Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Worth Keeping
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Heroes: Nick Mathers & Owen Butler
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 256 Pages
Publisher: Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date: December 23, 2013
Available at: Boroughs Publishing, Amazon & All Romance eBooks
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Blurb: Nick Mathers pulls Owen Butler from the freezing waters off the Norfolk coast, but Owen’s love can carry Nick back from the edge of oblivion.
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
Susan Mac Nicol knows how to write a solid story and is especially good with damaged characters. This story was heartbreaking and emotional, yet full of love and humor with some hot sex thrown in for good measure. She manages to paint such a vivid picture of this quaint location that makes you long to visit these guys for one of Nick’s lighthouse tours.
When Nick meets Owen, they are both in pretty bad places. Owen is trying to recover from the fairly recent sudden loss of his lover, while Nick is trying to cope and live with his horrific childhood past, not to mention the abuse of his last boyfriend, Brad. Owen manages to get past some of Nick’s walls and decides he wants to be there for Nick, in whatever capacity Nick will allow. He has some pretty big, yet completely understandable, hang-ups, especially where sex is concerned, but Owen manages to convince Nick he will take whatever Nick is comfortable giving.
Nick is one messed up dude, and things do not go easy for him and Owen, to say the least. They have setbacks and arguments, but in the end, they allow their feelings for each other to take the lead. He is still dealing with nightmares, and his healing is a long-term process, but Owen is a huge part of Nick’s healing and hopefully successful recovery.
This story has some wonderful side characters in it, including Nick’s adopted father, Don, his ex-boyfriend, Daniel, and especially Daniel’s boyfriend, Justin. Special mention must go to the star of the show, Nick’s pet monkey, Socks, who ends up playing a pivotal role in the outcome.
I did not love this story quite as much as Saving Alexander, but that is mostly due to my own preferences. However, I believe many others will love it for those same reasons, so I highly recommend this, as well as all of Ms. Mac Nicol’s other fabulous books.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*