Golden Boy

Raised in a very masculine family, Johnny's never even contemplated the idea that he might be gay-until his lesbian friends take him out to a gay club, and he sets eyes on the gorgeous and revered dominant, Eric Mendez. For Eric, he'll do anything to get his golden boy to be his sub, even if it tests his own discipline skills as a dom to the breaking point.

This is a good one. The dialog is believable, fresh and witty, and Eric and Johnny feel like real men with real problems. The sex scenes are hot and filled with a good kind of tension. It's BDSM, but it never feels over the top or outlandish. All of the actions and toys involved are detailed and believable (as well as entertaining!)

In her bio, Ms. Thompson says that her work "deals with the human condition, and our constant search for love and intensity of experience." I think she pulls it off wonderfully in this book, both with the details of the BDSM world and the inner conflicts felt by both men.

The only reason I didn't give it a five was because the ending was a bit abrupt; the first and only major brush with outside conflict for Johnny, and it's breezed over. If I didn't know there was a sequel, I'd be grumpy, but there is a sequel, GOLDEN MAN, and I intend on checking that one out later, because I can't wait to see what happens with Eric and Johnny next.

Overall, a fun and enjoyable book with sympathetic characters and transformation. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel!

Book Blurb for Golden Boy

Johnny Wilson has never been in love. Though women adore his golden-blond good looks, he never seems to connect. Still trying to convince himself he's straight when he checks out a local gay bar, one look at the handsome stranger is enough to set his heart on fire. Half-acknowledged fantasies and dangerous dreams are challenged as Johnny finally faces his own secrets.

Eric Mendez, the handsome, much-sought-after Dom in the BDSM gay Manhattan scene, is used to getting just exactly what he wants with a snap of his fingers and a glance from his smoldering eyes. When he first lays eyes on Johnny Wilson, he assumes he's just another pretty boy cruising the clubs for a good time. When Johnny disappears without a trace, he unknowingly takes a piece of Eric's heart with him.

Sizzling passion and hidden yearnings to experience the ultimate submission at the hands of another man are brought to the fore in this explicit but romantic exploration of a gay D/s lifestyle. Johnny must come to grips not only with his sexual orientation, but must also find the courage to submit in a loving exchange of power.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2007 4.75