ONE 4, TWO 3.5 and ONE 3 Stars for Jack of All Trades (Box of Nails #4) by Sean Michael #MM #BDSM @seanmichael09

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Title: Jack of All Trades (Box of Nails #4)
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Torquere Books)
Publication Date & Length: September 30, 2015 – 40,000 Words

Synopsis

Brad is crashing in his cousin Stephen’s room while he tries to sort out his life. A perpetual student, he still hasn’t settled on a major after a half dozen years at University. He loves learning, but so far that’s the only thing that’s been a good fit.

Dill is a full-time Dom who hasn’t found the right sub yet. He’s not worried about it — he figures it’ll eventually happen and in the meantime, there’s plenty of boys at the Hammer Club who are eager to share a scene with an experienced master.

When Brad and Dill meet at a party at Barney and Devon’s house for subs, the attraction is immediate and undeniable and Master Dill feels that Brad is the perfect sub for him. He also believes that as his submissive, Brad will learn the focus he needs to fulfill his potential and find satisfaction with his life. Now he just needs to help jack-of-all-trades Brad see they belong together.

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Review

ThreeandHalfStars

This was my first book by Sean Michael I read, I know this was book 4 in the series but I had no problem following it.

Brad had no idea what he wanted to due with his life.  Brad was couch surfing at his friends place when he met Dill, he was a Master.

I think we could have had a little more into Brad learning as a submissive.  I felt it skimmed over that. One minute he was going to think about it and the next he agreed, but he still didn’t know anything about it.

It still was a good story, and I would definitely read more by this author.

Sherry

ThreeandHalfStars

Oh Sean, you’re an auto-read for me, even if I haven’t read the description of the story yet. Haha.
So, this novella is about Brad, a 26 year old student crashing at his cousins place cause he’s too poor to afford his own place. His problem is that he can’t focus on one job. He can’t even focus on one subject in college, he bounces around and try a bit of everything.
Dill is a Dom in his early 30’s. He hasn’t found a “boy” yet, but once he spots Brad in a party, he knows that Brad is for him. Thing is, Brad isn’t into the BDSM life style like his cousin and his cousin’s friends. Not because he dislikes it, he just never paid much attention to it.
Dill is actually really sweet for a Dom. He’s one of the sweetest I’ve read. He doesn’t push Brad to the life style. He waits patiently and draws Brad into being a sub, even if Brad doesn’t realize it. It should have been creepy and sneaky, but Dill was just too awesome. lol. I liked Brad too. He was laid back, but with Dill’s help, he can focus more on stuff without really having to change his whole personality. Dill didn’t want to change him like that.
Of course there’s lots and lots of naughty scenes. It was interesting to read Brad’s reaction. I’m glad he was careful and didn’t just jump into it and did whatever Dill said. He questioned it before making his choice. Even though he did move in with Dill pretty fast. Hehe.
I gave it 3 1/2 stars cause I wish there was more drama, plot, but it was a good enough read for a rainy day.
Cookie
ThreeStar
I normally love Sean Michael stories, so this one was a disappointment. I do not really like insta-love stories, but I felt that with the little character development and even less plot twists, this was one of the insta-love stories that I just can’t get behind.
While I liked that Dill was a patient and ever teaching Dom, the way that he “went” after Brad was so aggressive, despite not knowing anything about him.  Then you have Brad, a very naive person who is trying to figure out what he wants out of life.  I don’t know if that was ever really resolved for me.  He helped Dill out, sure, but is that really what he wanted?
Then you have the other people in the house – were they really part of the story?  Not so much.  I felt like they were almost an after thought.
Overall, this was a quick, easy read, but didn’t have as much development as I’ve come to expect from Michael books.
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FourStarsSo while I really liked this couple and this book there was just the one thing that honestly really annoyed me through this whole book. Brad just fought the BDSM aspect of this relationship with Dill so much that by the end of this book I was really annoyed with him to be honest. I thought the story was cute as a couple. You could feel the chemistry between Brad and Dill through this whole book. There was also a few steamy scenes too. But for some reason Brad just was not comfortable with that aspect so the back and forth got to be annoying after awhile. I think I just wanted to see more of the BDSM part of their relationship and unfortunately I did not see that. But I did really like everything else in this book.

