Friday, October 10, 2014

Roses & Thorns by Sage Marlowe Recommended Read

Title: Roses and Thorns
Author: Sage Marlowe
Publisher: Smashwords
Pages: 256
Genre:MM, light bdsm, contemporary
Reviewer: Redz

Publisher’s Blurb
When bestselling author Chester Banning requires inside information on the life of a forensic pathologist, he comes across an enticing, yet unwilling study subject in the shape of sinfully attractive Dr Nicolas Sheridan.
After a hot and slightly unsettling one-night stand, Sheridan turns out to be as inapproachable as he is intriguing and clearly not interested in intensifying their liaison. Chester, however, is already falling head over heels in love and doesn’t rest until he’s succeeded in cracking Sheridan’s icy shell. What he discovers underneath is a man well capable of love and affection but caught up in a web of lies and domestic abuse that makes him seek punishment in self-harm.
Refusing to watch Sheridan go farther down the road to self-destruction, Chester gives him all the love and support he is capable of—but then he discovers the horrifying truth about Sheridan’s past.

Reader advisory: Suitable for adult readers only. Contains scenes of and references to domestic violence / abuse, self-harm and dubious consent in a non-erotic context.
This book was previously published with the title Knives & Feathers. This edition has been re-edited and extended.

Word count: 57.000 words / approximately 250 pages

Roses & Thorns by Sage Marlowe really touched my heart.  The story of how Nic goes from the darkness into the light is one I will not be forgetting any time soon.   Chester when we meet him is an author who is really happy go lucky. He doesn’t have a lot of cares.   He has anonymous sex with a stranger, only to find out the next day the stranger has a name. Nicolas Sheridan.   Nicolas is a forensic pathologist.  Chester meets him doing research for his newest book.  Chester can see Nic has problems, besides his temper and not so good way with people kind of problems.    When their chemistry ignites and they cannot keep their hands off each other, Chester finds that Nic is being abused terribly by his live in lover.
What puzzles Chester is Nic’s refusal to leave the situation.   Like many abused people Nic thinks he deserves the treatment he is getting.  But when Chester finds out why Nic thinks this he learns an awful truth that explodes in all their faces. 
I particularly like the emotional connection that Nic and Chester have.  They really explode off the pages with their heat.   I love how Chester is patient, kind, and loving. Just was Nic needs.  Nic feels things so deeply he sometimes needs Chester to take him outside of himself out of his head space and find the light again in his life.
The subjects touched on in this book are not for the faint of heart.  There is a lot of abuse Nic must go through before his happy ending can be found.  I like how Ms Marlowe treated that subject. She had a deft hand that showed she had done her research on his subject and knew it well. 
The levels of emotion in this book make it a must read for me. I love a book that can bring the character’s emotions out like this one does.  I like the sensitivity the author shows towards a really brutal subject.   This book will be on my keeper shelf for so many reasons, but the best reason is it is a well written story by a very gifted writer, that I just couldn’t put down. 

                                 Five Shooting Stars!!

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