Rose and Thorne: Every Rose Has His Thorne by Sean Michael
Publisher: Changeling Press
Length: Short Story (45 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Play, Fisting, Mild BDSM
Rating: 2.5 stars
Reviewed by Cactus
Rose has just lost his job as a bouncer -- apparently he's too scary for the job. He's working out at the gym and considering going back into competitive bodybuilding when he meets Thorne.
Short, slender and covered in ink, Thorne couldn't be any more different from Rose, but he feels a connection with the big man the moment they meet. As they spend the evening together, he believes they were meant to be. Now he just needs to convince Rose.
Sometimes a bad day can turn around with the prick of a thorn. Rose is having a bad day after being fired from his job as a bouncer for being too scary. Thorne happens to pick up the big man and is determined to make his night better. Although they just met, the chemistry is sizzling and something the two men can’t and don’t want to deny.
This is a Sean Michael book so you can expect certain antics to take place, shaving and fisting are long time standards in a Michael book, and Every Rose Has His Thorne doesn’t disappoint. Predictably you have a guy that hasn’t bottomed since high school and yet is getting fisted within hours on the first date (without any significant prep work either). So clearly the quick story isn’t going for anything realistic or believable, but more hot, fantasy erotica. The characterization is weak and the story relies on easy and fast stereotypes to set up the guys’ meet, then hops right into the plentiful sex.
Here you have Rose, the big bad bouncer and Thorne, the skinny inked kid who deftly manipulates and tops Rose almost immediately. A long night of non-stop sex and mild kink leads to a morning of more mild kink, this time body shaving, and more sex. It’s a case of love at first sight or sex anyway, so the story doesn’t include any emotional intimacy or happy ever after per se. More so like a promise of more kink and sex.
I can’t say I was disappointed since I choose this book specifically for an easy to read, light on plot, sex fest. It’s a very typical book by this author and fans will know exactly what to expect. It’s short and to the point, which is sex, sex and more sex. If this sounds like what you’re looking for, go for it.