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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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This is the first book I read by this author. I found this story interesting with some nice twists in there. Alex is a writer that has been using S&M as a way to self-punish for something that happened in his past. He doesn't think he will ever be able to be in a "normal" relationship because of how damaged he is. He has been seeing the same "Principal" Eric (he doesn't want to call him Dom or Master) for two years but he sees their relationship as pure business, a way to assuage his demons when his feelings of guilt and regret get to be too overwhelming. At the same time he has written this romance book series with an actor in mind. When the actor gets selected to become the lead in the series TV adaptation Alex finally gets the chance to meet his crush Sage. When Sage and Alex meet they are attracted to each other but Alex doesn't think they can have a normal relationship since he is messed up and still has the need to see Eric. This is also hard to deal with for Sage as he has a history of cheating boyfriends. There is also a mystery element as accidents start happening related to the filming of the series that involve people close to Sage and Alexander.
OK, so the romance element was fairly OK for me. The mystery had a couple of nice twists that made it interesting IMO. So what didn't I like about this book? A couple of really just technical things. First, the book is supposed to be told in 3rd person POV. But then you find some sentences told in 1st person POV that just confused me. Where these thoughts by the character and if so why aren't they formatted differently to treat them as such. Or are they a switch in POV? Second, this book needed one last proofreading. There are some words missing, extra words, wrong verb used, missing verbs and really minor things that as such took away from my enjoyment of the book.
This is a tough book...mainly because Alexander is a tough character to take. He's had a hard life that involved a horrible trauma when he was 17 yo. He's never recovered completely from that and is dealing with it the best that he can, but he's still not whole. Part of what makes him feel close to that is regular BDSM sessions with a hired Dom. He knows though that this means he will never be able to have a normal relationship and for the most part he can deal with that....until he meets Sage.
Sage truly has no idea what he's getting into when he gets involved with Alex, but by the time he does know, his heart is already involved too deeply to step away. Sage is in a tough spot...having to trust Alexander when Alex is involved with someone else...even if it is a form of therapy. There aren't many who would be able to stand by with that going on.
Like I said, this is not an easy book. It's painful to read how hard this relationship is for both these guys. They are good together for the most part but there are moments of such intense emotional pain for them. Alex hates what he has to put Sage through and would really rather walk away than do that to him, but Sage insists that Alex is worth it even through all the pain.
There's also a bit of a suspense story line throughout the book. That part of the story wasn't as good to me (I thought it could have been ramped up a bit more to really make it exciting), but it provided some extra drama for the guys which worked in the story line. And there is a lot going on here....the filming, Alex's writing, Alex's other relationship, suspicious criminal activity, old mental scars for Alex, Sage's family and health issues, and the evolving relationship between the guys.
For me, the second half of the book made the read for me. For some reason, it took me a bit to get into the story and that probably was because the story line with Eric was so off-putting to me personally. It was very interesting though with a definite psychological thriller edge to it that I always enjoy. I'll definitely be willing to read more by this author in the future.
This book is about Alexander Montgomery who is a author of romance novels (series). His series is turned into a TV series and in lies Christopher Sage (Sage). Alexander develops his main character in the book (Carter) based on an actor he has a "crush" on, Sage. Alexander ends up overseeing the development of the TV series and meets his "crush" during Sage's audition. There is instant chemistry, but not insta-love. Alexander was brought up through the foster system and ends up running away. He is lured into a "horrific" situation and now lives with his own self-imposed demons from his past. He believes he is not worthy of love, kindness or basically anything good and deals with his pain through "punishment" (which he pays for S and M and a dom named Eric). By the way I hate that man.
Sage is a young vibrant actor who has had his "losses" in life, but has always had support from someone during his ordeals. He is completely enraptured by Alexander's mystery, fear, loneliness, and vulnerability (good looks of course) that he reads in his eyes (which he has two different eye colors Heterochromia iridum).
This is not an insta-love book. I believe it spans over 6-8 months in which Sage desperately tries to knock down Alexander's walls. To love Alexander, means Sage has to endure all of Alexander's "ways" to deal with life. Sage tries to deal, but it ends up almost tearing them both apart.
This book also has a mystery running through it that ties into Alexander's novels as well as his past. It is a great read, made me cry, cry, and cry. I fell in love with Alexander, surprisingly more than I fell in love with Sage. What he overcomes and from his past and present and still has the capability to love in incredible.
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