Title: Velvet Dragon
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Self Published
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: M/M Romance/Futuristic/BDSM
Length: Novella (142 PDF pages)
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Lily
Serius is an expert in whipping; his beauty is a riding crop, but he’s an expert with all manner of whips, floggers and paddles. He’s also a man looking for someone special to be his sub; he believes in order, discipline, submission, but he also wants a challenge. When Hercules promises him the perfect sub in exchange for his working at the exclusive Velvet Glove, Serius believes it’s possible he just might find the man he’s looking for.
Dragonne has the appearance of the perfect sub, but the truth is he’s never truly submitted. He’s never been pushed past his boundaries, never had to use his safeword, never been broken. He has built a wall of control around his core, and wonders if anyone can breach it. Can these two men find what they’re looking for in each other?
Velvet Dragon is set in the author’s Velvet Glove world although it can be read as a standalone.
Serius has just signed up to work at the Velvet Glove as a top and one of the perks is his own personal submissive. When he meets Dragonne he’s immediately drawn to him and sees definite potential in the quiet younger man. As they enter into a relationship Serius finds that while Dragonne is submissive he hasn’t ever truly submitted. Will he be able to give Dragonne what he needs to finally be free?
I’ve read a few of the stories set in the Velvet Glove world and was drawn to this latest one when I read the blurb. Unfortunately the story never quite lived up to my expectations. Serius and Dragonne’s relationship felt like a business deal throughout most of the book and it was only towards the end that I began to see a bond growing between them. Even though the story is told in Serius’s POV I never really warmed up to him although I did find Dragonne easier to like. Several of the characters from previous books make appearances in Velvet Dragon as well as a couple of new ones.
The BDSM theme of the story leans heavily towards D/s and includes the use of floggers and whips. I did like how Serius slowly worked to get Dragonne to a point where he could truly let go and submit. Dragonne’s past made this a nearly impossible thing but with patience Serius was able to set him free.
There were parts that I did enjoy such as learning about Dragonne’s past as well as the interactions with Dragonne’s mentor and his sub. By the end I could see a relationship working out between Dragonne and Serius and it no longer felt like a business deal only. There is an emotional bond between the Dom and his sub and a nice HEA feel to the ending.
Overall this is an okay addition to the series. I never truly felt connected with the protagonists or their story until late into the book and that along with some annoying editing issues really hindered my enjoyment of the book. Another thing that bothered me was the name Serius. For some reason all during the story everytime I saw the name I’d either read it as Sirius or Serious which was a bit annoying. This is purely a personal matter and may not bother anyone else. Fans of the author and of the series may enjoy reading this latest installment more than I did.