Brewing by Sean Michael

Brewing by Sean Michael
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (113 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

As the love between Toby and Damon deepens, the man intent on destroying their happiness increases his efforts.

Toby and Damon are back in Brewing, their relationship deepening more despite the continuing efforts of a stranger to bring them down.

Helping in their efforts are their best friends Peter and Christian. Peter’s new investment in a three-story building on the same block as Damon’s bar offers Toby the opportunity of having a studio close to home. It also gives Peter and Christian a home they’ve made together, which Peter hopes will bring them closer together.

A former soldier, Christian has a hard time letting go and finding his subspace. It’s going to take a lot to break the conditioning he’s learned in the Army. Peter is stubborn, though, and he’s seriously falling for his strong sub.

Will yet another attack bring down two couples this time?

Peter and Christian are excited to finally have the renovations of their new building completed. The café Christian will run “Chip and Drip” suits their purposes perfectly. The top floor will be their new home, and best of all the middle floor is a perfect studio for Toby, their friend. Toby and Damon have had it rough lately, and Damon is almost as excited as Toby is that there’s now a safe place surrounded by their friends where Toby can do what he loves – sculpt. Their enemy is still out there though, and a threat to all Toby and Damon hold dear.

This is the next installment of the Beer and Clay series. While it’s sensible to have read the previous stories it’s not strictly necessary. The characters are well-introduced and there’s not a massive amount of background to info-dump on the reader. I feel anyone could pick up with this story and still enjoy it thoroughly. I loved the better understanding we’re given of both Peter and Christian as individuals, and the deeper look we’re given into their relationship. Both men have been active in Damon and Toby’s lives in the previous books and I’ve been keenly interested in Peter and Christian for a while now. Here, we’re finally shown a lot more of both men and I’ve loved this.

I really love what a complicated character Christian is. Peter is perfect for him, but Christian still has such a story to tell. He’s a wonderfully wounded ex-soldier, one who is new to the whole Dom/sub lifestyle and has plenty to learn about the life and himself. His journey is fascinating to watch and I dearly love his character.

I loved exploring both couples’ relationships deeper and learning more about all four characters. There are some satisfying plot conclusions, but readers new to these books will easily be able to pick up from here. A strong, hot read and one I plan to enjoy rereading many times in the future.

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