Friday, December 24, 2010


Title: Burn
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61040-113-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Even though they grew up in the same neighborhood, Dave and Marshall, like most friends, drifted apart after graduating from high school. Now, they and a few other friends get together once a year to catch up over beer and football. This year when veteran firefighter Marshall arrives, Dave can tell by his stressed body language that something really bad happened that day. When he suggests driving Marshall home, the weary man jumps at the offer and later when he jumps at Dave, things heat up.

Despite having lots in common, things don’t go smoothly for the new lovers. Dave is into the BSDM lifestyle and is a member of The Hammer Club and thinks he can help Marshall relieve the stress and guilt he’s carrying around. While Marshall enjoys the things he and Dave do together, he believes needing them is sick, so he’s convinced there’s something wrong with him.

Can Dave figure out a way to convince the man he loves that the kink he needs and enjoys isn’t a perversion at all, but the stress-reliever he needs to remain sane in his dangerous job? If he can’t, the relationship he’s wanted his entire life might just crash and burn.

Burn is the latest release in The Hammer family of books and I loved the selection of a business owner and a stoic firefighter as the story’s main characters. These guys might have known each other for years but both were only on the fringe of each other’s lives. That was just one thing that made the initial stages of their relationship so interesting.

Dave, our Dom so obviously crazy about Marshall, knows what the stressed-out firefighter needs to relax but is afraid that showing him will send the man running in the opposite direction. So begins the slightly reluctant Marshall’s slow-paced introduction into Dave’s BDSM world. That means, as usual with a Hammer Club related book, that there’s plenty of blistering hot sex but it fits with what’s going on with the story and the growth of the trust between Dave and Marshall. There are bits and pieces of both men’s personal lives interspersed throughout, giving the reader a fairly good idea of their personality, background and what drives them.

These two guys are both likable and Dave is definitely sensitive to both what Marshall needs and how he goes about giving it to him so his lover doesn’t freak out. Marshall is the typical stoic hero who carries the weight of the world on his broad shoulders and seeing him find the one person he can relax and let go of his stress with was nicely plotted. Kudos to Mr. Michael for a job well done.

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