Review: “The Closet Boy” by Sean Michael

TITLE: The Closet Boy
AUTHOR: Sean Michael
SERIES: Iron Eagle Gym
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: BDSM, Contemporary Romance
LENGTH: 214 pages
RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2016
PRICE: $6.99 -e-book / $14.99 –paperback


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.

I had the pleasure of reading The Closet Boy which’s the story of Way’ra (Way) and Neal. The Dom’s Way is the continuation of their story. However, I read The Dom’s Way first which made me want to see how they began their relationship and hopefully get a little more history about Way’ra and where he came from. The book was well written, but I did find a couple of editing errors. One was a wrong name and the other an extra word that should have been deleted. Neither were too distracting to the story.

I would have liked a little more backstory about Way’ra. The author mentions that Way’ra’s name is tribal, but he doesn’t mention which tribe or even where he’s from. I do know that Way has grown up in a really religious community with religious parents and was attending a religious college. When he was caught naked with his best friend, he was kicked out of his college, family, and community. And although Way’s suffered a lot of hardships in his 20 years, I loved that he still had such a happy, bubbly, and innocent personality. Sure he has some self-worth and self-esteem issues but who wouldn’t after what he’s gone through. And like Neal said to Way in the book, he didn’t turn to a life of crime or theft and become a bad person. Way’s a fighter. He got a good job as a janitor at the Iron Eagle Gym and saved his money and kept to himself.

I loved Neal. He was a Dom, and he interacted with Way perfectly. He could read him and was able to work around Way’s ego about being homeless and not having enough money to feed himself properly. He helped him understand that loving another guy isn’t a sin. They were the sweetest couple. And they had a very healthy sex drive which would make sense since Way’s only twenty and Neal’s in his late twenties. They had a pretty vanilla relationship at the beginning, but as Way got more comfortable with loving another guy and trusting him, they started to add more of the BDSM elements to their relationship. And in The Dom’s Way, they will explore that side of their relationship more. They are great at communicating with each other, and Neal’s always asking if Way has any questions about some of the things that he’s seen while cleaning the third floor of the gym where the BDSM gym members can go to do their scenes.

I want to find a gym like the Iron Eagle Gym where all of the members are a part of the BDSM lifestyle, and you can work out and do scenes at the same place. Sounds like a wonderful place to work and play.

I can’t wait to read the first three books in the series and learn more about the other members of the Iron Eagle Gym.

****The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book****


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