Joel & Brent by Sean Michael


Joel & Brent by Sean Michael
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (82 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking/Flogging, Fisting
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Untried and virginal, Joel still knows he’s looking to be pushed. He wants to give up control, but he wants to fight, as well. Auctioning himself off for six months of no-holds-barred subbing is the only solution he can come up with to getting what he wants.

Master Brent believes he’s the only man for the job of giving Joel the experience of a lifetime. He can give Joel what he really need. But once the contract is up, will Brent and Joel go their separate ways? Or have they found something together

Joel has decided to auction himself off, not just for the cash – though that’s a nice bonus – but to finally explore the submissive fantasies he’d never had the courage to ask for. Master Brent knew he wanted Joel and the auction was the perfect time to make his move. For six months they’ll test all their limits – but will that be enough?

I found this to be an intense and emotional story. I loved how Joel was new and scared, but equally determined to learn and throw himself into each and every experience he had with Brent. While I didn’t feel any of the BDSM scenes between them were too envelope-pushing, this is not a story where the BDSM was merely a light spanking and a bit of vulgar dirty-talk – this is a full-blown, lifestyle, Master/sub relationship that grows from scratch and readers should be mindful that there are a number of elements in the story that mightn’t suit everyone’s tastes. Personally I found the emotional connection and the clear respect and desire between Brent and Joel was lovely and added a lot of depth to the BDSM elements explored between them.

I particularly loved how even though Joel was brand-new to the lifestyle, he wasn’t weak or shy, wasn’t clumsy or “virginal” in an old-school sense. Joel was nervous and unsure, but he knew what he wanted and was eager to learn and explore. I felt this was handled in a deliciously modern sense (Joel owned his inexperience and Brent was eager to teach Joel) and overall I felt the whole situation was handled fantastically. There was quite a time-jump between two different sections of the story – Part One and Part Two – (almost a six-month period) and while I understand why the author did this, it would have been nice to have seen a few scenes between when Brent and Joel’s relationship was brand-new, to where their contract was coming near its end.

I found both these short stories strongly emotional and excellently written; I thoroughly enjoyed this lifestyle BDSM erotic romance. Joel and Brent were interesting and vibrant characters who quickly stole my attention and I found myself eagerly reading wanting to know what would happen next. A passionate and intense read.

Three New Wishes by Sean Michael


Three New Wishes by Sean Michael
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (217 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Fisting, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Come to Rainbow Island, where all your sexual fantasies will come true.

James, Guard and Damien continue to grant the sexual fantasies of their clients, but so far have been unable to make Rainbow Island work for their own relationship. Damien misses being home more often with his lovers, though, and Guard has been working on breaking down James’ defences. As the men move from one week to three week stays for their guests, can they finally make their own fantasies come true, too?

As always, three different fantasies are granted through Rainbow Island.

Tim is rich and bored now that he’s sold all his companies. A sometimes sub for the occasional evening, he’s searching for something more. He’s seen ‘lifestyle’ subs who indulge 24/7 and he’s curious to see if it really works. Full time Dom Rainier is brought in to give Tim the experience he’s been looking for. But Rainier has a secret – he’s been watching Tim in the club for years, just waiting for Tim to get serious before making his move. Can these two men find what they need in each other?

Mike has been hired to be a submissive for three weeks. He doesn’t know that much about the lifestyle, but has been assured that he won’t be damaged and that he can stop the proceedings at any time. He figures he can handle it, besides, the payday is too good to give up and will keep him off the street and fed for a long time. Dom Brendan is handsome and confident and the things he shows Mike have Mike more than a little turned on; in fact, they speak to something deep inside him. Could he have found something more than just another job in Brendan?

Angus and Robbie are a committed Dom/sub pair who want to spice things up a little and see if Puppy Play is for them. They’re excited and nervous to learn this new aspect from Sam, the puppy master that Rainbow Island has brought in to show them the ropes. They discover there’s more to puppy play than they’d imagined and not all of it is for them. Can they separate what they need from what they want and come out stronger than ever in the end?

