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Worth Keeping (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Susan Mac Nicol

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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.

We are contributors to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children- http://www.nspcc.org.uk - and we encourage you to donate, too.

Biographie de l'auteur

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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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 472 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 256 pages
  • Editeur : Boroughs Publishing Group (22 décembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00HGZE238
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Review: Worth Keeping by Susan Mac Nicol 23 décembre 2013
Par johanna - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
A word of WARNING: Although this is first and foremost a story of romance and survival, this is also a very dark book. There are references to sensitive topics like assault and battery, pedophilia, rape, and suicide attempts.

I was at page one and the visuals of the story playing out was just - - - - freakish, for lack of a better word. I am completely astounded. As the words continued to spill, so did the mental images. It was like reading a movie play out in front of me. And the cold of the sea spray. How did the author do this? I've had this type of reaction before, but only from a handful. A loose handful.

I had trouble wrapping my brain around this one. There were events that hit deep inside and it was difficult to focus without recalling horrific injustices done to children. Having worked with many pediatric cases, including abuse, it was very difficult to separate Nick from them. The author researched well, it is pretty evident from the start. Thing is, this did no read like research. It was an intimate peek into the mind of a survivor, the feelings of despair and a very, very low value of self-worth.

Nick's past abuse was what almost broke him, but it is also the very thing that made him such a strong individual. Owen's losing a lover was just as painful an experience. Yet, it is also the very thing that made him very strong. Had given him the strength to stick it out and just embrace Nick. Show him that despite all and in spite of all, he was definitely worthy.

The romance between these two men was hard to take. For those who are not familiar or privy to such pain, it can be hard to imagine. And yet, I found myself sinking into their romance. Fought the battle with them and cheered them on.

Though I did say this is a dark book, there were a lot of lighthearted moments. These were just so typical of men. I found myself laughing hard to the Daddy Do-Gooder and the weapons of mass destruction. Those were brilliant! Reminded me of some stuff sold on Amazon. hehehehe The Snake Oil reminded me of some Ninja moves. Sorry, it was just so hilarious.

There was also the fantastic group of friends who were such a surprise I wish the author would just give us their very own book. It would be a blast to have to read Daniel and Justin. And of course, who could forget about Don? This one. Wow. He just made me cry. His was a heart of gold.

But it was really Owen who showed Nick. That he, Nick, was deserving of all the good things life could offer.

I have to reiterate that this book is or may not be for everyone. That said, it is a beautiful story of survival. It is a story of two men who fought for their lives and there are times they can trip and fall, but somehow they do manage to pick themselves up and face life. Embrace it. Enjoy it. Love it.

Love each other.

Show each other and the world - they are both Worth Keeping.

One bit of advice: it is best not to rush reading through this. This is a book, a story, that cannot and should never be rushed. It has to be thought over. Savored. Read it, and see what I mean.

Susan Mac Nicol is Bestselling author to Saving Alexander. Review HERE!

Some of the proceeds for this book are being donated to the NSPCC -National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 An extraordinary story of overcoming emotional hardship 26 décembre 2013
Par Beach Bum Books - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Two men, both damaged souls, come together at the nadir of their will and ability to deal with crushing emotional trauma. Nick was abused as a child, and that abuse is so horrific, one can understand how and why this tortured soul acts out as he does. And the abuse continued into adulthood with in a damaging relationship with a domineering, viscous bully. Nick's solution is to hide, yet he cannot hide from the nightmares consuming him.
Owen cannot move past losing his lover to an act of violence, the man dying in his arms. It's a blow to the heart that cuts him off from all but the most transient relationships, leaving him hollowed out, unresponsive but not uncaring. Compared to Nick, his choices seem self-indulgent, perhaps because we spend less time inside his head than we do with Nick. That doesn't make his pain any less, nor does it trivialize the emotional baggage he carries with him everywhere.
The character of Nick is beautifully crafted: with sympathy, not pity; with understanding and compassion for the darkness that haunts his existence. How and why he has survived to that point is a miracle, yet at no point is it set in stone that he will continue to do so, for that kind of pain can overwhelm and destroy everything in its path. Owen is an enigma, traumatized yet keeping up appearances, so much so that at first he comes across as shallow. But it doesn't take long to determine that here is a man willing to stay the course, especially when his protective instincts kick in as the puzzle that is Nick unfolds.
The author treats the subject matter with honesty, never going for the easy solution, staying the course with her characters, never dodging the realities, the legacy of this kind of abuse.
The cast of supporting characters adds depth and color, and the subplot of impending danger is artfully woven into the fabric of two men learning to overcome their own limitations, to open to the possibility of love and to redefine who they are.
When and if this comes out in print, I will want a copy, because, quite simply, this is a novel... Worth Keeping.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Worth Keeping is a definate keeper. 10 janvier 2014
Par Devona Jefferson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I can say that this is one of my favorite books. It dealt with a horrific subject in a respectful and ultimatel positive manner. Nick and Owen meet under unconventional circumstances which is right in line with the story and the unconventional lives and experiences they have endured. Both MCs have pasts that haunt them, Nick more so than Owen. They are both quite masculine characters; however their pasts create a vulnerability and rawness under the facade of a tough exterior. Nick uses isolation and thoughts of dying as his escape, while Owen uses his genuine since of humor, and death as a means of escaping the emotional pain. This story needed a hero and Owen became this to Nick. He endures Nick 's resistance, tirades, and mood swings caused by the trauma.he endured as a child.

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.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Worth Keeping ! 23 décembre 2013
Par Marinieves - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I need to say that this book had me captivated since the Dedication ... If you have ever gone through any type of abuse ... Remember you are no longer a victim ... You are a Survivor. The story of Nick Mathers and Owen Butler is genuinely a heart wrenching one but also a story of hope and love. Lessons that you will learn when you have true compassionate people who are there for you.
Nick is a Survivor of horrible abuse , many attempts to get better and dealing with his life in a small community as a lighthouse keeper.
One night that He is struggling , He finds Owen washed out from the sea. Owen wanted to terminate his life. Nick takes him into his house and starts helping him with the frame of mind that He is only helping him for one night.
Owen also has a tragic past and confesses his story to Nick , but Nick doesn't tell Owen a lot about his own past.
Nick agrees to let Owen stay temporally with him, they start developing a friendship and getting to know each other better. Feelings get involved and Owen learns that patiently waiting for Nick to tell him all is the only way to really understand him.
An important character of this book is Don, Nick's adoptive father. During the story it is clearly explained his roll is Nick's life and recuperation process.
This book is an excellent one , I don't want to say more of the story because it doesn't have to be spoiled for any one.
The way the book talks about the abuse theme is done in a way that will make you cry but also respectful to the pain of that suffering.
I will recommend you to read it ...

ARC received from the author for an honest review.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One Of The Best I've Read In A Long Time 12 mai 2014
Par Alan Arthur Katz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I've recently had some issues with British authors writing unconvincing American novels, but I do love a British author writing about Brits in the UK. And Ms. MacNicol is a star among them.

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.
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