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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Three to Get Ready Blog Tour with Sean Michael

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We’re so please to have author Sean Michael with us on this Christmas Eve day on the tour for his latest release, Three to Get Ready. Enjoy Sean’s guest post, and then be sure to click on the Rafflecopter widget below to enter for the chance to win an e-copy of the book.

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Christmas Carols

I love Christmas Carols. They’re a part of the brightness that makes Christmas a happy time for me. The lights, the brightly wrapped gifts, and the carols.

I have many favorites. I do love the religious classics like We Three Kings, and O Come All Ye Faithful. In Exelsis Deo and Hark the Herald Angels Sing. (An aside – my father’s name is Harold and when I was younger, I used to think the song was Hark the Harold Angels Sing and that my father had angels who sang stashed somewhere).

I also love the more secular songs. Songs like Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells and White Christmas. Gospel songs like Go Tell It One the Mountain and Children Go Where I Send Thee.

I prefer the classic songs sung ‘properly’ with the classic tunes I grew up listening to. I enjoy new songs, too, and they have the added benefit of my not having expectations to how they are supposed to sound!

My all time favorite carol, though is the Huron Carol which was written in the 1600s in Canada by a missionary. The version I like best is sung by Tom Jackson. You can hear it on youtube:

‘Twas in the moon of winter-time
When all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou
Sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim,
And wandering hunters heard the hymn:
“Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.”

Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender Babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapp’d His beauty round;
But as the hunter braves drew nigh,
The angel song rang loud and high…
“Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.”

The earliest moon of wintertime
Is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory
On the helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before him knelt
With gifts of fox and beaver pelt.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.

O children of the forest free,
O sons of Manitou,
The Holy Child of earth and heaven
Is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy
Who brings you beauty, peace and joy.
“Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.”

Sean

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Three to Get ReadyBlurb: Single father Jack Jones is in dire need of a new nanny. His five year old son Nathan is legally blind, he has twin baby girls arriving in less than two months and the girl currently working for him is leaving at Thanksgiving to go home and continue her higher education. If Mannies Incorporated doesn’t come up with a viable candidate soon, he’s not sure what he’s going to do.

Dan Miller is on the hunt for a new job. He’s had some great placements with Mannies Incorporated, many as Manny to multiple birth families to get them over the hump. He even has experience with special needs children, so the job he’s interviewing for looks like it’s right up his alley.

When Dan arrives at Jack’s house, he discovers that this Jack Jones is his Jack Jones, the man he was in love with during college, and who broke up with Dan because Dan wanted children. Will Dan and Jack be able to put the past behind them and work together, or will their past keep them from having a future together?

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Sean MichaelAbout the Author: Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael 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.

Where to find the authorFacebook || Facebook Author Page || Twitter: seanmichael09 || Website || Blog || Goodreads

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THE GIVEAWAY

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Tour Dates & Stops:

18-Dec: Inked Rainbow Reads, Gay Book Reviews, Mikky’s World of Books, Kirsty Loves Books, Dawn’s Reading Nook

21-Dec: Sassygirl Books

22-Dec: Open Skye Book Reviews, Divine Magazine, Book Lovers 4Ever, Foxylutely Book Reviews

23-Dec: Velvet Panic

24-Dec: Unquietly Me, The Novel Approach

25-Dec: Havan Fellows

28-Dec: Up All Night, Read All Day, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

29-Dec: MM Good Book Reviews, Prism Book Alliance

30-Dec: Bayou Book Junkie

31-Dec: Book Reviews, Rants, and Raves, The Hat Party

1-Jan: Happily Ever Chapter

4-Jan: QUEERcentric Books, Full Moon Dreaming

5-Jan: Making It Happen

6-Jan: Elisa – My Reviews and Ramblings

7-Jan: Multitasking Mommas, 3 Chicks After Dark

8-Jan: Molly Lolly, A.M. Leibowitz

11-Jan: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews

12-Jan: Jessie G. Books

13-Jan: Bonkers About Books

14-Jan: Love Bytes, Alpha Book Club

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s a Sneak Peek at the Holiday Week

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Monday – We’ve got a fantastic kickoff to this week for you! First up is Abigail Roux, with an exclusive excerpt on the blog tour for the newest Sidewinder novel Part & Parcel

Then, author S.A. McAuley joins us to introduce (or, for some of us, re-introduce) the Borders War series. One Breath, One Bullet has undergone some major renovations and expansions, and Sam has some special news about the rerelease of the first three books in the series—One Breath, One Bullet, Dominant Predator, and Powerless—and the release of the next two books, Falling, One by One and Strength of the Rising Sun

Tuesday – Today we have two more special guests joining us. First is author Felice Stevens on the tour for her new book The Greatest Gift

We’ll also welcome author Morticia Knight on the tour for her latest novel Safe Limits

Wednesday – Author Jon Michaelsen stops by today with a guest post and giveaway to celebrate the release of his new novel Prince of the Sea

Thursday – We’re joined today by author Sean Michael on the tour for his latest release, Three to Get Ready

Friday – From our family here at The Novel Approach to you and yours, we wish you a joyous holiday season. We’re taking some time off to spend with loved ones today, but we’ll be back soon with more guests, giveaways, and reviews. Thank you so much for taking the time to drop by and visit.

