Screwing the System

eBook
$5.50
Tradepaper
$15.00
Format:
eBook
Length:
Novel
Published:
February 12, 2013
ISBN:
9781619214712
$5.50
Categories:
Romance, Red Hot, GLBT, Contemporary
Tags:
BDSM Comedy International Kink
Artist
Lou Harper
Editor
Linda Ingmanson
Description
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. 

Reviews
Karen M -
Cosmo is happy on the dole and is good at blowing job interviews. Or he is until he meets his match in Alasdair. Alasdair calls BS on his whole act and challenges Cosmo to strive for more in lots of different ways. The story feels real because no one is perfect but they work well with each other.
Janet M -
With Screwing the System, Josephine Myles became an auto-buy for me. Really. Based on her previous work and the original short story of the same name in the Goodreads M/M group anthology Love is Always Write, I pre-ordered this book (something I’ve never done before) and it is just so cool to not be disappointed. System has some of the most popular themes in MMR right now: May-December, toppy top, adorable mouthy bottom, light BDSM. Mostly, though it has what Ms. Myles does best: real stories of men falling in love with some conflict and well-draw characters. Yes, there is hot sex and lovemaking but the sex and BDSM scenes do not fill pages substituting for plot. Alasdair Grant is the owner of a successful janitorial services company. In the fifteen years since his partner died, he’s played without getting serious with anyone since. Cosmo Rawlings, is an unemployed musician, keeping his benefits going by pretending to be a sincere job seeker all the while intentionally freaking interviewers out by letting them think he’s heavily involved in BDSM. This way, he can continue to make music while being unencumbered by the inconvenience of a job. But when the interview with Alasdair goes well his ruse has the opposite of it’s usual effect. Cosmo is forced to come clean and Alasdair invites him to play. I’m not going to spoil the story except to say that the blurb is a little misleading. I liked how the Sunshine Scheme incorporated something dear to the author without being preachy. Even the minor characters flesh out palpably. I also like how, as always in a Myles story, the characters and setting are clearly English: Waitrose, builder’s strength tea, and the homage to Ian Drury? Brilliant. There are some changes from the original short story and while she left me worrying for a bit I embrace them. Whether her characters are a glass blower, travel writer, or perpetually on the dole, a Josephine Myles story is not to be missed.
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