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Beaten, a Hammer novel

Series: The Hammer Club Series
By: Sean Michael | Other books by Sean Michael
Published By: Torquere Press
Published: Dec 19, 2012
ISBN # 9781610404099
Word Count: 54,300
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Categories: Romance>GLBT>Gay Romance>BDSM Romance>Erotic Romance

Description
Little Francis is recovering from an abusive relationship that put him in the hospital. He's doing fine now, working at Permanent Ink and staying in one of the spare bedrooms at Treat and Killian's place. He knows now that love and the lifestyle aren't in the cards for him, and he's trying to make peace with that.

Enter Nick, a single Dom who falls for Francis the moment he lays eyes on him. Nick has to battle not only an overprotective Killian just to get a date with Francis in the first place, but also Francis' own beliefs that he's somehow responsible for bringing out his abuser's dark side.

Just when things seem to be going Nick and Francis' way, Francis' past comes back to haunt not only Francis, but everyone he's close to as well.

Can Nick convince Francis that not only is an abusive Dom the exception and not the rule, but that Francis wasn't responsible for the man's actions? And will Little Francis ever let himself fall in love again?
 
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Excerpt:
"You do amazing work, Francis." Nick was definitely flirting; he could hear it in the tone of his own voice.

"Thank you. I hope you and your... Josef enjoy it."

"I'm just along for moral support." He pulled a card out of his wallet. "That's me. Call if you're ever in need of... wood."

"Wood?" Francis gave him a wide-eyed look and took the card. "Come on, Josef, I'll wrap you up."

Killian came up to him, touched his arm. "Nick? Can I talk to you a second?"

"Sure. I'll be back in a minute, Josef."

He followed Killian to a quiet, back corner. "Hey, Kill, what's up, man?"

"Okay, this is awkward. Little Francis? Not on the market. I'm sorry, but he's under our protection."

His eyebrows climbed his forehead. "Under your protection?"

"Yeah. He... There was a Dom that... He wasn't one of us, and put the kid in the hospital. He's not ready for a relationship yet."

"In the hospital? Jesus fuck, Killian." Some people didn't deserve to live, let alone have a sub.

"Yeah. He's a good kid, but he's a little messed up. I just wanted to warn you. We're keeping an eye on him."

"Maybe what he needs is someone who would treat him right."

"Someday, yeah. He just... He was so scary, so pale." And Killian was a giant poppa bear, worrying about everyone.

"He looks pretty good now." Francis looked amazing now.

"He's been working hard at healing."

"Well, if he needs any help with that...." Nick smiled. He had a good hand with the twinks, which was why he was here, helping Josef out in the first place.

Killian shook his head. "He's not ready."

"Says who?"

Killian gave him a shocked, surprised look. "Me."

"So you and Treat have decided to take him on as a sub?" That was surprising; he'd have sworn that Treat and Killian would never do that again, not after Peter. Still, if they had, he'd back off, no question.

"What? God, no. No. We're not looking for a sub, man."

Francis walked up with Josef. "He's ready to go." The man's cheeks were dark red.

"Thank you, Francis." Nick smiled at the man. "I was wondering if you'd like to have lunch with me?"

"I..." Francis looked at him, then at Killian, seeming to shrink. "Thanks, but I'm working. I gave Josef all the care instructions for the ink."

Nick frowned slightly. He didn't doubt for a second that Killian was trying to do right by Francis; he was drawn to the boy, though, and wasn't sure Killian was really helping Francis out.

"You can say yes or no to me freely. You don't need permission from Killian or anyone to make that answer."

"I." Francis swallowed hard. "I don't know what to do. I'd better go clean my station."

Killian's lips pursed, the man glaring at him, and Nick shook his head. "Don't say anything, please, Killian. He said no because that's what he thinks you wanted him to say. I want him to say no because he doesn't want to have dinner with me."

"You said lunch." Francis' voice was sure.

"You're right, I did." The boy was paying attention to him, it was a good sign the attraction wasn't one-sided. "Would you like to have lunch with me?"

"There's a sandwich place next door. I have an hour before my next appointment."
Reader Reviews (9)
Submitted By: fergie on Jan 25, 2014
I enjoy the Hammer series from Sean Michael.
Submitted By: pointycat on Jan 23, 2013
Classic Sean Michael - a little BDSM, fun sex and enjoyable characters. The plot wasn't his best but this is still an enjoyable read.
Submitted By: Deblet on Jan 22, 2013
I love this series; this book is a great addition. This story had a well-developed storyline and characters that you just can’t help but fall in love with. I highly recommend this book; it was a great HEA story.
Submitted By: helpmaiden on Jan 12, 2013
I loooovvvveee this book, a big hurt, a little mystery, and great sex.
Submitted By: tangel08 on Jan 9, 2013
I really wanted to read about Little Francis when he appeared in another one of Sean Michael's Hammer Novels, so I was really pleased to see this book. Hammer novels are not for the light at heart and I thoroughly enjoy the dynamic of this one. The chemistry is very believable between Little Francis and Nick. I like how this one focuses on the true evolution of Little Francis and not just trying to use BDSM to cure all his woes.
Submitted By: amie/1968 on Jan 5, 2013
Good romance, light on the BDSM. Super sappy in places which is why I like this author so much. A nice balance of dark and painful emotional issues with lots of super sweet loving. Reccomended.
Submitted By: mommag on Jan 4, 2013
This was a wonderful story. The author did a great job portraying Little Francis' feelings and actions after suffering abuse. I really liked Nick he was a great partner for him. I hope to hear more from them.
Submitted By: jraecat09 on Jan 1, 2013
This book shows you how being patient in dealing with people who have had bad things happen to them can end on a VERY GOOD note!! I enjoyed the book - front to back.
Submitted By: tinasbooksbooks on Jan 1, 2013
What a great start to this new relationship. Can't wait to read more about Frances and Nick once they have months under their belts and total trust is truly established.
 

Beaten, a Hammer novel

By: Sean Michael
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