Book Reviews

The Eager Boy (Iron Eagle Gym 6) by Sean Michael at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / BDSM / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 24-April-2018

Book Blurb

Eight months ago Robin Secoya left his lover and master, Stack Lobond, because he didn’t believe Stack really cared about him. He was sure that for Stack, any warm body would do, and Robin wasn’t willing to be just a warm body anymore.

 

A chance meeting at the Iron Eagle Gym brings them back together, and old feelings aren’t far from the surface. They decide they can’t pass up a second chance at romance. But this time, it isn’t just Stack’s demanding career as a big-cat vet putting strain on their relationship. Robin also has a new job that takes up a lot of his time.

 

Will their kinky love affair crash and burn a second time, or can they find the balance that will allow the passion between them to flourish?

 

Book Review

What do you do if you’re physically and mentally compatible, both like kink, but one partner needs emotions and the other doesn’t think he “does” feelings? Robin and Stack have been through a separation of several months only to find out it isn’t working for them to be apart. Robin knows it’s because he wants more, needs to feel loved and wanted. Stack is a tough Dom, or so he thinks, and is only just beginning to realize that what he had with Robin for three years was more than a BDSM relationship. Neither of them has moved on with a new partner, so when they run into each other they are free to give it another go – hopefully with different results this time.

Robin loves Stack deeply, but didn’t think his feelings were returned, He is someone who does not have a lot of self-confidence and needs a lot of confirmation, but he is no pushover. So he walked when Stack didn’t seem able to give him what he needed, all to avoid an even more broken heart. After eight months of working hard, Robin has managed to create a life for himself with a job he loves – but it isn’t what he really wants. He can’t even imagine having a relationship with someone else and he misses the home he created with Stack, so when they run into each other again he is desperate enough to give it another try. Only this time he is determined to have a real relationship. One where he feels appreciated and is a partner as much as a sub.

Stack isn’t sure why Robin left him, but he is determined to find out. He never knew how much he would miss his boy when he was gone, and that should have been his first clue. The fact that he never even so much as looked at another sub while they were separated should have been his second clue. Once he has Robin in his arms again and feels more relieved than he could have imagined, he is beginning to get the picture. It takes a lot of talking and some explanations before he understands – none of it easy with both their jobs interfering, but Stack can be as stubborn as the next Dom. He knows he made a mistake, if only he could figure out what it was.

Robin and Stack are both members of the Iron Eagle Gym, and quite a few of their interaction take place in its familiar setting. It was great to see some of the other characters again, find out how they are doing, but the focus remains firmly on Robin and Stack working through their issues. Robin has to learn how to explain what he wants, and it isn’t being an invisible cook and cleaner and bedwarmer. Stack needs to learn how to listen and how to express his feelings in ways that Robin can understand. It is certainly a journey of discoveries, surprises, and unexpected moments of levity.

If you like stories about making relationships a two-way road, if you want to see different ways of expressing love become more easily understood and accepted, and if you’re looking for a read that is full of initial pain but followed by tenderness and passion, then you will probably like this novel as much as I do. It’s fun, vey kinky, and a wonderful example of second chances being well worth the work it can take to make them real.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/65084 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 24-April-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-eager-boy-by-sean-michael-9546-b