Book Review of Shibari Auction House: Ben by Sean Michael

    Shibari Auction House: Ben (Cover)Shibari Auction House: Ben is the third short story in the Shibari series by Sean Michael. This series focuses on the activities at a high-end BDSM social club, Shibari Auction House, where subs can offer their services up for auction to the highest bidding Masters.

    This particular book in the Shibari series deals with sub Ben and Master Lukas and the renewal of their relationship. Both are experienced in the BDSM life-style and have a history with each other. Ben is looking for a one-night contract, while Lukas is seeking something more exclusive and permanent.

    It’s been three years since they’ve seen each other and it’s a little disconcerting how Michael deals with the separation. Ben had some trouble in the past with a Master, but that’s all the detail Michael provides. Michael never explicitly explains why Ben left Lukas, either. Still, their reunion is interesting to watch. There’s definitely chemistry between the two handsome young men; sparks, as well as paddles fly between Lukas and Ben.

    The Shibari Auction House series focuses a little too much on the sexual exploits and not enough on the story structure supporting the main characters. Ben is a bartender, but he’s sporting designer clothing. How does Lukas afford the substantial bid he places on Ben? Who are the other members of the club? And what about Yves, the owner?

    Shibari Auction House: Ben is worth 3 stars. Michael is a fine writer, but this is not one of his best efforts.

    Reviewed for Blackraven’s Reviews
    Publisher: Changeling Press
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