Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 107 Pages
At a Glance: All in all, Fermenting is a nicely written and fast paced short story.
Reviewed By: Carrie
Blurb: Christian needs what Peter has to give him, but will he let himself have it?
With Toby’s stalker behind bars, Damon and Toby can relax and enjoy their relationship, sinking into basking and reveling in each other.
Things are just heating up for Peter and Christian, though. A former soldier, Christian still hasn’t found his subspace and he’s worried it either doesn’t exist or he’s simply doing it wrong. Peter has as much patience as he needs, though, and he slowly pushes Christian to the edges of his limits, doing everything he can to help Christian grow and flourish.
Christian’s training and the café they’re opening create good excuses for Christian to keep from submitting, even though, deep down, it’s what he really wants. Peter’s perseverance will have to work overtime to overcome them.
Will Christian ever give in to the things he knows he needs? Only time will tell.
Review: In Fermenting, Sean Michael gives Christian and Peter a chance to be center stage. Up till now they have been supporting characters in Damon and Toby’s storyline, so it’s nice that we get a chance to better know these two men and their love story. This is book five in the series, and it is not meant as a standalone book—you could read it as such but there are many aspects to these men you wouldn’t get which are explained in earlier stories.
Christian is a broken man. His service in the military has left him with wounds that go deep in his mind and his body. Peter is his Dom and lover and is determined to put Christian back together again. Christian has a real problem with submission; he loves and craves the peace it brings him but has trouble giving up the control. Staying hyper-vigilant has kept him alive too long for him to be able to quit—so far he has never hit the elusive sub-space he craves. Frankly, he is starting to think it doesn’t exist at least not for him.
“He wasn’t sure that Peter would ever understand how difficult it was to reach out, knowing that they were going to learn lessons that didn’t come easy to him. Peter waited, though, patient and quiet. That hand was steady, Peter not giving up on him, not at all.”
Peter’s only wish is to give Christian peace. He knows that what he can offer Christian will go a long way toward healing the wounds the man carries around inside of him. The café they open together gives Christian purpose outside their home, and the submission Peter demands gives the man purpose at home. Helping Christian find his sub-space is a challenge Peter is more than up for.
Getting to know Christian and Peter better was great, and finally reading their love story and getting glimpses into their lives was interesting. All in all, Fermenting is a nicely written and fast paced short story. I have enjoyed all the books in this series and would recommend them all.
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