Don’t miss out on these three new fantasies come true.

James, Guard and Damien are a trio who run Rainbow Island and help fulfill their clients’ deepest fantasies. Timothy was utterly bored. He had dabbled in being a submissive and after a very long time was ready to at least try out entering the lifestyle fulltime. Master Rain had been watching Tim, wanting far more than Tim’s usual “single scene and move on” style. So when Rain finds that Tim is willing to have the fantasy of something more lasting, Rain can hardly believe his luck. Mike was dirt poor, so when he was offered the opportunity of three weeks “working” on a private island and to be paid for it, he had no qualms about accepting the job. Mike had zero experience as a sub – barely even knowing what BDSM even really meant – but for three weeks on a sandy beach plus a generous wage, he was willing to take some risks. Brendan’s fantasy is to play with someone completely new to the lifestyle – no artifice, no mind-games, no preconceived notions. Can Brendan entice Mike into the lifestyle? Angus and Robbie had been together for a decade and were blissfully happy. They’ve decided to try out the fantasy of puppy play in the safety of the island. Can they both find satisfaction from this?

While this is the third book in the Rainbow Island series almost all the book is focused on the three different fantasies being fulfilled. In that sense this story is very nearly a stand-alone book and can be read without any prior knowledge of anything. Only the very first few pages – and last few – give some much awaited (by me, at least!) closure for James, Guard and Damien’s ménage. I found it utterly wonderful to finally see the three men work things out. For these few pages readers who haven’t read the previous two books will still be able to understand what is happening – but these scenes will certainly mean a whole lot more to those who have been following the relationship between James, Guard and Damien. I must strongly emphasize though, that this trio – and the story arc over the three Rainbow Island books – is a handful of pages. The vast majority of this story are three stand-alone fantasy-fulfillment stories and can certainly be read without prior knowledge – so I feel readers absolutely shouldn’t be put off by the fact this is “book 3”.

I really loved how while Tim deep down was a submissive, he was a strong willed and deeply intelligent man. At a few points initially Tim didn’t even seem completely certain he was a “real” sub as many of his instincts were to analyse everything, to be in control and to be very intellectual in his approach to things. I felt that Rain was the perfect match for him – willing to be tender and slow – but hot and firm where needed. I felt Tim and Rain were both well matched and not the traditional stereotypes of a Dom and sub pairing. I thought this story was fresh and interesting and a lovely look on how diverse people in the lifestyle can be.

I loved the slow build-up of chemistry between Mike and Brendan. I enjoyed how Mike really only had a lay-person sort of understanding about the BDSM lifestyle, but he wasn’t body-shy or virginal in his reactions to sex. It actually read to me like a refreshing change – Mike was open minded about new experiences and Brendan was happy and eager to teach him new things. Mike and Brendan exploring each other – and learning together sexually – was quite delightful to read.

Angus and Robbie were a wonderful and committed BDSM-lifestyle couple. I’ve not read much about puppy play really, so I was extremely pleased that the scene was moved through slowly. Since Angus and Robbie are new and learning the ropes this made it much easier for me – a novice – to follow along and understand both what puppy play is and how it’s conducted. While I feel certain this type of fantasy and role-play won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, I strongly feel that it was written in a consensual, loving and kind manner. So I think most readers who are either curious – or simply have an open mind – shouldn’t find anything offensive or too strange in here.

There were a few typo’s through the story (a “Rand” instead of a “Rain” and “warm” instead of “warn” etc) and while I did find that a little jarring it wasn’t bad – or frequent – enough to actually drag me out of the story.

Overall this was an excellent read, with three short stories and a lovely bit of closure for Guard, James and Damien. A lovely book and one I will happily reread again in the future.

Reclaiming by Sean Michael

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Reclaiming by Sean Michael
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (190 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, M/M/M, Menage, Anal Play, Toys, Fisting, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Beau thought Aaron was dead to him… Imagine his surprise when his former lover slinks into his tattoo shop.

