Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Beaten


Title: Beaten
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: www.torquerebooks.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61040-409-9
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Little Francis was severely beaten by his former Dom and while physically healed, he’s still a little emotionally wounded. He’s working at Permanent Ink and living with Treat and Killian but doesn’t think a relationship or being part of a BDSM lifestyle is possible for him again. That changes when Nick, an unattached Dom, comes into his tattoo shop to give support to a nervous twink.

Nick’s smitten the moment he lays eyes on Francis. He never imaged the sub of his dreams would come with two protective friend/Dom’s, or that he’d need to convince Francis he deserves happiness. But Nick’s biggest battle is showing him that not all Doms are abusive. Just as he’s making progress, the past comes back to haunt them, endangering Francis and their friends.

Beaten is the latest release in Sean Michael’s Hammer series. Being familiar with other books in the Hammer world would be beneficial but it can be read as a standalone.

I enjoy the variety of couples in this series. Yes, they all inhabit the BDSM world but they each have their own needs and ways of filling them. And in this case, after the abuse he’s suffered, Francis doesn’t know if he fits into the lifestyle any longer. That’s where Nick, as a good Dom, comes in—despite claiming to be a hard-core Top, he adjusts based on the trauma Francis suffered—and what he needs. Yes, I admit to being a bit disappointed that the story went in a softer direction but to be harsh when Francis couldn’t handle that would have been wrong, and put him back into a bad Dom/sub relationship. So in reality it worked perfectly as it was plotted. That’s not to say in the future their relationship couldn’t become more hard-core and maybe we’ll see that in another release. Hint. Hint.

Ms. Michael’s did a nice job with Francis’ personality development. He’s a guy who’s suffered great pain and disappointment but he’s still a sweetie. The back story of what happened in his abusive relationship is well described without being graphic. Nick’s a forceful guy but thoughtful and pairing him with the traumatized Francis doesn’t seem like a good match on the surface but works well when you learn more about them. Adding the two overprotective friends for Nick to deal with is a nice touch. I enjoyed the villainous twist that played out near the end. It added some danger and suspense but for me it seemed to be resolved too quickly for the seriousness of the situation. 

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