Reviewed by Sarina
SERIES: Immortal Ink #1
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 180 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 13, 2016
Beau thought Aaron was dead to him… Imagine his surprise when his former lover slinks into his tattoo shop. Six months ago vampire Beaudelaire Delacourte had it all. As a tattoo artist, he used his special ink and spells to permanently tattoo other immortals and spent countless hours feeding and indulging in BDSM with his human lover, Aaron. Then he asked to turn Aaron so his lover could join him permanently, but Aaron refused, not willing to give up his humanity. Since then, Beau has kept his head down and stayed in his shop, only interacting with the clients who come for his special brand of ink. When Aaron shows up on his doorstep, half-dead and apologizing, Beau is shocked to learn that his boy was turned at the vampire club they used to frequent by Stephen, another vampire. Not only was Aaron turned, but his chest was torn open, his fangs were broken and he was left in an alley to die. Spurred by the need to see Beau one last time, Aaron has been hiding in an abandoned building until he found the strength to make it to Beau’s shop. Beau takes in his boy again, promising that Aaron will earn his place back in Beau’s bed, and vowing that he will take revenge on Stephen. Unbeknownst to Beau, Aaron is only the first in a long line of humans who Stephen has created then turned out to fend for themselves. As Beau discovers this is only one of the old rules that Stephen has broken, he and Aaron are drawn into a web of intrigue that can only end in someone’s death. Reader Advisory: This books contains severe biting and bloodplay during sex between vampires. There is also a scene of fisting and some scenes of violence.
Eight months after his lover rejected the offer of immortality and left, Beau is more than a little surprised to see him on his doorstep. That surprise turns to anger when he realizes his once life filled lover has been turned against his will, tortured and left for dead. Determined to put Aaron back together again, Beau will have to fight not only against his boy’s inner demons and fears but also the vampire that took what didn’t belong to him in the first place. There’s more at stake than just Aaron’s life and peace of mind, however, as a bigger problem comes to light, one that could destroy them all.
*hums* I really enjoyed this one. While its pretty much a given that when you read a Sean Michael book you’ll be getting lots of hot, deliciously wicked sex scenes, this story had a deeper plot behind all of that that I really enjoyed. Beau was a great character; strong when he needed to be and determined to both fix and keep Aaron for good while ensuring the one that hurt him is found and punished. Aaron was my favorite of the pair, however, as he showed such strength. He survived when he shouldn’t have, fought to get back to Beau and then continued fighting to stay with him. It was easy to see how much he and Beau loved each other and reading about his submission truly seemed like a gift at times.
I’ve read my fair share of kink and the variety in this book was great! There were elements of bdsm that I’m familiar with showcased but also things I’ve rarely seen or never seen before in a book and that was fantastic; I love being surprised like that! 🙂 There is one scene near the end that features a third man being brought in to play with the main characters but it wasn’t massively graphic and didn’t take up a huge swath of the story so if that isn’t your thing it can easily be glossed over or skipped altogether. The story itself moved along at a pretty steady pace and the plot behind it all was interesting and wide ranging. There’s a lot of backlash from the events at the end of the book that hasn’t had a chance to play out yet which actually bodes well for the rest of the series as there are a ton of different characters and a bunch of different directions the author can take things.
I enjoyed this one quite a bit; the combination of ink, vampires and kink was hard to resist. 😛 If you enjoy paranormal books, like a bit of kink or just want a book with a lot of hot sex this could be something you’ll enjoy.