- Reviewed by: Jimmy DelaCruz
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group (December 22, 2013)
- Book Provided by: Author
- Author: Susan Mac Nicol
- Posting: M/M Book Review
- Buy Links: Burroughs Publishing, Worth Keeping
So let me start by saying that I am going to let a lot of myself shine through this review.
If you have ever been sexually, mentally and/or physically abused by someone you love, this will be a very tough book to get through. Much like one of the main characters Nick, I have once walked in his shoes. As a child, I was molested and as a teen I was physically and mentally abused by a partner. Although this was not an easy thing to read, it has also made me smile. We are survivors, we are the hope for the ones going through this and we are the light at the end of the tunnel. I adore the fact that the author dedicated this book to everyone that has been through any of this. You have sincerely touched my heart, I felt as if you were speaking to me, and me only in your dedication. Thank you for that.
Nick grew up being pimped out by his mother and her boyfriend, meaning he was sexually abused at his early ages. After feeble attempts to escape with no avail, he turns to the self destructive path of self harm and suicide. So many failed attempts to kill himself, he decides to go the most drastic route. He back talks his mothers boyfriend, cursing him and calling him names. This leads to a beating, ALMOST to the brink of death. He is then found by his adoptive father and cop Don. Fast forward years later, Nick had once again found himself in a damaging relationship with a man that is abusive physically and mentally. He escapes that with losing hearing in one ear after he was beat pretty badly and is now working as a lighthouse keeper (or whatever it’s called). He is only comforted by his pet monkey, literally. Not the one in his pants, you perverts.
Owen had lost his boyfriend two years ago, not only that, but he died in his arms after being shot in a robbery. This becomes a pain he can no longer bare to live with and decides to take matters into his own hands. Owen leaps into the ocean, off a boat hoping this will end his pain. But it doesn’t, the waves push him ashore to the lighthouse and this is where Nick finds him. He is brought back to Nicks home where he nurses this beautiful man back to health. Along the way, something happens between them; a magical spark of life. The kind of light that one needs to carry with them in order to live.
But like any love story, it cannot be a simple tale. There must be conflict, there must be an antagonist. Read this book and imagine with me, an ugly world of where these characters put their demons to rest.
By the way, I loved this fucking book in every imaginable way….On a rating of 5″-10″ I would give it 8″.
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