With love and good cheer to all of you!

Lisa and the TNA Team

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2 Stars, Amber Allure, Paranormal Romance, Reviewed By Carrie, Sean Michael

Review: His Very Own Vampire by Sean Michael

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Title: His Very Own Vampire

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 60 Pages

At a Glance: This story had so much promise, but just didn’t deliver.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: Vampire Truelock’s job for the last several hundred years has been protecting the President of Archer Industries, a family-run company that has done very well for itself. Since the current patriarch, Desmond Archer, is getting ready to officially retire from the company that more or less runs itself, he sends True on a mission to protect his estranged grandson Lane.

Lane’s mother stopped speaking to her father Desmond when Lane was only a few years old and has told her son that his grandparents are all dead. He has no idea that he’s even an heir to a fortune. So when a handsome stranger steps in and saves him from bodily harm just when he needs it, he’s both grateful and a little suspicious. That suspicion only grows when bad things continue to happen to him, all seeming to stem from True’s arrival and his claim that he’s been sent by Lane’s grandfather to protect him.

The fact that there’s insane chemistry between Lane and True doesn’t help either of them untangle the mystery regarding the danger’s source. Can they find the answers before Lane’s unknown enemies manage to do him permanent damage?

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Review: I am only going to give a short review of His Very Own Vampire because if I write much more, my review would be longer than the book.

This novella had so much promise, it could have been good, but the characters were stiff and poorly written.  Truelock is a vampire who has served the Archer family for over two-hundred-fifty years. Now, Desmond Archer is dying and wants True to find his estranged grandson and bring him home. Lane’s mother ran from her family at a young age and brought her son up thinking that he had no family but her.  When True arrives, claiming he is working for Lane’s grandfather, Lane is confused and wants nothing to do with him. Outside influences fling these two together, as True must protect Lane from family members who want him dead in order to claim Lane’s share of the Archer fortune.

See? So much promise. I wish that Sean Michael had spent more time on this story and really made a novel out of it, as the characters in and of themselves are rather interesting, and the plot is plausible. There are just too many unbelievable leaps and not enough development of characters or storyline for this to be a Sean Michael success.

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5 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Holiday Romance, Reviewed by Angel, Sean Michael

Review: Unto Us the Time Has Come by Sean Michael

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Title: Unto Us the Time Has Come (Sleigh Ride: Advent Calendar 2015)

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 59 Pages

At a GlanceA wonderfully rounded, second chances story.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Last Christmas, Kenn Greyson gave husband Chris Martenson an ultimatum—spend more time with the family or we’re leaving. He never expected Chris’s reply would be “then leave,” but that’s exactly what happened, and Boxing Day took on a whole new meaning.

Separated for nearly a year now, both men are miserable apart and coping the best they can for the kids’ sake. With Christmas just around the corner, a new conflict arises: neither man is willing to forego Christmas morning with their children. Chris finally suggests they spend the holiday together at the house and, to his shock, Kenn agrees.

Armed with the knowledge that he’s been a stubborn idiot, but that perhaps he can change and begin to repair their relationship, Chris takes steps to win his husband back. He just hopes he can get Kenn on the same page before Santa comes down the chimney on Christmas Eve.

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Review:  I enjoy Sean Michael’s work, and this book was no exception. Michael didn’t skimp here on this story—despite the shortness, it packs a big punch. Both men are at fault as to the cause of their break-up, and both are doing what they can to remain friendly in spite of it, for their kids. It comes down to them both realizing that what they had could be saved if they would only communicate. Michael also shows the impact of adult decisions on children in a relationship, and once again, he doesn’t shy away from the hard emotions. I cried several times over the course of this short story, but I loved it all the more for the realness.

The ending was sweet and heartwarming. While the make-up was quickly resolved, it felt real to me and not tacked on to get a happy ending. Kenn and Chris had to work hard and learned their lessons, and I think both grew up a bit while they were apart. I would love to read about this couple again, in, say, a year later, just to see how they and the children are doing.

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3 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Reviewed by Sammy, Sean Michael, Torquere Press

Review: Jack of All Trades by Sean Michael

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Title: Jack Of All Trades (Box Of Nails: Book Four)

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 137 Pages

At a Glance: Unfortunately, Jack of All Trades is not one of this author’s better works.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Brad is crashing in his cousin Stephen’s room while he tries to sort out his life. A perpetual student, he still hasn’t settled on a major after a half dozen years at University. He loves learning, but so far that’s the only thing that’s been a good fit.

Dill is a full-time Dom who hasn’t found the right sub yet. He’s not worried about it — he figures it’ll eventually happen and in the meantime, there’s plenty of boys at the Hammer Club who are eager to share a scene with an experienced master.

When Brad and Dill meet at a party at Barney and Devon’s house for subs, the attraction is immediate and undeniable and Master Dill feels that Brad is the perfect sub for him. He also believes that as his submissive, Brad will learn the focus he needs to fulfill his potential and find satisfaction with his life. Now he just needs to help jack-of-all-trades Brad see they belong together

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Review: Brad is adrift—more than just a perpetual student who floats by from one major to the next, he is barely surviving monetarily as well. Now couch surfing at a friend’s place, Brad meets Dill, a Dom in search of a submissive. When the two meet, Brad is still a virgin and certain that the kinky life of BDSM is not for him…or so he thinks. Dill recognizes in Brad a sub in need of direction and education, and sets out to be the impetus for both in Brad’s life.

