Title: The Closet Boy
Series: Iron Eagle Gym 04
Author: Sean Michael
Genre: Contemporary, BDSM
Length: Novel (214 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 25, 2016)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: 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.
Review: Way’ra is a man struggling to make ends meet after his religious family so cruelly kicked him out for catching him with another man. Because of the way he was brought up he thinks being gay is wrong and so hides his sexuality. I thought Way was sweet and shy. He should not have been made to feel what he desired was anything to be ashamed of.
With no money and nowhere to go he gets a job at the Iron Eagle Gym. He stays in the supply closet at night and eats when he can. One day Master Neal introduces himself and invites to coffee. Despite being terrified he accepts.
Neal was so strong and caring regarding Way. I loved that he took his time waiting for Way to come out of his shell. He felt a strong pull to the young man and wanted to help him anyway he could especially after seeing how he lived and what happened.
With Neal’s help Way begins to heal from the damage that was done to him and begins to live again without fear. I loved how caring Neal was with Way. This is an emotional yet hot book with plenty of steamy encounters.