Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Gravity

Title: Gravity
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: www.torquerepress.com
ISBN: 978-1-61040-725-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Finding his ex-lover in town and at the Hammer one evening wasn’t something Hunter Barrister expected. It’s been years since his painful break-up with Forrest Greune but learning he’s back to stay and wanting to join the club sets his teeth on edge. Hunter’s still upset and as a board member refuses his needed consenting vote, blocking Forrest’s membership. 

Now retired from modeling, Forrest isn’t the same man Hunter knew when they were a couple. With his membership to the Hammer rejected, Forrest is forced to go elsewhere and it ends in disaster. Beaten and near death, when he regains consciousness, Forrest is shocked to find Hunter at his bedside offering the help he needs. Is it possible to put their history behind them and move forward or will the pain and hurt of the past destroy all hopes of a future together? 

Gravity is the newest release in Sean Michael’s Hammer series and my new favorite. It’s not a fun, easy or lighthearted story but begins on a serious note as Hunter deals with the pain of his ex-lover coming back to town. The subject matter only gets more intense as the story progresses and he’s forced to deal with seeing Forrest hurt and the guilt of feeling it was his fault. In this case, it’s not just a minor beating but a severe gay bashing where Forrest almost dies and it results in life changing emotional and physical scars.  

The story is well plotted and written; the personal history between Forrest and Hunter is complicated and it’s filled with pain, fear and uncertainty as they get Forrest through rehab and deal with his permanent disability. We also get plenty of chances to see Hammer regulars Jack and Oliver, along with some of the others.  

Like I said, Gravity’s not an easy book to read but I found the story fascinating and pretty much read it straight through. The BDSM aspect is light, dealing instead with Hunter making amends and the men learning to trust each other again as Forrest heals. So if you’re expecting lots of sex, as is typical in a Hammer story, you’ll be disappointed. But if you want a story of love, patience, redemption and healing, then this Master standing by the sub he loves story will find a warm place in your heart.  

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