Baked by Sean Michael

Title: Baked
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Books
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/BDSM/Twincest/Menage (m/m/m)
Length: Novella (351 pages)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

A guest review by Lily


Review Summary

Another sex-filled romp in the Hammer world this time featuring twin brothers finding happiness with a brother and his own younger twin brothers.

BLURB

Book seven in A Hammer Novel series

When his younger twin brothers Darius and Devin wreck everything in his life in just a few short days, big brother Clay decides to enlist the help of a friend. Bake is a top at a club called the Hammer, and knows just how to handle two subby boys, even if no one else can tell them apart. Bake is a twin himself, and knows about the special kind of bond that creates. Dare and Dev might be a little closer than Bake and his twin, Bean, have ever been, but that doesn’t stop him from understanding their needs.

Meanwhile, Bean meets their big brother Clay, who’s just back from his tour in the military, and thinks he’s found a treasure like nothing he’s ever seen. Clay isn’t into games, and Bean loves his straightforward style. What should be a perfect solution for all of the brothers, though, turns out to be more complicated than anyone expects. From family jealousy to threats they could never imagine, the boys will have to be tough to take on what life throws their way. Is there strength in numbers, or will both families be torn apart?

REVIEW

This story is part of the author’s A Hammer Novel series but can be read as a standalone without a problem.

Bake and Bean are twins and although they share many similarities they are very different when it comes to sex. Bake is a Dom and into the scene at club Hammer while Bean is straight vanilla with no interest in BDSM. One night Bake and Bean are approached by Clay who is upset with his younger brother’s recent acting up. He’s brought Dev and Dare, who are twins and subs, to Bake for some control/punishment and when he meets Bean they hit it off immediately.

The story then follows the two couples as they split up and slowly form their relationships. Clay and Bean’s story features lots of sex amidst some simple scenes of getting to know each other, watching TV, cooking and vacationing together. Bake and the twins story is also filled with lots of sex but has a more interesting tone as they explore Dare’s need for a bit of pain and Dev’s more gentle needs. Bake is more than happy to take on his ‘boys’ and give them each what they need.

During the last half of the story there is a storyline involving a threat to one of the twins that was interesting. The situation itself was too quickly and easily resolved but the outcome to the twin and the others involved was nicely handled. In the end Clay and Bean and Bake, Dev and Dare are happily looking forward to a HEA future.

This story was trademark Sean Michael with lots of sex, one word sentences and lite BDSM. The characters are nice but none really stands out and Clay and Bean’s part felt like page filler. Nothing really happened with them and it felt like all of their scenes were pure sex. Bake and his ‘sweet and spicy boys’ story was more interesting but really neither of the pairings really grabbed me. The relationships develop almost instantly and aside from the bit of excitement towards the end didn’t really have much action to speak of outside of the bedroom.

One thing that I really did not like was the choice of character names. Bake and Bean, even after the cute explanation that was given, just seemed too ‘cutesy’ and kept distracting me from the story. I’ve been a fan of the author for years but this story just didn’t impress me much.

However, overall it was an easy to read story and will no doubt appeal to fans of the author and the series.

22 comments

  • Like Snared – the second book of the Billy and Montana story – Baked is a serious case of writer`s block. 🙂

      • I wanted to skip Owned too. I`m glad I didn`t.
        It is much better than Snared and almost as good as Found!
        By the way – 2 stars is a very nice rating for Snared.
        The book is a disaster. 🙁
        s.

        • Simsala, thanks for the info.

          I’ll have to read Owned then. I did like them in their first story so I’ll give them another chance. 🙂

  • The SM book that I enjoyed the most and re-read regularly is Secrets, Skin and Leather. Why, you ask? Because I’m a kinky bastard. 🙂

  • As with all the other commenters, I agree. This felt like trademark SM so much that I felt I’d read it before. The dialogue feels recycled from all the other SM books and the subs feel like clones. They’re always jittery, needy, touchy, feely, barely able to articulate their desires and need a firm hand (literally) to get them off.

    It makes for easy reading and the couples are non offensive but I agree this didn’t really grab me. I feel like every so often a great novel comes from SM while the rest are simply re-treads of previous novels. This is a re-tread.

    • It reminded me muchly of Braided at first, then it changed somewhat but the similarities were definitely there.

    • Kassa, I agree with you. And it’s probably why I keep reading SM. I generally enjoy the books, they’re always easy to read and I’m always looking for the next great one. What can I say? I’m hooked. 🙂

  • I agree with you Lily. I have never read a Hammer book before (and I’ll let people guess why I chose this one :-D) but after the initial scene in the club and the mention of a couple of characters from the club near the end, there is no connection to the other books at all that I could discern. I also found some inconsistencies. Dev doesn’t like pain at all and safewords for Dare but they said they’d been involved in some really heavy duty scenes at the club. Doing what then?

    But for what it was it was okay. More plot than I expected to be honest. And as for the names? Yeah. Annoying but I hate those books that have names like Booger and Tater and weird stuff. Maybe that’s “normal” in some places for guys to be called that, but I find it distracting and extremely un-sexy.

    • LOL, I’ll take a wild guess and say the twins caught your interest. 🙂

      Tam, the story did have an interesting plot in the Bake, Dev and Dare side which I would like to have seen it even more fleshed out.

      I live in the South and I’ve never met a Bake, Ben, Booger or Tater. Although I’ve met a couple of Tiny’s (and neither one was little) and quite a few Bubba’s.

  • Lily
    Thank you for this review Lily. I’m sorry that this book turned out as it did. I think the last book which I read by SM that was excellent was Forged. Maybe he’s writing too many, too fast.

    And what’s what all the ‘cutesy’ names?

    • You’re welcome, Wave 🙂

      I think Forged was one of the best of the series. As for the ‘cutesy’ names, *sigh*, no idea about that. I found them incredibly distracting.

  • Thank you for your review, Lily. I agree with everthing you wrote. I would have given it fewer stars, however.

    I have read all of the Hammer series and was looking forward to another installment. This book is not of the caliber of the rest of the series.

    Found, Bent and Spoken have powerful character development along with Sean’s regular styling.
    Found and Bent have strong BDSM themes but they are explained in the psychology of the characters.

    Don’t give up on the whole series based on this bad apple!

    • You’re welcome, Reggie 🙂

      Like you I loved Bent and Forged. They are my favorites of the series.

      I liked Found quite a bit and Spoken was nice too. Snared was okay and I’ve yet to read Owned.

      I’m still a big SM fan so eventually I do get around to reading all of his/her books.

  • Thanks for a great review, Lily, and you are right, this is trademark Sean Michael – lots of sex, one word sentences and an overuse of the word ‘pretty’, lol!

    I’ve read a couple of reviews of this book, most of which have said the same thing you have – that the Bake/Dare/Dev plot was more interesting than the Clay/Bean one – but I really liked the more vanilla plot and felt it was a nice contrast to the slightly more angsty plot with Bake. As a pairing the two plots complemented each other well.

    I’ll also second what you’ve said about this being a Hammer book. I’ve not read any of the Hammer series – although I have the first book, Bent, in my TBR pile – and yet I had no problems understanding what was going on in this book.

    • You’re welcome and thanks, Jen. 🙂

      I did like Clay and Bean but found their storyline itself a bit bland. No conflicts or problems to deal with just lots of sex between chapters of Bake and the twins.

      I really loved the first couple of books in the series, Bent and Forged, but the others to me aren’t as good.

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