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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.

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Sue Mac Nicol was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, in the United Kingdom. At the age of eight, her family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa where she stayed for nearly thirty years before arriving back in the UK in December 2000. She has written nine novels, two novellas and a screenplay since February 2012 and clearly believes in keeping herself busy. She has found herself wanting to stay in the genre that is M/M Romance so more can definitely be expected. Sue is a member of Romance Writers of America and Romantic Novelists Association in the UK. She is also a member of a rather unique writing group, called the Talliston Writer’s Circle, which in itself has a story all of its own to tell and lives in the rural village of Bocking, in Essex, with her family. Her plan is to keep writing as long as her muse sits upon her shoulder. Her dream is to one day make enough money to give up the day job and get that big old house in the English countryside overlooking a river, where she can write all day and continue to indulge her passion for telling stories.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 723 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 308 Seiten
  • Verlag: Boroughs Publishing Group (22. Dezember 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00HGZE238
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This is the first book of Susan Mac Nicol that I have read but I have a few more on my to-be-read-list. After finishing this one I can't wait to start reading the others because I am enthusiastic about this one.
Worth Keeping starts with both main characters struggling with their past and trying to terminate their lives. While Owen had lost one important Person in his live, Nick was the victim of child abuse and is struggling with his past ever since although he has supportive People in his life. The most important one is his adoptive father Don, who knows him since his abuse and fast becomes also an assistance for Owen. And there is Socks a little capuchin who lives with Nick in the lighthouse and keeps him busy and entertained.
Nick does his best to keep Owen out of his emotional life and push him away at every opportunity. Owen sometimes acts stubborn and selfish making sarcastic comments but he is able to deal with Nicks' "special needs" and the constraints regarding their sex life. When someone of Nick's past appears Owen already is an inherent part in his life.
From the beginning this book had me almost crying, laughing out loud and trying to push Nick to do the right thing. Every time real life interfered it was hard to put it down and it is definitely worth reading!
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HASH(0x96532834) von 5 Sternen Review: Worth Keeping by Susan Mac Nicol 23. Dezember 2013
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A word of WARNING: Although this is first and foremost a story of romance and survival, this is also a very dark book. There are references to sensitive topics like assault and battery, pedophilia, rape, and suicide attempts.

I was at page one and the visuals of the story playing out was just - - - - freakish, for lack of a better word. I am completely astounded. As the words continued to spill, so did the mental images. It was like reading a movie play out in front of me. And the cold of the sea spray. How did the author do this? I've had this type of reaction before, but only from a handful. A loose handful.

I had trouble wrapping my brain around this one. There were events that hit deep inside and it was difficult to focus without recalling horrific injustices done to children. Having worked with many pediatric cases, including abuse, it was very difficult to separate Nick from them. The author researched well, it is pretty evident from the start. Thing is, this did no read like research. It was an intimate peek into the mind of a survivor, the feelings of despair and a very, very low value of self-worth.

Nick's past abuse was what almost broke him, but it is also the very thing that made him such a strong individual. Owen's losing a lover was just as painful an experience. Yet, it is also the very thing that made him very strong. Had given him the strength to stick it out and just embrace Nick. Show him that despite all and in spite of all, he was definitely worthy.

The romance between these two men was hard to take. For those who are not familiar or privy to such pain, it can be hard to imagine. And yet, I found myself sinking into their romance. Fought the battle with them and cheered them on.

Though I did say this is a dark book, there were a lot of lighthearted moments. These were just so typical of men. I found myself laughing hard to the Daddy Do-Gooder and the weapons of mass destruction. Those were brilliant! Reminded me of some stuff sold on Amazon. hehehehe The Snake Oil reminded me of some Ninja moves. Sorry, it was just so hilarious.

There was also the fantastic group of friends who were such a surprise I wish the author would just give us their very own book. It would be a blast to have to read Daniel and Justin. And of course, who could forget about Don? This one. Wow. He just made me cry. His was a heart of gold.

But it was really Owen who showed Nick. That he, Nick, was deserving of all the good things life could offer.

I have to reiterate that this book is or may not be for everyone. That said, it is a beautiful story of survival. It is a story of two men who fought for their lives and there are times they can trip and fall, but somehow they do manage to pick themselves up and face life. Embrace it. Enjoy it. Love it.

Love each other.

Show each other and the world - they are both Worth Keeping.

One bit of advice: it is best not to rush reading through this. This is a book, a story, that cannot and should never be rushed. It has to be thought over. Savored. Read it, and see what I mean.

Susan Mac Nicol is Bestselling author to Saving Alexander. Review HERE!

