Wednesday, March 27, 2013


Title: Golden
Author: Sean Michael  
Publisher: Torquere Press
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ISBN/BIN:  978-1-61040-438-9
Genre: {M/M}, Contemporary, Sports
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Having won gold at the Summer Olympics, Justin knows what it’s like to be on the top of the world.  Justin never knew life without swimming could go so wrong however, or that his coach would leave him stranded without any help.  Now four years later he’s wondering if it’s a feeling he’ll ever have again.  

I am a big fan of Mr. Michael so I was glad to see that he had a new book out, especially one centered around the sports world.  Readers should know that while this story does touch on the Olympics, both past and future, Golden is not part of the author’s Going for the Gold series.

The characters and story line in Golden are well done.  I was drawn into the story from the first page and must say I was a little worried about Justin at the start.  I was also a little miffed at Chris and could not believe he thought walking away from Justin after the Olympics and basically letting the young man go cold turkey from the world he once knew, was the way to go.  I did like that after talking and seeing Justin again, Chris saw the error of his ways and set out to correct the problem.  I loved that the author does not drag issues like this out and instead fixes them as soon as possible.

Readers can tell from the moment the men meet up again that there is a strong connection between them; one that they were unable to act on before due to their working relationship at the time.  It is also easy to see that Justin is a natural submissive, something that causes the young man more than a few problems in the beginning.  The passion that exists between the two is intense and really heats up the pages.  Chris and Justin do move into their relationship at a fast pace, but it feels right within the context of this story.

Golden is a great story and one that would make a good starter point if you are just trying this author for the first time.  While this author already has many different series going, I hope he has plans to bring these two men back for at least one more story.

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