Box Of Nails: Jack Of All Trades by Sean Michael

Box Of Nails: Jack Of All Trades by Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (150 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Brad is crashing in his cousin Stephen’s room while he tries to sort out his life. A perpetual student, he still hasn’t settled on a major after a half dozen years at University. He loves learning, but so far that’s the only thing that’s been a good fit.

Dill is a full-time Dom who hasn’t found the right sub yet. He’s not worried about it — he figures it’ll eventually happen and in the meantime, there’s plenty of boys at the Hammer Club who are eager to share a scene with an experienced master.

When Brad and Dill meet at a party at Barney and Devon’s house for subs, the attraction is immediate and undeniable and Master Dill feels that Brad is the perfect sub for him. He also believes that as his submissive, Brad will learn the focus he needs to fulfill his potential and find satisfaction with his life. Now he just needs to help jack-of-all-trades Brad see they belong together.

Dillinger Robinson is at a party with his good friend from the Hammer BDSM club, Jeff. It’s just a normal day until Dill meets Brad, a sweet little sub who is a perpetual student and seems to be a little lost. Drawn to Brad from the moment he laid eyes on him, Dill craves to introduce the younger man to the lifestyle of BDSM. Brad isn’t sure at first, but he is open-minded. Brad loves learning, and always eager for new experiences. Dill can certainly give him that and more.

This is a fun, sharp read. I found myself almost immediately liking both Dill and Brad. I love Sean Michael’s writing style, and almost always fall into his stories within the first few pages. This was no exception. I really enjoyed how open to exploring Brad was. While he wasn’t interested in BDSM per se – he had an insatiable curiosity and loved learning all sorts of things. Dill uses this hunger for knowledge to draw Brad in, with wonderful results. I found Brad endearing – and laughed aloud at some of his thoughts and comments, like wanting some time to read up and research various sex toys and other items. Dill was also incredibly patient, and that was exactly what Brad needed.

While I’ve only read a few other of the Hammer books in this series, this stands very well on its own. The club and some of the other members we briefly met are well explained and I feel anyone could pick this up as a stand alone novel and not miss a thing. There is plenty of kink in this lovely novel (rimming, nipple play and other BDSM playing) but I really loved how so much more of the book was about two men learning about each other and starting a deep and loving relationship. There’s fun times with them cooking, having coffee, just getting to know each other outside the bedroom. While the sex is smoking hot and prolific, it’s not just a number of bedroom scenes strung together. Brad and Dill get to know each other on every level – and their relationship is romantic, emotional and far more than just excellent sex. The author has an amazing talent to mesh these two aspects together and making a novel that has the best of both worlds.

I found this to be an amazing M/M full of kink, humour and excellent characters. Readers don’t need to be familiar with the other Hammer novels, and I would heartily recommend this novel. I loved the characters and found myself eagerly turning the pages late into the night. A wonderful tale I will happily reread many times in the future.

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