Friday, December 25, 2009

Snared


Title: Snared
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-873-9
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary BDSM
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Life is good for devoted lovers Billy and Montana. Every day they grow closer as Tanny comes to a greater understanding of the BDSM lifestyle Billy is teaching him. He’s still having trouble dealing with his feelings of worthlessness, inferiority and guilt over the death of his sister. Yet Tanny has many good things going on in his life. Billy is crazy about him; he loves his bookbinding apprenticeship with his mentor, Margaret and he’s happy for the first time in years.

Tanny’s junkie past comes back to haunt him and he suddenly finds himself a pawn of the police, thrusting him into a situation that threaten both himself and Billy. Things go from bad to worse when Billy is injured. Instead of finding comfort with their friends, Tanny finds himself bruised and battered, back on the street and on the run. It will take all of Billy’s love and devotion to convince his scared lover to come home where he belongs. The question is whether the emotionally wounded Tanny can commit to a permanent relationship that he doesn’t think he deserves.

Snared is the newest release in the Hammer novel world and the second dealing with Montana and Billy. It’s not necessary to read all the previous releases in the series, but I’d recommend reading Found, where Billy and Montana meet, in order to understand their relationship and that of their friends.

Once again, Mr. Michael has created a rich and well-written story of love and devotion, set in the world of BDSM. It is nice seeing the growth of Billy and Montana’s relationship as they work through personal issues, misunderstandings, painful past hurts and insecurities. Through it all, Billy is kind, loving and supportive; always giving his lover what Montana needs in their relationship, even if at times the way he goes about it makes Montana feel uncertain and scared. Together they’re working on and exploring Montana’s submission, while they tackle daily living and Mr. Michael’s done a very nice job handling this, at times, tense situation.

I thoroughly enjoyed the scenes with Margaret, Montana’s mentor. This older woman, while stiff and in pain with arthritis, is still a Dom at heart and is not above giving Billy advice, whether he wants it or not. She’s also just as likely to dole out love, kind words and support to Montana. While taking a bit part in the overall plot, she is nonetheless a great character who adds depth to the story and plays a vital role in the lives of the two lovers.

Montana’s past drug problems are still an issue, but he’s fighting and winning the need to fall back into the junkie world, but it’s a struggle. I have to admit that when he was forced into helping the police, I was furious, even more so when Billy was injured. What I didn’t expect was the plot twist involving Billy’s good friend, and fellow Dom, Oliver. I did however expect Billy’s outraged and angry response. I can’t wait to see what happens to Billy, Montana, Jack and Oliver in the next release, slatted for mid-2010.

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