Reviewed by Caroline
TITLE: One Man’s Trash
SERIES: The Heretic Doms Club Book 1
AUTHOR: Marie Sexton
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 305 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 13, 2017
After four tours in Afghanistan, Warren Groves couldn’t settle into civilian life. For the last twelve years, he’s survived by working odd and often illegal jobs for some of Denver’s less fortunate. His personal life is equally unsatisfactory. He can barely remember the last time he had sex, let alone the last time he got to use somebody hard and rough, the way he likes. Fate intervenes when a favor for a friend leads him to a pretty young rentboy named Taylor Reynolds.
Taylor’s spent the last few years on his own, working as a hustler, going home with anybody who’ll give him a warm meal and a place to sleep. He enjoys having a bit of force used against him, and he makes Warren an offer he can’t refuse — all the sex he wants, as rough and dirty as he likes, in exchange for room and board.
At first, Warren thinks he’s struck gold. Taylor’s the perfect roommate — he cooks, he cleans, and he’s dynamite in the sack. But Taylor has some dark demons in his head and some even darker cravings. Falling for somebody as volatile as Taylor is dangerous enough, but when Taylor’s urges turn truly self-destructive, it’ll be up to Warren to decide just how far to let things go.
After a very slow start One Man’s Trash really picked up pace and kept me avidly turning pages until the end. I needed a story with a good dose of angst, something a bit gritty and with the added bonus of some very kinky scenes and this one fit the bill perfectly.
Two men with very different demons form an unlikely friendship that quickly develops into something more. Although some of the time this relationship is unhealthy it works for them but when Taylor has his bad days, his black periods, it takes everything Warren has to stay sane and he goes from thinking he found the perfect partner to wondering if either of them will survive. If you are a reader that likes an age difference for your characters then this ticks even more boxes.
I liked that both these characters grew with each other as the story unfolded. There was a delicate balance between the two as they each manoeuvred around the other unsure of how they each felt and where their relationship was going. Trust was a huge issue and in short supply for both men and it wasn’t easily developed which I think made the story more real. The book also deals with some pretty serious issues which weren’t glossed over and again added to the reality – the author definitely didn’t shy away from some of the grittier, darker and ultimately sadder issues.
Warren and Taylor work hard for their HEA but the pain of the journey is worth it. Great cast of secondary characters that are obviously going to get their own books in the future. I thought this was a fantastic start to a new series and I look forward to it continuing.