After arranging for Brad to become his intern who will help research his many articles concerning the D/s world, Dill begins to wear down Brad’s resistance to trying out the lifestyle for himself. With much gentle reassurance and a heap of nudging, Brad seems ready to consider the idea he could be a submissive—but, will he be willing to explore that with Dill as his Master? Only time will tell.

If you know anything about Sean Michael’s work then you know it is filled with hot sex and varying degrees of BDSM, and Jack Of All Trades is no exception. Honestly, were this a piece of erotica and not a novel that should have a serious and steadily moving plot, I could have given this story five stars and called it a day. There is no doubt that this author can churn out one hot sexual scenario after another. In fact, the Doms that proliferate this author’s books are always kind, gentle and fully invested in their submissives, even when that means pushing them well beyond their comfort zone and exploring deeply ingrained painful memories that often seem to go hand in hand with being a submissive in one of Sean Michael’s stories.

Jack of All Trades delivers on this successful formula of needy sub and patient Dom quite nicely. However, what’s lacking here are the specifics surrounding Brad’s insecurities. I never really got to know Brad on any other level than he was a virgin and in need of being told it was okay to explore BDSM. He seemed to have no real family, there was no real meat or hidden reasons behind his inability to commit, and, to be frank, I was hard pressed to see his character’s growth throughout the novel. Other than his committing to a relationship with Dill, Brad remained one-dimensional and I am sorry to say, rather boring.

This novel fell short merely because it failed to establish what was really the root of Brad’s inability to commit to life—whether that be a college major or being Dill’s submissive. Instead, there was simply heaps of great sex and little else.  I found myself wanting this story to move on—to get to the point where Dill would dig deep enough to see why Brad was so adrift. Instead, he took the man into his home, gave him a rather contrived “internship” by becoming his “patron,” and introduced him to the world of BDSM. Other than Brad agreeing to becoming exclusive and willing to “try” the lifestyle, I failed to see any real change in either character. Hence, we had a series of sex scenes tied together with very little plot.

Sean Michael has turned out some very good and provocative novels where the characters develop and change, finally growing into a less wounded and more complete person. Unfortunately, Jack of All Trades is not one of this author’s better works and therefore, fell short of the kind of stories this author is capable of producing.

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Review: A Cowboy Out of Texas by Sean Michael

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Title: A Cowboy Out of Texas

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 13000 Words

At a GlanceA Cowboy Out of Texas is a sweet, heartwarming little story, well written and keeps you interested in its characters.

Reviewed By: Maryann

Blurb: Sam Hawker’s fall off a bucking bronc at an event in Canada has left him both physically broken and financially broke and in a hospital with his leg in traction. Between worrying about how he’ll pay his medical bills and not being able to move, he’s going more than a little stir crazy.

Easy on the eyes, Pat Bouchard is the nurse assigned to Sam for his stay at the hospital, and the two men get to know each other as Pat cares for and entertains Sam. They grow even closer when Pat offers Sam a place to stay while he recovers.

What are they going to do when Sam’s all better and doesn’t have a reason to stay in Canada any longer?

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Review: Poor Sam Hawker. I think you’ll find Sam to be a really nice guy…who worries constantly about getting better. Sam is a rough and tough rodeo cowboy, but all he’s riding at the moment is a hospital bed. With a broken leg, Sam’s hurting, restless and worried, and then he spies that cute little nurse, Pat.

Pat Bouchard is such a wonderful, nurturing character, and he likes the cowboy. Besides taking care of Sam at the hospital, Pat spends personal time with him. So when Sam becomes anxious and wants out of the hospital but has nowhere to go, Pat offers to take Sam in until he heals up and can get back on the rodeo circuit. Which then makes Sam worry about taking advantage of Pat.

Sam and Pat are really great guys, and this story takes us into their everyday lives: shows us how they meet, who they are, and their feelings for each other. A Cowboy Out of Texas is a sweet, heartwarming little story, well written and keeps you interested in its characters.

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3 Stars, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Angel, Sean Michael

Review: First Steps by Sean Michael

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Title: First Steps

Author:  Sean Michael

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 104 Pages

At a GlanceFirst Steps is a tooth-achingly sweet romance.

Reviewed By: Angel

Blurb: Abandoned by his partner in the wilds of Alaska, Peter is pretty much at the end of his rope. He has a cabin falling down around his ears, two young babies to care for, and too much alone time to think about his situation. It’s enough to make a man rethink wanting to be a dad.

Park Ranger Chad thinks Peter could use some help, especially when fire and weather warnings make him wonder if Peter’s little cabin is going to make it through the year. When he takes Peter and the babies in, he finds out that the attraction the two of them felt on their first meeting has the potential to be a lot more. Can he convince Peter that they can do more than keep each other warm?

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ReviewFirst Steps is simply a story about a man wanting to raise his children somewhere nice, and then met the love of his life while doing so. This is the second edition of the story, so I don’t know if anything was added or subtracted from the first publication back in 2007, but it was a tooth-achingly sweet romance/erotica with absolutely no conflict whatsoever.

