Book Reviews

Mashing (Beer and Clay 3) by Sean Michael at Pride Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians/Authors / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 13-May-2016

Book Blurb

Life is good for Toby and Damon—maybe too good. What happens when someone seems intent on destroying their happiness?

Toby and Damon are growing closer every day, with Toby recovering from the shot to his shoulder and Damon trying to keep him from pushing too hard too fast. Things are good between them.

They’re even better in the bedroom, where Toby is learning all sorts of new things and Damon is happily pushing his limits.

They’ve almost forgotten that someone doesn’t seem as happy with their closeness as they are, when Toby walks into his studio to find it trashed and his little apartment ransacked. Are the authorities going to be able to apprehend the culprit before Toby decides the best course of action is to remove himself from the equation?


Book Review

In this third book of the ‘Beer and Clay’ series, sculptor Toby and his Dom, bar owner Damon, have to deal with the aftermath of Toby being shot. He is physically healing, but the mental and emotional process is more complicated. The good news is that Toby is slowly beginning to trust Damon outside the bedroom as well as when Damon pushes his sexual limits with all kinds of new-to-Toby toys. The fact that the perpetrator is still around and escalates his threats does not help one bit! The result is a hot story with an underlying threat that makes everyone nervous – and had me paying close attention.

Toby is getting used to Damon taking care of him, and beginning to recognize he may need it. When he overdoes the sculpting on the first day he is allowed back to work, Damon is right there to fix things. Toby still isn’t sure whether it’s okay to need Damon and what he does to him so much, but he doesn’t seem to have much choice.

When Toby’s studio and old apartment are destroyed and he has no place left to go, the first real test of their new relationship has Toby wanting to run and Damon trying very hard not to lock him up in his apartment above the bar so that he is safe. Damon has already fallen in love, so it’s more difficult for him to step back and let Toby make the decision of what’s next. Luckily some friends of theirs, Christian and Peter, are right there to help – in more ways than anticipated.

If you want to know what’s happening with Toby and Damon, if you enjoy watching an experienced Dom figure out what’s best for his new sub, and if you’re looking for a hot read with some tense moments, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 111 pages/31100 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 07-July-2015
Price $4.50 ebook
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