Tagged: Sean Michael

mastertakesMaster Takes a Name by Sean Michael

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Story Rating: 4 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Blurb:

Before he can embrace his future, he must accept himself.

Kael is happy with his life. A consummate sub, he’s out, proud, and surrounded by good friends. Then he hears about Master L, a new Dom who has all the twinks aflutter. Kael’s curious, but not unduly so, until he and the stud do a scene. Then he understands the commotion. But since Master L only ever tops a sub once, when it’s over Kael is determined to forget him, even if he has to go on holiday to do it.

Liam is deep in the closet, but the Dom known as Master L also has needs. So far, he’s kept his identity a secret by never choosing the same boy twice, and frequently changing venues. After his scene with Kael, Liam finds himself fixating on the sub and willing to break his one-time only rule. But will it lead to heartache or happiness?

Review:

“Master Takes a Name” is a hot short romance. Liam and Kael have an instant connection, the kind that probably only happens in fiction. It also happens to be a very physical connection, and almost all of their time together is spent having sex. That makes for a hot story, although not necessarily the most believable. We never really learn much about either of the characters. The coming-out angle is a bit over-played in the blurb. Liam is supposedly closeted, but there’s very little discussion of it and he never explains it to Kael. In the end, his coming out is nothing overly dramatic. It just sort of happens, without any real consequences.

But let’s not kid ourselves. You’re unlikely to read a book like this for a compelling story line. The setup is plausible enough and there’s enough drama to move the story along at a good pace. You may not know much about the characters, but they’re real enough to keep things interesting and not distract you from the scenes. This is the kind of erotic romantic fantasy that you want to be true, even though you know it’s unrealistic.

As for the scenes, the first few are certainly kinky, but not very extreme. A little light flogging and spanking. The attraction between these two is more about dominance and submission than anything else, and the sex between them gets progressively more vanilla as their relationship develops.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

thebikersThe Biker’s Pup by Sean Michael

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Lovers of Sean Michael will thoroughly enjoy this m/m kinky biker fest. In Biker’s Pup, a frightened twink, Nick, is found by Whip. Nick’s asshole lover, Dirk, is an abusive top who ignored Nick’s safeword and then beat him. Lucky for Nick, he finds his biker on a Harley to save the day.

This is a cute hook up story spanning a weekend at a gay biker rally. With Bears, Leatherman and bratty bottoms abounding, it can be overwhelming. For someone like Nick who’s never fit in and then left all alone, it’s downright scary. Whip is a gentleman top who finds the boy toy to meet his needs. This serendipitous meeting helps both of them out.

From a character perspective, it’s straightforward. All the characters fit the stereotypes people expect for gay kinky biker men. The plot is uncomplicated and a bit too easily resolved. For those who are Sean Michael fans, expect the requisite pup references as well as growling. The kinky part of this story is mild. Nothing too kinky goes on except for the initial threat which scared Nick so bad. There is a bit of cock teasing as possible sexual hook ups are suggested. For example, Trig,Whip’s best friend asked if Whip would share Nick. Whip flat out replies no.  Then the sneaky imagery is proposed.

“Damn it.” Trig winked right back. “I’d have to admit, if we shared him, we’d squish him.” (pg. 38, Kindle loc. 570-571)

Now I have images of two large hairy bears in leather chaps and nothing else sandwiching a hairless cute twink. Nick is in a ball gag with tears streaming down his face whilst Whip and Trig are shoving their thick cocks up his ass at the same time. Whip and Trig growling and grunting as they squish puppy dog eyes Nick between them. Mr. Michael makes a slight offhand comment and I’m falling down into the gutter. This quickie kinky m/m erotica is recommended for those who love happily ever afters for lost little boys toys.

Reviewed by Book Addict

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Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Review:

Johnson figures it’s got to be a sign when cowboy Billy shows up at his garage after hours, just as he’s about to go find someone to spend the night with. He’s horny enough that a lot of guys would look good, but Billy seems special somehow.

Billy thinks Johnson’s the hottest ticket he’s seen since he moved to California from Texas, and after a good meal and some good fun, he takes Johnson home. They both find out they’re getting more than they bargained for. Can Johnson and Billy figure out why they feel so connected and can they make it last once reality sets back in?

Review:

“Bruised” is, more than anything, pure grade A smut. Once Billy and Johnson get together, which happens within the first few pages, we’re treated to an almost continuous sequence of scenes as the two explore a rather specific kink they discovered on their first night together: Johnson loves Billy’s pale skin and can’t keep his lips and teeth off of it. By the morning, Billy is covered in hickeys and bruises, and he likes it.