Peter is the perfect domestic engineer, and with his smart, sexy manly-man park ranger partner, Chad, the two men raise Peter’s two twin babies out in the middle of Alaska’s wilderness. Perfect babies, multiple expressions of need, love and desire, and tons of sexy times between Peter and Chad make this an uncomplicated book.

If you are looking for the oblivion of cozy, warm, feel good sweetness, then you have found the perfect story.

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5 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Pride Publishing, Reviewed By Carrie, Sean Michael

Release Day Review: Brewing by Sean Michael

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Title: Brewing (Beer and Clay: Book Four)

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 130 Pages

At a Glance: We finally get to the HEA for Toby and Damon in this fourth installment of the story, and I recommend this series.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: As the love between Toby and Damon deepens, the man intent on destroying their happiness increases his efforts.

Toby and Damon are back in Brewing, their relationship deepening more despite the continuing efforts of a stranger to bring them down.

Helping in their efforts are their best friends Peter and Christian. Peter’s new investment in a three-story building on the same block as Damon’s bar offers Toby the opportunity of having a studio close to home. It also gives Peter and Christian a home they’ve made together, which Peter hopes will bring them closer together.

A former soldier, Christian has a hard time letting go and finding his subspace. It’s going to take a lot to break the conditioning he’s learned in the Army. Peter is stubborn, though, and he’s seriously falling for his strong sub.

Will yet another attack bring down two couples this time?

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Review: What was started in Malting, and continued in Milling and Mashing, has finally reached a satisfying conclusion in Brewing. You cannot read any of these books separately as this is an ongoing story, but buy all four and read the series from beginning to end; you won’t regret it.

Toby is really coming into his own as a sculptor and a submissive.  He is growing and maturing, and we really get to see glimpses of the man he is becoming. Being able to trust in the love and support from Damon has allowed him to gain a confidence in himself and his art that he would not have ever given a try on his own.

Damon is the steady rock.  The sexy and stable bar owner is the perfect fit for his excitable sub. The care he gives to Toby, making sure he does not lose himself in his art or inside his own head, gives Toby a place to call home.

We also get to see more of Peter and Christian in this story, as the two couples learn that having friends to rely on can be a powerful and good thing. I hope that Sean Michael writes Peter and Christian’s story and that we get to see Toby and Damon again!

I recommend this story – which is all four books. It’s an easy read and a great way to spend an afternoon.

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Review: Finding the Way Home by Sean Michael

Title: Finding the Way Home

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Amber Allure

Pages/Word Count: 16000 Words

At a Glance: The characters of Jim and Horse were well done, but I wish they’d had more of a story to tell.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: When he arrives home from a long stint in the hospital after losing his right arm to an IED blast, Sergeant James Miller certainly doesn’t expect his keys not to work and a strange man answering his door, only to learn his boyfriend has dumped him. Yet that’s exactly what happens, and James is just happy that he can count on his old platoon buddy to have his back, and a spare bedroom he can use until he gets on his feet.

Horace Grundy the third—“Horse” to anyone who doesn’t want to get his butt kicked—is retired and has a tidy house on the beach that he calls home. The place isn’t big, but he figures there is plenty of room for James, even if he has always fancied the man.

Thankfully, the two of them fit together well, and soon the roommates become more. But James’s past isn’t ready to let go of him yet, and the new lovers are caught off-guard when James’s ex-boyfriend suddenly reappears in his life. Can James and Horse’s new relationship weather the storm?

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Review: Finding the Way Home is a short novel from Sean Michael, and follows a familiar story arc for him. If you are a fan of his work, you will enjoy this one, but will also feel as though you have read it before.

Sergeant James Miller is finally retired, officially, from the military after an IED blast takes half of his arm. He comes home to find out his boyfriend has moved on with another man, so with nowhere to go, he calls his longtime friend and fellow compatriot Horse, or, Horace Grundy.

Finding the Way Home is a story about healing – mentally and physically – and how the right person can make life worth living. These men served together, they bled together, and they heal together. Because the book is so short, it is a little rushed. I think this story had the potential to be really good; it just needed to be expounded a little more. The characters of Jim and Horse were well done, but I wish they’d had more of a story to tell.

If you like Sean Michael, and you just want a little amuse-bouche, then this is book for you.

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5 Stars, BDSM/Kink/Erotica, Reviewed By Carrie, Sean Michael, Torquere Press

Review: The Briar Rose: Blended Family by Sean Michael

Title: The Briar Rose: Blended Family

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 134 Pages

At a Glance: A great addition to the Briar Rose series.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: Matt and Adam are back and this time they’re welcoming two established Master/sub pairs who want to play together. Without ruining their friendship.

Subs Peter and Max have been best friends forever, since before they met their masters. They were lovers once, but both men needed the influence of a Dom to stay on an even keel. Happily in love with their masters, Devon and Swan, the boys nonetheless want more.

Devon and Swan care deeply for each other and are willing to give becoming something more a try and the Briar Rose seems like the perfect place to give it a go. As neutral ground, if things go wrong, they should be able to put the whole thing behind them and go back to their lives as simply friends.

Can Devon, Peter, Swan, and Max become the blended family they yearn to be?

