Thursday, May 6, 2010

Owned


Title: Owned
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-968-2
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary BDSM
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymphs

Billy and Tanny are still working on their relationship and together, they’re moving farther into the dominance and submission aspects of their life together. Montana is still having difficulties with complete trust, always feeling inadequate and unworthy of Billy’s love, no matter how many times he’s shown and told otherwise. Yet, Billy’s faith in his wounded lover remains strong and he’s certain that together they can find the subspace that Tanny needs to be truly happy and content.

Oliver is still missing and Jack and all their friends are worried, especially when it becomes evident that his strange and out of character behavior started much earlier than anyone initially suspected. The close-knit members of the Hammer community rally around Jack, lending him the emotional and physical support he needs during the crisis. Billy, Marcus and the others are filled with questions and self-recriminations that Oliver’s odd conduct wasn’t noticed earlier and they’re all afraid if they don’t find him quickly, something terrible might happen.

Owned is the latest release in Sean Michael’s Hammer series and it takes up almost immediately where Snared left off. As with all of the books in this contemporary BDSM series, Owned is filled with passion, desire and blistering hot sex mixed in with a very healthy dose of dominance and submission. It’s also filled with caring, friendship, loyalty and trust. Both portions of the story (Billy/Tanny vs. Oliver/Jack) are intense and at times a little painful, but with the pain comes growth and recovery, both as couples and as friends. There’s even some fun, snappy dialogue mixed in with the pain and angst.

There were parts that were out of sequence—the timeline confusing and a little distracting. There wasn’t any mention of Marcus’ lover Jim or Doc Manning’s sub Les and why is Margaret alive, when she died back in the Arcana release Control. And where did Frank come from? I don’t remember him from previous releases, yet the men of the story all seem very familiar with him, including sharing the opinion that the aggressive ex-cop is a submissive. Why did Oliver spend so much of the story missing and how did Jack and the others miss that something was so wrong with him? Lastly, I’d love to finally learn what’s in Tanny’s past he can’t deal with and why. Getting a breadcrumb trail of information is frustrating.

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