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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Picking Up the Pieces by Mychael Black

Picking Up the Pieces by Mychael Black
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (12 pgs)
Other: M/M, anal sex, spanking, fetish
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Nymphaea

A couple years have passed and Robbie and Seth (Hearth and Home, Going Home) have everything going for them. Until their beloved tattoo parlor--the one they've worked so hard on--is robbed. Everything's destroyed, and Robbie's temper gets the best of him. Now it's up to Seth to help his lover pick up the pieces and mend a few wounds. If it takes a bit of pain, then so be it.

Fun with a belt and it’s so good!

I love the works of Mychael Black. Even when short in nature, the stories carry so much weight and make me think about them far after the last page. Sure there are moments where I have to reread, but it’s because I want to get all the details. There’s so much packed into this work that I didn’t want to miss a thing.

Robbie and Seth have a tattooing business. Well, had. There’s been a robbery and the store is a mess. I liked the pairing of Robbie and Seth. Robbie is all "balls to the wall" anger and Seth is almost zen-like. When they get together, they combust.

This short isn’t for the faint of heart. Though the characters don't live the BDSM lifestyle, there are aspects of it that are rough in nature. For me, the spanking was written with a tender touch. Mychael Black knows how to wring every last drop of emotion from a sex scene and this has a couple of them.

If you want a story that shows unending tenderness with a rough edge, then this might be the book for you.