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Review: Adam and his Dom, Matt, run The Briar Rose, a bed and breakfast that caters to those seeking help and advice for the BDSM lifestyle. This is the third installment in the Briar Rose series, and Matt and Adam seem to be settling into their roles as facilitators for the couples who come to visit.

Blended Family is about two couples coming together, to play together, and hopefully to create a blended family together – without ruining their friendships. Max and Peter are the two subs in this pairing – best friends who used to be lovers before they both had masters – and they miss the closeness they once shared. Devon and Swan are the Doms – both strong masters and good friends. When Peter asks Devon if they can play with Max and Swan, the idea of creating a polyamorous grouping begins to form. They come to The Briar Rose for a trial run in a safe environment, to create new rules, new expectations and boundaries. It’s not easy, there are missteps, but all four men are committed, and it is a pleasure to watch them create their new reality.

Sean Michael has written another solid addition to this series. Each of these stories is short and leaves you wanting more. I am really looking forward to the next set of guests at The Briar Rose Inn.

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4 Stars, Genre Romance, Pride Publishing, Reviewed By Carrie, Sean Michael

Review: Mashing by Sean Michael

Title: Mashing (Beer and Clay: Book Three)

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Pages/Word Count: 125 Pages

At a Glance: In this book we see into the heart of Damon and Toby’s relationship; no new plot twists, no new antagonists, just a glimpse into the lives of these wonderful men.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: Life is good for Toby and Damon—maybe too good. What happens when someone seems intent on destroying their happiness?

Toby and Damon are growing closer every day, with Toby recovering from the shot to his shoulder and Damon trying to keep him from pushing too hard too fast. Things are good between them.

They’re even better in the bedroom, where Toby is learning all sorts of new things and Damon is happily pushing his limits.

They’ve almost forgotten that someone doesn’t seem as happy with their closeness as they are, when Toby walks into his studio to find it trashed and his little apartment ransacked. Are the authorities going to be able to apprehend the culprit before Toby decides the best course of action is to remove himself from the equation?

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Review: Mashing is book three in the continuing saga of Damon and Toby – a D/s love story. The story begins in Malting and is brought forward in Milling. In this book we see into the heart of Damon and Toby’s relationship; no new plot twists, no new antagonists, just a glimpse into the lives of these wonderful men. The world is really coming together for these two, even with an unknown someone out there who wants to tear them apart. Toby is learning a lot about himself as a submissive and Damon is happily pushing his limits and supporting his growth. The scenes that play out between the two men are beyond hot. These two characters really fit together, and Sean Michael has created two men who complement each other very well. It is a pleasure to read their story.

“You’re not an audience. You’re….. You’re like home.”
“Oh baby, have I told you recently that I love you?”
“Yes, but you can tell me again. I like it.”
He laughed softly, utterly delighted – as usual – with Toby. “I love you more every day.”

Mashing is not a standalone, these books are a continuous story, so you have to go back to the beginning of the tale and start from there.

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3 Stars, Audio Book, Dreamspinner Press, Genre Romance, Reviewed by Amy, Sean Michael

Audiobook Review: Cupcakes by Sean Michael – Narrated by Jeff Gelder

Title: Cupcakes

Author: Sean Michael

Narrator: Jeff Gelder

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Run Time: 4 Hours, 52 Minutes

At a Glance: Both the story and the narration of Cupcakes were disappointing.

Reviewed By: Amy

Blurb: Allen Jameson had it all—the perfect house, the perfect partner, the perfect life—until his partner, Gary, died suddenly, leaving him alone in the real world, where life isn’t so pretty and people make mistakes. Now Allen is the owner of Sweet ‘n’ Sassy Cupcake Shop, a cute boutique downtown, where he invents delicious flavors like strawberry and French meringue. Between working long hours and making special orders, Allen barely has time to think.

Then a hunky contractor walks into his shop looking for a treat. Allen and Byron Bannigan are total opposites, but they’re perfect together—salty and sweet like Allen’s signature peanut butter and chocolate ganache cupcakes. But as Allen struggles to juggle his business and his boyfriend, he learns he can only handle so much. He may have to choose between the cupcakes in his store and the cupcake in his bed.

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Review: Where to begin… I have a very special place in my heart for Sean Michael’s books. One of the very first books I read in this genre was Jarheads. The author has an amazing way of putting mass amounts of sex in a book and absolutely showing the depth of emotion through that sex. Taking all of that into consideration, I picked this book, and had extremely high expectations. What I found, though, was that it was overly sweet, with a ton of endearments and no growth in the characters throughout the story. I really did want to like Alan, the main character, and, for the most part, I did care what happened to him. Unfortunately, by the end of the story I felt that if anything, his progression as a character went backwards. His insecurities got repetitive and drawn out. The weird way the story went towards the end was strange as well. I feel that if this book had been a bit shorter, I might have liked it more. On a positive note, I am normally not a fan of insta-love, but this love between Allen and Byron worked for me. Overall, while I was disappointed in this story, I won’t stop insta-buying Sean Michael’s work, as I am a huge fan.

Narration: Jeff Gelder was the narrator of Cupcakes. Unfortunately, he was subpar as well. I felt like he was actually reading the story to himself versus narrating it for me. There were awkward pauses and sometimes, with the character POV changes, I had to stop a few times because I couldn’t tell who was talking.

