Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Better Than Friends

Title: Better Than Friends
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: www.torquerepress.com
ISBN: 978-1-61040-292-7
Genre: {M/M} BDSM Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Hank and Jason have been best friends since high school, long before Hank came out of the closet. In the intervening years, they’ve grown up, become successful and shared many things but not every secret desire. 

When Hank gets a huge promotion to senior partner, he’s finally able to finance his long-held dream, membership in the best BDSM club around—The Hammer. Stepping inside, he meets a sexy but bratty sub dressed in silk and his eyes just about pop out of his head…Jason? They agree to have dinner together and discuss what learning about this new side of each other means. Will their long friendship survive the change or can it become even better if they become more than just friends? 

Better Than Friends is the newest release by Sean Michael and in my opinion, one of the best stories added to the Hammer family of books in a while. It’s the unusual premise for the story—two old friends unaware of the other’s interest in the lifestyle and their sudden discovery of the truth that makes it so appealing. It’s something not done before in the series and tackling the topic was a nice change since it allowed the author to express the fun and ease of Hank and Jason’s long association—things not usually seen in a Dom/sub relationship. And you certainly saw that, even in their first meeting at the club. Knowing each other so well added more complexity and depth to the story and their changing relationship. I loved how both Hank and Jason wanted the friendship they relied on the stay unchanged; that was a very heart wrenching moment for me. 

It’s a short read at just a little over 11K, so things move along at a pretty fast clip. I loved the bantering, snappy conversation and how comfortable they were with each other, despite the change happening in their old relationship. The flow of the story is smooth, it was nice seeing flashes of a few old characters and there is plenty of kink as Hank and Jason explore the new sexual side of each other. All in all, this story of an old friendship turned to love is very satisfying. Enjoy.

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