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Worth Keeping by Susan Mac Nicol

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M/M, Romance, Contemporary, Dark

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… worth keeping.

5 out of 5 (exceptional)

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I bought this book because a friend recommended it, and I was suffering from a mahoosive hangover from a previous book. On reflection, its probably not the best book for a hangover cure, since now I;m doubly hungover! While contemplating ending his own life, Nick saves Owens, and by extension, his own. But both Nick and Owen are carrying some pretty horrific emotional and physical scars. I'm talking heart breaking reading here, sobbing in your lunch break, red eyes all afternoon at work. The way Owen reacts to and deals with Nick's ....can't think of the right word that fits so going with...issues is equally beautiful and painful. Its all so well written. Each and every time Nick breaks down, Owen picks him up. Nick pushes, Owen pushes back. That Don , Nick's dad, can see how good Owen is for Nick on thier first meeting is amazing. Owen just needs to make Nick see that he is worth keeping and worht loving. There are some lighter moments along their journey. The smuggling of adult toys was hilarous, and the day is saved by a very cheeky little monkey called Socks. Its told from both Nick and Owen's POV and as morbid as this may sound, we get some of Brad, Nick's ex, too. AND I LOVED that! I did. Its not often we get inot the minds of the bad guy, and I am so glad we did here. The book does carry some difficult lines, abuse, rape and child sex rings. Some readers may find it difficult reading. The scene where Nick hurts himself, on purpose, was a little close to home, and so very sensitively written. There has been a lot of research done by the author into the after effects of child abuse and how that carrys into adulthood, and it shows. IT SHINES thoughtout the book. It shows, that no matter how bad it was, it CAN get better. 5 stars.

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* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *

Sue writes steamy, sexy and fun contemporary gay romances, some suspenseful, some gritty and dark, and others just plain ahhhh....

Lover of angst and conflict, she enjoys putting her characters through the emotional wringer and bringing them out the other side with an HEA, or, at the very least, a HFN.

She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America and is also a member of the Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She’s the Editor-in-Chief at Divine Magazine (, and she’s a Charity Board trustee at Being Me in London (

Sue is passionate about research and has stayed in a circus, taken lessons from a blind person on how it feels to be non-sighted, and has travelled to a lighthouse with maintenance crew to see firsthand what it’s like inside. She’s also written a screenplay with a Hollywood actor/producer, with a view to taking her book, Sight Unseen, to the big screen.

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