Mr. Benson by John Preston

Mr. Benson

Mr. Benson is the compelling story of a young man’s quest for the perfect master. In a West Village leather bar, he finds wealthy, sophisticated, exacting Aristotle Benson, who leads him down the path of erotic enlightenment, teaching him to accept cruelty as love, anguish as affection, and ultimately, Mr. Benson as his master.If John Preston, the masterly, handsome author of more than 30 books, was himself a gay icon, his character Mr. Benson ...

Details Mr. Benson

TitleMr. Benson
Release DateAug 3rd, 2004
PublisherCleis Press
GenreErotica, BDSM, Romance, M M Romance, Adult Fiction, LGBT, Gay, Fiction, Menage, GLBT, Queer, Adult

Reviews Mr. Benson

  • Jason Bradley
    Mild SpoilersWhile the over-all plot was a bit unrealistic, the Master/slave relationship portrayed, along with the other Dom and sub types shown in this novel, are very characteristic of the scene and the mentality of those involved. I felt a connection with Jamie, who tells the story, especially his feelings of loss and depression during the middle chapters when he feels he may have lost his master. I also loved the Epilogue which shows some of...
  • Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
    UNF! Why has Mr. Benson been hiding from me all this time? And here I go a little further down the rabbit hole… Mr. Benson is iconic to the leather community. After reading it, it's clear several current BDSM writers have read this book. Some of my favorite reads had to have been at least partially influenced by it; so, it's worth the read just for the classic factor alone. I can tell you this happened to me often whilst reading it.Accompanied ...
  • Kassa
    Mr. Benson is without question an iconic work of fiction. I’ve seen the book reviewed as a must have for anyone interested in BDSM and as the blurb mentions, has become a cultural symbol. The paperback is on many, many keeper shelves and remains a classic, much discussed story. What’s interesting is that Mr. Benson doesn’t actually try to be a story based in reality or a how to for BDSM fans. Instead the story delves into the ultimate fanta...
  • JustJen
    Wow, fabulous master/slave story with more of a realistic feel. Told from Jaime's view as a cocky young hot guy who finds out how much he truly wants to submit to another and how Mr. Benson changes his life. If you don't mind or can get past the heavier aspects, such as the piss drinking fetishes and fisting scenes, you will find a very well written story. I cannot always comprehend these types of relationships but they always fascinate me.The cl...
  • Danny Tyran
    Mr. Benson is the first BDSM novel I read. And I read it several times since with renewed emotion. This book and his main characters became the symbol of the Leather Community. Please find my complete review here:
  • Deanna
    I LOVED this book even though I agree with some of the other reviews about the ending. It was so good that the ridiculous mystery part didn't really diminish the awesomeness of it. It's not BDSM lite. Lots of pain, humiliation & water sports are involved.
  • James Cox
    A deeper look into the kinky side. I enjoyed it.
  • A.B. Gayle
    Okay, this book isn't perfect. I have yet to read one that is. There are a few typos, but not enough to detract from the overall effect, which is what I base my ratings on.I'd heard so much about this cult classic, and the way it has been a forerunner for the genre, pre-empting many of the latter BDSM slave/master books. I didn't expect to find anything new, assuming most that have been written since to be derivatives of this.And when I say I was...
  • Josephine Myles
    A classic BDSM romance from the late 70s, this novel is every bit as powerful today, but definitely not a read for the squeamish.Narrated by Jamie, now Mr Benson’s slave, it tells of their early history when cocky twenty-five year Jamie first approached Mr Benson in a leather bar. After a night together that tests Jamie’s limits, Mr Benson gives him a choice – to go away and think things through, but only to come back if he is willing to gi...
  • Don
    So glad I soldiered on through the disgustingly detailed 'water sports' descriptions in this book. If you're a fan of such activities, rush out and buy it now. The rest of us will find enough other content to make for an excellent Master/slave read, despite them. There are some issues explored that lend insight to the psychological aspects of the slave and Master roles that I found quite interesting and hadn't read before. All is not just sleaze ...
  • Claire
    Made my sphincter contract and my eye balls pop.
  • Sarah
    Mr Benson by John Preston was possibly one of the most challenging books I’ve read in a while, but the depth of feeling, trust and sense of belonging was so worth the ride. I have to agree with a comment made to me about the latter parts of the book, which did end up a little bit like something out of Five Go Mad in Dorset. However, by the time I’d actually reached this point in the book I did not really give a rats as I was up at some ungodl...
  • Serena Yates
    This is not an easy book to read, as many reviewers have said before me. It's an honest look at the dynamics of a master/slave relationship, including the rough scenes, the fetishes, and the kink. The book lacks much of the "mushiness" of the more idolized master/slave stories written over the last few years, but it's not a "cruel" portrayal of just the "roughness".I think it's a fascinating look at power exchange and the psychology behind it. Mo...
  • Kay Sachse
    I thought that it might be interesting to read a novel about a SM-relationship but I got the idea that I ended up reading something about a SM phantasy with a lot of sex in all kinds of environments: gang bangs, sex in a hotel, even a real slave market. Well, that might be entertaining and thrilling for some, but I was so curious about the emotional entanglement between two men who are involved with one another. But unfortunately except for a lot...
