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Hoarse Play

(The Briar Rose #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Having moved out east, Matt and Adam have renovated the big old house they bought, turning it into The Briar Rose, a BDSM B&B. With Adam's experience as a professional sub and Matt's patience and knowledge, they hope to help other couples find their way in the BDSM lifestyle.

Their first guests are Jackson and Burger, a well-known singer and his manager. The couple are
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Kindle Edition, 111 pages
Published February 3rd 2016 by Sean Michael (first published August 28th 2012)
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Serena Yates
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gay, bdsm-and-d-s
Have you ever wanted to read stories about a gay BDSM B&B? This new series is your chance. I thought the idea of a BDSM B&B was wonderful when it first appeared in Sold (one of the Hammer novels), but seeing it put into action was even better. And as a start to a new series this novella really worked for me. The focus is divided equally between Adam and Matt, the owners of the B&B, and Jackson and Burger, their first two guests. This is a good way of setting the tone for Adam and Mat ...more
Tam
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, m-m
I picked this up because I was curious to see what happened to Matt and Adam of Sold when they decided to go off and set up a BDSM B&B where they could help people learn about BDSM. Adam had done a lot of shows/training. He also had an eating disorder which his relationship with Matt helped him tackle. (It does note that it’s not perfect, but better.)

Their first couple coming are Jackson and Burger. Jackson is a famous singer whose throat is on the cusp of giving out on him following surgery
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Serena Yates
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever wanted to read stories about a gay BDSM B&B? This new series is your chance. I thought the idea of a BDSM B&B was wonderful when it first appeared in Sold (one of the Hammer novels), but seeing it put into action was even better. And as a start to a new series this novella really worked for me. The focus is divided equally between Adam and Matt, the owners of the B&B, and Jackson and Burger, their first two guests. This is a good way of setting the tone for Adam and Mat ...more
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader.

I'm very hit and miss with Sean Michael's books. I suppose it depends on my mood, but then I do find that this author, though in general heavy on sex, has a few different styles. This book is in probably the typical style that people expect from this author and I think I've read enough by now that I'm just over it. I don't mind sex heavy books. But without intimacy, which is based with information and getting to know the characters individually and together,
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Lucia
This book is actually about two couples, Matt and Adam, who own the B&B, and Jack and Burger, a singer and his manager. That this book was about two couples, didn't really work for me. When I finally got into the story of one couple, the perspective was changed to the other couple, which brought me out of the story a lot of the time. I know a book written by Sean Michael often has a lot of sex in it, but this time, it was too much for me. I felt like there was almost no backstory and when it ...more
Sammy Goode
Jul 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When author Sean Michaels puts pen to paper and decides to write raw emotion, subs finding acceptance of their role, Doms coming into their own and realizing love and respect for their sub--well magic tends to happen and Hoarse Play is by no means an exception.

Jackson and Burger are on again/off again friends with benefits. In between Jackson self-implodes on drugs, booze and mindless sex and Burger melts down with one temper flare up after another. Needless to say, communication is not high on
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Charly
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not bad, but could have had more emotional punch if it had been longer

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 7/10

PROS:
- I liked seeing how Adam and Matt, who originally appear in Sold, have grown as a couple. My favorite thing to see was how Adam doesn’t stress as much about food.
- My expectation of the structure of the story wasn’t at all how the story ended up progressing. What amused me the most about this was that Adam’s and Matt’s expectations were i
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Leigh
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was great to revisit with Adam and Matt. I enjoyed their book Sold from the Hammer series. It’s good to see how their dream of a BDSM B&B is working out. It was also good to see how their relationship has progressed in the time since the end of their book.

With the opening of the B&B and their first guests Adam is excited to help others learn about BDSM. However things do not go as he thought they would. The couple, Jackson and Burger, are not really a BDSM couple. But they are open to
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Katy Beth Mckee
Dec 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm, series-books, m-m
I really enjoyed this new sub-story to the Hammer series. This story was really much lighter than I was expecting but it was a beautiful introduction to Matt and Adam's interactions as a couple and as they work on their new business. Jackson and Burger were not what was expected and their story was really very beautiful. Full of love and a desire to find what will be best for them long term.

I thought the blending of the blending of the two couples worked well for this first installment of the n
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Cheryl
Feb 08, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Briar Rose which is a B&B run by a dominant and his submissive partner (Matt and Adam respectively). The concept is that they work with couples who either want to explore the BDSM lifestyle or are already in the lifestyle and want to work on some issue or become a stronger couple. The first couple is Jackson who is a famous singer. He's just had vocal surgery and is not allowed to talk. He comes with his manager, Burger. Jackson has no idea why they are there. He thinks it ...more
Dodo
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
That was my first Sean Michael book. I expected a lot of sex scenes. I like sex scenes.
But this time I felt like they drowned the possible plot. You know it's bad when you start skipping over pages desperately looking for dialogue. (When found it felt very generic, flat and repetitive though. Lots of "I need you.", "I've got you.", "I love you", etc. without it actually feeling intimate.)

And I had so much hope for the book, too. Because, hello?! A BDSM B&B? This is a genius idea.
S.K.
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bdsm


I haven't read Matt and Adam's story but after reading this I will keep an eye out for it. I loved seeing the two different couples and how they interacted. Thought Burger was fabulous, so committed to making Jackson see how important he was - not just the music, but for himself as a person. Really enjoyed this - the sex scenes were intense but the feelings behind them all were more so. Fab.
Kristina
I really liked Matt and Adam and I was looking forward to this spinoff from the hammer series. The story was less about Matt and Adam and more about their first guests at their B&B.

There were parts of the book that I liked and parts that I didn't like. Adam, who I adored in the hammer series, eh - he just was really flaky in this book. Even whiny in parts.
C.L.
Sep 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Looking forward to the next book in this series!
Leah
This is a rehashed Velvet Glove story. I'd like my money back!
Tamela
Sweet little story. Jackson and Burger learn to deal with each other on a new level when Jackson's voice needs a rest from performing and Burger needs to find a way for them to connect.

Enjoyed.
K
2.5 rounded up to 3.
Sue bowdley
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this one...I haven't read the Hammer series yet but I didn't feel lost reading this...Another superb read from Sean that can easily be read as a stand alone x
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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 ...more

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