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One Man's Trash (The Heretic Doms Club Book 1) Kindle Edition
Taylor’s spent the last few years on his own, working as a hustler, going home with anybody who’ll give him a warm meal and a place to sleep. He enjoys having a bit of force used against him, and he makes Warren an offer he can’t refuse — all the sex he wants, as rough and dirty as he likes, in exchange for room and board.
At first, Warren thinks he’s struck gold. Taylor’s the perfect roommate — he cooks, he cleans, and he’s dynamite in the sack. But Taylor has some dark demons in his head and some even darker cravings. Falling for somebody as volatile as Taylor is dangerous enough, but when Taylor’s urges turn truly self-destructive, it’ll be up to Warren to decide just how far to let things go.
About the Author
- ASIN : B075FD7MN9
- Publisher : Marie Sexton (November 13, 2017)
- Publication date : November 13, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 3144 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 343 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #52,904 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
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I love Marie Sexton, she's written some of my all time favorite m/m books. She can tackle complex subjects (like religion and religious differences) with sensitivity and grace. Between Sinners and Saints
But this book, with Taylor acting so self destructively and his really awful past, just didn't work for me. I didn't find it up lifting, or hot or sensual or an escape. I found it depressing and sad and awful. I will buy more Marie Sexton, without question, but I might skip this series...
Props to the author for not shying away from some seriously uncomfortable content and psychological battles. It wasn’t perfect — and this is going to sound unthinkable in light of what IS written into the story, but there were times that I felt the trauma and healing were slightly gentrified, especially on Warren's part. He and Taylor stopped short of doing actual, serious damage to each other and I found that slightly unrealistic, but tbh I’m not sure how much deeper the author could have gone with all of that and kept this book in genre.
I think it’s important to understand that many people will not consider this kink erotica. There are elements that might look similar to that, but they have very little to do with sexuality and more to do with the consequences of trauma. I realize that those two things are sometimes inextricable, but just know going in that this reads more like the latter than the former.
For me personally, I often find the romance genre somewhat limiting, as much as I adore it. I often WANT more of this deep psychological dive, even when a story is not about such dark pasts. So this one ticked a lot of boxes for me. Really solid, and this won’t be my last read from this author.
Oh, and I'm not going to reiterate trigger warnings here because they're well covered in other reviews, but... if you have any triggers at all, just give this one a wide berth.
It is wonderful watching this drama unfold. Marie Sexton made me so happy with the variety of taboo subjects she explores in One Man’s Trash. The characters are complex and interesting, and seeing them grow and change together throughout the story is incredibly moving. As the tension builds, Sexton continues to layer on the drama. This book is dark and erotic and absolute perfection.
I’m completely blown away by the depth of emotion John Solo brings to these characters. Taylor’s anguish, when he breaks down, is absolutely palpable. And Warren’s evolution as the story progresses, as he sheds his bitterness and anger and opens his heart, well I could actually feel it happening. John Solo delivers an incredible performance. This is the best I’ve ever heard him, and considering what a huge fan I am, that’s really saying something!
While the details of Taylor and Warren’s pasts are horrible to learn about (and one of the reasons I’m not saying too much about the story), there are some intensely beautiful moments in One Man’s Trash. I was so moved by the analogy of the mended vase. Warren’s friend Charlie tells Taylor, “‘It’s a Japanese thing. They think when an item’s broken, it doesn’t make it useless. It just adds interest. Becomes part of the item’s history. And the history is what makes it beautiful.’” Though it is broken it still has value, Warren cherishes that vase. One man’s trash, and all that.
Three more books are planned for this series, one for each of the three remaining members of The Heretic Dom’s Club. I can’t wait to get to know each of these men better and find out how they complete their stories. The only thing I’m looking forward to more is hearing John Solo read them to me.
Top reviews from other countries
Having previously read the entire series, I revisited it by listening to the audiobook and I'd forgotten just how much I love Warren and Taylor, their journey together and the character development they both experience in the book.
Parts of their story are still hard for me to experience, in particular Taylor's past. However in the sense of the story this plays an important role in Taylor's character.
I urge caution if you are triggered by past sexual assault.
It had the following (and I have to be careful with what I say cause this review got banned the first time just for saying the themes that the book include):
- Instalove for no understandable reason
- They both suffer survivor guilt, reckless behaviour, and destruction, suicidal ideation, and unhealthy sadist/masochism
- Taylor is depressed, has low self esteem. He has so many ups and downs its exhausting. Theres one particular cringe worth topic that I can't even say here. Let's just say it's golden.
- Abuse including the familial kind
- Dubious concent
- One disturbing unhealthy (both mentally and physically) scene involving 10+ people
Just way too much crazy for me. Yes I may be oversharing but these could be triggers that I think people should have warning of.
Taylor is running from his past and doesn’t want yo face it, and the result is rage and anger and the only way he feels he can get past it is to be punished.
Warren is the protector , he feels the need to help and protect people even at the cost of himself.
I was expecting this to be darker than it was from the reviews I read, whilst there were a couple of dark spots I didn’t find this dark (I have read much darker). The story was definitely one of pain (emotional and physical) but it also dealt with metal demons as well, which gave this story its intensity and darker edge.