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3.52  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Johnson and Billy come from different parts of the country, different backgrounds and different places in their lives. Maybe different is exactly what they both need.

Johnson figures it's got to be a sign when cowboy Billy shows up at his garage after hours, just as he's about to go find someone to spend the night with. He's horny enough that a lot of guys would look good,
ebook, 2nd Edition, 108 pages
Published October 17th 2014 by Totally Bound (first published June 2011)
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Nov 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm-contemporary
The secret to enjoying this book is knowing what you're gonna get.

What you're gonna get: Sex. And lots of it.

What you're not gonna get: Plot, secondary characters, courting, family, back story, or meaningful conversation.

Decide from there if you want to read this book and you'll be good to go. I was in the mood for some down-and-dirty sex. This book delivered and I was happy as a clam. Score!
3.5 stars

Bruised unfolds with a series of scenes from daily life between criminal defense lawyer Billy and mechanic Johnson, starting with the day they meet when Billy drops his truck off for repairs with Johnson. From that moment on the two fall quickly in lust and realize that they share a kink that neither man knew they had.

This book contains a lot of sex with a very specific kink, but it is rather light on the BDSM. Underneath that, the main issue in the book is whether Billy can maintain a
Serena Yates
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, bdsm-and-d-s
‘Bruised’ is easy to read, entertaining, and very hot. There is no heavy-handed or intense BDSM here, instead this novella offers a series of vignettes taken from the lives of Billy the stressed-out trial lawyer and Johnson the car mechanic. The increasing intimacy between the men is accompanied by a growing realization that Billy’s job is not exactly conducive to a long-term relationship. And the one thing I knew after reading the first few pages was that it wouldn’t be the sex that was going t ...more
BWT (Belen)
Nov 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-fiction
This book is all:


There's not a lot of's mostly little pieces of life followed by copious amounts of hot, sweaty, teensy-bit kinky sex.

If that's how "you do"...then enjoy this quick, fun read.
“Down, Billy . Up-and-coming lawyers do not go to bed with mechanics after beer and chili. Don’t. Just… Well, they might. Possibly. Okay, he would—he was bad that way. He had a lot of his daddy in him.”

Some readers might not enjoy a book that essentially goes from meeting, to dinner, to an entire weekend in bed, to friendship/dating, and then love. I think they’re wonderful because that’s how the greatest romance of my life happened. Therefore, I don’t view them as hokey, or improbable. I adore
Sometimes I pick up a book because I need a good dose of what I know that book will deliver. In this case it's sex. And let's be clear, with Bruised, it's lots of sex. And then more sex.

So I expected a story that was relatively light on plot with a lot of action between the sheets and that's exactly what I got.

Characters and the kink: Johnson is a mechanic and Billy is a cute cowboy and lawyer. We don't really learn much about these guys - I wanted to know more- other than how well they are matc
Susan Anne
Oct 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sean Michael seems to have two main modes of writing, serious plot with some sex and serious sex with some plot. Bruised definitely falls into the later category. The title comes from the two MCs in the book, Billy, who likes to receive bruises, and Johnson, who likes to give bruises. They are an unlikely pair, with Johnson being a garage mechanic who meets Billy, a junior attorney, when he brings in his misbehaving truck. The increasing connection between these two is described mostly through t ...more
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sean Michael is one of my favorite authors and every time I read one of his books I fall more in love with his writing skills. Bruised is a great tale about to guys that have a chance meeting and thing progress from there. They have their ups and (little) downs but all in all this is a great book. The sexy scenes are always hot and steamy. Kink and BDSM are a trade mark for Sean. I recommend this book to all my erotic-romance friends.
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was classic Sean Michael. Wall-to-wall sex and with a little kink thrown in. But in between bouts of how man-loving, we get the growing relationship of Billy and Johnson, two men who meet by chance, spend a weekend together, and find they love the way Johnson's bruises look on Billy's skin. I loved how the story was essentially slices of life in between some of the hottest sex I have ever read. This was a great book to read on a Saturday night, just relaxing at home.
Bronwyn Heeley
Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
3.5 stars -- looked it up a little and my thought while ready was correct this is a bundle rather then a flat story, it basically reads of sex in two places. Home and the workshop, which was all good, it's why I read Sean's stories but this one also had a....i don't know. You can just read when the story isn't written as one published work but multiple over time
No One:

SM: Hey you think I can write a story all in sex scenes?

Fun for the first bit then actually a bit boring. Although I would consider it a success since I read until the end and cared about the characters and some parts were really hot.

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3 star review by Lily

The beginning of the story was great and sweet with the way Billy and Johnson met. Here Johnson was singing off the top of his lungs about some corny song and Billy turns up during that funny scene. It was different and engaging because one was a young lawyer and the other is a mechanic. I actually loved the first few chapters because these two guys were a perfect match for each other. The light BDSM was sweet too, and I love the alpha quality of Johnson. He was fun, caring,
Helena Stone
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I received my copy from the publisher through Love Romances and More

This is a sex driven story. If you’re not a huge fan of sex in your books, or only tolerate it in small doses, this is probably not the book for you. If, on the other hand, you enjoy hot sex with a light dusting of BDSM, combined with a relationship established on the basis of two men perfectly fulfilling each other’s needs, you’re going to love this book.

