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Stripped Bare Paperback – July 21, 2013
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"Children of Blood and Bone"
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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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We are introduced to Shane while he is providing an escort service to David. They have met a couple of times before but only for an escort service without any sex (Shane is picky with who he gets involved with). But this changes and they end up in a hotel room together. After their encounter, David receives a phone call from his father and is obviously very fearful and upset. David is the son of a wealthy business man who is a homophobic jerk and threatens David.
After David leaves, Shane is concerned for him and tries to contact him without success, eventually finding out he is in the hospital. Due to what happened at the hotel, I struggled to understand Shane's concern. I don't think this was fully explained or else Shane must be a very accepting/forgiving man! He visits the hospital and meets Matthew, David's father's lawyer. This is the start of a relationship between Shane and Matthew.
Shane is a little bit wild and gets up to some mischief that gets him into some trouble. But his heart is really in the right place and he falls hard for Matthew. Matthew is more controlled with tragedy in his past. He finds it hard to put himself out there and open his heart.
Together these men are wonderful and they certainly heat things up between the sheets (and everywhere else!). The sex scenes threatened to be a little too many but then I decided I enjoyed them so much that they suited the story perfectly!
There is much to be resolved in the story - David's father' actions and treats, Shane's problems with his family, Matthew coming to terms with his own personal tragedy and finally Shane and Matthew trusting each other enough to love. It is an emotional journey with some really sweet and tender moments.
"Babe, you call me all upset and say you need me. I would have run twice the distance just to get here for you, to hear you say that." Shane to Matthew.
"You drive me crazy. You're bloody cheeky, you're a maverick, and you never bloody listen to anyone. You do what you think is best, all the time. You also care so much about people - it's what I love about you. I love the way you smell, the way you look, the way you make me feel." Matthew to Shane
Of course I loved to see Matthew finally proclaiming his love but I think my other favourite part was Shane's father's response to seeing him with Matthew. "God, you two are incredible together," he whispered, his face pale. "How could I ever think this wasn't right?"
So all in all, a great story with emotional warmth, wonderful leading men and lots of interesting drama!
I enjoyed the story and the characters, but the telling of it and the writing were what kept me from giving it 5 stars. I felt there were a lot of grammatical errors throughout the story, which were noticeable. Nothing that truly distracted me from a fluid reading experience, but it is obvious this book needed at least one more read through in the editing process. In terms of the 'telling' of the story, I mean the narration of it seemed a bit chaotic/jumbled. I don't know if it was the British terms or way of speaking that threw me off, but I felt the characters got the short end of the stick.
This story was realistic in terms of how Matt & Shane's relationship developed, but how many and the nature of the obstacles they had to overcome were a bit on the extreme side. They said "I'm sorry" more times than they said "I love you" and had a lot of make-up sex. They had a lot of sex in general, but their teasing banter about how much they want each other is what pulls you into their story in the first place.
Do I recommend it? Yes. Will you be up all night reading it? Eh, probably not. Will you enjoy the overall story? I believe so.
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Matthew and Shane are wonderful . Their journey of love and trust was so well written.
I loom forward to more of Susan's work.Read more