Title: Digging for Gold
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Amber Allure
Characters: Kenn Majors, Dustin (Dusty)
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Sports, BDSM (light)
Olympic beach volleyball hopeful Kenn Majors took out his shoulder during a surfing charity event. Now the whole world’s on his back, from his teammate to his father, to get back into shape in time for the Worlds, and then the Olympics. Kenn’s new trainer, Dusty, is just one more change that’s happened since he injured himself, and he’s not sure if he’s coming or going. What’s more, Dusty’s a hot guy who’s also gay.
Will Kenn be able to keep his attraction under control and manage to get his shoulder back to where it needs to be in time to win at the Worlds? Or does the whole situation have disaster written all over it?
It’s no secret that I’m officially addicted to reading almost anything Sean Michael writes. I love the way his easy style of writing flows smoothly throughout his stories. His ability to write compelling, likeable characters that I find myself easily rooting for, make his books an automatic read for me. In Digging for Gold, he immediately swept this reader into the interesting and sexy lives of his characters, and even when I had come to the end of the book, I found myself wishing for more.
Kenn Majors has been working hard to make the Olympic Volleyball team. But after a well-intentioned, reckless stunt, he finds himself with an injured shoulder, and only a short time to get his shoulder back into competitive shape. When his coach hires a trainer, Dusty, to help him with this, Kenn is at first leery of him. Dusty insists on taking his recovery process slower and more easy than he’s used to. When he insists that Kenn move in with him so he can track and personally monitor Kenn’s rehabilitation, Kenn is thrown for a loop. It’s hard for Kenn to trust Dusty at first, but since his drive to work through the pain and get his shoulder back in shape for the Olympics is more important than anything else; he pushes his anxiety aside and hopes that his attraction for Dusty won’t get in the way of their professional relationship together.
Dusty can’t believe how driven Kenn is to get back into shape. Although, he admires Kenn’s determination, he’s also just as determined to keep Kenn from overdoing it so his shoulder can heal properly. At first, Dusty is resolved to keep his attraction for Kenn at bay, but the more the two men get to know each other, the more this becomes difficult for Dusty to ignore. Finally, after both men dance around the heat of attraction between them, they give into their sexual need for each other and soon find themselves feeling more than each man bargained for. Just as things are starting to get even more serious between them, Kenn’s coach as well as his dad is convinced that their relationship will do more harm to Kenn’s chance at Olympic gold. Will Dusty and Kenn be able to fight for the relationship that’s grown between them? Will Kenn be able to look into himself and know what’s best for his heart and his recovery?
I loved this book! I thought both Dusty and Kenn were amazing characters with an interesting story to tell. I loved the heated chemistry between them as well as the friendship and respect that each of the two men had for one another. I also appreciated how much Kenn grew as a character. He really learns to stand up for what he believes in and I admired his strength to fight back into competitive shape. He and Dusty are truly made for each other and I thought that as a team and as lovers they could conquer any obstacle that came their way.
I also thought the sex in this book was smokin’ hot! Whew! Keep a cold drink and a fan going when you read this one! Between the intense attraction and chemistry between the two men, and the introduction of some D/s play, I thought the sex between them was wonderfully intense to read. I would like to point out, that even though there is some BDSM in this book; it’s not over the top at all. So, even if these types of books are not your forte, or even if you’ve never read a book with this type of play, this would be a great book to check out and see if this theme interests you.
Digging for Gold is one of my favorites that I’ve read by Sean Michael this year. I liked the way he got to the heart of his characters and I’m always a sucker for his athlete/sports books. If you are looking for a fast paced read with characters that have sizzling chemistry between them, Digging for Gold is a great choice for you! Highly Recommended!
Reviewed By: Gabbi