REVIEWED by Caroline
AUTHOR: Sarah Masters and Jaime Samms
PUBLISHER: Pride Publishing
LENGTH: 145 Pages
RELEASE DATE: May 16, 2017
Nature versus nurture. Which one is the culprit?
It’s been a while since Paul fell for Carl, and now he’s having a hard time remembering why. As their relationship slides beyond aggressive into dangerous and frightening, Paul wants a way out that doesn’t involve more violence. How can he leave a man who swears to God he loves him beyond all reason, though—a man who has almost convinced him of that, too?
To Carl, a bit of rough sex doesn’t even touch the tip of violent. The twisted path he has followed to show Paul the true depths of his love could lead them both a long way from where they thought life would take them. Carl will do anything to make Paul understand how much he cares. Anything.
When Paul is hauled to the police station for crimes he didn’t commit, one man, Victor, stands between him and the complete disintegration of his life. But Vic is the cop who arrested him, and he knows way more than any stranger ought to about the details of Paul’s life.
Caught between the man he thought he loved and one who might be stalking him, Paul is due to learn some serious lessons about trust, friendship, and what love—twisted or not—is really capable of.
Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.
Nurture sadly didn’t work for me for a number of reasons. The blurb really tells you everything you need to know. The mystery element of the story is laid out for you from the beginning as you know from the start who Carl is and the romance side of the story was too surreal to be believable.
Without really knowing any of the background to Paul and Carl’s relationship we start the story off with Paul being badly abused by Carl and luckily for him being rescued by his best friend Brian. Although previous abuse is alluded to as a reader I couldn’t get a grasp on how long things had been going wrong or how much of Carl’s crazy Paul had been able to see. The story is told from Paul and Carl’s POV and although it helped to hear Carl’s reasoning and understand where his thought process stemmed from there was far too much time spent in his head for me personally and most of that time was pretty gruesome.
Paul’s saviour comes in the form of a cop called Victor. Victor has been watching and stalking Paul, this was all kinds of creepy, for weeks convinced that Carl is the one that killed his partner and that Paul is in danger. The story lost me totally here. I just couldn’t understand how Paul, a man that has been badly abused, would suddenly trust a stranger who he knew nothing about and then just as quickly start to develop feelings for him. It didn’t ring true and it felt forced and too convenient. Where did their feelings come from when they didn’t even know each other?
The premise for Nurture really caught my eye but sadly the execution just wasn’t for me.