Eight months ago, vampire Beaudelaire Delacourte had it all. As a tattoo artist, he used his special ink and spells to permanently tattoo other immortals and spent countless hours feeding and indulging in BDSM with his human lover, Aaron. Then he asked to turn Aaron so his lover could join him permanently, but Aaron refused, not willing to give up his humanity. Since then, Beau has kept his head down and stayed in his shop, only interacting with his clients who all come for his special brand of ink.

When Aaron shows up on his doorstep, half-dead and apologizing, Beau is shocked to learn that his boy was turned at the local vampire club by Stephan, another vampire. Not only was Aaron turned, but his chest was torn open, his fangs were broken and he was left in an alley to die. Spurred by the need to see Beau one last time, Aaron has been hiding in an abandoned building until he found the strength to make it to Beau’s shop.

Beau takes his boy in again, promising that Aaron will earn his place back in Beau’s bed, and vowing that he will take revenge on Stephan. Unbeknownst to Beau, Aaron is only the first in a long line of humans who Stephan has created then turned out to fend for themselves. As Beau discovers that this is only one of the old rules that Stephan has broken, he and Aaron are drawn into a web of intrigue that can only end in someone’s death.

Beau and Aaron had broken up when Beau offered his lover immortality and Aaron refused. That was months ago, and when Aaron stumbled back into Beau’s tattoo parlour, Beau was shocked. Not only had Aaron been viciously changed, but Aaron’s fangs had been broken and the man cast aside and left for dead. Can Beau reclaim his ex lover and can the two men find their way back to each other?

I found this a fresh take on the more traditional style of vampires. While much of the world and mythology is similar to the normal style everyone knows, I loved how the book itself focused strongly on Aaron learning the ropes of vampirism. Beau takes on the role of mentor and it was interesting to effectively learn alongside Aaron. Elements of the BDSM lifestyle were closely woven in with more common vampire lore – feeding and avoiding sunlight/lasers etc. And I was delighted by the slightly rough edge Beau had. No sparkly vampires or lacy, flouncy silk shirts here!

At a few points early in the book I worried that Aaron was slightly too dependent upon Beau. While I loved how Mr Michael explained very thoroughly how weak, young and new Aaron was – so this dependency really made sense and was completely logical, Aaron’s level of reliance on Beau was deeply submissive. I have to admit though I really enjoyed watching Aaron flourish and grow strong – not just as a vampire, but also as a man and in his relationship with Beau. The pacing was near perfect for me. Slow, gradual and both men needed to work hard and earn it all. This made the whole story a real delight to me and one I know I will thoroughly enjoy reading many times to come.

This is the first of a series, and I really enjoyed the paranormal world Mr Michael has created. There were a number of very strong secondary characters who I presume will be showcased in future books. Aaron and Beau’s relationship was primary throughout the entire book and while they did find a semi-regular human man to feed from (Geoff – I dearly hope his book is one of the upcoming ones) and the feeding was fairly sexual (the M/M/M listed above) this is not a traditional ménage or a committed part to Aaron and Beau’s relationship. Aaron and Beau care for Geoff, enjoy him and feed from him, but they’re not a threesome in a relationship way. Personally, I’m hoping this leaves the door open for Geoff’s own story. Similarly – I’d love to read a story about Beau’s two siblings.

A new and lovely look on the traditional vampire story. I really enjoyed this and am eagerly awaiting new stories in this series. Highly Recommended.

The Luckiest Master by Sean Michael

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The Luckiest Master by Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (203 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Fisting
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

When Master Damien Richardson (Day to his friends) takes over the front desk manager job at the Iron Eagle Gym, he knows he’s going to need an assistant. But finding the right person for the job is harder than he thought it would be. When he meets Saw, he thinks he’s found the solution to all his problems, and maybe something more.

