- Book Title: Dom, Sub, and Boy: Beginning
- Author: Sean Michael
- Publisher: Sean Michael; 1 edition (November 13, 2015)
- Book Length: 193 pages
- Genre: Contemporary, Romance, BDSM
- Reviewed by: Phetra
- Rating: 5 Star
- Posting Date: November 27, 2015
There’s a certain criteria required in a Sean Michael book. I think the author himself mentioned it very aptly in an interview just recently. He said and it is not a direct quote, “There’s no secret that I love writing smut, but there has to be a deep love and connection there too and my characters have to have a strong voice.” That is exactly what a Sean Michael book is a good loving piece of smuttiness with strong voiced characters.
I have read many, many of Sean Michael’s books and there is this “thing” with them that I haven’t been able to pinpoint what it is until I read Dom, Sub, Boy: Beginning. There is something that just makes these books of his so alluring and fantastic to read. In the middle of reading this new, self-published, book of Sean it dawned on me what this “thing” was, it’s the way Sean Michael writes. When reading it is as if you’re a part of the story he makes you feel what the characters feel, you are right there in the room with them, he never tells you anything it is all about showing. Showing as a firsthand experience and as a writer myself I can say that is one of the hardest things to do to really be able to show a story to the reader, so the reader feels like he or she is part of the world created.
Dom, Sub, Boy: Beginning is the first of three books about Grant, Mark and Ting. Grant is this thirty-five year old retired Dom, living a life with his beloved Sub Mark who is a devoted surgeon. It is not just his profession it is part of what makes Mark the unique person he is. Being who Grant is, a Dom with the time and urge to explore this dominant side of him, he want nothing else but to explore a 24/7 D/S relationship with the man of his dreams, Mark. However, they both know that will never be since one Mark’s devoted to being a surgeon and it is nothing he wants to give up and nothing Grant wants his lover to give up either. Enter Ting.
Ting is a good friend of both men, but a long lasted friend to Mark from when he was in med school and they also roomed together. Ting is unlike Mark a natural submissive, longing for a master of his own to let him be who he really is which is something he never been allowed to be, a full time sub. He grows from serving and taking care of the people he loves, he watches his two friends happy for them but also envious of what they have because he feels like such a failure. What happens if two lovers can become three will it work for all three men or will it destroy the good relationship they have as friend?
This is not a heavy BDSM book like some of Sean Michael’s other books, at least not yet. It is a easier firm loving, sexy and slow burning version of the BDSM lifestyle so if you don’t know if a story of this kind is for you this is an excellent book to try because it will give you a taste but not shove it up your face. I don’t want to give all things away, but what I love mostly about this book is that I am kept wondering asking questions about each and every character’s feeling about venturing into what they do. If this would have been a standalone novel that might have thrown some people off, I love the angst, the not knowing if everything will just follow suit and magically resolve itself. Not knowing everything about how Mark will fit into it all or if he really, really wants to gives me something to look forward to with the next part in this series. That is just another plus in this story, another safe bet with a Sean Michael book that he will give you plenty of angst
to go with all the love, a good balance of sweet and tart, and that great mix of salt and sweet like bacon dipped in chocolate.
Grant and Mark have a great relationship. They’ve been in a Dom/sub relationship for a number of years, they’re in love, and they each need what the other has to give. Mark is an ER surgeon, brilliant and driven, while Grant is a successful businessman in his own right.
When Grant sells off his company and retires in his mid-thirties, things change. He and Mark are as committed as ever, but Grant now has so much more time on his hands while Mark is busier than ever at the hospital. With nothing else to occupy him, Grant yearns for a twenty-four-seven boy, while Mark worries he’s not enough for his passionate Dom. Could bringing in a third be what they both need to round out their lives?
Mark’s best friend Ting just might fit the bill, but how do Grant and Mark bring the topic up with each other, let alone Ting himself?
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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