Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Title: Treat
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: www.torquerebooks.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61040-453-2
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary BDSM Series
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Treat and Killian had a terrible time when their sub Peter died. They’re just getting used to being on their own when their life is thrown into turmoil. Killian’s kidnapped and tortured, and during the rescue attempt he’s injured further. The recovery is difficult not just physically for Killian but on their relationship too. Can Treat find a way to help his lover get over the damage caused by a madman, or will the painful memories drive this committed couple apart forever?

Treat is the newest release in Sean Michael’s Hammer series.  While reading this one as a standalone is possible, you might want to read Beaten, in order to get an idea of what lead up to the kidnapping.

This isn’t a typical BDSM story because Killian spends most of it recovering. He needs time to heal mentally and physically, which means lots of TLC from Treat. It also means the story is full of angst from both men as they deal with the aftermath of Killian’s ordeal. The description of the emotional pain experienced by Killian is handled nicely and Treat is wonderful, giving him support and care during this time. I also liked seeing a little of the parents. They are a nice addition.

My niggles:

I’m afraid the subject matter of this story is too painful and intense to be handled well in such a short length.
Killian’s been through a horrible ordeal—why no talk of professional help.
His injuries are significant and while they mention a doctor, actually seeing one is glossed over.

I do have a favorite scene. It’s near the end where Treat puts all of Killian’s piercings back in place. I found it arousing but tender and heartfelt at the same time.

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