Sawyer Whitehead lost his master to a tragic car accident some years ago, and since then one opportunity after another has gone sour on him. Thoroughly convinced he’s cursed and a jinx to everything and everyone he touches, he refuses to officially become Day’s assistant because he knows that as soon as he does, something terrible will happen. He’s even more determined not to get involved with Day, despite his attraction, because it would kill him to be responsible for tragedy befalling the lovely man.

Day must convince Saw that he’s not cursed and that together, they can face any challenge that comes their way—in both their professional and personal partnerships.

Master Day has taken over the managerial duties of the front desk at the Iron Eagle Gym. His first order of business is to hire himself an assistant as there’s an awful lot of work to be done each day. Sawyer loves his job, and strong feelings grow between Day and Saw – but Sawyer is convinced he’s jinxed. Can Day convince him just how good they can be together?

I found this to be a wonderful book. While I have read the two previous installments in the Iron Eagle Gym series, this book can absolutely be written as a stand alone. A few of the previous characters make cameos, but effectively the entire story is based around Damien and Sawyer and their relationship. Nothing at all is lost by picking this book up and reading it by itself.

I was initially dubious at Sawyer’s belief that he’s cursed and his resistance both to working officially at the gym and entering into a relationship with Day. The author, however, not only made it realistic enough I found it believable, but Mr. Michael infused the characters with so many layers and such a strong writing style that I found myself compelled to turn the pages late into the night. I loved the balance of Sawyer, he is calm and perfectly independent, self-contained, but at the same time very firm and almost stubborn in his beliefs. It’s clear and easy to see things from Sawyer’s perspective too. After losing his Master and having a run of bad luck with jobs worrying about messing other things up isn’t much of a stretch.

Added onto all this, I loved the slower pace Day and Saw took with their relationship. While jumping immediately into bed and hard, kinky sex is all well and good, in this set up I feel it would have been ludicrous. I loved Day for his patience – and not just a “biding his time” sort of thing, but making a genuine effort to get to know Saw, to understanding his opinions and lifestyle and the world he’d created for himself and then Day gently easing himself into it. This made the whole story so much more romantic to me, it showed depth and caring and just a sensibleness that made my heart thump. And when we finally get to the kinky sex – phew! It’s well worth the wait and a hundred times hotter for all the build up. Indeed, that first kiss shared between the men had me sighing happily like a teenager.

Readers wanting a bit of spice with their sex and a mountain of romance, along with truly deep and complex characters should love this as much as I did. A wonderful story with rich characterization and an interesting plotline. Recommended.

Three Wishes by Sean Michael

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Three Wishes by Sean Michael
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length : Full Length (181 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Ménage, M/M/M, Anal Play, Forced Seduction, Fetish, Toys, Fisting, Spanking, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Come to Rainbow Island, where all your sexual fantasies will come true.

In Three Wishes, James, Guard and Damien, bring in three different couples for their special fantasy granting services. Handsome model Benji is tired of being perfect, and he wants to make his body his own. Thor, tattoo artist and piercer, as well as Dom, is just the man to do it. Will Benji find what he’s looking for?

Meanwhile, Alan and Roman are a long-time sub/Dom couple looking to have a few outside Masters give Alan all the things that Roman can’t. Will their relationship survive Alan’s strong reaction to one of the Masters?

The last couple to visit the island are Quinn and Pierce. Quinn has medical fetishes he’s embarrassed to tell his lover Pierce about even though Pierce is a doctor. So he’s going to get it out of his system in this safe environment. At least that’s the plan…

Don’t miss out on these fantasies come true.

Wow. I really loved this book! With four main plots threading delicately together this has plenty going on. It’s a testament to Mr. Michael’s writing skills though that no couple/group gets either overlooked or dwelled on too long. I found the pacing of both the story and the relationships between the couples/groups to be amazing.

Guard, Damien and James run a small island resort for a very select clientele – they allow their clients a safe and welcoming environment where their deepest sexual fantasies can come true. The three men have also been in a ménage relationship until James was hurt. I loved how even though they, themselves aren’t their own clients – their fantasy of getting back together and starting fresh was also clearly one of the longer-term plot arcs. Guard and James are the first characters we’re introduced to – setting up the various fantasies that are about to take place – and I was immediately drawn into their story, curious at the threesome breaking up but also eager for their reunion since it’s so obvious their love is still strong.

