Susan Mac Nicol
himself for a horrific past that is not his fault, bestselling author Alexander
Montgomery seeks redemption and love—and perhaps he will find it.
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
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.
Saving Alexander has so many dynamics, it is hard to just write a review and not mention them all. You have mystery, love, redemption, acceptance and letting go of your past, to hold on to a new future. There are times that this book almost brought me to tears as the author did an excellent job making the emotions of Alex and Sage so intense you could feel them as the reader. There were times that I was trying to figure out who was doing the crimes and causing the drama for those two. I found myself confused at times regarding Alex’s past and what he was hiding from everyone. The author also gave us a love story between two men who had to fight for the right to be together.
Alex had never known what a normal life was. His childhood was crushed with foster homes and being lead to a group of people who held secrets and abuse that he had to endure. We learned early in the book that he had been rescued, but as I continued to read I couldn’t understand his need to be punished as an adult. It wasn’t till the end of the book when all of the secrets came out that it began to make sense. Fearing that no one could love such a damaged man, he hid behind writing novels and never allowing another person to see him naked, except Eric.
He went to Eric for a form of therapy that was supposed as to help him release the guilt he carried regarding his past, but Eric had other intentions. Alex would go to Eric for S & M therapy. It was meant to help Alex let go of his pain and guilt, but being a controlling man, Eric had decided that he needed to keep Alex all for himself, but one day Sage started to mess with that plan.
Sage was a man who had known his own form of heart-break in life. Loss was not only a way of life for him, but he began expecting it from everyone. He saw Alex and he realized he was ready to give this relationship a try, if only Alex would stop letting fear dictate their path. In the book Sage was called a Savior and hero numerous times, I never saw him as that. I saw him as the man who was meant for Alex and knew that Alex was worth the fight. Yes he was a patient man, he put up with a lot but I don’t think it was all for selfless reasons, he wanted a future with Alex and he wanted Alex to be healed.
The story takes a few twists and turns and gives us a few people to suspect as the mastermind to the crimes, but the end of the book shocked me, not only because of who was but the reasons behind it . I loved that about the story, predictable to a point, but shocking at the end when all of the truth is told. The road to that night was bumpy and intense at times. I will warn you that if you are not into M/M relationships this might not be for you because the sex scenes are pretty detailed and hot. If you have a trigger for abuse issues, you might be careful because the abuse scenes are done in detail. I don’t think the author over did any of it, it was done with great care as you could tell by the way she wrote it, but I felt it needed to be said.
I loved the book, I would recommend it to anyone who loves a dark and twisted love story with a mystery thrown in. The author did a fabulous job at engaging the readers and making us want more. The plot was very interesting and I never felt the need to set the book down because I was overwhelmed, which once you read Alex story you will understand how that had to be hard for the author to do with such subject matters. I can’t say I enjoyed the story because it wasn’t a topic to be enjoyed but I did enjoy Alex and Sage and I adore them. I am sure this story will stay with me for a very long time.
About Susan Mac Nicol
Susan Mac Nicol
was born in Leeds, UK, and left for South Africa when she was eight. She
returned to the UK thirty years later and now lives in Essex. Her debut
novel Cassandra by Starlight, the
first in a trilogy, was published earlier this year by Boroughs Publishing
Group in the US. Sue’s latest story, Saving
Alexander is her second m/m romance.
Sue has written
since she was very young, and never thought she would see herself being a
Romance writer, being a horror/psychological thriller reader all her life. But
the Romance genre is now something very close to her heart and she intends
continuing the trend.
Sue is a member
of the Romance Writers of America and the Romantic Novelists Association here
in the UK.
To learn more,
visit Susan on her website
on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Pinterest.
Susan Mac Nicol
is also author of The
Magick of Christmas, Confounding
Cassandra by Starlight
, Together in Starlight and
the best-selling Stripped