The rest of the book is devoted almost entirely to the pair’s exploration of this one kink. They try a little light bondage, but never move beyond that. Although the title suggests it, there’s no pain play of any kind. The only bruises Billy gets are from Johnson’s lips or the pressure of his hand on his lover’s skin. The young cowboy never gets as much as a spanking.

There’s no real story here at all. Only the minimum amount of prose is used to connect one love scene to another. The things that might normally add drama to a plot, such as an argument or Billy putting in long hours, are quickly swept aside and used as simply another reason to have sex.

Which is not to say the sex isn’t hot; it just gets a little repetitive after a while. Given the length of the book, a little more depth to the characters and their relationship might have made things more interesting. While the story will certainly titillate, it will be forgotten as soon as you finish.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Cereus : Opening by Sean Michael, Julia Talbot, and BS Tortuga

http://www.amazon.com/Cereus-Opening-ebook/dp/B009DMLR7Q/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1360680830&sr=1-1&keywords=cereus+opening

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 2 out of 5

Review:

If, like me, you haven’t read the first collection of stories in this series, it seems to boil down to this: A dragon, a vampire and a werewolf walk into a bar… or whatever, and decide to open a resort for all the things that go bump in the night; sort of a Club Med for the fanged and furry. The first book contained stories covering the building of Cereus, and now this collection recounts three tales from the opening. Each of the short stories focuses on a different set of characters, although there are also common players that appear in all the tales.

In the first story, “Pack Rules” by BA Tortuga and Julia Talbot, werewolf security chief “Van” Donovan has to come to terms with his former lover Mik, a vampire. The two fell out some years ago over Van’s need to serve his pack, but the two have never really gotten over each other, and now they’re forced to work together. Van is determined not to let his ‘mate’ get away from him again, just as Mik is trying to avoid getting hurt by what he saw as a betrayal. He tries to keep away from Van, but the wolf enjoys a chase, just as he enjoys domination. And while vampires may be known as tops, in truth Mik likes being dominated, and even needs a little discipline from time to time.

This is a rather interesting little story. The underlying plot is a mystery involving the security cameras, which ties things together. There are several spicy sex scenes between Van and Mik, and while they’re hot, the kink doesn’t go beyond a spanking, aside from the sometimes forceful domination by Van. However, the chemistry between these two never quite gelled for me. While the reason they parted ways is made clear, the rest of their history isn’t really discussed. While there’s obviously a powerful sexual attraction between the two, it’s not clear what, if anything, they have in common that would have held them together in the first place.

The next story, “Downward Dog”, also by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga, picks up more or less where the first story left off. Rian, the resort’s young yoga instructor, finds himself faced with a suitor, one of the original residents of the ancient forest where Cereus has been built. Gilead is an old fashioned lone wolf, but he’s set his sights on Rian to be his mate. His courtship methods don’t go down too well at first, but once he and the young wolf are finally thrown together, Rian is drawn to the older man-wolf, despite all his reservations.

This is a sweet little love story without any kink to it, aside from a little biting. Like the first story, there’s a bit of made-for-each-other inevitability to it all, but since the two characters don’t have any history together, it’s a little easier to simply suspend disbelief and go with the romance.

The last story, “The Bear Facts” by Sean Michael, is certainly the kinkiest, as well as being saccharin sweet. In it, polar werebear Nuk checks into the resort for a month of fun with one of the resort’s staff submissives. Every few years he leaves his isolated home in the Arctic to find sexual release among other people. However, Nuk gets lost on the way to his cabin and stumbles across IT guy Alain. The young man isn’t a shifter or a vampire, he’s just a regular human, although he has different colored eyes and can do magic. It’s lust at first sight for the old bear and he quickly decides that the chatty geek is going to be his.

This is a story of polar opposites (if you’ll pardon the expression) who somehow find a completeness in each other. Nuk is definitely the strong silent type. He has lived alone for many years so he’s not used to talking, while Alain can’t seem to shut up at first. The younger man’s chattiness seems to hide some insecurity, about his heterochromia, among other things. But, despite his misgivings, as in all these stories, love finds a way, although there is a surprise or two along the way.

There is a lot of sex in this story, although the kink is more thought about than actually depicted. The private dungeon in Nuk’s suite isn’t mentioned again after it’s discussed in the opening chapter. What actually gets described is some light bondage and knife-play. It’s hot, but not very edgy.