There is effectively three proper short stories going on in this book – as well as Guard, Damien and James as a peripheral storyline. Thor and Benji explore a fantasy of body modifications (piercings and tattoos) as well as aspects of the BDSM lifestyle, then Alan and Roman explore voyeurism – Alan submitting while Roman watches – and finally Quinn and Pierce explore Quinn’s medical fantasies together.

While I don’t personally feel there was any “forced seduction” in these fantasties, in a few places the story was being told from the Dom’s perspective. In two instances the Dom/sub pairings were brand new – only having known each other for their time on the island/resort – so the reluctance shown by the subs could potentially be construed as “forced seduction”. There was always safewords though, and never any play rough enough that I felt bordered on abuse – but there is a very fine line between being truly forcing someone and one partner being reluctant in a safe scene. Personally – I feel with the safewords and genuine care shown between all the partners this shouldn’t be on the wrong side of that line, but some of the scenes are quite heavy/emotional and without knowing for a fact the sub is loving every second (ie being told from their point of view) I felt this was worth mentioning. Readers should also know that there is a knife play scene (sensations from the knife – not playing with the blood or full-on harm occurring), and a few medical examination style scenes (sounds, enemas and the like).

All up while there is plenty of fantasy-come-to-life scenes that might push various buttons, I found everything was written in good taste and as sensually as any more regular kinky, erotic story. I particularly enjoyed the characters and loved the different dynamics between couples both brand new and more established. While there might be triggers or parts of scenes that some readers might not find too erotic, I feel this is an excellent book to showcase some of the rarer kinks in a tasteful and safe environment. And just as the icing on the cake – all the fantasy plotlines were resolved with very happy and satisfied endings. There’s also clear hooks for both the next story and for the continuing relationship between Damien, James and Guard. I really enjoyed this and would strongly recommend it if readers are curious about “non-standard” types of kink. A lovely read.

Raw Silk by Lisabet Sarai

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Raw Silk by Lisabet Sarai
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre:Contemporary
Length: Full Length (217 Pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/M/M/F, M/F/F, Multiple Partners, exhibitionism, Voyeurism, Anal Sex, Spanking, Fisting, Toys, Menage
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

In a foreign land, a woman discovers exotic new realms of the senses…

When software engineer Kate O’Neill leaves her lover David to take a job in Thailand, she becomes sexually involved with two very different men—a handsome and debauched member of the Thai aristocracy, and the charismatic proprietor of a sex bar.

Each touches her in a different way, each teaches her different things about her body and her heart.

Then David comes to Bangkok, and Kate realizes that, finally, she must choose one of the three men who all desire her.

On a whim, software engineer, Kate takes a new job in Thailand. When she left her lover and traveled to Thailand for her new job she expected a lot of things. Somehow, she got more than she expected, both good and bad.

She meets two people in Thailand who show her what passion and sex can be. She experiences things she never experienced or ever thought could happen. She learned that there is more to sex, passion and love than what society portrays.

I think it would be fair to give readers who prefer light erotic romance and mild BDSM, that this wasn’t light or mild. The men involved were serious about their play and punishment. Also, in regards to the ménages or partnerships, there is touching and kissing and more, between both the men and woman.

Raw Silk portrays a woman searching for love and finding it in Thailand. She learns a lot about herself, new cultures and countries different from her home. There are multiple plots and I appreciated that, as it kept me on my toes and engaged in the story to the end. The main plot revolves around the three men and Kate but the minor plot is what happens to the company she has been working for in Thailand.

For her this becomes more than fun when she has to choose between the men who taught her so much. All three were into her and were able to work together during the passionate sex they had, but they wanted her to choose one of them. Even with her struggle to choose, this is a HEA. The author ties it all together in the end with a very satisfying conclusion worthy of a romance. This one is for readers who like a little, or a lot, more spice and sexual adventure with their romance.

