Switch, a Hammer novel
by Sean Michael
||Erotic Contemporary Romance
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Ewan's application to the Hammer Club has hit a snag. For some reason, Master Oliver has asked him to train alongside another Top before having his membership approved. Ewan's not sure where he screwed up, but he figures he must have done something wrong for Oliver to have taken this step.
Randy is the Top assigned to work with Ewan. Easy going and unattached, Randy is happy to work with Ewan, even more so when he meets the man and is instantly attracted. That attraction only deepens as the two men work together and find themselves deeply compatible in the bedroom, and in life.
What happens when Randy expresses his belief that Ewan is a sub, and not just any sub, but Randy's sub? Can Ewan find it in himself to give Randy what the man wants, and what he himself needs?
Oliver arrived at the Hammer Club for lunch, nodding at the bouncer at the door and at Xavier as he came in. He had to admit, while it had felt a little like letting his baby go, it was refreshing to come into the club and not have a dozen things he had to deal with before he could relax and have some lunch.
Giving up his seat on the board had been the right decision.
Humming, he made his way to his usual table, nodding easily at the other patrons.
"Master Oliver?" The voice was soft, gentle, and instantly familiar. Jeff was the new club-submissive, their man who had replaced Adam. He was wonderful at the job, and now, after Adam's experience with a Dom who was not a member, Jeff worked exclusively for the club.
"Yes, my dear boy?"
"May I sit, sir? I need to discuss something with you."
"Of course." He smiled and patted the chair next to his. Just because he wasn't on the board anymore didn't mean he was hands off; he still cared deeply about the club and all its employees. "Are you okay, Jeff?"
"Yes, sir. Thank you." Jeff sat, offered him a warm smile. "I have encountered a problem with Master Ewan."
"Oh? His references were good. He hasn't hurt you, has he?"
"Oh, no. No, he was perfectly polite. I... Master Oliver, I've never been in this position before."
Oliver drew his eyebrows together. Jeff was obviously concerned, perhaps even worried, but he wasn't hurt and from what Oliver could tell, not scared. "Perhaps you could explain what you mean, hmm?"
"Well, Master." Jeff pursed his lips. "I'm not convinced Master Ewan is exactly a Top."
"Not 'exactly a Top'? What exactly does that mean, boy?"
"I don't know. There's... There's a fascination in him, a hunger. He hasn't found a sub to satisfy him, and I cannot approve him without training, but -- I believe in my heart there's a submissive inside the man, desperate for attention."
"Hmm." It wasn't unheard of, and Jeff was very good at his job. Oliver had to believe there was something to Jeff's suspicions, enough at least to be investigated, for everyone's sake.
"I ask for a three month training for him, Master. With someone who can teach him whatever he needs to know."
"Training as a Top, you mean?" Someone experienced could quite possibly figure out what was going on, corroborate Jeff's feelings.
"Yes, sir. Please. Someone who can pay attention."
Oliver nodded slowly. "I believe I have just the man for the job." He patted Jeff's hand. "You've done well, boy. Thank you for bringing this to my attention."
"Thank you, sir. I simply... I want all of us to get what we need."
Such a giving man. Hiring Jeff had been one of the last things he'd overseen as a board member, and he'd done well, if he did say so himself. "And that is what makes you so good at this job. You care." He gave Jeff a warm smile.
"I do." Jeff took his hand, squeezed it. "I would love to invite you and Jack for brunch on Sunday, if you're free."
"I'll have to check with Jack, but that's sounds lovely. Thank you." He patted Jeff's hand again, mind already tackling the problem of Master -- or perhaps no so master -- Ewan.
"Just have him call me. He was craving eggs Benedict, and I want to try hollandaise." Jeff was adventurous in the kitchen and always experimenting from what Oliver could tell.
He chuckled; they'd either eat well or starve. "I will."
"Thank you, Master. Have a lovely day."
"You too, Jeff."
He smiled as the boy went off and then picked up his cell-phone. He had a call or two to make. No one knew Doms like Jeff. If the boy said Ewan needed something, Ewan did.
Ewan and Randy are two Tops looking for subs or are they? When Oliver asks Randy to help train Ewan, Randy assumes he is training another Top. However, the minute he meets Ewan his insides scream "mine" and that Ewan is a sub and not a Dom. As the lessons start, the roles become complicated, each man's inner self screaming at what he wants. Ewan fights for all he's worth, his past a barrier to overcome, not succumb to what he desperately wants. Randy is the key; can he trust Randy enough to let the real Ewan stand up and come out to play?
Although the Hammer novels have some common core characters they can be read on their own as well. The formula of a man who has something preventing him from being who he really is does seem to be a common thread. Ewan is delightful as the Dom who is a sub and Randy is patience personified as he brings Ewan into his real self. There is such focus on communication between the two I found Switch very easy to read, very smooth. I really enjoyed the metamorphosis that occurred for Ewan and it made sense to me. Randy was quite the perfect Dom, who knew when to push and when to hold. I found the ending to be the perfect finish and it left me with a real smile on my face.
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