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.
That’s the Job
One of the neat things about having characters show up in your head is that they come with all sorts of different jobs. Some seem fairly pedestrian, other’s exciting or exotic, but my guys pretty much all show up with their profession included. I have lots of repeats, but with The Closet Boy, both of the characters have jobs that I haven’t written before.
Way’ra’s a janitor, or environmental engineer. He cleans. He’s very proud of the job he does and if you were to say that the gym was in any way unclean, he would be offended. Still, it’s not an exciting job. When things happen, it’s messy and gross rather than fun and interesting. Way isn’t even sure what he’d want to be if he didn’t need to make money to live and could do anything he wanted. Frankly, he hasn’t even thought about it very much because that would make his job all the harder.
Neal is a jeweler. He creates jewelry with metal and stone, some precious, some not. His endeavors are creative and he’s lucky enough that he has an agent, so he doesn’t even have to worry about going out and selling his stuff. He just creates. It makes him happy.
Their jobs said a lot about both characters when they first showed up in my head. Just one aspect, but an important one.
Like Neal, I’m lucky enough to be doing the job that I love, and one that doesn’t find me cleaning anyone’s toilets but my own!
Smut fixes everything
Review by Truus Vermeer-de Jong
Way’ra (Way) and Neal
Way a very shy, shrinking young man who was indoctrinated and throw on the streets by his religious fanatic parents. He truly believed he would go to hell because he was gay. He has a very low self-esteem.
As the janitor of the gym he tries to save some money to rent a room because he has no real place to stay. He has nothing but one pair of jeans, one extra shirt and a pair of briefs.
To lean because food is expensive and he wants to generate money.
Neal is a totally different story he has a good life, an unattached Dom, he makes jewelry for living.
When he sees Way he is affected by the boy, he sees his future.
Way is coy, bashful and insecure but also attracted by Neal.
After Neal thinks he offended Way he offers a coffee. When they sit in the coffeehouse Way feels awful and backs off. Neal is running after him but can’t find him. Then Neal finds out where Way is sleeping and he is deeply shocked.
When they meet again Way is keeping Neal off. But Neal has other plans.
They fit so well together and Way is very slowly opening up.
Neal is the right one for Way and Way is ‘the one’ for Neal.
What follows is the sweet disclosure of Way. His beautiful innocent view of the world.
Sometimes witty sometimes without words.
Neal is very patient and very in love. Their lovemaking is wonderful. Just fast enough for Way to learn and feel it all. From sweet to hot hot. Neal has high hopes for his Dom side with such a sweet boy besides him.
The story is mostly about Neal and Way and their discovery of deep love for each other.
Just a few passages with Neal’s friends from the D/s scene.
Their journey is sweet, hot, sexy and filled with love.
The way this story is written is through and through with love. The flow was in a good way slow and the content was sanguine. A very enjoyable read.
Meet Sean Michael
Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.
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