The Job by Sean Michael

The Job by Sean Michael
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Fern

Alex Ito has worked undercover for eight months – the longest stretch he’s ever done. He’s inhabited Nicky “Little Boy” Kimoto’s life for long enough now that it’s over, he’s not sure about going home to husband Bruce Amadine. What if he’s still more Nicky than Alex?

Walking along the street where they live, Alex sees a sexy, leather-clad, guyliner-eyed man coming out of their home and is taken aback. The shock doesn’t get any easier when he realizes this sexy, ready-for-play man is Bruce. Running on instinct, he follows Bruce to Chains, a BDSM club where it turns out Bruce is tending bar.

Already unsure of his welcome home, Alex feels even more distanced from Bruce and flees the club before Bruce even knows he’s there, retreating to a bad motel and the bottle, just like his undercover identity would.
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When the two men finally come face to face, will Bruce be able to find Alex beneath his Nicky Kimoto skin or has this job sucked Alex into the underworld for good?

Alex and Bruce had been married for a number of years although each time Alex needed to go undercover for his job as a policeman they managed to hold everything together. This time though Alex has been gone longer than ever before, and when he finally is able to return home he’s shocked to find Bruce all geared up and heading to work as a bartender in a local leather club. Confused and unsure, can Alex and Bruce reconnect and find their way back together?

I enjoyed this sexy short story. I immediately felt a lot of empathy for Alex, who seemed more than a little burned out by his undercover work. I was pleased he’d taken retirement and was considering his options and willing to keep an open mind and try different things to return properly home – body and mind. I was also glad that after the first phone call between Alex and Bruce it was pretty clear Bruce still dearly loved Alex, but that the strain of Alex’s job and the enforced separations and stress weighed heavily on their relationship. I loved how realistic and relatable this whole relationship and scenario was and was hooked from the first chapter.

The BDSM in this story is exceptionally mild – just a bit of rimming and light spanking – readers looking for something heavier on the kink side of things sexually should look at other stories by Sean Michael. There’s a strong undertone of the BDSM lifestyle but Alex and Bruce really are only just dipping their toe in, to see if certain parts of the lifestyle would help them let Alex shed his previous personas and fully come home. I enjoyed that most of the plot revolved around Bruce and Alex re-learning how they fit together as a couple and in their home life.

This struggle for Alex of not just physically coming home – but mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well – was something that really resonated with me and grabbed at my heart. It isn’t a traditional storyline that I truly feel like the author did an amazing job with this. I really felt for Alex and adored how patient but still strong Bruce was fielding all the various tics and pitfalls. I would have really enjoyed it had this story been longer – which is one of the deepest compliments you can give a book sometimes. I didn’t want to leave Bruce and Alex and was sad when the story wrapped up. I was certainly relieved that the men reconnected well together and clearly were fully committed both to each other and their marriage – so it was absolutely a happy ending, but I really enjoyed this story and was sad for it to draw to a close.

Steamy and sexy this is a lovely, emotional and well written short story that I greatly enjoyed.

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