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On a lighter side, there are moments that made me laugh out loud. Owen is quite funny even when he isn't try. Especially when he meets Nick 's capuchin monkey, Socks. I don't think that the introduction of humor was disrespectful to the subject of the book. His humor allowed levity to enter Nick's sad life. Ultimately, they get their happy ending and are forever changed because of each other.
Now, yes, there is a good bit of hot sex in this book; however, it definitely serves a purpose and is an integral part of the story given Nick 's background. In the story it is used to convey not only lust, passion and ultimately love, but it serves as a tool to heal. This will be on my reread list. Worth Keeping is a keeper.
The reason that I didn't give this story a higher rating is that while I loved the overall story line, it had a very weird feel to it at times. Some of the things and people were just a little too unbelievable to take seriously within the context of the book. Some of the wording was "off" as well. for example here is a line from book. <i>Owen moaned, his lips parting and Nick slid his tongue inside, tasting the man like a lizard testing the air</i> The imagery that this creates for me personally is not a sexy one. It completely pulled me out of the moment. Also after a nightmare Nick uses the nasty sex rag from hours ago to wipe his face. GROSS! I don't consider myself a prude or anything but that is just too much. There were other things like this all through the book.
Basically there were things I loved and things I hated about Nick and Owens story. I think it is worth a read. I look forward to reading more by this author.
This brilliantly written and profoundly beautiful book is not an easy read. Not because of language or characters or dialogue, but because of the deep suffering that one of the main characters (Nick) still endures as a result of horrendous sexual and physical abuse as a child, and later, from a sadistic "lover".
He is living the life of a hermit, as a lighthouse keeper on the Norfolk coast. When his dreams torment him, he walks the cliffs and contemplates jumping, to put an end to the endless pain that reverberates from his youth, and the mother who pimped him out to feed her drug habit.
One day, he spies a body washed up on the beach. Barely alive, Owen had gone overboard and washed up, literally, at Nick's feet. Nick takes him in, tends to him, and the rest is well, a difficult journey to happily-ever-after.
Owen is a stunning character, so full of compassion and care, so patient, so empathetic with Nick's suffering that, in saving Nick, he saves himself.
One other remarkable character is Nick's "dad", the policeman who saved his life, as an adolescent, adopted him, and raised him as his own son. This huge bear of a man is so filled with love and acceptance that he is all that's kept Nick alive these past ten-or-so years. Now it's Owen's turn.
I know my synopsis (a poor substitute for the real thing) sounds like melodrama, but there's nothing melodramatic about this book. The writing is absolutely first-class, the characters so lovingly and realistically drawn that any pathos is both understandable and authentic. Ms. MacNicol has really gotten inside the mind and soul of an abuse survivor, and beautifully evokes his emergence from the depths of despair.
As I said, it's not an easy read. The abuse the young Nick suffered will break your heart. His progress comes in fits and starts, interrupted by anger and self-loathing, though less and less, as the relationship between the two men grows.
When all is said and done, this is a beautifully written, important book about survivors and survival. It will warm your heart and leave you with hope.
Do not miss this one. It's a gem.