Book Reviews

Malting (Beer and Clay 1) by Sean Michael at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-April-2014

Book Blurb

Sometimes unpredictable is exactly what’s needed, but can Corner Pub owner Damon convince shy Thursday night regular Toby of that?

Damon loves his life—his bar, his employees and his beer. He especially loves Thursdays. That's when the mysterious little red-head dances into his bar, drinks two honey wheat brews, and flits right back out.

Toby's comfortable. He has a good job, great friends, and he gets paid to do what he loves—sculpt. His life is great, if a little predictable. And if he secretly wears a plug to Corner Pub every Thursday, well...that's nobody's business but his.

But when Toby meets Damon, his predictable little life flies right out the window. Damon shows him the big, wide world of the Dom/sub lifestyle, plugs and piercings, and teaches him that maybe, unpredictable is exactly what Toby needed all along.


Book Review

Comfortable and predictable is what many people want out of life – or at least they think they do. It takes courage to take a step toward the edge of your comfort zone, and for most people that is an impossibility if left to their own devices. What would be the point? Toby in this story seems to be just such a man. And yet… he’s been coming to Damon’s bar for three years, predictable as clockwork, making Damon suspect Toby may be looking for something.  Is it excitement? Is it a discovery of his sexuality in more than theory, the one available in books and on the Internet? As it turns out, Damon is more than happy to provide both.

Toby is a virgin. He only came out fairly recently (in his mind), and has no clue how to go about getting the experience he craves. His second problem is that he believes most of his cravings are dirty and not really meant to be fulfilled. When Damon finally takes the first step and talks to him, Toby is in shock. And I don’t think he recovers from it entirely, not within the week that follows, with one discovery after another. Toby is so endearingly clueless, and his job as a sculptor doesn’t exactly help him encounter other people. What a ride he is in for once Damon takes him under his wing!

Damon is settled in his life, but, different from Toby, he is also looking for excitement. Professionally, he has it made since his bar basically runs itself (with the help of a few trusted employees, of course). Personally, though, he is still looking for the one man who can keep his interest. After finally talking to Toby, the enigmatic Thursday-only regular, Damon realizes the man is made for him. The perfect sub to Damon’s very loving and playful Dom, the two set off on a journey of discovery that plays mostly behind closed doors.

If you like lots and lots and lots of sex in your stories and can easily do without a plot, if you enjoy a more experienced man showing the “blushing virgin” the ropes – in the form of plugs and other toys, and if you’re looking for a light, hot, and fun read that tickles your kinky side, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 119 pages/30920 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-February-2014
Price $4.50 ebook
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