Book Reviews

Royal Flush (Handcuffs and Lace) by Sean Michael at Resplendence Publishing

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Officers of the Law / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-February-2013

Book Blurb

Three years ago, Royal played slave to Mike’s Master while working undercover in the leather community, and their relationship has never recovered. After a perp’s accusation of impropriety, Royal and Mike decide taking early retirement with a pension is easier than fighting false charges. Nursing his wounds in a bar, Royal’s interrupted by a man from his past, from the very time when things with Mike started disintegrating.
Big, bald, and tattooed, Bone is a piercer with confidence and attitude to spare. He can’t believe his luck, spotting Royal at the bar. Here’s Bone’s chance at the man he’s wanted since giving Royal a very intimate piercing for an undercover stint. “I bet you’re still wearing my ring,” he challenges Royal, hoping the man will not only take this bet, but the next one as well. In fact, Bone is betting their future happiness on it.

Book Review

This book is about a man who struggles with the fact that he is a submissive. And I mean, really struggles. Not only has it gotten him kicked out of the police force based on his former partner's disgust with him being gay, but it also devastated him to be seen as "weak". Never mind that he shouldn't want the "perverse" things he craves so deeply. That's what a lot of people told him, and he is so ashamed of his needs that it crushes him. Luckily there is a man, the guy who pierced him for his undercover assignment after which his life fell apart, who can help him find his self-respect again.

Royal has some tough decisions ahead of him, and needs all his strength, of which he has a lot, to get through the transformation from a repressed, ashamed of himself ex-cop to a sub who knows what he wants and isn't afraid to ask for it. Initially, he fights his needs with everything he has, thinking they are wrong and immoral, and despicable. Bone takes him through the initial steps of their relationship, actually, more like drags him in kicking and screaming, and not because he likes it, and Royal begins to see how liberating it can be to let go, to trust another man to do to him what he craves deeply. Pain is a big part of it, but so Is giving up control. It's a huge change for Royal, and his development was described realistically and while the sex was hot, the internal process he went through was just as interesting.

Bone is a Dom. End of story. He knows what he wants, and for three years, ever since he pierced Royal, he has wanted the man to be his boy. His delight when he runs into Royal one night in a bar is palpable, and he practically rubs his hands in glee to get started. He also knows it will be a fight, but he is ready. Bone pulls out all the stops during their first weekend together, and shows Royal what it will be like if they become a couple. And while he never even hesitates, he does give Royal a safeword (as is proper) and makes sure he lets Royal feel the full effect of having all his cravings taken care of. Even the ones Royal won’t admit to in the beginning.

If you like reading about a man who finds himself as he lets go of society's preconceptions about "acceptable" sexual behavior, if you enjoy some psychology with your passion between two men, and if you're looking for a story that is very hot, and contains quite a bit of the harsher side of BDSM (fisting, sounding, all-body shaving), you will probably like this story.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 54 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 20-February-2013
Price $2.99 ebook
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