Fermenting by Sean Michael

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Fermenting by Sean Michael
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (116 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Fisting, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Christian needs what Peter has to give him, but will he let himself have it?

With Toby’s stalker behind bars, Damon and Toby can relax and enjoy their relationship, sinking into basking and revelling in each other.

Things are just heating up for Peter and Christian, though. A former soldier, Christian still hasn’t found his subspace and he’s worried it either doesn’t exist or he’s simply doing it wrong. Peter has as much patience as he needs, though, and he slowly pushes Christian to the edges of his limits, doing everything he can to help Christian grow and flourish.

Christian’s training and the café they’re opening create good excuses for Christian to keep from submitting, even though, deep down, it’s what he really wants. Peter’s perseverance will have to work overtime to overcome them.

Will Christian ever give in to the things he knows he needs? Only time will tell.

Peter and Christian are still exploring their relationship. Christian is struggling to find his sub-space, and deep inside he’s worried he might never really reach it. Peter has fallen deeply in love with his boy and is more than happy to push Christian’s boundaries, to help him find that special place where nothing but the two of them exist.

While this book mostly focused on Peter and Christian and the progression of their relationship, I enjoyed the quick look-in’s we got to see of Damon and Toby too. The earlier books in this series centered on Damon and Toby’s relationship so it was fun to see some resolution of those plots happen. That said, this book really does show a lot of progress and deepening of Peter and Christian. I’ve loved this couple (Christian in particular) as complex characters in the earlier books and was thrilled to really dig deeper into their stories.

This is book five in the series. I feel it would be best if readers had read at least a few of the previous stories – but I have to admit the author does a great job of writing this book as a self-contained story. I feel readers could read this without any of the previous ones and the reader will still enjoy a great, emotional BDSM story. But the story is much richer, more complex and deeper having read the previous installments. I feel the experience is far greater having come the full journey.

I loved reading both Peter and Christian, as well as Damon and Toby’s stories continue. I’ve grown really attached to these characters and hope there are more books coming down the line. Hot and sweet, filled with interesting, multi-layered characters this is an awesome book and one I know I will reread many times to come. Recommended.

Twice Upon A Blue Moon by Helena Maevee

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Twice Upon A Blue Moon by Helena Maeve
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (155 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Toys, Fisting, Spanking
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Some affairs are like playing with fire, but knowing you’ll get burned is no reason to throw the game.

When her best friend doesn’t show up after a no-strings date with a man she met in a fetish club, Hazel is duty-bound to fetch her from what could be a sticky situation. She doesn’t expect to find her friend’s date so attractive—or so unflappably cool. Not that it matters. Hazel has been burned before and she knows to stay away from handsome men who are patently out of her league, especially when they’re involved with her one and only friend.

Tesla-driving, suit-wearing Dylan more than fits the bill. But every barb Hazel throws him makes him rise to the challenge, and he doesn’t want her to find a way to say no. But not only does Dylan have his own playroom and a sound grip on the S&M lifestyle, he’s also a man of many secrets. Dylan sees a place for Hazel in his bed, but what he wants is more than a one-night stand.

As she acclimates to the idea that Dylan may not be entirely straight or entirely single, Hazel soon finds herself caught between two dominant men whose bond seems to balance on a knife’s point.

This story had so many aspects and elements to it that I hardly know where to begin. I adored the relationship between Hazel and Dylan from the very beginning. Even if they came together under what some may consider questionable reasons, it was clear from the beginning that they had chemistry and needed to be together. Then add in Ward, the questionable roommate of Dylan and Hazel’s past, and you get some amazing turn of events.

Hazel is one amazing woman, even though she has had some events in her life that has left her a bit jaded. I think on a personal level I related to her; she built a hard exterior to keep others out. That helped me connect with her as well as root for her from the very beginning. I knew she could find happiness if only she came to terms with her past and I was glad to watch the development.

