Author: Susan MacNicol
Reviewed by: Susan65
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13: 9781938876875
Summary: Abused horrifically as a boy, Nick Mathers has come to terms with his existence as a man. Mostly. Other days life seems a little much. Especially when Nick knows he’ll always be alone.
On those days his thoughts turn black. He walks the Norfolk coast and considers the frigid embrace of the waves. And then, one stormy night, he finds someone who’s tasted just that. The beautiful stranger on the beach is near death, and Nick rushes him home to slowly nurse back to health. As he does, he finds a love unlike any other. Owen Butler’s body is as warm as the sea was cold, his heart as big as an ocean. And Owen is a man who swears to repay the favor. Nick can yet be saved from himself, and he will see that he is indeed a man…
Review: Yet another wonderful and angst filled, but loving story by Susan Mac Nicol. I think I have a new auto-buy author and that just thrills me to death. This author excels at getting down and dirty with her characters….inside the bedroom and out. Incredibly real settings, emotions, and the best and worst of mankind. Also, that cover is beautiful!
Speaking of thrills, this book is packed full of them…some good, a lot not so good. These poor guys, especially Nick, have been put through the wringer. Emotionally, psychologically and physically. Nick is a difficult man to love but his history and circumstances completely forgive him his impossible at times trespasses. He has many hangups, but seriously, who wouldn’t in his position?
Owen is a gem, a white knight who gives Nick hope. Hope that he can actually have a real relationship, hope that he may be worthy of real love, and hope that he may actually be worth keeping.
But Owen is suffering too. His grief was drowning him in a sorrow so deep he didn’t think he would ever be able to reach the surface. Losing at love once left him convinced that his one shot at a HEA was now dead and buried with his lover, Jules. What he didn’t expect was to be that lucky man who cupid’s arrow found twice.
Worth Keeping is a story of brutal atrocity, acts so heinous your head will spin, but also of unconditional love, and a hope so pure that the evil that began Nick’s life was extinguished forever by first, the devotion of his adopted father Don, and then by his lover Owen. Together these men gave new life to a man who truly is worthy and deserving of a happy ending.
A special shout out to Socks, the Capuchin monkey. What a great side character. That little guy gave enough levity to story to ease up on the angst a bit. Loved him!
This is definitely a story worth reading and one that is highly recommended.