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Worth Keeping Paperback – December 23, 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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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.
“You shouldn’t be getting involved, Nicholas Mathers. You’re a complete f***up and he’s not much better. Stay away from this one. He’ll break your bloody heart. And he won’t want your damaged goods.” (Nick)
On a stormy night, Nick Mathers stands on the edge of the cliff with arms raised and face pelted with freezing rain. Maybe tonight his tortured life ends. A lightning flash illuminates an object washed ashore. Nick scurries to the water’s edge to find near-drowned Owen Butler. A love story begins as two tormented men find something “Worth Keeping.”
For the past year, 26-year-old Nick Mathers lives a solitary existence in an island cabin next to a lighthouse. He survives a childhood of psychological, physical, and sexual abuse. Once, a sexual assault leaves Young Nick in an alley near death, but his adoptive father’s intervention saves him. Even so, Nick’s nightmares continue; and he makes multiple suicidal attempts. Compounding his sense of worthlessness, his 2-year relationship with Brad Mayhew ends. Brad delights in contributing to Nick’s physical and emotional abuse. To compound to Nick’s sense of worthlessness, Brad berates Nick’s oil paintings as pathetic.
Twenty-eight-year-old Owen Butler cradles Jules, his lover of 2 years, in his arms. Jules suffers a gunshot during a robbery and dies in Owen’s arms. Distraught on the anniversary of Jules death, Owen jumps from the yacht of Jules’ family. Pulled from the surf, Nick Mathers lugs the semi-conscious Owen to the lighthouse cabin. Nick experiences physical attraction to the handsome, black hair, green-eyed, muscular Owen. And Owen is attracted to his wiry, bronze-haired rescuer. Their romance is a roller coaster experience of wariness, uncertainty, and rejection. When Brad discovers Nick’s location, he plans to reclaim what he considers his -- Nick. The question is whether Nick and Owen’s love can overcome their personal deficits and the attack from the outside to find in each other something “Worth Keeping.”
Mac Nicol tackles the horrific topic of childhood sexual abuse, and the havoc caused to individual lives. But her story demonstrates hope for those who suffer. Four-star recommendation.