Dylan is just too suave for his own good. I mean, how many girls and guys can he seduce really? I can tell why people seem to love him he just has a way about him. He makes you want to accept, respect, and submit to him. Yet, he does not take it for granted which really is a gift in itself.

Ward on the other hand is a guy I could never really figure out if I liked or hated, which is exactly how Hazel felt most times, and exactly what the author was going for. Even in the end I learned to appreciate him a bit more, but I still felt like someone needed to keep an eye on that one just in case. I also understand how he added a certain level of excitement and unpredictability to the story that really brought it to a different level.

Overall, I have to say I enjoyed reading this story. The relationship development was shaky at times but still continuously progressed. I have to say however that this is not one of those stories that left me thinking “and they lived happily ever after”. I felt like in the end some things went unresolved and could have used some wrapping up, but this may just be the authors way of getting me to look forward to the next story.

Love Matters by Sean Michael

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Love Matters by Sean Michael
Publisher: Totally Bound
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (209 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Fetish (water/enema play), Toys, Fisting
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

For ten years they’ve done things Trey’s way. Now Lucien wants more. He wants to be with his lover full-time. Is Trey ready? Will he ever be?

Ten years after they first met and fell in love, Lucien and Trey are still together—after a fashion. Terrified that he’s going to become entirely dependent on Lucien, Trey calls his lover to come spend four to five days with him whenever he finishes a novel. Lucien wants more, but up until now has been willing to bow to Trey’s wishes.

Finally broaching the idea of seeing each other more often, during Trey’s writing periods, Lucien suggests that they begin to date each other on Friday nights. Trey agrees to the experiment and begins to flourish as Lucien gets him out of the house more—to eat, to swim, to visit the beach.

But can Trey remain faithful to his work ethic, get the job done with his novels and enjoy the distractions and adventures Lucien plans for him? Or will Lucien’s desire to have more break them apart?

Only time will tell.

Trey and Lucien have a standing arrangement. When Trey finished writing one of his novels, the two men got together and hooked up. Trey often gets to set the pace, and this time with a little more than four days at their disposal, he decides he wants Lucien to push him. Push him further than he’s ever gone. But Lucien has a surprise for Trey, because he had already planned to push his lover – all the way out of their long-established comfort zone. Lucien wants to be more than a part-time lover, he doesn’t want to be with Trey only around his writing schedule any more. He wants to be a permanent part of Trey’s life.

I really loved this book. Trey is an intricately complex character who really grabbed my imagination. Born blind, Trey has closed himself off to much of the world. His life is writing and the carefully controlled environment of his home. His parents hurt him emotionally when he came out of the closet – saying that Trey just wanted a man to live with him, to depend on. That comment has scarred him far more than Trey really knows. It’s had him close his heart off, and I feel it’s a big part of his unwillingness to share his whole life with Lucien, how their “only after a book is finished” relationship began. While his actions are logical, I really empathized with the fear Trey felt deep in his soul. Change is hard when you’ve made such a comfortable, routine life. They both start to make small changes, standing Friday night dates, swimming on Saturdays, small steps. And Lucien is the epitome of patience.

Their first big adventure out of the house was one I really enjoyed. Nothing huge or life-altering, just the simple pleasure of going to the local lake, making sandcastles and enjoying the sunshine together. It was a big step forward for both men and was a delight to read. And that was thankfully the first of many outings. I loved seeing this well-defined couple, who had been together for around ten years, deepen and explore their relationship, taking it to a new level. Trey and Lucien are clearly deeply in love, solidly committed only to each other, and yet there’s still so very much for them to do – Trey’s independence issues and Lucien’s wanting to be involved as more than just a part-time person in Trey’s life. Watching these men begin a new phase in their life together was amazing and I found it just wonderful to read the two men learn more about each other and open their hearts even further.

There is tons of fantastic sex, kink and naughty butt-plug play. I’d be amazed if anyone could read it through and not need a big glass of cold water to help cool down. Yet there’s such depth of emotion, such love and trust between these two men. It’s a brilliant thing to read and get swept away with. I loved this book and would strongly recommend it to others. A heartfelt, deliciously sexy story that will stay with me for some time to come.

