Reviewed by JustJen
Author: Sean Michael
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 204 Pages
Publisher: Torquere Press
Release Date: December 3, 2014
Available at: Torquere Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Storm owns the Beat & Cream bakery, popular with the Hammer Club members for its name, the amazing pastries Storm bakes, and his willingness to make all sorts of naughty creations. Not into the lifestyle himself, Storm loves the punny nature of the name of his establishment and everyone he’s met have been nice.
Zeb, an unattached Top and Hammer Club member hears about the bakery and knows he must check it out for himself, given he has the world’s biggest sweet tooth. He finds the pastries delicious, but he’s even more taken with the owner himself, and sets out to woo Storm.
It’s easy to fall in love with someone who makes you laugh and brings your life joy, but what happens when that happens with someone who isn’t into the same things you are? Zeb and Storm are about to find out if they can find some mutual ground, or if Zeb’s lifestyle will keep them apart.
Review: I’ve been a fan of the Hammer series for a long time. I believe Sean Michael is my most read author because of that, as there are an awful lot of books in that series. There is always something that I like or long for, but unfortunately, they don’t all seem to have it.
The sex is always hot, the BDSM scenes, while sometimes repetitive, are always well done, and the characters are usually easy to fall in love with. They all have that same short monosyllable style dialog, which gets a bit tiresome, but the stories all have a little something to love.
This story was a bit different. It takes place mostly outside the club scene, as Storm’s only contact with BDSM or the lifestyle is the club members patronizing his bakery. Zeb is a club member and Dom who sees something in sweet Storm and wants to know more even given his lack of experience in something so important to Zeb.
There wasn’t much these guys had in common, besides sex, and there weren’t any conflicts to overcome, other than the previously mentioned lack of experience on Storm’s part. I had a very difficult time connecting with these characters. Zeb, of course, saw Storm as a natural sub, but I felt this was more of him projecting his wants and needs. They did keep the BDSM very light which was fitting, but there just wasn’t anything else to wow about here.
A few other Hammer characters show up here and there, but not nearly enough to up the interest level. Unfortunately, while a sweet story, this one just didn’t work for me.
Overall Impression: It was ok
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*