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- Print Length: 249 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1521774420
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- Publication Date: April 27, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B071XXFYT9
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Alasdair can see right off the bat that Cosmo needs some structure, routine and discipline. In Cosmo’s defense – it isn’t necessarily easy to develop these traits when you have never been taught them or even taught to understand their inherent value and ultimate benefit. The bossy top in Alasdair is immediately intrigued and Cosmo certainly ups the ante with his flirting…"Let’s just say I have a few extracurricular activities that might interfere with my ability to sit down and drive each day.” – said no one on a job interview ever – except for Cosmo. So understandably it naturally flows that the next thing you know Alasdair is talking about tops and subs and Cosmo is one step away from rooting around Alasdair’s crotch like a pig looking for truffles - during the interview.
And so begins their affair. Alasdair is a bit of a control freak with a tragic past and Cosmo is a bit of a brat with a rebellious streak and his own tragic past. They're both likable, they’re sweet together and they really do perfectly compliment each other. The BDSM/DD angle really isn’t my thing but it wasn’t overdone. It didn’t entirely permeate all areas of their lives and was to a large extent confined (more or less) to the bedroom – which made is easier for me to connect with the characters. I just don’t get the whole wanting to tell someone else what to do or wanting to be told what to do – but hey; different strokes. It was still fun and sometimes even a little hot despite that it wasn't my cuppa.
This story checks a lot of boxes. It’s sweet but not overly sweet. It’s angsty but not overly angsty. It’s sexy but not overly sexy. It’s also really enjoyable and easy to read. There is complexity, but it’s handled in such a way that is less in your face than it could be. The age difference between Cosmo and Alasdair is there, but there isn’t an undue amount of drama about it. For the most part I like that the book doesn’t have an undue amount of drama, but I would have liked to see one aspect of the story explored in more depth. Cosmo becomes Alasdair’s kept man. I suspect had I read a similar living situation in a het book I’d have yelled at the characters to not do it. Cosmo didn’t want to jump into the relationship for fear of losing autonomy, but he did it. The complex situation was there but largely under-explored. Interestingly, when I read and reviewed this book years ago I didn’t comment on it at all.
A lot of this story is about Cosmo’s coming of age. In so many ways he’s older than he should be. He’s already had the negative experiences that tend to make us jaded and cynical as we age. He’s got strong self defense mechanisms, but he’s still naive enough to not notice who is in love with him. Cosmo is also still learning the difference between dreams that are nothing but dreams and dreams that have a potential to become reality.
All in all this is a sweet story about two guys who are inherently nice but are terrified of being hurt again. The complexity is there even if it’s unexplored in some instances, but more than anything this is a great story about two guys falling in love and all the things that come up as they allow that to happen.
I want to start out by saying that this is not a genre I often read, not that BDSM is outside my comfort zone because truth is I read everything so there is no boundaries to my comfort zone. So if I was to list my sub-genre norms, zombies/dystopia is probably the only thing I read less of than BDSM. So having clarified that I can simply but honestly say, Josephine Myles' Screwing the System was pretty darn good.
There really isn't much I feel I can say without revealing spoilers so I'll keep this short. I loved the characters, their chemistry, their attitudes, and their passions for each other but also for living. Cosmo is not your typical sub, he's almost what I would call an anti-submissive sub. Now that's not saying he doesn't want to be a submissive, he's like the soap opera bad boy doing good which is often called an anti-hero. To say that neither Cosmo nor Aladsair is expecting the other is an understatement but they manage to make it work.
If you are a fan of BDSM than I highly recommend Screwing the System but if you're like me that doesn't read this sub-genre often but just enjoy a well written tale, I also strongly recommend giving this book a go. You won't be disappointed.