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- File size : 4377 KB
- Publication date : September 27, 2018
- Print length : 518 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- ASIN : B07HKPMGSC
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #11,788 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Willow Taylor. An eighteen-year-old who resides at Heartstone Psychiatric hospital with forty other patients, nurses and techs she regards as the enemy. There’s a man who seems cold and distant with piercing grey eyes. She isn’t supposed to look at him with longing or touch herself at night with him in mind. He’s her psychiatrist, Dr. Simon Blackwood, much older than her and off-limits. The Medicine Man with inappropriate want.
Willow’s beautiful, funny and been battling a mental disorder from a young age, struggling to live her life like any other young woman. She doesn’t connect with any of the professionals except she finds herself drawn to Dr. Blackwood to the point where finds herself talking to him. Simon seems to be able to read Willow, even sees right through her.
Simon Blackwood is harbouring some deep issues of his own and it compels him to want to fix everyone, especially the girl with the silver-coloured long hair. It’s undeniable something about her catches his attention and somehow he’s seen as her hero, which is the last thing he wants to be to anyone. Dr. Blackwood carries a lot of guilt on his shoulders, and discovering his many hidden depths made this read a real page-turner.
The secondary characters were very well-written into the mix, and the interactions between Willow and Renn, Vi and Penny were quite funny at times. Regardless of them battling their own issues, it was nice to see banter and friendships forming. Whether it was their chats, reading or playing poker, they were very entertaining. In one scene with yoga, I couldn’t help but laugh-out-loud.
Heartbreak abounds. Let’s not forget this is a psychiatric hospital and there are some elements that not only made me tearful but the patients’ inner battles with their mental illnesses I also found upsetting. The harsh reality of it all is brought home when they’re having a bad day and nothing less than heart-rending. Chemistry and hot steamy scenes had me fanning myself because just wow, Simon Blackwood is one hell of a dirty-talker. Their taboo doctor-patient relationship without forgetting to mention the age gap, had me hoping and wishing it would or could work out for them. Simon’s a hot broody male and intrigued me no-end with the mystery surrounding him.
Medicine Man and his little warrior have such a rollercoaster of a time with their feelings and turmoil. Ms. Kent has spun quite the forbidden the tale; so much so that I was sat on the edge of my seat, waiting for it all to go terribly wrong. The author is a very talented wordsmith and I felt every word and emotion throughout. There was so much sadness surrounding the backstory of depression and it was dealt with delicately and respectfully. I also enjoyed the playlist which accompanies the book and it brings out all the feels. I can’t recommend this book enough and will be doing a re-read with the music on repeat. Tip; one of the tracks Medicine Man by Charlotte OC sums up everything beautifully. Bravo Ms. Kent. Five well-earned stars.
This is by far Kent's best work to date. There is no doubt about it. The way this story is told, being in Willow's confused mind most of the time was so thoughtfully communicated, I think I fell for her almost immediately. Sure she has her inner demons to slay but I loved that she was genuine. Even her ease at lying to herself, to her therapists and to her family made her real to me. As the book progresses and more is explained as to the whys of her actions, I simply wanted Willow well again. I wanted her to be able to live the charmed life of an 18 year old, and I wanted her to love and be loved.
Simon Blackwood, Willow's Medicine Man. Oh wow. Talk about a tortured soul. Harboring his own dreadful secrets and pain, it was that slow-burn attraction to the Princess that is his Willow that wouldn't let me look away. Theirs is not an easy kind of affair but the stolen glances, the urge to touch one another, the unplanned therapy sessions, and a few chapters in his POV, oh yeah these two had a chemistry that just could not be denied. And it may be Simon's recent past that drives him to want to 'fix' everyone in his path but from the very first moment he laid eyes on Willow, he had to know he was destined to be her hero. Whether or not he wanted that title.
What makes this book stand out for me is just how easily Kent blends this forbidden romance with the underlying theme of depression. Most of the book takes place at an institution but Kent shows the human side of being in a facility of this kind. The way Willow has finally found her peeps with Renn, Vi and Penny on the Inside, when she never had them on the Outside. This trio provides some very key moments of levity and show that even those who may be deemed at times a bit unstable mentally, they can still enjoy the everyday pleasures, whether it be reading, playing poker or even the torture of yoga. To be honest, their oft-times quirky natures were endearing. And despite the tension, the feeling of sadness at being 'locked' away from society, Medicine Man never felt too dark nor did it feel too overwhelming. I felt a true sense of optimism that all the patients stood a chance of re-entering the Outside world successfully.
Medicine Man is a story filled with hope and a road to redemption that offered the opportunity to right the wrongs that sometimes threaten to destroy one's soul. Both Willow and Simon prove that there is a chance to find that one imperfect love. The one that may come at the most inopportune time yet simply cannot be ignored. Sure they both hurt and I hurt right along with them, many times with tears in my eyes. But in the end, I'd have to say it was well worth it.
Medicine Man deserves nothing less than 5 huge stars!
Top reviews from other countries
This book is set inside a psychiatric hospital, but isn't doom and gloom. The friendships between the patients are uplifting, and at times add comedy to the story whilst still dealing with the sensitive issue of mental health. Watching as Willow finally accepts her illness and begins to open up in order to make progress.
The relationship between Willow and Simon is both illicit, taboo and incredibly steamy. He acknowledges everything that is wrong with his behaviour and how Willow needs to focus on her own mental health. It feels like something you shouldn't love, but you cannot turn away. He too has demons that he is fighting.
Another story with emotional turmoil from Ms Kent, I like that she didn't show mental illness as miraculously cured, but that Willow was actually a warrior fighting a battle every single day.
Highly recommend if you enjoy a taboo romance with angst. If you loved The Unrequited I think you will get the same feel from this one.
I won’t lie, some parts were hard to read and rang true as I’m sure they did for many people. But I feel the subject was dealt with in the right way and was written very well. You can clearly tell that these words came from somewhere deep within.
I loved this book and it is worth the five stars for me.
Saffron A Kent just has a way of delivering forbidden romance stories. This book had exactly what I wanted from a story like this. It was angsty, adrenalin pumping, palm sweating forbidden goodness that was SMOKIN hot too.
It's right up there with The Unrequited.
I was on the edge of my seat my heart was racing the whole time. I was utterly consumed with the journey of Willow and her Medicine Man. Such a beautiful love story, and one of won't forget.
I highly recommend you read this one. It's unforgettable.