Bent by Sean Michael

Torquere Press

M/M Contemporary

ISBN: 978-1-60370-434-2, 1-60370-434-5

Reviewed by Ley



Marcus Goodfellow is heavy into the BDSM lifestyle.  He can spot a submissive a mile away.  Moments after meeting Jim he knew Jim was a man who needed to be dominated.  Marcus could tell that Jim needed focus, direction and discipline but most of all Jim needed to believe in life again. What started out with Marcus wanting to help Jim turned into Marcus loving Jim.

Jim Uptonís life was turned upside down after being falsely accused in a scandal.  Jim cut himself off from life and he now has things under control or so he believes.  The last thing he needs is for Marcus to come and confuse him and make him want things that donít fit into the half-life heís been living.  Jim quickly see that Marcus is not one to take no for an answer and Marcus shows Jim that Marcus is just what he needs.

Bent is an incredible story.  Itís almost four hundred pages long, but itís so engrossing that I sat down and read it in just a few hours non-stop.  Jim and Marcus are quite a pair, through them Sean Michael allows his readers to see the mechanics of a BDSM relationship.  He shows us that a D/s relationship is not defined by who is stronger and who is weaker, and that itís not all about pain.  Jim was not a weak man but he was hurting and he hid his hurt by living in a shell and not letting people close. Marcus slowly introduced him to the BDSM life and showed him that it took a strong man just as himself to allow someone to dominate him.  Marcus showed Jim how to use pain to derive pleasure.  There was great chemistry between these two and I loved the even paced growth of their relationship. Although I wished there was more closure to a certain aspect of Jimís life, the overall story of Bent was fantastic and a must read for Sean Michael fans.


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