While none of the stories in “Cereus: Opening” are particularly kinky, they are all enjoyable enough to be entertaining reading. The tales are a little overly sweet and predictable at times, but the writers are talented enough to make you forget that for the most part.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

 

Peace Within the Quiet, a Velvet Glove Story by Sean Michael

http://www.amazon.com/Peace-Within-Quiet-Velvet-ebook/dp/B007I6HGR4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1335398844&sr=1-1

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Book Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Review:

Gloucester is an aging sub who hasn’t belonged to a top for a very long time. He’s throwing himself a bit of a pity party at being thrown over by yet another top for a younger sub when he decides to pull himself up and go on the prowl. Gloucester haunts the halls of The Velvet Glove, a giant BDSM club of the future. In his wanderings, Gloucester comes across Katashi, a top with an apparent talent for rope. Katashi seems taken with Gloucester and invites him to share a meal, and then a meditation session. The two men are quite enamored of each other and by the second night they seem well on the way to forming a relationship.

Peace Within the Quiet is a very short story recycled from a five year old collection. While there is quite a bit of discussion of pain and bondage, it’s all in the past. What’s actually depicted in the few scenes described is a very gentle seduction. It’s a rather sweet romantic story. Being a short story, it moves at a blinding, almost unbelievable, pace and there’s absolutely no drama to it. The writing is competent, but as a BDSM story it gives you nothing to fire your imagination.

Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Three More Wishes
Sean Michael
Torquere Press [link to buy]
ISBN-10: 1610405692
ISBN-13: 978-1610405690

Rating: 4 out of 5 Paddles

“Boss, da plane da plane!” is the first thought running through my mind as I read this book. I didn’t read the first book, Three Wishes, so I was a bit confused about the history between the three lovers, Guard, James and Damien. Their story seems to be wrought with pain and anguish which has kept their triad broken for four years. Still, the three of them run a BDSM fantasy island for men only. The fantasies are hot and all D/s. The BDSM is just right, nothing too heavy and each unique. The aftercare in the stories is especially appealing. The relationship building between each of the matched couples on the island gives me a warm fuzzy feeling in my heart. And it gives me a warm feeling…down there.

The first matched pair is rather sad as one is suffering deterioration in his health and has given up hope. He’s come to the island to have his fantasy of being “cared for” fulfilled. The Dom wants someone to take care of – not a pushy sub. It’s a match made in heaven. Cameron was a macho horse rancher who has basically lost everything. Desolate, his last wish for himself is five days being taken care of and loved. Xander does that and so much more. I like this story because it showed the carrying side of a D/s relationship. Plus the sexual play is hot.

The second couple is a hot non-consensual kidnapping fantasy. While this could have been pushing past the limit for some of the new to BDSM readers, this one didn’t come close to my limit. Instead of a sadistic forcing, we are voyeurs to a sub using his safeword and what happens after it’s been yelled in panicking fear. Ben is a writer who wanted to experiment a hot fantasy and bit off a bit more than he could chew. Tip is an experienced Dom who is an expert and bringing Ben to the edge and throwing him into a loop with great mind fuck techniques. I love it. HOT!

The third couple is sizzling HOT – a Dom submitting to another Dom – A YOUNGER Dom. Leo is an experienced Dom who wants to be the best and decides to submit to better understand the subs he trains. He’s thrown for a loop when it’s “Little David” that brings him to submissive ecstasy. Leo didn’t want anyone to know he was submitting for fear of tarnishing his Dom reputation. Resistance is futile because David is a better Dom than Leo expected and forces an unwilling Leo yielding to David. The sex in this story is the most intense with punishing ass fucking and anal play. I reveled in it. I couldn’t get enough of it, as an anal enthusiast. Since I never saw the threatened spanking for bad behaviour, I think Leo didn’t really receive the full sub experience. This story did set it up as a starting point for the two of them to give Leo more chances to learn submission. I would love to read another story about these two.

I give this four paddles because I liked the concept. Even though each relationship moved unrealistically fast, I enjoyed their satisfying closure. They are so sweet, sexy and sensual. Lastly, I enjoy Ms. Michael’s writing style. Her scenes didn’t feel forced and they flowed with all sorts of emotions. This pulled me into the story better and I became engaged with each of the matched pairs. It’s my first book I’ve read of hers. It will not be my last. I can’t wait to read more of her books. I recommend this book to m/m lovers who enjoy the D/s side of BDSM and want more than just sexual play.

Reviewed by Book Addict