So all together I really did like this book other then that one part.

~Kara

Excerpt

Dillinger Robinson raised his hand to knock on the door, but it flew open before he had a chance to and two adorable twinks all but fell out onto the stoop. They stopped short when they saw him, one boy gasping softly.

“Sorry, Master, we didn’t see you there.”

Dill chuckled and nodded. “I take it this is where the party is?” He’d been invited by his good friend Jeff, both of them members at the Hammer, though he’d known Jeff from earlier. It was nice they had that in common. Friends not in the lifestyle didn’t always understand it.

The boy who’d spoken nodded. “Almost everyone’s in the backyard.”

“Thank you.” He stepped to the side and the two of them continued their headlong rush down the stairs and to the street.

Chuckling, he went in, closing the door behind him. From there he went up the half-set of stairs, following the noise to a large room with a circle of couches and chairs that opened up into a kitchen on the right.

There were maybe a half-dozen sweet young things there, and he could see through a window that there were indeed more people out back in the yard and on a lovely, large deck.

Jeff caught sight of him from the yard, waved, and called out loudly. “Dilly! Come on out. You want a beer?”

“Jeff!” Grinning, he headed for his friend. “A beer would be great.”

He skirted a couple more giggling boys at the door, and shook his head as he joined his friend. “You’ve got quite the zoo here.”

“You know it. It’s like herding horny cats.”

That had him laughing and clapping Jeff on the back. “You’ve been very scarce lately and now I know why.”

“Busy working and making love to my boy, man.”

“So do I get to meet this amazing sub who captured you?”

Jeff hadn’t been looking very hard, he knew that. Which meant his boy was special.

Jeff didn’t hesitate for a second. “Paul, come meet Dilly.”

A sweet boy came over with two beers in hand and Dill recognized him from the Hammer. He was one hell of a bartender, quick and clever and charming as hell. “Master Dilly. Welcome. Would you like a beverage?” The beer was held out.

“Thank you very much, Paul. It’s really nice to meet you formally.” He took the beer. “You can call me Master Dill, though.” Only old friends got to call him Dilly.

“Oh, I’m sorry. Master Dill. Of course.” Paul ducked his head, pinked so prettily.

“It’s okay, boy, you didn’t know.” Dill blamed Jeff.

“Can I get anyone else anything?” Paul asked.

“I’m good with the beer — thanks.” He smiled at Jeff as Paul wandered off again. “He’s a sweetheart.”

“He is. Honestly, he’s everything I’ve ever asked for.”

“I’m so glad for you.”

“Me too.”

Honestly, he’d never seen Jeff so happy. “So tell me about this house. It’s yours?”

“Oh, no. I manage it for Barney and Dev. They’re the owners.”

“A pair of Doms?” Dill asked, looking around.

“Barney’s the Dom. He’s… you see the guy holding that watermelon? That’s Barn. Devvie’s probably in the center of the guys.”

“Why is he holding a watermelon?” Dill asked. A Dom and a sub owning a house full of subs. That was interesting.

“I think it’s a contest, but really, who knows?”

“A contest…” Dill chuckled and shook his head. “Okay… I’m guessing it’s quite the madhouse around here.”

“You have no idea. I have twenty-two boys right now, twenty-three if you count the castaway who everyone pretends isn’t living here.”

Dill felt his eyes widen. “Twenty-three? Wow.” He grinned. “And what exactly is a castaway?”

Jeff rolled his eyes. “Stephen has a cousin, Brad. He’s a broke perpetual student. He works wherever he can pull a shift, was sleeping on sofas. Now he has a cot and a sleeping bag in Stephen and Aaron’s room. At least he’s safe.”

Dill nodded. “It’s a good thing you’re doing here. The boys need a safe place, especially if outsiders find out what they’re into.”

“It’s a safe place. A good home for those just starting out.”

“I think that’s awesome.” Dill did love the BDSM community here. They were good people.

His eye was caught by a willowy, lean boy with a goatee and a little ponytail. He suddenly had the urge to control the boy with that ponytail. His cock went rock hard, his entire body responding to the thought. He breathed in,

keeping his calm, but unable to keep his eyes off the boy in question.

“That’s my castaway,” Jeff noted. “He’s… he’s something else.”

Dill knew what he thought. “He’s stunning.”

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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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