Book: The Closet Boy
Series: Iron Eagle Gym #4
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Publication date: November 25, 2016
Length: 225 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
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.
Sean Michael is a "go to" if you’re looking for a BDSM story. The Closet Boy is book 4 in Sean Michael's Iron Eagle Gym Series. One of the great things about this series is that each book is a standalone. Though you see the characters throughout; each tale each is their own.
Way'ra (Way) is a janitor at the gym. He’s such a strong character. He lives in the closet of the gym. He eats very little, needs this job, is gay and a virgin, and he’s so alone. He believes he should be invisible and his view on the world as a gay man is so sad.
Neal is a member at the gym and Way couldn’t be invisible to him if he tried. Neal is a hero in this story. He’s also crazy patient, understanding, loving, and amazing to Way. Neal truly thinks each moment out, and respects Way’s need to be independent and help out.
Because Way has a million questions about the lifestyle, we the reader, get to find things out we may not have known. Of course it’s scary and through Way’s eyes we get a fresh beginning of what it would be like for someone just entering a BDSM lifestyle.
I love the moments in this book where Way and Neal are either going on a date, eating, interacting with other characters, and actually talking. Not to say the sex wasn’t great; I simply valued those times in this story.
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