with that much spanking ends up being sweet, but it does. This one is on the shorter side and tightly focused on Jake and Eduardo. It makes it more intense to have almost everything focused just on the two of them with just mentions of the rest of the world.
Dec 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have mixed feelings about this story. It is well written but being a short story I didn’t really get a feel for these characters. Jake has a major problem with anger. It appears he has tried a few ways to address it but nothing seems to have worked. Then he runs across Eduardo. Eduardo is a strong dom who takes the roll seriously. Jake is a brat sub but has been unable to find a dom strong enough to handle him. I know Jake is an ex marine and big in size. Eduardo appears to be extremely attrac ...more
Sarita Chapdelaine
Dec 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is a quick, well written and intriguing story with great characters. Jake longs for a Dom who is able to deal with his bratty personality and his intense need to submit. He is very physically imposing and will need to find someone willing to see past his outer shell to the extremely needy person he is inside. Eduardo understands exactly what Jake needs in a Dom and a partner and he is willing to do everything he can to help him. They both have to learn what the other needs to be happy and t ...more
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