Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Push


Title: Push
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerepress.com/
ISBN: 978-1-61040-154-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

As a retired Drill Sergeant, Gordon’s used to giving orders and when he feels the need to spend time with a sub, he heads down to The Hammer. During a welcome back party for Oliver, Marcus and Billy introduce him to Frank, an intriguing ex-cop who’s done investigative work for several members in the past.

Frank likes the guys at the Hammer but the kinky stuff makes him uncomfortable, so he avoids the club during its active hours. His life changes in a flash when he meets Gordon and he suddenly finds himself with a partner who cares about him for more than just sex. But Frank doesn’t believe he’s like one of those little subs and isn’t certain a top like Gordon will hang around with him long term.

Push is Sean Michael’s latest look into the lives of the men who frequent the BDSM club, The Hammer, and it’s a nice addition to this series. I really enjoyed the unusual manner in which this book began -- with Gordon knowing Frank was the sub for him and Frank, just as surely, not having a clue he’s a sub.

They start off as friends and lovers and slowly move into a more intense physical relationship as Gordon pushes Frank, trying to help him deal with the emotional baggage, stress and pain he’s kept walled up inside for years. Frank pushes back just as strong, not believing he needs help…that he’s not a weak little sub needing a top taking care of him. They fight, argue and disagree but always come back to each other. They’re strong-willed, intense and passionate men and Mr. Michael does a good job slowly changing their relationship into the ‘kinky’ one Frank enjoys but denies being into.

Like any good Dom, Gordon gives Frank what he needs and that includes the time to recognize he didn’t have to be strong all the time and just because he loved and leaned on another person…it didn’t make him weak. It just gave Frank what he needed to be healthy and happy. If one thing holds true, it’s that Frank definitely isn’t a typical ‘sub’, which is probably why I like him so much, just like I’m fond of Jeremy from Forged. Read and enjoy!

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