Title: Taking Inventory, A Hammer Story
Author: Sean Michael
Length: 3,500 words (16 pdf pages)
Publisher: Torquere Press
Genre: m/m BDSM contemporary
Marcus is getting ready for a leather convention and Jim is helping his Master take inventory. There’s nothing better than the smell of leather and his Master nearby, and Jim is happy as a clam. Happy enough that even Marcus pushing can only bring joy.
Markus and Jim first appear in the Hammer novel Bent.
My rating on this is not based on the quality or characterisation, it fits perfectly well within the series and specifically for Marcus and Jim, however the story is essentially one sex scene between the men with little context and no real progression of the relationship.
Jim is helping Marcus do inventory before a large leather show. It doesn’t take them long until some teasing from Marcus leads to some hot sex in the store room, using some scraps of leather and other toys on hand. The banter between the two is fairly typical of them, Jim being shy and a little unsure and Marcus pushing. Although it’s never said, I think Jim has Aspergers, since most of the time he really doesn’t get the nuances of Marcus’ teasing. While the reader can see that Marcus is just fooling around, Jim isn’t sure if he’s upset with him for some reason.
Fans of Marcus and Jim will enjoy this little peek at their HEA life now. However for people who aren’t familiar with their relationship, the rather romantic and sappy (in a good way) that they treat each other now, is not how they originally started out, when Jim fought his submissive side in a big way. There’s not much to say, it’s pure Marcus and Jim having sex. Don’t expect to learn much more about their lives outside of that short period of the story.