Title: Rose and Thorne Book 1: Every Rose Has His Thorne
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Changeling Press
Characters: Rose, Thorne
Sub-Genre: BDSM, Erotic Romance
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.
Sean Michael is a master at writing hot chemistry between his main characters that sizzle off of the written page. He’s one of those automatic buy authors for me because I love his simplistic, easy-going writing style and his stories easily give me several hours of guilty pleasure.
Since the blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, I won’t go into a long description of the story. Instead, I thought I take a few moments to write why I liked this novella and why I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.
Rose is down on his luck. He just lost his job and is working out his frusteration and aggression at the local gym. Rose is built like a brick house and takes very good care of his body, almost to the point of being obsessed with what he eats and does to keep himself in shape. When he meets cute, heavily inked up Thorne, Rose is unsure of what to think abou him. For a short guy, Thorne has a take-charge attitude and his straightforwardness and confidence in himself makes Rose attracted to him. Rose isn’t really used to be bossed around. He’s a big man and his looks often intiminate others, so when Thorne walks into his life and immediately takes charge over him, Rose is surprised by how easy it is for him to allow to take control over his life.
I really liked these two characters. Both Rose and Thorne were likeable men and the chemistry they had between them was very intense and addictive to read. Thorne introduces Rose to some light D/s play and although Rose is somewhat confused by his submission to Thorne, he finds himself wanting to give into Thorne’s demands. Another thing I liked about this book was that Thorne is not your typical Dom. Most of the time in BDSM stories it’s the large, alpha male who is dominant over the submissive, but in this book, it’s the smaller man who dominates over the bigger one. I thought this was quite refreshing and interesting and all in all I enjoyed watching this couple meet, get to know each other and start to form a relationship together.
I do wish the story had been longer. I’m thrilled to see that it’s a series and I can’t wait to see where Rose and Thorne’s relationship will go next. As usual, Mr. Michael really was able to make this reader really care about his characters and crave to see what will happen to these characters as the series progresses. Every Rose Has His Thorne will surely be a hit with his fans and it would be a great book for those who has never read anything by Sean Michael before. The BDSM isn’t over the top, and the characters are intriguing and sexy, so I can easily recommend this book for anyone who is looking for a short, spicy read.
Reviewed By: Gabbi