Michael, a local from the neighborhood,
has done well for himself. He was part of the underground
fighting scene until he had enough money to buy a gym and was
smart enough to get out. Now, Michael is back working in his
old fight club to help an old friend, but when he sees “the
Chow,” Michael is pole-axed. How can Michael manage to meet
the man if he is not allowed close enough to speak to him?
Cory “the Chow” is a slave, and he does
what he is told to do. His Master enjoys having the Chow
fight, and if he pleases the Master he gets rewarded with both
food and sex. The Master tells Cory that he is loved, but
Cory doesn’t understand how the Master’s actions could mean
anything else. Cory barely remembers a life different that the
one he lives now, but when he looks into Michael’s eyes Cory
realizes that life could be more than what he lives now.
However, Cory sees no way out of his life with the Master.
A Man for Michael is a good
story about innocence lost and the discovery of love. Michael
is the embodiment of what we wish the men in our lives were
like: sensitive, caring and intuitive. Cory is a wounded soul
that has been lost under the cruel treatment of the Master.
Cory never chose this life and knows nothing but cruelty
disguised as love. It is touching to see Cory open his eyes
to the wonders of a loving relationship, where both partners
are equals. However, I felt that Cory’s evolution from the
slave mentality to independence was rather abrupt and
sometimes Michael’s dialogue uncomfortably echoed the Master’s
“loving” words. That said A Man for Michael is
a good read.