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Review: Milling by Sean Michael

Title: Milling (Beer and Clay: Book Two)

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Totally Bound

Pages/Word Count: 32000 Words

At a Glance: The continuation of a great tale.

Reviewed By: Carrie

Blurb: Toby and Damon’s whirlwind romance continues, but can they find a balance between love and work? Do they even want to?

Toby can scarcely believe that his life has changed so much in less than two weeks, but it has. His predictable little life has gone from routine to sexually adventurous in a matter of days. And to be honest, he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Damon’s just as into Toby, more interested in exploring with his new lover than spending all his time at the bar. Luckily things are running fairly smoothly there with his hand only occasionally needed on the rudder.

Their idyllic love affair has a few bumps to withstand, though, in the form of an intruder with a gun. Can Toby and Damon survive what happens next?

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Review: Milling is book two in Sean Michael’s Beer and Clay series. The tale begins in book one, Malting, where bar owner Damon finally confronts the shy guy who has been coming to his bar every Thursday for the last three years. In book one, we get the connection and spark of new romance between Damon and Toby (oh, and really great, hot sex!). In book two, the relationship grows as the two men really start to explore what they mean to each other, and developing another layer of intimacy with the Dom/sub relationship they both crave (oh, and did I mention more really great hot sex?!). Toby is a treasure – so unsure of himself but so talented, and Damon is the perfect Dom for him – putting Toby first and truly taking care of the man.

The angst in this book comes from an outside source, not our main characters, in that someone is after Damon, and Toby is in the way. The police are no help, and Toby is sure that whoever broke into the bar and then Damon’s apartment – where he gets shot – is being motivated by jealousy of his and Damon’s incredible relationship. So what happens next? Hopefully more really great hot sex! Oh, and more of a story that is definitely worth your time reading! What more can I say? It’s Sean Michel, so you know there are great characters and a solid story. I will warn you though that this book is a continuation of the first book and leaves you hoping for the third. But if you want a snippet of these men’s lives, it’s just right – oh, and did I mention the great sex?

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Review: Guarding January by Sean Michael

Title: Guarding January

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 230 Pages

At a Glance: Guarding January is a sweet romance that just needed a bit more originality to make it a great novel.

Reviewed By: Sammy

Blurb: Lord January is at the top of the charts, only comes out at night, and is usually covered in blood. Say what you will, but the man knows how to put on a great show. But when the Vampire King is let out of rehab, the last thing he expects is someone forcing him to eat real food, hang out in the sun, and generally be a human being.

Rye Sommers, the best bodyguard in the business, has been hired to babysit a rock star whose biggest threat surprisingly isn’t all the hard drugs, desperate groupies, and crazy fans—it’s Lord January himself. But the closer Rye gets, the more LJ turns into sweet, gentle, caring Jeff Smart. He may still be the super-skinny, pierced and inked genius Lord January, but he is slowly shaking his death wish as he sheds the loneliness and exhaustion his stage persona saddled him with.

But as Rye falls in love with the real Jeff, he finds himself in over his head. He knows he can keep Lord January away from the drugs and the groupies, but saving Jeff might force Jeff to choose between his career as Lord January and his very life.

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Review: Famous, hard rocking Goth Lord January is in actuality a very small, tortured soul who hides his anxieties and sorrow inside a pill bottle or a line of coke.

Jeff Smart is an artist who has the weight of the world on his shoulders: no father, a mother who has turned away from him, and is surrounded by a mix of sycophants and those who want to control him—somewhere along the way he lost himself. Now, fresh off several months of rehab, he timidly reenters the deadly world he left behind, with a new bodyguard alongside him. Rye Sommers approaches this job with just a bit of distaste, hoping January is not some spoiled rocker with an incurable taste for drugs. When he finds a wounded, near starved innocent hiding inside a harsh and macabre façade, he begins to loosen his own rigid standards and does the unthinkable—falls in love with a client.

But work looms and Rye barely has enough time to help Jeff restore his strength, much less get emotionally well. A tour looms and with it, 50 weeks of music, sweat and drugs. Will Jeff survive it is the only variable in front of both of them.

Sean Michael definitely has a trope all his own. It is the Dom/submissive, and it works well for this author. Unfortunately, however, sometimes it does feel as though slight variations in plot and some name changes are all that set each story apart. Despite that occasional problem, this was an intense and moving story of healing and redemption in many ways. This was all Jeff’s story, Rye was merely along for the ride, protecting and slowly falling in love. While it might have seemed like insta-love, many months do progress as the two men lean more and more on each other.

Getting inside the mind of a submissive is gold for Sean Michael. There are very few authors who do a better job of drawing you into the innermost thoughts of a character, and showing you what makes them tick. This is the real strength of Guarding January; that we see, know and understand how deeply wounded a person Jeff is, and just how difficult it is for him to get out of bed and move through the simple tasks of each day, like eating, bathing and playing his guitar. Each step is so difficult, and Rye’s unending patience is just the prescription Jeff needs to begin to live again.

Unlike most Michael’s novels, there is very little BDSM here—actually, none, if a bit of biting is considered playful and light foreplay. But the rich tapestry of love this author can, and does, weave into his stories is definitely there and is lovely as usual. Guarding January speaks of healing, love and finding your destiny. It is a sweet romance that just needed a bit more originality to make it a great novel.






