Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Saving Alexander by Susan Mac Nicol

What’s my favorite saying? You know it, SPOILER ALERT, like always I will try not to give too much away for those who have yet to read this book.


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 your 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 latest 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. 


Let me start by saying I recently read Stripped Bare (see my reviews) by Susan Mac Nicol. I really liked it. I have to say I do believe Susan surpassed it with this book.

Alex has a dark painful past, one he is trying to overcome with therapy and his “sessions” with Eric. I will say this; I detested Eric from the beginning, so I wasn’t to upset about how his story goes in this book, just saying! Alex on the other hand, my heart broke for him, he is the victim of such brutality that most people would not have survived. This is one of the reasons I love him. Part of his journey is him discovering the strength within. 

Sage has had issues with relationships in the past causing him to have a hard time trusting. But as his develops feelings for Alex he does his best to be understanding about Alex’s special “needs”.

As they begin their relationship, they have to deal with some other obstacles as well; being outed as a couple by a colleague as well as mysterious accidents.  What makes the accidents even more disturbing is the come straight out of Alex’s novels. Along the way Alex begins to feel again, which helps him become less reliant on his sessions. This does not settle well with Eric, who takes it upon himself to change the rules of their arrangement. Threatening Sage in the process leaving Alex not only back at square one in his recovery but he feels he must protect Sage at the cost of ending their relationship.

Here is where Susan got me, just when I knew who the person behind the accidents were….BAM she throws me a curve!! I was like, wooow, what? I love when an author keeps me on my toes. So the two men find their way back to each other determined to make it works this time. That is when I got the real shocker…the big reveal….the REAL who dunnit….and it was…….Nope not going to tell!! Trust me when I say you want to read the book and go through the journey of these men. When you find out you will be glad I didn’t tell you. I was on the edge of my seat, wide eyed and completely enveloped with this story. A fantastic read great work Susan, really great.

I will add one note. For those who have not read this book, yes it does contain some BDSM scenes. They are well written and are an important part of the storyline. They aren’t too graphic; I have read other books that contain much more details and delve much deeper into this world. I know there are those who aren’t into reading about this life style, to each his own, but I think you will be surprise how well Susan handled this. 

You can find Saving Alexander at AmazonBarnes and Noble, and Borough Publishing Group

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