Saturday, November 16, 2013

Saving Alexander by Susan MacNicol

Title: Saving Alexander
Author: Susan Mac Nicol
My RatingB+

Genre: Erotic Romance (m/m)
Series: -
Main Characters: Alexander and Sage
Release Date: October 2013
Publisher: Boroughs
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Sexual Intensity: erotic

Story Overview:
Punishing himself for a horrific past that is not his fault, bestselling author Alexander Montgomery seeks redemption and love—and perhaps he will find it.

Famous author though he may be, Alexander Montgomery is not someone you take home to meet Mother. Seriously flawed, damaged by a horrific past, he’s trying hard to claw his way back to normality. But how can anyone respect what he truly is? His therapy involves regular sessions at Study in Scarlet, an exclusive S&M club.

Then comes Sage. Tall, with black hair and blue eyes, an up-and-coming actor with impossible charm and boy-next-door good looks, he’s the perfect choice to play the leading man in a TV adaptation of Alex’s last best-seller. Even more, he is a man you introduce to your family. Which Alex would do—if he weren’t taken by another man who offers the punishments Alex prays will wipe away the past and make him the person he wants to be. Yet, perhaps there is another path to redemption. If only the solution would reach out and touch him.

My Review:
This is a tough book...mainly because Alexander is a tough character to take. He's had a hard life that involved a horrible trauma when he was 17 yo. He's never recovered completely from that and is dealing with it the best that he can, but he's still not whole. Part of what makes him feel close to that is regular BDSM sessions with a hired Dom. He knows though that this means he will never be able to have a normal relationship and for the most part he can deal with that....until he meets Sage.

Sage truly has no idea what he's getting into when he gets involved with Alex, but by the time he does know, his heart is already involved too deeply to step away. Sage is in a tough spot...having to trust Alexander when Alex is involved with someone else...even if it is a form of therapy. There aren't many who would be able to stand by with that going on.

Like I said, this is not an easy book. It's painful to read how hard this relationship is for both these guys. They are good together for the most part but there are moments of such intense emotional pain for them. Alex hates what he has to put Sage through and would really rather walk away than do that to him, but Sage insists that Alex is worth it even through all the pain. 

There's also a bit of a suspense story line throughout the book. That part of the story wasn't as good to me (I thought it could have been ramped up a bit more to really make it exciting), but it provided some extra drama for the guys which worked in the story line. And there is a lot going on  here....the filming, Alex's writing, Alex's other relationship, suspicious criminal activity, old mental scars for Alex, Sage's family and health issues, and the evolving relationship between the guys.

For me, the second half of the book made the read for me. For some reason, it took me a bit to get into the story and that probably was because the story line with Eric was so off-putting to me personally. It was very interesting though with a definite psychological thriller edge to it that I always enjoy. I'll definitely be willing to read more by this author in the future.

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