Monday, September 17, 2012

Hoarse Play

Title: Hoarse Play
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Books
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ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61040-365-8
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Matt and Adam’s dream is about to become a reality. They’ve moved to the other side of the country, bought and renovated a huge old house and The Briar Rose, their BDSM B&B, is ready to open for business. It’s an exciting time for the committed Dom/sub couple who are looking forward to helping other couples in their lifestyle feel comfortable and safe.

First guests are famous singer Jackson and his friend/manager/lover Burger. They’ve come to relax, let Jackson’s voice rest and explore their relationship, in hopes of making it permanent. It’s tough because Jackson isn’t supposed to talk for two weeks, he has a temper and Burger has to threaten to gag him. Can two stress-filled, high-powered men find what they need under the guidance of Matt and Adam to turn a failing relationship into a lasting love?

Hoarse Play by Sean Michael is the first release in the series Briar Rose. Please note: Matt and Adam first appeared in Sold, a Hammer novel and are the foundation for the new Briar Rose series by Sean Michael.

When I became aware of this new series, I was intrigued. There’s just so much potential for a BDSM series set in the relaxed environment of a B&B, especially when it’s run by a familiar couple. Getting reacquainted with Matt and Adam in this first book made perfect sense to me and it was a nice touch. There were times that switching back and forth between the couples got distracting. It’s not that I don’t want to see what was happening with Matt and Adam or how they were feeling but in future releases, I hope their role is less prominent letting the focus rest on the guest couple.

Jackson and Burger are an intriguing couple. They’ve been together for years—not always as lovers and now Burger wants them to be permanent and forever. It’s a rough road and the author does a good job expressing their uncertainty and frustration. It’s a new way of relating to each other and takes some communication and experimenting before they can open up and be honest. It’s all handled well, even if it’s hard keeping Jackson quiet to guard his damaged throat and Burger has to gag him.

If you enjoy BDSM books, especially if you’re a fan of the Hammer series by Sean Michael, I recommend you give this new series a try. I can’t wait to see who stops by the Briar Rose next.

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