Monday, October 29, 2012


Title: Switch
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Books
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ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61040-376-4
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Getting a membership at the Hammer isn’t going as smoothly as Ewan had hoped. In fact, he’s shocked when Master Oliver arranges for him to be paired with another Top for training before his membership can go forward. Not knowing the reasoning behind this decision makes Ewan feel foolish, but he’s willing to do whatever Oliver deems necessary to get his application approved.

Being without a sub leaves Randy a lot of free time, so he’s happy to help when Oliver asks. What he doesn’t expect is his attraction to Ewan or his belief that Ewan’s a sub. As they spend time together their relationship becomes more intense, making Randy realizes he wants Ewan for his sub.  The problem—Ewan needs to come to grips with the event in his past causing him to deny his true needs. Only then can they have the trusting Dom/sub relationship they both want.

Switch is the latest release in Sean Michael’s Hammer series. Oliver is the only returning character, so the book can be read as a standalone, or read out of order without difficulty.

Oliver is again involved in making certain the members of the Hammer get what they need. This time it’s the unexpected shift of a Top really being a sub. It’s a premise I wasn’t expecting when I read the blurb the first time, but it makes for a great pairing in Ewan and Randy. Their rapport is good from the beginning. Actually, their desire—their chemistry is immediate, bordering on explosive, almost from the moment they meet.

What I find troublesome is how little Ewan fights being a submissive. He questions Randy pushing him in that direction from time to time but in reality he barely resists it. I expected him to push back more—to be angry with Randy’s assumption—but he isn’t. There’s no angst and soul searching. I do like how the author briefly delves into Ewan’s past and how he used being a Top to protect himself. It gives the reader insight to understand him better. And all during this life-changing period of time for Ewan, Randy’s tender, caring and loving.

Now to the rest of the story. Once Ewan and Randy’s relationship turns physical, it’s sizzling hot as you’d expect from a Sean Michael book. That means you get lots of sex—I mean pages and pages. So much that I was a little disappointed I didn’t get to know Randy and Ewan better as individuals. But never fear, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy their story because I did. I’m hooked on the series and can’t wait for the next one. 

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