Inked Music by Sean Michael

Inked Music by Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full length (193 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/M, Anal Play, Toys, Spanking, Rimming
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Can a wealthy but bored businessman rescue a tortured musician from his self-imposed purgatory with a scorching kinky romance?

When Rene Conette attends an intimate performance at a local bar, the guitarist moves him enough that he attempts to go backstage but is stymied by the man’s bodyguard. Putting it down as not meant to be, he goes on with his life only to run into the man again, late at night at a bookstore.
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Gavin Turner used to be a famous musician until an obsessed fan kidnapped and tortured him. Then it came out that he was into the BDSM lifestyle, and the court of public opinion ravaged him. He lost his Master and his self-confidence. Now he hides behind his ink and his bodyguards, who make sure he doesn’t come into contact with anyone or anything he doesn’t want to. Though it’s been years since he satisfied his needs, he doesn’t think he can trust again.

If Rene can work his way past Gavin’s defenses, they might find they complement each other perfectly.

Rene was a man used to getting his own way and with plenty of money to back his desires up. After getting a tip, he discovers an unusually talented musician in a tiny club and is astonished when not only is he not introduced to this intriguing man, but Rene is summarily turned away. Gavin had worked hard to get his life to where he could cope. A complicated man, the musician doesn’t take his talent or life for granted. But Rene isn’t a man used to being told no and Gavin doesn’t really want to turn the sexy man away.

I really enjoyed this emotional story. Gavin had been brutally hurt in the past and I was pleased the author managed to strongly convey that without being too graphic or overly descriptive about it. It helped me understand much of Gavin’s reticence and self-imposed hermitage, but also explained the slower pace of the romance that blossomed between Gavin and Rene. A fast, wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am style of romance would have been completely at odds with the complicated and hurtful past that Gavin had. I also was really impressed with the gradual learning of Gavin and his history – there was no massive info-dump and so as Rene pieced things together so did I as a reader. I felt this helped both progress the plot and relationship between the two men, but more importantly kept the pace fast enough to retain my interest but slow enough that it didn’t feel to me like they were forced or rushed into anything.

The sex was steamy, fairly kinky and really well written. Sean Michael does kink superlatively in my opinion and I really loved how in this story there’s a really lovely balance between the kink and deep emotional connection between Gavin and Rene. I felt the level of trust the two men built was really complimented by their shared attraction to the BDSM lifestyle and while they didn’t jump right into the deep end with whips and chains, there was always that chemistry and smaller aspects from the beginning between them (Gavin calling Rene “sir” a few times unconsciously, or Rene calling Gavin a “beautiful bottom boy” as a strong compliment). The understanding was there like a live electrical current between them, but there was no rush to jump right in and I enjoyed watching the relationship – sexual and emotional – grow and deepen.

A strong story with some really interesting secondary characters (I would adore a threesome story or sequel revolving around Dev and Silas) and a bucket load of emotion, this is a great full length read. I will be happily going back to this story for many a re-read in the future.

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