Reclaiming (Immortal Ink #1) by Sean Michael
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M/M, Paranormal, Romance, BDSM
Six months ago vampire Beaudelaire Delacourte had it all. As a tattoo artist, he used his special ink and spells to permanently tattoo other immortals and spent countless hours feeding and indulging in BDSM with his human lover, Aaron. Then he asked to turn Aaron so his lover could join him permanently, but Aaron refused, not willing to give up his humanity. Since then, Beau has kept his head down and stayed in his shop, only interacting with the clients who come for his special brand of ink. When Aaron shows up on his doorstep, half-dead and apologizing, Beau is shocked to learn that his boy was turned at the vampire club they used to frequent by Stephen, another vampire. Not only was Aaron turned, but his chest was torn open, his fangs were broken and he was left in an alley to die. Spurred by the need to see Beau one last time, Aaron has been hiding in an abandoned building until he found the strength to make it to Beau’s shop. Beau takes in his boy again, promising that Aaron will earn his place back in Beau’s bed, and vowing that he will take revenge on Stephen. Unbeknownst to Beau, Aaron is only the first in a long line of humans who Stephen has created then turned out to fend for themselves. As Beau discovers this is only one of the old rules that Stephen has broken, he and Aaron are drawn into a web of intrigue that can only end in someone’s death.
4 out of 5 (very good)
In Reclaiming, we meet Beau and Aaron. They had a Dom/sub relationship until Aaron said he didn't want to be turned, and walked away. Realising he'd made a mistake, he compounded that by going to "the club" to try to find Beau. Instead, he gets tortured and turned against his will, and basically thrown to the kerb. Beau spends the next six months unaware of what has happened to Aaron, and mourns his loss.
When Aaron and Beau get back together, the heat is off the charts! Aaron feels like he has to earn back Beau's love; and calls him 'Sir' instead of 'Master' as he feels like he failed him. Beau is aware of Aaron's feelings, and does what he can, within the "rules" of their relationship to help him where he can.
With Stephen's story (antagonist) coming throughout the book, it builds up very nicely to the ending. Witches, Elders, Ancients, they're all here. Reclaiming involves LOTS of play between Aaron and Beau, plus tattoos and piercings as part of the play.
Very well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, this is a book to be enjoyed and recommended.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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Often referred to as "Space Cowboy" and "Gangsta of Love" while still striving for the moniker of "Maurice," Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organizing his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and persuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to "Chicago." A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys. Barring any of that? He'll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.
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