If I’m honest, my personal preference lies somewhere between those two ex
Lynnette Hartwig
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.

I’ve read many books by Sean Michael and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. This book was no different even though I had a hard time beginning the book. It was a typical Sean Michael book. This translates to lots of down and dirty sex. It does not have much of a plot and that’s great if that what you’re in the mood for. Even though Sean Michael does write some very touching love stories this is not one of them. This was clearly
Alex Clarke
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: light-bdsm
Another pretty good story by Sean Michael :)

This one has everything I love : two lovely even if slightly broken men, handy man (sort of, Bird is a mechanic) and white collar (Billy is a lawyer), light bdsm sex scenes (as far as manhandling and a little play are bdsm...), and a beautiful love story.

The action lasts months and often skips weeks but it's not a problem. It just goes faster and sometimes, I would have liked it more if it lasted more, just to hold their life in my hands a little longe
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

4 out of 5 Stars

What did I like?
I'm from Indiana originally and some of the phrases used in the book reminded me of home. I love it! One of the things I love about M/M is the lack of coyness, their communication was straightforward, no games. I loved the way the author used peeks into their lives to show the relationship was over a long period of time. Their bantering was adorable.

What did I not like?
Normally I'm interested in a more dramati
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Joelle by: SH-July-10-Reader's Choice
Lots and lots of sex

I liked Johnson and Billy and really would have liked to learn more about them but with all the sex in this book, we really didn't get a chance to know them at all. That being said, the sex was good, at least at first. I liked the bruising aspect. I loved how they both got off on it. They were definitively well suited for each other. And despite the fact that the book was mostly sex, I did feel like they really loved each other. I just would have liked more scenes of them wit
Apr 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm

Smutt. smutt. smutt. Enough saying.

Yep, this is a compacted PWP. Compacted with nothing but hotness.
Quietly and subtly, there is a plot that ran underneath all of the smex. It push the story forward, but don't do much more than that. The kink was a good break to keep the books from being too repetitive. It was push limit to the point that make it exciting, but not to the level of sickening.

While the smex were fun and all, it does get tiring sometime.
Gabrielle Lee
Oct 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
Hot and sexy read says it all! I enjoyed watching Billy and Johnson figure out just what they mean to each other. A chance meeting and the two hit it off right away. The fire ignites quickly between these men and never diminishes. I would have liked a bit more about the men’s personalities but still enjoyed watching their story unfold. The two make a great couple and the love that the two find makes for a nice read.
Mar 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: on-hold-gave-up
DNF at 51%

Here is the thing about this book. It is literally one sex scene after another. The only scene in the book so far that didn't end in someone coming was the very first one where they meet. It's really weird for me to say because I love a book with a lot of kinky sex, but there was too much sex. I would have liked a little plot and some meaningful conversation. If you're in the mood for sex, it was totally hot, but if you want a little more romance, this is not for you.
I was given this book from the publisher for an honest review. I've always been a fan of Sean Michael's. When he release's a book, I'm there to grab it up. The title of this book fits perfectly. Billy is a young Junior Lawyer who loves being bruised. Johnson is a Mechanic who loves to paint Billy's body in bruises. this is a mild BDSM love story. Loaded with hot steamy sex between two men who love each other and aren't afraid to show that love. A good fast read.
Becky Condit
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sex, sex and more sex. A little bit of plot. Make that hot sex, steaming sex adn more sizzlingg sex all of the m/m variety. The two men sample a teensy bit of BDSM by enjoying tying one of them to the headboard with silk ties and holding onto each other tight enough to leave bruises. Recommended for m/m and Sean Michael fans.
Oct 21, 2014 rated it liked it
I love Sean Michael's books. This one was good, but not my favorite. The one thing that was great about it, was the chemistry between the main characters. It was off the charts. For that alone, the book is a decent read. There was nothing too heavy or any earth shattering secrets here. Just a lot of kinky goodness. ❤️
Katy Beth Mckee
Dec 02, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: bdsm, m-m
I didn't enjoy this one as much. While there is a bit of their relationship it seems to be so much more about the sex. And while I enjoy a great bedroom scene or even a garage scene I really want and need to feel the relationship. We have hints but it seems there wasn't enough for me to truly care about the characters.
Blackravens Reviews
For Sean Michael fans, Bruised is another in a line of very enjoyable books that Mr. Michael has written about men loving one another through the ups and downs of life in the real world. To read this review in its entirety, please visit ...more
Michael Joseph
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay-d-s
You can read my full review of Bruised at the BDSM Book Reviews web site. ...more
Dec 01, 2014 rated it liked it
So much sex!
So little plot.
Saxon Hawke
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Hot as always but just a bit too repetitive. Loved the boys
Sue bowdley
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites, male-male
Oh I do love my Sean Michael books...This one was about Johnson and Billy and the love of bruising.....Typical Sean sex and more sex but I loved it x
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