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Guest Post and Giveaway: The Love Matters Blog Tour With Sean Michael

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The Novel Approach welcomes author Sean Michael on the Love Matters blog tour. Enjoy his guest post and then be sure to enter the giveaway below.

Good luck!

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Writing a character who is a writer should be a no-brainer, right? The problem is that every writer has a different process, and maybe Trey doesn’t write the same way I do, maybe he has different habits, maybe he has different goals. Of course, the biggest thing is that Trey writes in a genre that is totally out of my wheelhouse.

Not that I don’t like horror, because I do. It’s not my favorite genre, but certainly one that I’ve read and enjoyed (I’m a much bigger fan of horror books than I am of horror movies.)

My favorite horror writer is Stephen King. In fact he has a few reading firsts for me, regardless of genre. Pet Semetary was the first book that quite literally sent a chill down my spine. Up until I read the scene where the dead and buried cat comes slinking up the driveway I had always thought that expression was just that, an expression. Then I read that scene and wow, it actually happened.

It was also a Stephen King book that I first put down, thinking I’d never even pick it back up again let alone finish it, that I did wind up finishing. I just didn’t like the characters or where the book was going after the first couple of chapters, so I stopped reading and went to bed. Well, at two am, I was still awake because I couldn’t get the book out of my head and in the end, I turned the light back on and spent the rest of the night finishing the book. That one was Misery.

Both those experiences are part of what informs my love of words and of being a writer. I felt that way because of words written down on the page. They weren’t real, they weren’t tangible, and yet they were in my head because of the way they were put together on the page. How cool is that? Very, very cool.

For Trey, the characters in his books live in his head, they inhabit him until he writes them out and, given what he writes, some of those characters are pretty damn scary. Which makes Trey very motivated to finish the story and trap those characters in the book instead of his head.

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lovematters_800Blurb for Love MattersFor ten years they’ve done things Trey’s way. Now Lucien wants more. He wants to be with his lover full-time. Is Trey ready? Will he ever be?

Ten years after they first met and fell in love, Lucien and Trey are still together—after a fashion. Terrified that he’s going to become entirely dependent on Lucien, Trey calls his lover to come spend four to five days with him whenever he finishes a novel. Lucien wants more, but up until now has been willing to bow to Trey’s wishes.

Finally broaching the idea of seeing each other more often, during Trey’s writing periods, Lucien suggests that they begin to date each other on Friday nights. Trey agrees to the experiment and begins to flourish as Lucien gets him out of the house more—to eat, to swim, to visit the beach.

But can Trey remain faithful to his work ethic, get the job done with his novels and enjoy the distractions and adventures Lucien plans for him? Or will Lucien’s desire to have more break them apart? 

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Author BioAbout Sean Michael: Often referred to as “Space Cowboy” and “Gangsta of Love” while still striving for the moniker of “Maurice,” Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organising 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 channelling 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.

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Excerpt from Love Matters“No. No, tell me. Where did you see them?” Curious boy.

Lucien loved how Trey wanted to know about everything.

“Online. You can get a shower head that detaches and there’s all these different heads that go on in its place.” It was sexy as hell and he could imagine using them on Trey, feeding the different heads into his lover’s ass.

Lucien took Trey’s hands again and brought him into the shower.

“Really? Like cocks?” Trey’s eyes were wide, then they closed as Lucien tugged him into the spray.

“Yes. Like cocks and all sorts of plugs, things to fill you with water. Ones with one hole, with two, with a whole bunch. They were pretty neat.”

The water fell around them. “Warm enough?” Lucien asked.

“It’s perfect.” Trey held onto him with one hand. “Did you… Did you get some?” That meant Trey was intrigued.

“I didn’t. I needed to check your set up here to make sure I bought the right stuff.” But he had days now, and he could take the time to do that and to get them here before he was banished again as Trey started his next book. “They had overnight shipping.”

“Do they? That’s expensive.”

“You’re worth it, baby.” He did love how that made Trey’s cheeks go pink. “Just imagine, by the day after tomorrow we could be pushing plugs that spray water up your ass.” Okay, that had sounded sexier in his head.

“Lucien!” Trey’s eyes went wide, moving around madly.

“I’ve got you.” He wrapped his arms around Trey.

“Sorry. Sorry. I.” Trey chuckled, cheeks heated. “You say things.”

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GiveawaysFollow Sean’s blog tour to read more! The seven stops will all be running on from one another, so check out all seven to get a real insight into the book!

Check out Totally Bound’s competition for the chance to win a copy of Love Matters as well as three books from Sean Michael’s backlist.

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A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

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Cheers, everyone, and thanks for coming by to see what we have in store for you in the week ahead. It’s shaped up to be another busy one–loads of guest authors, blog tours, giveaways just for you, and, of course, books. It wouldn’t be a week if we didn’t talk about books. 

Now, here’s what’s on tap.

