Friday, August 5, 2011


Title: Drawn
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN: 978-1-61040-277-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, BDSM, Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Giles’ life revolves around his art studio and the creative process. The result is he doesn’t take care of himself or relate well to others, making many, including some family members, to think he’s crazy.  It’s while escaping a stressful gallery show set-up, a freaked out Giles slams into Harrison, who’s immediately captivated. Harrison’s certain he’s the one to provide the calm Giles needs and to show him life is more than hours spent alone in the studio.  

Convincing Giles is another matter. He likes Harrison and the sex is great but he doesn’t understand that the BDSM lifestyle his lover talks about is anything more than a game. And what about his art? Isn’t the time he’s spending with Harrison interfering with his creativity? Can these two dissimilar men find a way to make a life together or will Giles’ art drive them apart forever? 

Drawn is release eleven in Sean Michael’s Hammer series. It’s a typical ‘protective Dom finding a sub that doesn’t have a clue of what he needs’ story. In this one, it’s art-obsessed Giles who has self-destructive issues and ever-patient Harrison, determined to show his new lover what he needs to find a calm center. Both men are interesting, especially Giles and his never-ending need to create…to put paint on canvas. I enjoyed the art world backbone and seeing glimpses into Giles’ creative fixation and the gallery, since it’s a rather uncommon plot setting.  

I liked Harrison’s flexibility in showing his lover the BDSM lifestyle and his willingness to accommodate Giles’ need to be creative. It showed great caring, tenderness and understanding, since Giles had trouble believing BDSM was anything other than a game they were playing. This was a nice unexpected twist. Giles’ mind couldn’t accept the truth of what he felt or saw at the Hammer as real, his mind working in circles, always coming back to the same answer. I expected it to drive me crazy, but surprisingly it didn’t. Instead it left me realizing the depth of Giles’ damage. 

As with all Sean Michael books, there’s sex…and plenty of it. Yes it’s hot and frequent, but in this case, Harrison uses it to focus Giles’ emotions away from self-destruction, trying to emphasize a positive instead of a negative. I wish I’d gotten a feeling of emotional connection on Giles’ part earlier in the story. I’d almost given up hope he was capable of loving someone, other than his sister. 

And speaking of his sister. His twin Marisa is a great secondary character, adding love, caring and support. One disappointment is the other sister, Kath, the doctor. She’s mentioned as someone who Giles fears and is estranged from and I kept expecting her to show up but the plot thread was left dangling, which disappointed me.

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