Monday, April 30, 2012


Title: Solitary
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Books
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ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61040-690-1
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Greg’s depressed and distraught over the loss of his murdered Dom. He feels lost and doesn’t know what to do, so he’s acting out, is getting into fights and has been arrested several times. With his sullen attitude and simmering anger, Greg can’t keep a Dom. Master Oliver is desperate to find a solution before something serious happens and Greg winds up in jail or worse. 

Ap lives in northern Canada. When he hears from Oliver about the sub that’s on the ragged edge, he’s more than willing to help. Within days, Greg is delivered to the airport and they’re on the way to his remote home.  Can Ap find a way to break through the barriers Greg has built around his heart? Can he make Greg understand that it’s okay to move on with his life and find happiness again? With him? 

Solitary is the newest release in Sean Michael’s Hammer series. The majority of the story revolves around Ap and Greg, so it can be read as a standalone if desired. There are scenes where previous characters, Oliver and his sub Jack, make appearances. 

Greg’s in deep emotional pain and the author did a wonderful job with his feelings. What he’s experienced is horrible, yet at heart, this story is one of growth, redemption and recovery. It’s not an easy path…it’s long and difficult and Greg has several set backs along the way. 

That’s where Ap comes in. He’s all Dom but he’s also a good man and friend. The development of his personality is wonderful and is so different from most other Masters in the series. I guess it’s his desire for solitude and his true, deep patience, which is exactly what Greg needs. I really liked this guy. Together Greg and Ap make a perfectly matched couple. He takes life with Greg slowly but firmly. The BDSM scenes don’t start immediately but only after Ap decides Greg is ready, then they are intense and just what’s needed by them both.  

So overall, I can safely say that I thoroughly enjoyed this latest addition to the Hammer family. It’s filled with heart-wrenching emotion, has good character development, a smooth plot flow and vivid descriptions of their surroundings. It’s another good fit in this series and I can’t wait for the next one.

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