One 5 Star, TWO 4 Star and One 3.5 Star Reviews for Out of the Past: The King of Pentacles by Sean Michael #MM #Romance


Title: Out of the Past: The King of Pentacles
Author Name & Publisher: Sean Michael (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: January 20, 2016 – 70 pgs


Steven thinks Andy has been dead for years, the victim of a car accident. Andy thinks Steven abandoned him back when he was in a terrible wreck, leaving him alone during his long recovery. When they two of them experience a chance meeting in a bar, it’s like the dead have come back to life, and like the past has come back to haunt them. While society mover and shaker Steven has never stopped loving Andy, carpenter Andy has learned to hate his ex-lover, thinking the worst. Steven tracks Andy down, both of them realizing they’ve been the victim of lies and deceit. Can Andy learn to love Steven again, or is it too late for the pair to start over?

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Oh man, this book gave me the feels. I can’t imagine what Steven went through losing the love of his life and then not being able to move on. Then to find out the guy is still alive, I would probably die of shock. When Andy sees Steven in the bar he knew that Steven was alive and well, he just thought Steven left him so he has hated him ever since the accident. What these two guys went through for ten years was something else, I can’t even imagine. You could tell the love was still there from the very start and you couldn’t help but cheer them on and hope they worked things out. This book had so much heart and I loved it.



This was a quick read, only 53 pages, but I’m constantly amazed what some authors can do with a short story. Sean Michael is one of those. It doesn’t seem to matter if it’s a full length novel or a short story Sean Michael can write it. I loved that Steven and Andy found their way back together and loved the HOT sex between them. I absolutely love the scene between Steven, Andy and Steven’s parents and absolutely loved the ending. Great job, my hats off to a really great author.



This was a good book. I loved the plot and storyline. Lovers who parted due to a tragic accident meet 10 years later and through persuasion by one get back together again. Sean Michael is one of my favorite authors and he never disappoints.

This was a great little book that can easily be read in one sitting. It has a lot ofsteam but also a great storyline. The power of love conquers all. It breaks through barriers and insecurities and brings life to the dead.

I also loved how Steven stood up to his parents for his love of Andy and they rode off into the sunset and lived happily ever after.

I do recommend this book. It has all the ingredients of a great story.



This book was somewhat bitter sweet for me.  It was a fast moving, reconnection that was almost too fast.  While I can understand that thecharacters knew each other previously, there had been several years that had passed.  I think I would have liked the story more had they taken more time to learn each other again.

That being said, they had amazing chemistry and their encounters were steamy, gently and probably like riding a bike.

I wish that there had been more to the story when it came to the family aspect – it felt too clean and cut off for me.  Really, there was no drama in the story, only the hint that there would be drama.

Too clean of a story – but it was a sweet second chance romance and for thelength of the story, it was OK.



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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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