Cream (A Hammer Novel) by Sean Michael

CREAM
Cream by Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (204 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Fetish, Fisting, Spanking
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Storm owns the Beat & Cream bakery, popular with the Hammer Club members for its name, the amazing pastries Storm bakes, and his willingness to make all sorts of naughty creations. Not into the lifestyle himself, Storm loves the punny nature of the name of his establishment and everyone he’s met have been nice.

Zeb, an unattached Top and Hammer Club member hears about the bakery and knows he must check it out for himself, given he has the world’s biggest sweet tooth. He finds the pastries delicious, but he’s even more taken with the owner himself, and sets out to woo Storm.

It’s easy to fall in love with someone who makes you laugh and brings your life joy, but what happens when that happens with someone who isn’t into the same things you are? Zeb and Storm are about to find out if they can find some mutual ground, or if Zeb’s lifestyle will keep them apart.

Zeb has a serious sweet tooth and with the other guys at the Hammer club raving about the Cream and Beat Bakery his curiosity is aroused. When Zeb sees the naughty shapes and creations the creative chef makes from customer requests, he can’t put it off any longer. He needs to go there. Cakes, pastries and cookies, it all has Zeb’s mouth watering, but the cute owner of the shop – Storm – appeals as much if not more than his baked goods. The chemistry is smoking hot between them, and although Storm isn’t into the BDSM scene, Zeb can’t help the high level of his attraction to the smaller man. As one dinner becomes two and then far more, Zeb and Storm both find their hunger for each other increasing to the point of no return.

This was a great book, filled with seriously hot chemistry and more than a little nipple/fetish play and funny puns. I found myself laughing numerous times and loving how easy and relaxed both Zeb and Storm were together. I found that Storm had a sort of innocence which I really loved. He’s a fully grown man, not some sort of ingénue and he even has quite a temper buried down under a mountain of control. Storm also has a dirty way with the puns and could be a pushy lover, but even through all that he came across to me as very soft and tender, especially in regards to his sexuality. I found the complexities of his character particularly charming and unique. I really loved him and found myself touched by his personality.

I also really felt that Zeb was perfect for him. Zeb might be a Top, might have far more experience, but he didn’t appear to me to be some hard BDSM maniac. He was incredibly patient and willing to work at Storm’s pace. Even more wonderful to my mind, Zeb didn’t need the labels, especially since Storm wasn’t ready to embrace some. For example, Zeb didn’t insist Storm label himself a sub, or call Zeb “Sir” or “Master”. I felt the love and connection between Zeb and Storm was even more intense, more perfect because Zeb was willing to take Storm for who he was. And sure, Zeb pushed Storm sexually, often past what Storm thought of as his comfort levels, but Zeb never crossed the line and never forced Storm into a box/label or doing something he wasn’t thoroughly enjoying. I found that quite different – especially for a BDSM book, where all too often I find the characters need to fit inside specific parameters. Zeb and Storm were outside that and I loved every moment.

While Dominance and Submission is a strong theme throughout the whole story, I found it actually quite tastefully, emotionally and almost romantically written. These are the sorts of stories I love to find and read, where there is such emotion, romance and true depth of caring between the protagonists. Yes, there’s kink and no I won’t be sharing this story with my mother or granny, but it has such a delicious eroticism I devoured the book in one sitting. I greatly enjoyed the deep connection between Zeb and Storm and the romance reader inside me just sighs in blissful happiness.

Clearly this was an amazing story and deeply satisfying. There’s an impressive amount of kinky, delightfully sex scenes and an equally lovely amount of regular “getting to know you” stuff that helped show me just how good Zeb and Storm were together. This was a complex, layered story I enjoyed thoroughly. I would strongly recommend it for readers who like their kink, but don’t want anything too heavy-handed, and also for readers who enjoy their M/M romance and don’t mind a bit of bite in their sex. This is an awesome read.