Sunday, October 19, 2014

BRUISED by Sean Michael

Publisher:               Totally Bound Publishing             
Published:               September 19, 2014        
ISBN:                     978 1 78430 241 2
Genre:                   BDSM, Gay
Book Format:          E-book
Obtained via:          Publisher
Reviewed by:          Helena Stone,

Rating:                   3       

Mechanic Johnson is ready to leave work and looking forward to a night out and one or more hot hook-ups when cowboy Billy walks into his garage. Billy appears to have walked straight out of Johnson’s fantasies into his life and it soon becomes clear the attraction is mutual.

Billy takes one look at Johnson and thinks he’s hit the jackpot. A dinner and a few drinks later he brings Johnson home with him. During the night the two men discover how compatible they are and awaken new and exciting desires in each other. When what started off as a one night event turns into something much longer, both men have to figure out how to organize their lives around each other.

While Billy and Johnson may come from different parts of the country, have different backgrounds and different careers, they soon discover they are more than compatible in all the ways that really matter.

My thoughts:

This is a sex driven story. If you’re not a huge fan of sex in your books, or only tolerate it in small doses, this is probably not the book for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy hot sex with a light dusting of BDSM, combined with a relationship established on the basis of two men perfectly fulfilling each other’s needs, you’re going to love this book.

If I’m honest, my personal preference lies somewhere between those two extremes which means that while I enjoyed the very hot encounters between Billy and Johnson I would have liked to read a bit more about their relationship beside the physical aspect of it. As it is, the readers only get glimpses of Billy and Johnson’s lives. While the story makes it perfectly clear that Billy’s long hours as a defender mean the two men don’t spend nearly as much time together as they would like, the issue is mentioned and put aside in a sentence or two. Billy and Johnson don’t appear to talk and rarely seem to leave the house other than for work. Issues are dealt with in the bedroom. I really liked what I did see and learn about these two men and felt a bit short changed that I wasn’t given the opportunity to get to know them better.

 In fact the reader would be forgiven for thinking both men have super human powers when it comes to erections and orgasms. And, if I’m completely honest I have to say the sex between Billy and Johnson, while hot, became a bit repetitive after a while.

Having said all that I should also point out that this was a very easy and smooth read. While I may have had one or two issues with the story and the way it was told, that didn’t mean I ever even thought about not finishing the book. I enjoyed my time with Johnson and Billy. I just wish they had shown me a bit more of themselves.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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