Thursday, August 26, 2010


Title: Baked
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61040-027-5
Genre: [M/M] Contemporary BDSM
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Mystical Nymph

Clay left the military six months ago and during that time his younger twin brothers, Darius and Devin, have driven him crazy and nearly destroyed his house in the process. He’s at his wits ends and doesn’t know what to do with the two troublemakers and after they wreck his truck, he’s had enough. Clay knows the twins need a strong hand and decides that his Dom friend, Bake, is just the man for the job. To that end he ties up and gags his brothers and delivers the subby boys to The Hammer for the discipline they want and need.

When Bake’s twin brother Bean lays eyes on big brother Clay, it’s lust at first sight. He knows immediately that he’ s found a diamond in the rough when he learns the big man isn’t into the kinky games his own brother plays and Bean figures Clay is just about perfect for him. The brothers flipping households seems like the answer to all their problems but sibling jealousy and misunderstandings make life far more complicated than any of them every imagined. When an unexpected threat endangers one of the boys, it forces the others to rally together, putting their differences aside. Will it work or will the relationships be destroyed?

Baked is the latest release in Sean Michael’s The Hammer series and it’s a bit different from the others. This one is actually two stories in one. The first is a Dom/sub (twincest) and the other is totally vanilla. Bake and the twins were much more interesting characters and I think the book would have been better served if their story was separated from that of Bean and Clay.

The beginning of the story where Clay shoves his bound and gagged brothers off on Bake is totally unexpected and original. The relationships of the men are complicated, especially that of Bake, Darius and Devin, but it didn’t take long for them to settle into living together in a way that worked for them. As with most of Mr. Michaels’ books, the story is heavy on the sexual components of the two relationships—and its hot, intense and frequent.

I liked seeing the jealousy between both sets of twins. These men are used to seeing each other frequently/daily—they have a bond that only another twin can understand and when Bake didn’t see Bean for several days, he was worried and upset. He was a big, bad Dom and he missed his twin. His need for Bean was both cute and endearing and showed an unexpected side to his personality.

I would have liked to have seen more interaction between the two sets of lovers before the end when one of Bake’s boys got into trouble and the other men had to rally together to save him. I admit I didn’t see the suspense element coming - it took me by surprise - so I had my pleasing ah ha moment with a satisfying culmination. I look forward to seeing what Mr. Michael does with the next book in the series and hope to see some of our old Hammer friends again in future.

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