Reviewed by Susan65
Title: The Butcher and the Beast
Author: Sean Michael
Genre: M/M Historical
Length: 81 Pages
Publisher: High Ball
Release Date: May 1, 2006
Available at: Unfortunately, this is no longer available (per the author)
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Blurb: Stephen is a doctor, a practical man who wishes his sister wouldn’t worry so about the pirates that plague their island home. So it’s ironic that Stephen himself is set upon by just those pirates, who carry him off to heal their wounded captain.
John is a pirate Captain, master of his fate, and used to getting what he wants. And he decides he wants Stephen, even when the good doctor wants nothing more than to run away from him. Can the beast convince the doctor the sailors call the butcher to stay with him?
Now, this was purely entertainment. When I was challenged to read a pirate book, I knew I was going to get hung up on the whole historical thing, of which I really am not a fan. However, this was freaking hilarious…once you got past the vast amount of sex. Sex on top of sex on top of sex. But, the dialogue was pure brilliance. I laughed, even during the abduction and non-consensual scenes, because the Butcher had a way with words that just tickled me pink. And the Beast, while always naked, was an irresistible rake.
Stephen, AKA the Butcher, is a doctor that is abducted to treat the injuries of a pirate captain, John, AKA the Beast. Throughout the entire story, they refer to each other by these not-so-nice monikers, but by the end, they are said with love and affection. This was such a strange story, but one that, for some reason, just worked for me.
Not a lot of plot, not at all realistic, but so completely entertaining. I am still giggling over parts of it, and I may just go out and find either another Sean Michael book or a pirate story, not sure yet, but one of the two will be on my list soon.
Now, I know you may be wondering where the links are to buy this book, and I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it is currently not available for sale. I would definitely hit up the author to re-release this story, because it is highly entertaining, even if the subject matter is not supposed to be.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*