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#Spotlight: WORTH KEEPING by SUSAN MAC NICOL #mmromance


Title: Worth Keeping
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
Release Date: December 23rd 2103
Age Group: Adult
Genre: M/M Romance
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…
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“Um, Owen?” The bathroom was spacious, a simple but modern design with a bath , the wet room capable of fitting two big men, a toilet and a basin. It was decorated in shades of cream and blue. Nick saw the naked form of his lodger in the shower, all fair skin and long, slim, taut muscled legs with water cascading over his body. The smell of coconut shampoo swirled into Nick’s nostrils together with the tantalising tang of maleness.
“Nick.” Owen’s amused voice sounded over the sound of the running water. “Are you in a rush to pee or have you decided to join me?” Nick was sure he wasn’t expecting an affirmative answer to his last question.
Boy, is the man in for a surprise.
He took a deep breath, sliding his sweatpants off his hips. He opened the shower door to see Owen’s flabbergasted face staring at him.
“You did offer,” Nick murmured, reaching for Owen, pulling him closer, grinding his mouth against his like a drowning man drinking down the last few precious drops of water from a closing bud.
Owen moaned, his lips parting and Nick slid his tongue inside, tasting the man like a lizard testing the air. Owen’s hot, wet tongue met his and Nick grew even harder against Owen’s stomach as he pushed Owen back against the shower wall, wrapping his hands in Owen’s hair, driving his mouth deeper into his.
Nick just couldn’t get enough of him. Owen’s hands gripped his arse as he ground his hips against Nick’s. The long, hard length of the other man pressed into his groin and stomach and they both groaned at the sensation. And all the time water fell in rivulets down faces, into open mouths, down heated skin like rivers let loose in a dam bursting its confinement. It echoed Nick’s desire, a too-long-awaited need to be with someone like this, in a carnal desire so deep that if he let it, the simple touch of the other man was enough to make him burst.

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Review (originally published January 31st 2014)

As 2013 drew to a close I did not believe I would read a book as awesome a Susan Mac Nicol’s Saving Alexander, for its tenacity, passion and character development. However, I discovered Worth Keeping was being released prior to Christmas and was lucky enough to receive a copy – unfortunately my review has been delayed due to family and internet issues – but it is very clear  Nick and Owen are trying to battle Alex and Sage for their crown!
I feel Worth Keeping begins like a twisted fairy tale; our hero, Nick, is walking the stormy cliffs (yes, contemplating his suicide) and saves a man who has washed up on the beach. He takes the man back to his lighthouse to recover but this would be no Susan Mac Nicol book if I said they fell in love and lived happily ever after, the end.
Whilst staying at the cottage Owen realizes Nick is suffering from harrowing nightmares, which are a sign of a tortured history, and the more he begins to care, he wants to help him heal.
The two protagonists have very distinct characteristics and although they are attracted to each other, Susan Mac Nicol gives the reader different reasons for us to identify with them. Nick is temperamental and guarded, still controlled by his triggers and past, but he is also loyal. Owen is witty, loving, adventurous and open, but flirty.
The times which Nick breaks are heart-wrenching and Susan Mac Nicol has obviously researched the legal details well; managing his painful history with sensitivity, understanding and tenderness. Due to her complete knowledge I feel she raises awareness of the serious issues raised in this book and forces her reader to think.
Although Nick has a therapist I love the way in which Susan Mac Nicol shows that love and passion can also be an outlet, the lighthouse scene being my favorite!
Worth Keeping has an element of suspense and the villain of this novel is bad enough to make the reader’s skin crawl! Susan Mac Nicol brings the story to a fantastic climatic ending and I am holding my breath for her next release!
This book is a GO BUY NOW!!!!

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About the Author


Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason.  She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested. Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots.
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.

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