Title ~ The Butcher and the Beast
Author ~ Sean Michael
Publisher ~ Totally Bound
Published ~ 22nd May 2015
Genre ~ Historical M/M Romance
Can a pirate and a doctor find love on the seas?
Stephen is a doctor, a practical man who wishes his sister wouldn’t worry so about the pirates that plague their island home. So it’s ironic that Stephen himself is set upon by just those pirates, who carry him off to heal their wounded captain.
John is a pirate captain, master of his fate and used to getting what he wants. And he decides he wants Stephen, even when the good doctor wants nothing more than to run away from him.
Can the beast convince the doctor who the sailors call the butcher to stay with him?
Historical pirates out on the high seas - not Sean Michael's usually setting for a story, but I guess he is trying something new. Stephen Grey is a mild-mannered, very upper-class doctor who gets abducted by pirates who insist that he has to heal their captain. Not what Stephen was looking for when he went for a simple walk to get free of his sister...who had been nagging him of all things, about the dangers of pirates. Stephen is in a dicey situation - You know if I die, so do you - and it not sure how to handle the man he is supposed to heal, or the stench from the boat.
In all fairness, Stephen was prepared to get the bullets out of the captain but he thought to secure his passage home by doing so. Unfortunately he should have been a bit more careful with the way he worded his request. The Captain was prepared to honor his word, but he was also pedantic about what Stephen had said.
Make sure you pay attention to what you are agreeing to.
There is a suggestion of dubious consent in this book and if this is something that is not to your liking, then you should probably flag this one away. But, in between Grey's horror and the Captain's amusement at his ways, there is a slow growing connection. The author has captured the historical nuances perfectly - the idea of two men being together being the work of the devil, the way Stephen fought with everything he had and how it took more than three weeks before he understood he had a place on the ship and with the Captain.
I am an avid fan of Sean Michaels but I have to admit this was not one of my favorite books. I am not keen on historical stories - speech, dress and mannerisms of past times don't really appeal to me. But that is a personal preference. The story itself was sexy, powerful and in total keeping with the time period. There were a couple of times when I thought that Stephen acted more like a female virgin than a male one, but then Sean would twist the story yet again and Stephen's masculinity was assured. There are no flowery speeches of love and true devotion, the Captain was all about ownership and making deals. But overall this was a good book, totally hot in so many ways - I just wish Sean hadn't mentioned the stench. That put me off a bit - I have a vivid imagination.
Favorite Quote: It was enough.