Saturday, December 14, 2013

Velvet Song

Title: Velvet Song
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press Publishers
Publisher URL: www.torquerepress.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61040-618-5
Genre: {M/M} BDSM Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

After a bomb caused massive damage to the Velvet Glove, the club is being rebuilt, only better than before. With the owners living off-site, Hawk and Jester have taken over running the facility, with Efren now as the head trainer. He’s busy but also distracted—dreaming of someone calling him and then he finds Mabon, painting in a training room.

Mabon is a worker brought to the Velvet Glove to apply nano-paint to the repaired walls. Because he’s of the Setian race and sensitive to chemicals and pheromones, Mabon isn’t supposed to interact with the Glove personnel. That doesn’t stop Efren from asking him to dinner. Because of the pull Mabon feels for Efren he agrees, despite his boss’s objection, knowing their caste differences mean will be a problem. Efren doesn’t agree. Can he find a way to convince his new boy that castes don’t matter and at the Glove they can be happy?

Velvet Song is the first release in the new spin-off series, VG Resurrection, by Sean Michael. After the Velvet Glove was bombed, I assumed the world of the premiere BDSM club in the galaxy had come to an end. Imagine my surprise to learn a spin-off had just been released. As a long time reader of the original series, I didn’t know what to expect with a different cast of characters taking over the main roles, but I needn’t have been concerned. Mabon and Efren are great additions to the men living and working at the Velvet Glove. I can’t wait to see who else will follow in future releases.

I like both men but I found Mabon particularly interesting. His background and attitudes is not what I expected and I found the development of this personality very creative. I hope we get the chance to learn more about him and his race as the series progresses. The two men work nicely as a couple and Mabon’s introduction into Efren’s world is handled gently and with care. It’s just a little kinky, so for someone not familiar with BDSM books, this one would be a good first read.

Yes, there are a few typos but my big niggle is how Mabon’s aversion to meat is forgotten. Initially he doesn’t eat meat because his culture believes animals have souls and that’s fine with Efren. Then later they go to the dining hall to eat breakfast and it’s as if it was never mentioned—pork is being eaten. For something made into a character issue—it’s a big oversight.

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