Master Takes a Name by Sean Michael *Review and Giveaway
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Master Takes a Name
Out For You
Genre: MM Contemporary/BDSM
Publisher: ARe Books
Date of Publication: 6/1/15
Word Count: 26,700
Cover Artist: Erin Dameron Hill
Before he can embrace his future, he must accept himself.
Kael is happy with his life. A consummate sub, he’s out, proud, and surrounded by good friends. Then he hears about Master L, a new Dom who has all the twinks aflutter. Kael’s curious, but not unduly so, until he and the stud do a scene. Then he understands the commotion. But since Master L only ever tops a sub once, when it’s over Kael is determined to forget him, even if he has to go on holiday to do it.
Liam is deep in the closet, but the Dom known as Master L also has needs. So far, he’s kept his identity a secret by never choosing the same boy twice, and frequently changing venues. After his scene with Kael, Liam finds himself fixating on the sub and willing to break his one-time only rule. But will it lead to heartache or happiness?
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“You want some water, honey?” his best friend asked, coming to lean against the bench Kael had been bent over.
“Thanks, Ben.” Kael stretched, showing himself off to his best advantage under the lights. “I love the stage you guys built. So cute.”
“We try. I know we’re an underground group, but we try to make it nice.” Ben offered him the sealed bottle of water. “You looking for something more tonight?”
“Sure. I mean, I don’t want to offend… uh…”
Ben brought their hands together. “The newby?”
“Don’t worry about it. He’s riding a high from topping you. And he’s going to be snapped up by the twinks here tonight. He’s just what they’re looking for.”
“Rock on.” Kael leaned against his best friend for a second. “So, is the new guy here? He’s got everyone’s panties in a knot.”
“You mean Master L? I don’t think he’s new. He only comes in once every month or so. Well, he used to. He’s been here more often lately.” Ben chuckled. “He’s gone through quite a few boys. Doesn’t do repeats, from what I can see. He is a dream, though.”
“Yeah? Roger let you play with him?” Kael knew the answer to that. Roger didn’t share. Ben was his and happy for it. It was fun to tease, though.
“I never even asked!” Ben rolled his eyes. “Man, I fell for that one, didn’t I? You want me to find out if Master L is here tonight?”
“You totally did. It’s cool. I’ll wander. If I’m supposed to find him, he’ll find me, right?”
“God, you’re so Zen, it’s disgusting.” Ben laughed and rubbed noses with him. “You’ll know him when you see him. His eyes are like lasers.”
“Oooh. Sexy!” He smooched Ben playfully. “Breakfast tomorrow, yes? Before the rally?”
“Master Roger and I will be there.” Ben squeezed his hand and headed off, no doubt to make sure the next couple on the little stage had everything they needed. Ben was so handy.
Kael wandered from the stage area to the rooms in the back, checking out who was there. He wasn’t really looking for Master L. At least that’s what he told himself. He was just looking for a good time.
Something in him tightened when he caught sight of a big man in the corner. The guy had a commanding presence, for all you could only half see him in the dark. Yummy. He’d take six.
Kael headed slowly that way, threading through the crowd. When crystal blue eyes found him, he almost stopped, feeling pinned in place. Mmm. The new-to-him Dom.
He let himself ease over, stand close enough to see. This guy was a stunner, tall and boasting some great muscles. He had short blond hair that was styled into a pseudo mohawk that was all the rage right now. And those eyes were indeed blue, the Dom staring at him.
“Good evening, Sir.” Kael offered a smile.
Kael is out and proud. A sub of the highest order, he is happy with his life. He hears about Master L on the grapevine and is determined to do a scene with him. Master L is not so out and proud. He never tops a sub twice. But Kael is different. Kael pushes all Liam’s buttons and gets under his skin. It takes an attack, to which Kael comes to the rescue, for Liam to see what he wants. And what he wants is Kael.
I can only describe this book as nice. And it pains me to do so, but that was my first thought after I finished it, and I have to go with it.
Its a nice story, a nice plot line, a nice ending. Its nicely written too. I just wanted more. I ALWAYS want more, I know I do, but I have a specific want here!
I would have liked more of the emotions going through Liam. When he meets Kael, has him, finds him under his skin. Liam is in the closet, and there isn’t much soul searching going on. We do get some Liam, as we do Kael, but I felt Liam was a deeper character that didn’t come across right. I felt with Kael, but Liam so almost standoff-ish in his feelings, they just didnt come across.
Its short, about 85 pages, took me just over an hour.
I haven’t read anything by this author, but I would like to read more, maybe a longer book.
There is some repeating of lines, and this, and the Liam thing is why it gets…
About the Author:
Sean Michael, often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the Kama Sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”
A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.
Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.
For more information on other books by Sean, visit his official website: www.SeanMichaelWrites.com
2 eBooks from ARe Books imprints (Out For You, Bad Boys, Perfect Strangers, Alpha), reader’s choice