  • Nana
    When I think of SM, I tend to think about Patrick Califia and his work, Hard Men, because it was his writing, fictions and theories on SM and all, that had changed my views on SM and allowed me to peek into the psychology behind it all. Now I will think about Mr Benson as well. I was already familiar with the leather culture before I read this book so nothing here, piss drinking and all, surprised or shocked me. What the book offered was however ...
  • Clerah
    One of the more "hard-core" book that I've read. A look into the mind of a slave, Jamie, as he discovers his own desires and the dynamics of an S/M relationship.By far the epilogue was my favorite part of the book, so don't skip that part :) It's about the only time that you get to see into the mind of Mr Benson, and the reason behind what and why he does the things he does to Jamie, which in some way are different than how Jamie "saw" or "receiv...
  • Lisa
    Wow, what a book. Told from the slaves POV with the exception if the epilogue, this is the story of slave Jamie and his master Mr Benson.Brutal in places, lots of humiliation and golden showers this is a really good book which kept me reading into the early hours.Only thing that counts against it is the high cost of the book, $9.99, which is alot for a 221 page book.
  • Amber
    Like most people have said this is a more hardcore book to read, and covers alot of different kinks. Golden showers, partner sharing, humulation, whips, flogger, all sorts of toys, fisting, non-consent, age play, and more. It also does it with a lack of safewords, contracts, and most of the trappings found in most books these days. Told from Jamie's POV was get a lot of insights into what he goes through to become Mr Benson's slave. It is very we...
  • Chelsea
    This book was like the ultimate in BDSM novels. There was so much I enjoyed about this book, I loved how the BDSM had no frilly edges, it was hard and dirty (no need to go into details as every other review has it covered), this was a full-on full time master/slave relationship and it didn't make it look particularly easy.The story telling was wonderful I loved the retrospective first person POV, it gave hints as what was to come without giving a...
  • Carolyn
    I just started the book last night. It is a very intense book. Seems to cover a lot of kink. Oh I don't know if I will be able to finish this book. Mr Benson is really into the slave life style. He totally treats his boy as a slave. I really like my Masters to have some romance in them at some time. I will continue to read to see if there is any. Right now the slave is not allowed on any furniture in the house. He must keep his cock covered at al...
  • Sue bowdley
    I was out onto this author by a fb friend (thanks Will) he was looking for a book and it was by this author....I knew of the book from years back and more recently a certain porn star did something based on this.....I love bdsm and i love deeper bdsm...this was deep....Jamie and his Master...Mr Benson is a deep dark read....What Jamie goes through with his master would be hard for some people to read but he really loved what happened to him.....m...
  • Lumina
    I probably wouldn't have picked this titel up at all if it wasn't for a paperback in a box with second hand mm-books I got some time ago. And this after I've been looking for a book with total power exchange...The watersports (lol Chelsea) almost had me put the book away. That was a close call but I'm glad I continued, because it turned out to be awesome. Jamie's little adventure with the mafia boss had me laugh out loud, not so much of the care ...
  • J.L. Merrow
    As other reviewers have made clear, this isn't for the faint-hearted. If you're squicked by piss-drinking, best to steer clear - at one point there was so much of it I started to wonder just what it might be doing to the narrator's kidneys!It's basically a mix of BDSM bildungsroman and romantic comedy, with the first half being more the former, and the second half more the latter. Jamie goes from dissatisfied clone at the start, to the perfect bo...
  • Kris
    A fascinating insight into the late 1970s/early 1980s world of part of the gay BDSM community. This will not be a novel for everyone because it is quite hardcore and therefore confronting in places, but at the same time it is a very compelling exploration of one young man's education and experience in submission. I think one of the things I most enjoyed about it was the epilogue which gave you a brief glimpse into Mr Benson's POV. All in all an i...
  • Shannon
    Okay, this one was a little too intense for my personal tastes. And I don't mean the things they did together. The master/slave relationship was great as was all the kinky depraved shit they did together. I just got thrown off with the sharing and the willing and not so willing sex outside of their relationship. The best part of the book IMO was the epilogue in Mr. Benson's words. Loved that part!
  • André
    A fun, delightfully dated look at the queer leather scene of the 70s, concentrating on the BDSM world of a novice slave and his new, very experienced, master. Ultimately a love story between the two, Mr. Benson is sexy, scary and unintentionally funny at times. Mid-book it unexpectedly veers into an over-the-top gay white slavery thriller and no gay fantasy/stereotype goes unexplored.
  • R
    It's been 14 years since I read the Bad Boys edition of this book, and I vividly recall LOVING it. It was one of the first gay books that I recall discussing with friends. Highly recommend to those interested in BDSM.