Screwing the System

Josephine Myles
Screwing the System
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Samhain Publishing
Release Date
February 2013
Book 1 of Screwing the System
BDSM, Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

He's nobody's bitch. Until he gets a ride on the bitch seat.

Forced to apply for a job he doesn't want, Cosmo Rawlins has only one aim in mind: fail the interview and get back to making music. Except his attempt to shock the older, sharp-suited Alasdair Grant doesn't have the desired effect.

Instead of getting thrown out of the office by flaunting an interest in BDSM, Cosmo finds himself on his knees, apologizing to the sexy, good-looking Top.

Alasdair has more important things on his mind than training a novice sub, especially a rebellious bad boy like Cosmo. But there's something beneath the younger man's defiant attitude that's too intriguing to ignore.

As Alasdair takes Cosmo in hand—and for a wild ride on his Harley—he becomes obsessed with bending the young rocker to his will, both in and out of bed. Until he goes one demand too far, and Cosmo is gone in a cloud of dust. Forcing Alasdair to admit that earning Cosmo's loyalty—and love—will involve the toughest challenge he's ever faced.

Product Warnings
This title contains an overbearing Top with a less-than-glamorous job, a rebellious brat who refuses to call him sir, and a total lack of high-end BDSM clubs or playrooms. Expect floggings over the kitchen table instead.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Feb 25, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
225 people found the following review helpful
With SCREWING THE SYSTEM, Josephine Myles is venturing into rougher waters and I enthusiastically approve. It's still light BDSM compared to some of my usual reading material, but it's absolutely romantic enough to offer much more than a simple kink satisfaction.

Cosmo is an aspiring musician, and he has a knack for the guitar and a great voice to back it up. Unfortunately music doesn't pay, not in the real world made up of bad parents and unreachable dreams. So he's living on benefits and messing up job interviews hoping for his one chance that would change everything. What he didn't count on was a potential boss giving him a chance on a personal level and things he only vaguely thought about becoming his new reality.

Alasdair is a man who made his own success, something he could be happy with and a man who isn't afraid of being himself or saying his piece. It's been years since he'd felt that special thrill when it comes to an actual person and it's not an absolute enthusiasm that floods him at Cosmo's unique charm. But one thing leads to another and where there is a spark there's eventually a flame too, something not terribly difficult to ignite around the young untamable man.

I enjoy this author's writing, the colorful characters and that bit of unavoidable humor. So this book really wasn't an exception. I loved the bad-ass Alasdair and his toppy ways as well as bratty Cosmo and his constant need for mischief and talking back. I actually relaxed with this book, spent my first free Saturday in a while going through scenes and situations together with the two guys and it was pretty much perfect.

There were a few side characters who were rather good, but one of them, Cosmo's best friend, caught my attention and I would love to read his story as well. To conclude, I recommend this book as I do all the others I've read so far by Josephine Myles. The distinctive style is exactly what I like to read and I'm hoping for more in the future.
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