Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent
Release Date: September 27th
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Willow Taylor lives in a castle with large walls and iron fences. But this is no ordinary castle. It’s called Heartstone Psychiatric hospital and it houses forty other patients. It has nurses with mean faces and techs with permanent frowns.
It has a man, as well. A man who is cold and distant. Whose voice drips with authority. And whose piercing gray eyes hide secrets, and maybe linger on her face a second too long.
Willow isn’t supposed to look deep into those eyes. She isn’t supposed to try to read his tightly leashed emotions. And neither is she supposed to touch herself at night, imagining his powerful voice and that cold but beautiful face.
No, Willow Taylor shouldn’t be attracted to Simon Blackwood, at all.
Because she’s a patient and he’s her doctor. Her psychiatrist.
The medicine man.
WARNING: This book discusses sensitive issues including but not limited to, depression and suicide.
“Do you have someone special, Dr. Blackwood?”
Someone you kiss? Someone you grab and pull into a dark alley and press against
I don’t say that but I’m definitely asking that.
It’s like he hears the unspoken questions because the heat of his body seems to have
doubled. Like his blood is rushing in his veins with an uncanny speed.
With flaring nostrils and a hard jaw, he answers, “No.”
“Because I’m busy.”
I want to smile. Actually, I’ve never wanted to smile this hard. Ever. His answer calms
me but it also makes me restless to move closer to him. I want to trace my palm over the arch
of his chest and see if I got it right in my dreams.
But I don’t do any of those things. I don’t want him to take away this small concession
he’s given me.
Why is he even giving it to me? I’m not complaining. But still.
“Busy with patients?”
“Busy with my job. Yes,” he says, all professional-like.
That’s what he is. Professional and distant. Dedicated to his job and fixing people. If
Mass General let him go, then they are idiots.
I’m an idiot, too, in this moment.
Instead of backing off, I want to do something. Something that might crack his cool
façade. Maybe reaching up and messing up his no-nonsense hair.
What would he do? If I did that? If I grabbed his collar and pushed him against the wall?
And kissed him?
My eyes drop to his lips, his soft, soft lips. There’s a cleft in the middle of his lower lip. I
want to taste that cleft, dig my tongue in it, wet it, suck on it, bite it.
“So you don’t have fun at all?”
“No. I’m not a fun guy.”
I watch his lips form the words, and every syllable that comes out of his mouth makes
my need to shake him, kiss him, mess him up, stronger. Stronger and stronger.
The need is so consuming that I hardly notice when he puts his hand on my palm and
takes it off his body. It’s final and smooth, his action. Effortless. As though my touch barely
registered to him.
“But I think you have a point. It’s after hours and I should go… have fun rather than
spending my time with a patient.” He steps back then. “I’ll see you next week. Same time.”
”Medicine is in his blood. Like illness is in mine. My blood is tainted with poison and his is laced with the antidote.”
Saffron Kent writes some of the very best emotional, sexy, forbidden romances and ‘Medicine Man’ is no exception. I read an early copy of this story and was completely taken in by the vulnerability and raw emotion of the story. There is nothing quite so taboo to me than a doctor-patient romance and while I was angry at first with Simon for taking advantage of his patient, I still could not put this book down.
Willow is a young psychiatric patient suffering from depression. She is tough and battles her demons every single day. The author balances out the heavy subject matter with just the right touch of humor and humanity and the supporting characters are all vibrant and provide a wonderful balance.
“We don’t give up when our inner demons overpower the demons on the outside. We don’t give up. Period. We choose to be more than our illness…And it’s fucking unfair. But when is life ever fair? You make the most of what you’ve been dealt with.”
Willow has been involuntarily committed and counts down the days until her release. She merely goes through the motions of therapy and group sessions until she meets Dr. Simon Blackwood who has been sent to Hearthstone temporarily. He is battling his own demons and is far from perfect. Yet he is the only one who can get though to Willow. The age difference was not an issue for me but once you get past the taboo, their chemistry is absolutely incredible!
Remember that this is fiction and might not be for everyone. The story tackles tough themes such as depression, mental illness and suicide but the writing is wonderful and the pacing is perfect. If you love slow-burn romances and are not afraid of edgy themes, then you will love ‘Medicine Man.’ The author has written a dark, emotional and edgy romance with a brave heroine. Saffron Kent’s writing just keeps getting better and better!
”Stop being a hero. Stop being so afraid of failing. You’re just a man. You make mistakes. Own them. Don’t run from them. Don’t run from yourself. Give yourself a chance to fall. Don’t fight failure. Fight to rise from them. Fight for your future…Fight. For once, fight for yourself. Save yourself.”
About the Author
Writer of bad romances. Aspiring Lana Del Rey of the Book World.
Saffron A. Kent is a Top 100 Amazon Bestselling author of Contemporary and New Adult romance. More often than not, her love stories are edgy, forbidden and passionate. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After.
She lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband, and a million and one books.
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