Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The Closet Boy by Sean Michael

Way’ra Bernard is only twenty years old when his parents kick him out of the house. He has been brought up to believe being gay is wrong and he is going to go to hell for it. He tried very hard not to be gay but couldn’t change the way he felt. Now he’s living furtively in a closet on the third floor of the place he’s working as a janitor—the Iron Eagle Gym.

Neal McPherson is an unattached Dom in his midtwenties and a member of the gym. One evening after working out, he notices Way’ra on the stairs and he’s immediately attracted and intrigued, so he asks Way’ra out. Unable to come up with a reason to refuse and also interested in Neal, Way’ra accepts.

There are a lot of obstacles to the relationship they attempt to build after their date, not least of which is Way’ra’s upbringing and his lingering doubts about the kinky sex Neal enjoys. But with patience and persistence, Neal might convince Way’ra not only to accept himself, but to loosen his inhibitions enough to explore and find a happy ending together.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I couldn’t wait to read this book and I wasn’t disappointed. I love this series. Way was kicked out of his house for being gay, and he had nothing but the clothes on his back and a little money he got out of the ATM before his dad locked him out of the account. Neal is a dom and a member at the Iron Eagle Gym, where Way found a job. When Neal sets eyes on Way, he is smitten. These two are so good together and Neal is so patient and kind with Way. Way is so scared of things and so inexperienced, but he wants everything with Neal. I kept waiting for something horrible to happen, there was just a little hiccup, but nothing huge and I was glad for it because it was such a sweet, loving story I didn’t want anything to ruin the vibe it had.

Characters: Well written
Sex: Yes
Religious: It was mentioned several times
Would I recommend to others: Yes
More than one book in the series: Yes
Genre: M/M BDSM
Would I read more by this author: Yes

Avid Reader☆☆☆☆
M/M BDSM Romance
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This is the third book that I've read in this series, and while I have enjoyed them all, this one was different than the rest. This was more gentle, less about the BDSM and more about coaxing what could be, out of the characters.

Neal is just a regular member of the gym, but the janitor, Way'ra, has caught his eye. Not only is this shy kid good at working, but he's beautiful in a very nonconventional way. I do wish that we were able to learn more about Neal's past – it seemed that this book focused so much on the relationship between Neal and Way that that's all we really had.

Way'ra has had a rough start. He was not accepted by his friends or family when it was discovered that he was gay. Not only was he kicked out of school, but he was cut off financially and so he had been staying at the gym, hoping to earn enough money cleaning up to rent his own place. He's shy, unsure, lacks confidence, and hopes to someday, be able to have a real relationship without the fear.

Like I said before, this was so much about coaxing Way out of his preconceived notions – but the little exposure that Way had at the gym was explained and Neal was very understanding and patient. This book was sometimes a little long winded, but overall, the story flowed nicely. And, while this didn't have a lot of explicit encounters, the connection that Neal and Way develop is very realistic.

I like this series a lot and I think that it shows a great deal of variety within the lifestyle.

Also Available in the Iron Eagle Gym Series

Book 3
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A prolific author, Sean Michael takes notes dictated by the men who live in his head and shares their stories.

Often referred to as "Space Cowboy" and "Gangsta of Love" while still striving for the moniker of "Maurice," Sean Michael spends his days surfing, smutting, organising his immense gourd collection and fantasizing about one day retiring on a small secluded island peopled entirely by horseshoe crabs. While collecting vast amounts of vintage gay pulp novels and mood rings, Sean whiles away the hours between dropping the f-bomb and pursuing the kama sutra by channelling the long lost spirit of John Wayne and singing along with the soundtrack to "Chicago".

A long-time writer of complicated haiku, currently Sean is attempting to learn the advanced arts of plate spinning and soap carving sex toys.

Barring any of that? He'll stick with writing his stories, thanks, and rubbing pretty bodies together to see if they spark.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of The Closet Boy (Iron Eagle Gym #4) by Sean Michael to read and review.

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