Title: Box of Nails: This Old House
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Torquere Press
Characters: Devon, Barney
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, BDSM
Devon used to be a server at the Hammer Club, the most exclusive BDSM club in town. But that was before he inherited a lot of money from his grandmother and decided to buy a big old house and convert it into apartments for Hammer Club waiters. It’s hard to find decent, affordable housing and he wants to do something good for his fellow twinks. Unfortunately the house is in much worse repair than he knew when he bought it and he’s slowly drowning under the weight of the demands from both the house, and the boys who live in it.
Enter Barney, the contractor Devon calls in for an emergency fix of the building’s pipes. Barney’s heard of the Hammer Club, in fact he’s saving up for a membership, but it’s going to take a while on his blue collar salary. He falls for Devon on the spot and can only hope the feeling is mutual. He also wants to make sure none of Devon’s twink friends are running roughshod over the man, and he’s determined to help.
Can they work together to find a way to keep Devon, and his old house, afloat?
I loved this book! Sean Michael writes stories that are not only fun and sexy to read, his characters are highly addictive to read about. Box of Nails: This Old House is a spin-off of Mr. Michael’s Hammer series and believe me, it is just a kinky and…well…hot as all of his other books! The blurb does an excellent job at describing the story, so there’s no need to summarize it again, so I thought I’d talk about what I liked about this book and why I’m anxiously waiting to read the next book in the series.
Devon is a hard worker with a heart of gold. He’s sensitive, smart and always puts others before himself. When he has the opportunity to buy a large home where he can rent out rooms to his fellow Hammer waiters to live, he jumps at the chance. But all of his tenants are demanding subs and keep Devon (who is a sub himself) on his toes with their many demands and needs. To make matters worse, the house is old and in need of a lot of repair which is also draining Devon’s meager bank account. When the plumbing backs up, he calls handyman, Barney, to hopefully fix it without putting him in the poor house. As soon as the two men meet, Devon is drawn to Barney’s take friendly but firm personality and when Barney seems to want to protect Devon and take him under his wing, Devon begins to believe that maybe his bad luck is starting to change for the better.
I loved Barney and Devon. There is a strong attraction and affection between them that really jumps off of the written page. They really seemed to fit together and I enjoyed watching them fall in love. I also appreciated how much Barney looked out both for Devon and his tenants. Barney really fit himself easily into Devon’s life and in my opinion; they were really perfect for each other. Devon is quite inexperienced at sex and being a sub, and I loved how Barney was really patient with him in and out of a scene. The sex in this book is smokin’ hot and plentiful which kept me very warm on a cold winter’s night.
This Old House has everything I look for when I read a Sean Michael book…steamy sex, sexy and well-written heroes and a fast moving plot that kept this reader enthralled with it from the first page to the last word. I can NOT wait for the next book in the series and see what Mr. Michael’s has in store for us yet! Highly Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi