Dom Eric Mendez and his sub, Johnny
Wilson, have been together for six months. Now, despite the
disapproval of Johnny’s family, they are moving in together.
They are also going farther and farther into BDSM as Johnny
continues his training in receiving pleasure and pain.
Johnny’s family, Eric’s own deep insecurity, and temptations
from others may pull them apart, however. Can these two men
stay together through it all?
Golden Man provided me with
an interesting window into the gay BDSM lifestyle. After
reading this book, however, I would recommend reading
Golden Boy first because I didn’t, and found myself
curious when the characters made reference to important events
that had taken place in the first book. That said, the story
stood alone well enough for me to understand what was going on
and still feel as if I was coming to know the characters.
Eric, a sexy, caring, Latino, was a very strong Dom. He
encouraged Johnny to push his boundaries while still showing
Johnny his love. He also felt insecure at times, because
despite his attractiveness and reputation he was afraid Johnny
would eventually get tired of him and find someone else. I
liked the insecurity because it made him seem more real.
Johnny, on the other hand, was dealing mostly with his
family’s disapproval as well as his own desire to become the
perfect sub. Both men deal with attractions to, or
propositions from, other men as well. Even though the
descriptions of BDSM “scenes” in the story went farther than I
typically prefer to read, I liked Golden Boy
because Eric and Johnny’s love for each other could be seen
always. Not every scene was to my taste, especially the
scenes involving others, but the BDSM was very well done and
felt realistic. Claire Thompson did a good job of portraying
BDSM in a positive light, as a voluntary power exchange rooted
in respect and sometimes even love.