Some of the proceeds for this book are being donated to the NSPCC -National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
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HASH(0x96532c3c) von 5 Sternen An extraordinary story of overcoming emotional hardship 26. Dezember 2013
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Two men, both damaged souls, come together at the nadir of their will and ability to deal with crushing emotional trauma. Nick was abused as a child, and that abuse is so horrific, one can understand how and why this tortured soul acts out as he does. And the abuse continued into adulthood with in a damaging relationship with a domineering, viscous bully. Nick's solution is to hide, yet he cannot hide from the nightmares consuming him.
Owen cannot move past losing his lover to an act of violence, the man dying in his arms. It's a blow to the heart that cuts him off from all but the most transient relationships, leaving him hollowed out, unresponsive but not uncaring. Compared to Nick, his choices seem self-indulgent, perhaps because we spend less time inside his head than we do with Nick. That doesn't make his pain any less, nor does it trivialize the emotional baggage he carries with him everywhere.
The character of Nick is beautifully crafted: with sympathy, not pity; with understanding and compassion for the darkness that haunts his existence. How and why he has survived to that point is a miracle, yet at no point is it set in stone that he will continue to do so, for that kind of pain can overwhelm and destroy everything in its path. Owen is an enigma, traumatized yet keeping up appearances, so much so that at first he comes across as shallow. But it doesn't take long to determine that here is a man willing to stay the course, especially when his protective instincts kick in as the puzzle that is Nick unfolds.
The author treats the subject matter with honesty, never going for the easy solution, staying the course with her characters, never dodging the realities, the legacy of this kind of abuse.
The cast of supporting characters adds depth and color, and the subplot of impending danger is artfully woven into the fabric of two men learning to overcome their own limitations, to open to the possibility of love and to redefine who they are.
When and if this comes out in print, I will want a copy, because, quite simply, this is a novel... Worth Keeping.
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HASH(0x96532a44) von 5 Sternen Worth Keeping is a definate keeper. 10. Januar 2014
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I can say that this is one of my favorite books. It dealt with a horrific subject in a respectful and ultimatel positive manner. Nick and Owen meet under unconventional circumstances which is right in line with the story and the unconventional lives and experiences they have endured. Both MCs have pasts that haunt them, Nick more so than Owen. They are both quite masculine characters; however their pasts create a vulnerability and rawness under the facade of a tough exterior. Nick uses isolation and thoughts of dying as his escape, while Owen uses his genuine since of humor, and death as a means of escaping the emotional pain. This story needed a hero and Owen became this to Nick. He endures Nick 's resistance, tirades, and mood swings caused by the trauma.he endured as a child.

On a lighter side, there are moments that made me laugh out loud. Owen is quite funny even when he isn't try. Especially when he meets Nick 's capuchin monkey, Socks. I don't think that the introduction of humor was disrespectful to the subject of the book. His humor allowed levity to enter Nick's sad life. Ultimately, they get their happy ending and are forever changed because of each other.

Now, yes, there is a good bit of hot sex in this book; however, it definitely serves a purpose and is an integral part of the story given Nick 's background. In the story it is used to convey not only lust, passion and ultimately love, but it serves as a tool to heal. This will be on my reread list. Worth Keeping is a keeper.
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HASH(0x96532c78) von 5 Sternen Fantabulous! 4. Februar 2014
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Susan Mac Nicol has become one of my must read authors and this is because her books delve into the dark side of life and take the reader on an emotional tsunami of a read that I personally embrace.

Worth Keeping is one such read and touches in the delicate matter of child abuse and how the survivor copes with overcoming said abuse to try and achieve a semblance of normality in their life afterwards.

Nick Mathers has suffered an extreme abusive childhood with no one to protect him. In fact the one person he should expect to protect him was one of the instigators. How could he ever overcome such depth of despair?

The story picks up much later in Nick’s life where he is living a relatively sedate life as a Lighthouse guide on the Norfolk coast. He has his good days but then he has his dark days when his thoughts turn to how to stop the darkness. It was on such a night of contemplation that he found himself on the beach only to come across Owen Butler who has been washed ashore after he himself had turned his thoughts to drastic measures.

Owen had suffered a great loss and had found his days becoming unbearable, hence him being in the sea but for him it was also a turning point when he was washed ashore on Nick’s beach. The story then evolves of both coming to terms with their new found understanding of themselves and each other.

For me this was a meeting of two lost souls and even though at times I was frustrated at them both going from high elation and acceptance of each other to total rejection, it also was a joy to read of the relationship development. It was mainly Nick that instigated the break ups or arguments but after all he had been though then this was understandable and Owen was looking for someone to fill the void his loss had given.

However it’s not all darkness and woeful, there are some humorous parts especially involving Socks who is Nick’s pet monkey. This was a welcome surprise and an original addition. He was so darn cute with his pen knife (which came to be a major saviour later in the story!) The secondary characters also added to the blend of darkness and light, especially Justin (who needs his own story please Ms Mac Nicol?) From the smugglers who dared to bring ashore their booty onto Nick’s beach late at night which turned out to be sex toys ha-ha to the lovable Don, Nick’s adoptive father and his ultimate saviour. As in all good reads we need a villain we love to hate and in this book there is none so hateful than Nick’s ex-boyfriend (loosely termed) Brad. He was absolutely vile and hateful, he had me wanting to punch the kindle. What made it worse to read was to know that there are people out there in our World that exist who are just like him. But that’s also what I loved about this book – it took me from the greatest highs and joy to the lowest of despair and sadness.

It is not an easy read for sure but one I would not have missed for the world. I read this as soon as I received it and I have found myself reading snippets and then the full book again just last week. It had that much of an impact on me. I was also so pleased that the author is donating some of the proceeds to NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) a major UK charity which I strongly support.

This is an absolute five star read for me and one I would wholeheartedly recommend. It delivers everything a good book should – the emotion of love and loss, the humour of life and some serious romance and hotness interlaced. A definite page turner and one not to miss.
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HASH(0x965340cc) von 5 Sternen Just freaking awesome! 31. Januar 2014
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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!!!!
I received this as a review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
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