Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Underground: Special Teams by @seanmichael09 @torquere #REVIEW # TOUR #CONTEST

Keeping it Fresh

First of all, thank you Indulgent Bloggers for having me today!

I was asked about longevity and keeping my stories fresh. Well, you see, my characters regularly pinch my ass. No? Not that kind of fresh? ;)

Seriously, though, I am going to blame the characters. They keep showing up and I keep writing their stories. In the end, for me, that’s what it boils down to.

I will say that there are days when I’m tired or cranky (or tired and cranky) and uninspired and I just don’t feel like writing. Or that while I’m writing, the work seems clunky and boring, lacking that spark. I keep slogging through, because I’m a writer and that’s what I do. I write every day whether I want to or not. And usually, it turns out that the uninspired and clunky feeling I had about the work was actually just me and it reads just fine when I go back over it on another day.

That missing spark doesn’t happen all that often, though, because in all honestly, I love what I do. Writing is in my bones and it’s what I do, it’s who I am. I think loving what you do, whether it’s a creative endeavor or a non-creative one, makes a ton of difference. That love shows in the finished product.

I think that is what contributes most to my longevity, to my keeping things new and fresh for myself (and hopefully my readers!), the fact that, while this is a job, it’s the best damn job on earth and I love doing it with a passion.

Sean Michael
smut fixes everything

"Do you want me to observe only this evening?"

"For a few hours at least. Jack has vouched for you, but it's important to learn us, how we work."

Hunter nodded slowly. If these people were forcing men to be subs, making them stay, abusing them, he'd be very surprised. This level of care didn't come out of a place of abuse.

"Let's go downstairs. I'll introduce you around. Ben wants to shave his boy today, head to toe, and he wants an audience."

"Even eyebrows?" That was some hard core shit. And wouldn't that surprise people who thought BDSM was all about whips and chains?

"Everything. This isn't a punishment, but Pete is having serious issues with hiding from Ben."

"Ah, Ben sounds like a very wise man." Inventive, attentive, a good master.

Hunt already liked this group. If it turned out anyone was being held here against their will, if they weren't on the up and up, he was going to be extremely disappointed.

"They're both learning, but they're getting there."

"Are they a new couple?" Hunt asked, watching Dan move around the kitchen, triple checking everything.

Jack answered him. "Yeah, Ben has been waiting for Pete for years, but the connection is new."

"I look forward to seeing them together, then. Watching their scene."

"It should be intense, emotional. Pete is a fighter."

Hunt nodded, already affected, just by the conversation.

Daniel chuckled. "Pete used to be a surgeon, and he had a breakdown. Went to work on a construction crew before he started working from home."

"Those high pressure jobs often produce subs, don't they?" The best sub Hunt had ever had was a man who ran a fortune five hundred company.

"You know it. We have a number of subs that are desperate to break, to allow someone else in."

"I enjoy a challenge." Hunt had to remind himself he was here on the job, not to find someone.

Jack grinned. "Me, I'm looking for a sweet boy, a good bottom who likes a hard fuck but isn't pushing constantly."

Daniel's laughter filled the air. "In other words, you're not looking for a boy like Keif?"

"Fuck, no. No, Keif needs an owner, not a Dom."

Hunt's eyebrow went up. "Keif?"

"One of our unattached subs," Daniel said. "He's got the need to be hard-used, broken down. No one man can handle him, no offense Jack."

"None taken."

"Is he here tonight?" Hunter asked, intrigued despite himself.

"He's with our group every night he's not on call."

"Is that a yes?" Because he hadn't heard a yes.

"He is here -- plugged, bound, gagged, and, I would imagine well-sounded by now."

Jesus Christ. A bolt of pure desire went through Hunt.

Daniel grabbed a case of water. "Come on, guys. Let's go down."

"Can I take anything?" Hunt offered.

"Can you grab the fruit bowl? I find fruit to be hydrating, erotic, and less messy than chocolate."

"You got it." These guys were pros at this hosting a BDSM party thing and Hunt found himself once again hoping they were all on the up and up. He wanted to play, not to make arrests.

Following Dan downstairs, he felt his anticipation ramping up.

Instead of a dark, club-like atmosphere, downstairs there was a room with couches and lamps, pillows. It looked totally normal, at least until he saw the cage in one corner. The massage table. The man kneeling, wearing nothing but a collar.

Hunter took everything in, eyes moving over the men in the room, cataloging them. The man in the collar had to be Pete, the slender, whip-like man looking on proudly, Ben. There were a couple of men sitting together, a few wandering. In the back, bound and ring gagged, cock stuffed was...

Wait. Wait. Hunter knew that shock of near-white hair, the icy blue eyes. He saw that face every time the SWAT team was called out. Keifer Magnessen.

Underground: Special Teams, Sean Michael, Torquere Press
When Hunter Simms goes undercover at an underground BDSM party, the last thing he expects to see is SWAT’s leading shooter Keifer Magnessen bound, gagged, plugged and very bare. He is immediately drawn to Keifer, and wants to get to know his fellow cop better. Much better.

With such a high stress job, Keifer needs to give up control on his down time in order to decompress, but it’s a secret he holds close to his vest. So, when Hunter walks into his chosen place to submit, he tries to cut and run. Lucky for him, Hunter is shrewd, persistent and quite possibly just the Dom that Keifer needs.

Can these two strong men find a way to make their personal lives mesh?

I have been a fan of Sean Michael ever since I picked up my first Jarhead novel back in 2008. I know going in that I am going to get strong characters with an interesting story and some of the best sex I have ever read.

Hunter is a Detective who goes to a home BDSM party to check out a lead that the subs are being abused. Being a Dom, as well as a Detective, he has a personal interest in this lead. While he is happy to find the accusations are unfounded he is even happier to find Keifer bound and needing a Dom to take him in hand.

Keifer is a sniper for the SWAT team and needs a Dom that can understand his need to be taken out of his head. He has yet to find a man or Dom strong enough to handle his attitude. When Hunter sees to his aftercare against Keifer wishes he realizes he may have just found the Dom he needs.

One of the things I have always liked about Michaels books is the insight that we get as to why someone needs to submit. With Keifer, the high stress level of his job as well as the ramifications of sometimes having to take a life, he needs to give up control somewhere in his life just to be able to decompress. His books always take the time to explain the aftercare and the satisfaction that a Dom gets in seeing to his sub.

I would love to see another book with these characters, to see where they end up and the further exploration of their Dom/sub relationship.

RATING: 4 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.


Author Name: Sean Michael

Author Bio:

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.

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