Review: By His Rules by J.A. Rock

By His Rules


Aiden Cole can be anything men want—naughty schoolboy, palace slave, virgin twink, or slutty secretary. He’s a gifted actor with a gorgeous body who gives legendary head. Aiden could have his pick of any Top in the local leather bar, but is drawn to Scott Runge—a cruel, sexy Dom who pushes Aiden to his limits, allowing Aiden to experience the excitement and danger of the BDSM lifestyle to a degree he never has before. But when Scott goes too far, injuring Aiden, Aiden withdraws from the BDSM scene completely. Until he meets Keaton Hughes.

Keaton’s looking for something he can’t find in any dungeon: A domestic discipline relationship, in which he can provide his partner with guidance, support, and loving discipline. When Keaton takes Aiden in after Aiden’s traumatic encounter with Scott, he vows not to pursue any sort of relationship with the troubled sub. But as Aiden struggles to overcome the damage Scott has done and get his life back on track, Keaton’s rules might be just what he needs.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM theme and content, dubious consent, male/male sexual practices, violence.


This book took me to very unknown places, and i loved it. It was different to what i’m used to. When i think of BDSM stories, i imagine something different, but this book work just fine for me.

I like how it took time to show Scott and Aiden’s relationship. It was, at a very slow pace ,illustrating how easy could be to cross the thin line between being a Dom and being abusive. How damaging could be the lack of communication and not being respectful of boundaries. It was somehow frustrating seeing so many alert signs on Scott’s behavior and the inability of Aiden to realize what was coming, but i think he was mostly confused because of deficient knowledge of basics of BDSM, even considering himself a good sub. And also, it’s not infrecuent to see a person get into an abusive relationship without even notice.

In the case of Keaton and Aiden’s relationship, it was nice to see how subtle everything started, as if Keaton was only tasting the field. It show how important is the trust, and being willing to try different thing in order to make both of the partner’s needs being fulfill.
I think i learn a lot of this relationship, i don’t know how accurate this portray of domestic discipline might be, since is the first time i’ve read about it, but the concepts disscused on the book were very interesting.

I’m not sure what to think of Scott as a character, because his conduct nearly the end of the book, was completly different from the begining, it seem out of character and i don’t know what was that about.
Aiden was a nice character, sometimes too immature and so annoying, but in general i did liked him.
I didn’t like Keaton. He seem to unrealistic, just too perfect, i didn’t believe someone would be that nice. He doesn’t seem to have any flaws, that’s just not the kind of character i like. But i think most reader would like him, precisely for the reason i didn’t.

Overall it was a fantastic book, i concluded that domestic discipline is not realy my kink, but even then, i enjoy reading this story so much. As i keep reading more books from this author, i keep wishing to read more and more. The book has some violence and sexual practices that might not be suitable to all readers, but if you are ok with the content advisory, i will definetely recommend it.

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