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Saving Alexander Paperback – October 29, 2013
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About the Author
Sue Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000. She has written nine novels, two novellas and a screenplay since February 2012 and clearly believes in keeping herself busy. She has found herself wanting to stay in the genre that is M/M Romance so more can definitely be expected. Sue is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She is also a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer’s Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell and lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family. Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to one day make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.
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It starts off with Alex Montgomery a man you wouldn't want to take home too Mama. He is a well-known, talented author who is hiding a painful secret from his past that happened 17 years earlier. The only solace that Alex finds is in an S&M club where he is being dominated and abused by Eric as he thinks of this as his needed therapy. As the story progresses we slowly get tidbits of his past that show why this type of solace is what Alex needs to deal with in his past. Reading the S&M scene was so well-written that it doesn't make you squeamish but yet sexually explicit. It works so well with the scene. You want to grab Alex and hug him and provide the love he needs and at the same time strangle Eric the dominator.
Now comes in beautiful Christopher Sage who just prefers to go by Sage. He is the man you do want to take home too Mama. Once Alex see's Sage he knows he is perfect to play the lead character in the new TV series that is being produced from Alex's book. The character Carter West was actually written for Sage but that is unbeknownst to everyone except Alex. Sage is heartwarming and actually what Alex is in need of even though he keeps Sage at bay. There are not many surprises when it comes to Sage but with Alex there are so many twists and challenges he needs too over come to find love with Sage.
My favourite scene (and trust me there are so many good ones) but this particular scene ripped at my heart strings. Late one night Sage is closing up and ready to leave but comes across Alex, in his office and passed out on his desk. At first Sage is come on Alex, get it together but then he gets closer and sees the many bruises and gashes on Alex's back. He is now really concerned and tries to wake Alex, which he does and he again pushes Sage away. Alex thinks if Sage knew the truth about his past, he would go running and lose him for good. So at Sage's pushing he asks Alex what was so bad that he needs this kind of solace. Alex finally gives in and basically challenges Sage, so you really want know ok here it is. Now Sage is thinking, does he really want to know and Alex tells him what happened 17 years ago. Sage is now heartbroken for the pain Alex endured. I won't spoil what actually happened for you but trust me it is quite horrific.
Susan takes us on a wild ride of complete personal torment, BDSM, heartbreak and beautiful sex scenes. The way Susan writes actually makes you feel that you are a part of Alex and Sage's lives. Once you start reading her beautiful and yet tormenting story, you won't be able to put it down. Once you are done you will be thinking of Alex and Sage for months to come, you won't be able to stop thinking about them.
I love this story very much and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a book of love and redemption and beautiful man loves scenes.
I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Paul at Crystal's many Reviewers!
The story starts in a dark place for Alexander (Alex) and I started wondering just what he was involved in, and how it would play out. Then in walks Christopher Sage, who is known as Sage and I fell for them both. Separately each man has his own issues to deal with, but put them together and you have a fantastic combination which just works.
Of course, things are complicated, but why would we want an easy ride? Alex has his own demons to contend with, and so many skeletons in his closet, he needs new one to house them. But Sage’s caring and compassionate side shone through for me, making me believe every word, touch, glance would make Alex’s world better, even when he doubted it himself.
The dynamic between these two worked, and it felt so natural even though Alex fought against it, at times I wanted to shake him, but I totally understand his reasons, so I can forgive him :-)
There is an underlying mystery threaded through this story which I tended to forget as I was too enthralled by these two men, then I had my thoughts, and it turned out my sneaky suspicion which I’d dismissed was right.
I loved this book, the emotions were real and well thought out, the pace was good and I really enjoyed getting to know these two, I just wish here was more to come from them.
We find Alex Montgomery bound and being whipped on a St Andrews Cross as we open the first page. Now not being one that understands the BDSM lifestyle it took me a little back but I continued on, what really drew me was a line that stated “…..this place Alex came when he needed solace.”, I’m thinking how can someone find solace and endure so much pain at the same time. This was so intriguing especially as the story progressed and the reader is not given any information as to why Alex was putting himself through the torment, the only insight we are given is that he needs it. Even at the climax of the activities Alex never completely filled the emptiness inside him.
Alex Montgomery is a very successful Novelist, his series of Novels is being made in to a TV Series and basically revolves around Carter West, a world-renowned photographer, used to taking pictures in war zones, jungles and other far flung places, and a fashion model called Gillian Banks. Christopher Sage (everyone calls him Sage) is the actor hired to portray Carter West. Sage is your perfectly handsome man whom your Mother falls all over herself for. Sage is also the man that Alex would like in his life, unknown to anyone Carter was written for Sage by Alex.
Needless to say I’m not going to ruin the plot when I say that when Alex and Sage get together it makes the candle wax melt. I really loved how the Author wrote the sexual scenes between Alex and Sage, they were so intimate so sexy, she definitely gets an “A”. Another aspect of the writing that I really loved was how different Alex and Sage were written, right off the bat we know Sage, we pretty much know that there aren’t going to be any big surprises in reference to his character. Alex on the other hand is the complete opposite, the emotional journey that the Author takes us on as we learn of who Alex is and why he needs saving is brilliant. As the story progresses pieces of Alex’s life are revealed which help put the pieces of Alex Montgomery together. I felt like I was able to embrace the story and have my feelings ride the wave of words as Susan played out the story.
I want to address the BDSM portion of the book. Don’t let this aspect of the story deter your reading it. None of the scenes are so rough that you are unable to read them. The story line demands that the reader understand why Alex puts himself through these tortures and even though it is a small portion of the reading it is integral to the relationship building process that happens between Alex and Sage. How does Sage learn to deal with another man having these sessions with Alex?
The story has Twists and Turns, it has Murder and Mugging, it has Mystery and Mystique, it has Happiness and Heartbreak and it also has Loss and Love. All of these characteristics were woven in to a story that left you sitting on the edge of your sofa as you turn each page. It is so easy to say; ” I THOROUGHLY loved this book”. The only real disappointment was when I was finished and by that I mean “The Story Ended”.
Alex and Sage we wish you all of the Love and Support that you deserve, and I want to Thank You for taking me on your Journey.
I was provided an ARC prior to this review.
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