Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Title: Sold
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61040-230-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, BDSM, Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx
Being new in town, Matt is anxious to settle in and get comfortable and that includes seeking membership in The Hammer, the best BDSM club in the area. His first evening inside, he meets Adam, a professional sub, is immediately smitten and decides the alluring man is meant for him.
Despite thinking Matt is a wonderful man and an amazing top, Adam has a job that isn’t conducive to having a Master of his own. He’s just not certain how to be in a permanent relationship so his Dom wouldn’t be jealous of other men touching his body. Yet Adam’s determined to try…to have someone for his very own, but some of his old clients don’t like being denied. Can Matt and Adam find a balance in their lives and can they find a way to make Adam’s clients understand without it turning nasty?
Sold is the newest release in Sean Michael’s Hammer series and it’s a great addition to its family of books and my new favorite. Since the storyline does focus on Adam and Matt, it’s possible to read it as a standalone without a problem.
I enjoyed this story for a variety of reasons and one of them is how well the Dom/sub sex is integrated into the plot. Don’t get me wrong, Mr. Michael writes a great sex scene but the reason I like this story is that the book concentrates on the characters and their relationship outside the bedroom. Matt, as the Dom, really tries to make their partnership work by giving Adam the support he needs to continue his job while setting parameters they can both live with. This is a big change from some of the other books in the series, where the characters never seem to talk to each other...they enjoy each other company.
Adam also has a personal issue, anorexia, which isn’t tackled often. Mr. Michael did a nice job handling the issue from both sides; Adam struggling with the disorder and Matt trying to understand and provide the nutrition his lover needs for his health. There is a twist involving a disgruntled Dom that endangers Adam, that isn’t necessarily unexpected, but is well written and Matt handles it well with a little assist from his friends at the Hammer. Overall it’s a pleasant read and one I’ll be enjoying again in the future.

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