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Worth Keeping by Susan Mac Nicol

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Worth Keeping by Susan Mac Nicol

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Book Series
About the Author
Susan Mac Nicol is a self confessed bookaholic, an avid watcher of videos of sexy pole dancing men, self confessed geek and nerd and in love with her Smartphone. This little treasure is called ‘the boyfriend’ by her long suffering husband, who says if it vibrated, there’d be no need for him. Susan hasn’t had the heart to tell him there’s an app for that…
She is never happier than when sitting in the confines of her living room/study/on a cold station platform scribbling down words and making two men fall in love. She is a romantic at heart and believes that everything happens (for the most part) for a reason. She likes to think of herself as a ‘half full’ kinda gal, although sometimes that philosophy is sorely tested.
Lover of walks in the forest, theatre productions, dabbling her toes in the cold North Sea and the vibrant city of London where you can experience all four seasons in a day , she is a hater of pantomime (so please don’t tar and feather her), duplicitous people, bigotry and self righteous idiots. 
In an ideal world, Susan Mac Nicol would be Queen of England and banish all the bad people to the Never Never Lands of Wherever -Who Cares. As that’s never going to happen, she contents herself with writing her HEA stories and pretending, that just for a little while, good things happen to good people.
Publication Date
December 23, 2013
Content Warning
Some dark themes including abuse. Trigger warnings
It was a small, intimate fishing village and everyone knew everyone else. He sighed as he pottered in the kitchen, cleaning up dishes and putting things away. He tended to be a messy cook . Finally he poured himself a glass of wine and sat down at the kitchen table. Socks was nowhere to be seen. Nick frowned as he went in search of the errant capuchin. He found him in Owen’s room, curled up on his pillow , slowly stroking the man’s sooty hair. He looked at Nick as he entered, chattering softly. 
“Looks like I’ve been usurped in your affections, pal,” Nick said softly. “Is he your new best friend then?” Socks scarpered over the bed, launching himself onto Nick’s shoulder. 
He seemed to know the right one to sit on every time, always choosing his left. He nuzzled Nick’s hair softly, little paws caressing the strands of bronze hair that covered Nick’s ear. Then he shot back to Owen and resumed his position on the pillow. Nick nodded in amusement. 
“I get it. He needs you more than I do at the moment, just like I did when I first got you.” The little capuchin had been a lifesaver when Nick had first arrived on the island. His adoptive father, Don, had bought him as a companion for him, saying that it would get very lonely out here and he needed someone else to keep him company. Nick knew it had been a subtle hint to him to stay alive because if he didn’t the monkey would suffer. He knew how Don’s mind worked after fifteen years together. 
“Well, you take care of him for me. I’m going to finish my wine and go read in bed. Night, Socks.” 
Nick turned and went back into the kitchen. He hoped tiredly that tonight there would be no more nightmares. Having another lost and troubled man in his home didn’t help.
He sighed. He’d need to keep Owen at a distance, made sure the man didn’t get too close. No point starting something that couldn’t be fulfilled. Nick had a feeling there were going to be some interesting times ahead.


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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