Screwing The System
Title : Screwing the System
Author : Josephine Myles
Publisher : Samhain Publishing (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary, BDSM/Kink
Length : 214 pages (e-book)
Published : February 12, 2013
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.
Cosmo Rawlins has a method to his madness. He does his best to not get a job while maintaining his jobless benefit so he can continue to work on his music. Appearing to be a kinky thug has so far worked to his advantage. He’s not really either, but it still works. Alisdair Grant certainly doesn’t want this benefit thief working for his company. He wants him in his bedroom. After an amazing night of spanking and sex Alisdair sees exactly where they could go with a relationship and it scares the crap out of him. Cosmo knows just enough to know he really enjoyed himself and he’s getting the brush off. Wisely, Alisdair comes to the conclusion it’s better to live than be alone. He sees he’s doing nothing with his life but working. His social life is limited to time spent with a business contact with whom he developed a mostly superficial friendship. His friend, Roger, accepts him despite Alisdair’s very humble origins. Well, Roger accepts what Alisdair has allowed Roger to know about his life. When Alisdair does finally manage to get the nerve to call Cosmo again his reception is cool at best. Cosmo was hurt by being brushed off after a fantastic night. Alisdair is able to talk Cosmo into another date precisely because the night was so fantastic. What Cosmo wasn’t expecting the next day was an offer to move in and have his life micro-managed. Cosmo runs.
After a couple of lonely weeks Alisdair reaches out to Cosmo again. Cosmo agrees to another date. After hearing Alisdair’s offer of cohabitation in addition to experiencing some boring time by himself he agrees to move in but keeps his options open. He has a month to cancel his unemployment benefits and inform his friends/bandmates he’ll be moving out of their shared home. To be honest things aren’t going so well with the band anyway. Cosmo is moving in a different artistic direction than the rest of the guys. They also seem to have no problems making new plans for the band without consulting Cosmo. Despite his band falling apart Cosmo is actually doing quite well musically, and his relationship with Alisdair is doing fantastically. Alisdair has fallen completely in love with the young man. He is content to let Cosmo find his way on his own despite being very much in control of both his finances and their bedroom activities. Cosmo also allows Alisdair to finally meet his grandmother and Alisdair finally explains his somewhat mysterious past. Eventually, Alisdair even shows his friend Roger what he hides behind his business suits, both literally and figuratively.
I’m not a fan of books with characters in the closet. Technically Alisdair wasn’t in the closet. He simply allowed people to draw their own conclusions. He kept everything close to his vest, not just his sexuality. Still, when does it become a lie? This was something Alisdair wrestled with himself. Surprisingly, something Alisdair didn’t wrestle with at all was Cosmo’s dream of becoming a musician. It seemed Alisdair was upset with Cosmo abusing the social safety net not with having what many people would consider a pipe dream. Once Cosmo was living off Alisdair all was fine. Once we learn more about Alisdair’s life history his acceptance of Cosmo’s personal life explorations make more sense.
Cosmo was the one in the relationship to run away from their troubles. Alisdair buried his problems under a lifetime of work, but Cosmo resisted and tried to escape when uncomfortable. This was mirrored in their sexual life. Cosmo resisted and denied he would actually be interested til he somewhat sheepishly admitted what he wanted. Eventually Cosmo settled into his comfort zone both in terms of being a partner in a relationship and admitting what he needed to meet his own sexual needs. Alisdair was continually the one to hold his hand out for Cosmo as though Cosmo was a skittish animal. Alisdair represented the stability Cosmo so desperately needed in his life. Of course he denied needing or wanting it.
Rated 4 stars by Faye