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Monday – Author Felice Stevens is going to kick off our week for us on her blog tour for Memories of the Heart

We’ll also have Hayden Thorne joining us today to talk about her new book Sheridan Diggins and the Dead Horde

Tuesday – We’re helping Jaime Reese celebrate the release of the newest addition to the Men of Halfway House series, A Restored Man

We’ll also be helping to reveal the cover for Lou Sylvre’s A Shot of J&B, the next generation in the Vasquez and James series

Guest columnist and author Brita Addams also joins us today with her monthly article

Wednesday – Today we’ll be hosting author Con Riley on the True Brit blog tour

And joining her as our guest will be Sean Michael on the Love Matters tour

ThursdayJay Northcote drops in on the Passing Through blog tour

Jessie G. will also be with us today on The Protector blog tour

FridayMia Kerick is stopping by today on the Here Without You blog tour

We’ll also welcome Riptide Publishing and Cari Z., a contributing author in the Rules to Live By anthology

Saturday – Finally, to close out this busy week, we’ll have author Lillian Francis on the Theory Unproven blog tour

Louise Lyons also joins on the In Darkest Peru blog tour

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And that does it for us for this week. Until next time, happy reading!

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Guest Post: Country Mouse, City Mouse by Sean Michael

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You remember the old children’s story with the mouse from the country and the mouse from the city? It’s one of those fables with a moral and whatnot. Bruised is a country mouse, city mouse kind of story, only without the moral ;)

There’s the country mouse – Billy, who comes from a small town outside of Dallas – and the city mouse – Johnson, who comes from Santa Barbara. Amusingly enough, there is also the disparity in their jobs. One is a white collar worker – Billy the lawyer – while the other is a blue collar worker – Johnson the garage mechanic. Continue reading

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Review: Blue Collar by Sean Michael

Title: Blue Collar

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Amber Quill Press

Pages/Word Count: 156 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Kendall Webber is deep in the closet. Between working as a mechanic in a garage, having served in the army during the era of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and being raised by a fundamentalist-preacher stepfather who sent him to summer camps to make him straight, he’s learned to hide his sexuality from absolutely everyone. Continue reading

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Whats his Passion?: Sean Michael Gives Us Ten Facts About “Size Matters”

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To celebrate the launch of “What’s his Passion?”, Totally Bound Publishing are giving away a bundle of great prizes. Enter for your chance to win HERE

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Here’s A Sneak Peek At The Coming Week

Hi, everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great weekend!

Here’s a look at all the great authors, blog tours and giveaways we’re hosting here at The Novel Approach in the week ahead, and, of course, we’ll have lots of new reviews as well.


MondayBrigham Vaughn kicks off the week on the Equals Blog Tour

We’ll also have B. Snow with us today, one of the contributing authors in the Project Fierce Chicago Anthology, to talk a bit about Project Fierce and its mission to provide housing and support services for homeless LGBTQ youth in Chicago

TuesdayHayden Thorne stops in today on the Masks: Evolution Blog Tour

Nikka Michaels will also be a return guest today to talk a bit about her new short story from Cobblestone Press

WednesdayLiz Borino will be here today on the Secrets in the Air Blog Tour

Thursday – Today, L.A. Witt stops in on the Noble Metals Blog Tour

FridaySean Michael drops by on the Size Matters Blog Tour

And Kimber Vale will be here to do a Cover Reveal for her upcoming book Hard Act to Follow

SaturdayMJ O’Shea is our guest on the Impractical Magic Blog Tour

SundayK.A. Merikan closes out the week on the Road of No Return Blog Tour

And that sums up what’s in store for the week ahead. Until next week, happy reading!

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Sean Michael’s “Yes, Master” Explores Submission From The Simple To The Intense! – Reviewed by Sammy


“Submission is not about authority and it is not obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect.”- Wm. Paul Young


Title: Yes, Master

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 80 pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: From first timers to hard core lovers, this collection of five BDSM themed short stories by Sean Michael has something for everyone who loves hot m/m action and a great love story.
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Sean Michael’s “Cupcakes” Is A Sweet And Tasty Treat


“I’ve never met a problem a proper cupcake couldn’t fix.” ― Sarah Ockler


Title: Cupcakes

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Pages/Word Count: 188

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Blurb: Allen Jameson had it all—the perfect house, the perfect partner, the perfect life—until his partner, Gary, died suddenly, leaving him alone in the real world, where life isn’t so pretty and people make mistakes. Now Allen is the owner of Sweet ‘n’ Sassy Cupcake Shop, a cute boutique downtown, where he invents delicious flavors like strawberry and French meringue. Between working long hours and making special orders, Allen barely has time to think.
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A Man Finds Happiness In “A Family of His Own”


“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” ― Alex Haley


Title: A Family of His Own

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 202 Pages

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Will’s a widower with three little girls, including six month old twins, to look after. Most days it’s all Will can do just to get home from his advertizing job in time for goodnight kisses, but now his mother-in-law is leaving the country with her new boyfriend and Will needs the help of a professional nanny.
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Sean Michael Takes You “Deeper” Into the Mind of the Submissive With Dazzling Results!


“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” ― Harvey Fierstein


Title: Deeper

Author: Sean Michael

Publisher: Torquere Press

Pages/Word Count: 202

Rating: 4 Stars

Blurb: Johnny diMarco is a spoiled, rich brat who has made his way through almost every Dom at The Hammer Club. None of them can handle him. Even Oliver has tried and has sadly had to admit defeat.
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