Knives and Feathers
by Sage Marlowe

Published by Totally Bound Genres: Contemporary, Erotica, Gay
Source: Publisher

Reviewed by Lisa

They say that love can heal all wounds - even the ones that are self-inflicted? When best-selling author Chester Banning requires inside information on the life of a forensic pathologist, he comes across an enticing yet rather unwilling study subject in the shape of sinfully attractive Dr Nicolas Sheridan. After a hot and slightly unsettling one night stand, Sheridan turns out to be as inapproachable as he is intriguing but clearly not interested in intensifying the liaison. Chester however finds himself falling head over heels in love and doesn't rest until he succeeds in cracking Sheridan's icy shell. What he discovers underneath is a man who is well capable of love and affection but caught up in a web of lies spun by his abusive and possessive partner, Jake Simmons. Led to believe that he is responsible for the death of his past lover, Sheridan's sense of guilt makes him tolerate the mistreatment he receives from Jake and seek punishment in self-harm. Will the love and support Chester can give be enough to help Sheridan free himself from the demons that haunt him or is all Chester can do watch him go further down the road to self-destruction?

Best selling author Chester Banning enlists the help of a forensic pathologist while doing research for his latest book.  Travelling from his home in London up north to Yorkshire Chester arrives a day early and decides to check out the local action at a nearby bar.  His hookup with a hot stranger that night is electrifying and over too soon.

Ready the next day to delve into his research questions, Chester is stunned when he’s introduced to the specialist, Dr. Nicholas Sheridan, his nameless bed partner from last night.  It’s obvious from the start that Nick doesn’t want to be interviewed, that he wants to be left alone.  Chester however is absolutely fascinated with the taciturn doctor.  Finding ways to soothe and seduce Nick becomes Chester’s mission because the more he learns of the doctor’s sad past the more he wants to be a part of his future.  Getting rid of Nick’s overbearing, controlling boyfriend is the first order of business.

With a dark undercurrent, Knives and Feathers is nonetheless a sexy page turner.  Chester and Nick are forced to fight for their love, literally from the moment they meet.  The doctor’s past is littered with sadness and trauma, guilt and sorrow.  Knives and Feathers relies on Chester’s total faith in a positive future with his lover.  Beware, the subject matter touches on self mutilation and self destruction.  Ultimately they can triumph, but it’s a long, bumpy road.

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