Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Golden by Sean Michael

After winning Olympic gold four years ago, Justin retired from swimming, and he’s been floundering ever since. The Fourth of July finds him contemplating doing something stupid, so Justin calls up his former coach, Chris Jarvis. To his surprise, Coach answers.

When Justin retired, Chris cut all ties with the swimmer he’d fallen in love with. He never wanted Justin to love him just because it was easy. But he’s been waiting for Justin to reach out, and he’ll gladly take Justin back into his life.

When he finds out Justin is drowning in a pool of self-doubt and the belief that his happy years are behind him, Chris realizes he made a mistake letting go so suddenly, and now it’s time to remedy that error—as long as he can convince Justin that it’s really love.

2nd Edition
First Edition published by Torquere Press, 2013.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

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M/M Romance with power exchange dynamic

Chris is a swim coach. He has coached an Olympian – Justin. But when Justin decides to retire, Chris is left starting over. He trains because it's what he knows. But his heart is still with Justin.

Justin is literally drowning in life. He isn't able to hold a job that he likes and he misses his coach. For a while, Coach was his whole life. They ate, slept (just sleeping), and trained together.

Despite having a gold medal, Justin needs something more. When he finally reaches out to Chris, Justin is on the verge of a huge depressive episode. Not only is he floundering in life, but he's having a hard time relating to people his own age.

When Chris comes in and "saves" Justin, they just fall in to this strange love story. It is almost like an insta-love story, but you know that they have known each other for years. However, the chemistry between Justin and Chris felt strained – almost faked. While the physical relationship was described as steamy and hot, I just never really felt that they had a great connection. Their tie together was swimming.

Overall, this was more about finding yourself and believing in yourself.

In pure Sean Michael fashion, this book was heavy on the love and sex. Justin is a former Olympian who isn't happy, and one night feels like he wants to jump from his porch to the pool below and see if he can make it. He is drunk and decides to call his former coach, Chris. Chris hasn't talked to Justin since he retired four years ago. Both men were in love with each other four years ago and never did anything about it. Coach thought he was doing the right thing making Justin go out and make a name for himself after he retired, now he thinks he has made a huge mistake. The chemistry between these two is on fire and you can feel the love they have for each other. Coach wants to be there for Justin, not only as his friend and love but also his dominant. I thought this was a sweet love story and I really enjoyed it just like I do almost every Sean Michael book, low angst, lots of love and sex.

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 Golden by Sean Michael to read and review.

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