Title: Screwing the System
Author: Josephine Myles
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Characters: Cosmo Rawlins, Alasdair Grant
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, May/December Romance, BDSM,
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.
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.
Screwing the System is a sexy, romantic read that immediately captured my attention kept me enthralled with it until I finished the last page. I loved everything about this book. Between the interesting, well-written characters and the intriguing story they told, Screwing the System has a permanent place on my keeper shelf.
The blurb really does an outstanding job at describing what the story is about. What it doesn’t tell you is how much fun one of the heroes, Cosmo is. He’s mouthy, bratty, creative, and smarter than what he realizes he is and an all-around loveable hero. I loved how he was confident about his abilities and learned to embrace his sexual needs from Alasdair. I absolutely adored watching him learn to trust and love the strong, dominant and very sexy, Alasdair.
Alasdair is another hero that really lived and breathed off of the written page. He’s a self-made millionaire who needed to be shaken up a little bit….okay a lot! After the death of his lover years ago, Alasdair has been working too hard and not living life to the fullest. He too, guards his heart and is afraid of getting hurt again, but once he meets the feisty, Cosmo, and a relationship starts developing between them, Alasdair once again starts to live a full life. The personal growth both characters go through was truly a wonderful thing to read and I enjoyed watching them evolve into the men they became together.
Another thing I loved about this book was the May/December romance. There is about a sixteen year age difference between the two men, and I thought Ms. Myles really captured the differences between them wonderfully. Not only is there a generation gap, but a class gap that I thought really brought the book to life. Also, there is a strong British tone to the book, which I appreciated. Between the slang, the culture and the setting itself kept this reader very intrigued every time, Cosmo, in particular, opened his mouth.
There is a strong BDSM element to the story, but it’s not over the top. I really liked the way Alasdair introduced it into their relationship. One of the things I also really appreciated was how the scenes were more than just the two men acting out a scene, there was a strong emotional element to it, and I loved it.
This is the first book I’ve read by Josephine Myles and it definitely won’t be my last. I loved every minute of this book, and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more books written by her. Screwing the System is an emotionally driven, sexy and well-written romance that will live with me long after I’ve finished the book. If you are looking for a sexy May/December, BDSM themed romance, this book is definitely one to consider! Highly Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi