Book Reviews

Master Takes a Name by Sean Michael

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 17-August-2017

Book Blurb

Before Liam can embrace his future, he must accept himself. 

Kael is happy with his life. A consummate sub, he’s out, proud, and surrounded by good friends. Then he hears about Master L, a new Dom who has all the twinks aflutter. Kael’s curious, but not unduly so, until he and the stud do a scene. Then he understands the commotion. But since Master L only ever tops a sub once, when it’s over Kael is determined to forget him, even if he has to go on holiday to do it. 

Liam is deep in the closet, but the Dom known as Master L also has needs. So far, he’s kept his identity a secret by never choosing the same boy twice, and frequently changing venues. After his scene with Kael, Liam finds himself fixating on the sub and willing to break his one-time only rule. But will it lead to heartache or happiness?

First Edition published by OmniLit/All Romance eBooks under the title 'Master Takes a Name (Out For You)', 2015.

Book Review

Admitting who you are can be difficult, and coming out has all kinds of potential dangers attached to it. Enough to make some people hesitate until they have a reason to change their attitude. This story is about Liam, a man who changes his priorities because he meets Kael, the guy who makes Liam reconsider his life’s priorities. There isn’t a lot of drama, and it’s a gradual process, but in the end Liam emerges reborn and a different person. I really enjoyed watching him change, learn, and grow in this gentle story with lots of hot loving, BDSM and otherwise, and two men who are clearly meant to be together.

Liam keeps his personal life under wraps because he is afraid. There is no reason given for his fear, but then there doesn’t need to be one—after all fear is very personal and doesn’t need a reason. It just is what it is. What gets him to reconsider his priorities is another man. A sub he meets at a club and feels drawn to strongly enough to break his own rule about never playing with the same boy twice. But that isn’t the only rule Kael helps him break. I loved watching Liam get used to the thought that he wanted a different way of living his life. It is a slow thawing, an internal process that is accelerated by what happens once he begins to open up.

Kael is an experienced sub, and he is very unassuming. He falls for Liam almost immediately, but he never pushes him to come out more than the closeted Master is comfortable with. Kael is dedicated to running his shelter for GLBT youth and probably couldn’t be more out if he tried. He knows how to protect himself, and the kids in his care, but he needs some looking after as well. Kael is happy to have found someone who appreciates him when he and Liam link up, but he knows better than to push. Some things have to happen at their own speed, and Kael is very good at bringing out the best in people—be they the kids he protects or the new Master he wants as his own.

If you like gentle love stories with lots of kink, if two men on opposite sides of the “out” spectrum meeting sounds like fun, and if you’re looking for a read that is as hot as it is sweet, then you will probably like this novella.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 119 pages/26700 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 27-February-2017
Price $2.99 ebook
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