Advanced Review by Rafa: Reclaiming, by Sean Michael

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Reclaiming, by Sean Michael
Series: Immortal Ink, Book 1
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: September 13, 2016

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars


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.


M/M Pairing
Gay Characters
Warning for Blood Play

Reclaiming was one hot, never-ending loop of sex and revenge.

Correction, make that avowals of revenge. And don’t forget the sex. Lots of sex. The revenge doesn’t actually come until the very end. Well, not the very end, because there was actually more sex at the very end. But I think you get the gist of the book. It was a lot of talk and no act-… well, okay, there was definitely a lot of action.

There was also a fair amount of tattooing, [Warning: Kink spoilers ahead] an indecent amount of piercing, a smattering of sounding,  fisting, and a hell of a lot of bloodplay. So if these are your kinks, this book might be for you.

To be honest, even if these aren’t your kinks, you might still enjoy this book. Especially if you’re in the mood for some no-holds-barred kinky smut. Because if I wasn’t super clear before, there really isn’t much of a plot. The main characters, Beau and Aaron spend probably 90% of the book at home in Beau’s tattoo shop, and probably 75% of that in bed (or on the tattoo chair, to be precise).

I thought it was an okay read, but the non-stop sex scenes really did get tedious, and the amount of piercings and ink Aaron was subjected to in such a short amount of time was pretty laughable. I mean, they’re vampires. Technically they have forever. At the rate they were going, they’d run out of skin to pierce or ink within 6 months.

I found the writing a bit cheesy but to-the-point (the point being sex, obviously). The Dom/sub dialogue was to blame for a lot of the inherent cheesiness, because well, dialogue in erotica can easily turn comical if it misses its mark. Add to that the fact that Beau is a super-possessive master to Aaron, and he sometimes talk funny (because he’s an ancient vampire, see). At one point, I even caught Aaron talking like an ancient vampire, which he decidedly was not (“Master! He approaches.”). In other words, when the book is not being hot AF, it definitely reads a bit silly.

I’d recommend it if you like your BDSM with a side of vampires – especially if you’re looking for a book that’s light on plot and heavy on the erotica.


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 between dropping the f-bomb and persuing the kama sutra by channeling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to “Chicago.”

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He’ll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

You can purchase Reclaiming on:
Pride Publishing

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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