Rescue Me by Scarlet Blackwell is a character driven, angst-filled, heart-wrenching, soul redeeming, romantic story with one of the best endings I’ve read in a long time. I literally went through an array of different emotions while I read this book. There were times I wanted to shake some sense into the main characters, and at one point of the book I had to walk away from it for a few minutes…I was so ticked off at one of the main characters! Luckily, I stuck it out and not only did he redeem himself beautifully, but when the book ended I had a very satisfying smile on my face.
Mark Harmon’s life changed drastically when he barely survived a horrific car accident. His injuries cause him to be dependent on others for assistance. Since he is very wealthy, Mark decides to hire a live in nurse to help him get back on his feet. Since the accident, Mark has been very bitter about his injuries and the scars that have been left on his body. This makes him a VERY difficult patient. He goes through several female nurses and finally is given his first male nurse, James. From the moment they meet there is an intense chemistry between them, but Mark considers himself straight so he’s horrified of the budding attraction and emotional pull between them. Will he be able to get past his insecurities and give love a chance or will fear and bitterness force him to live in loneliness forever?
There are several reasons why I’m giving Rescue Me five stars. First, I really like the easy style of writing Ms. Blackwell has. She has a way of immediately bringing me into the story and caring about her characters…even when there are times I want to vent my frustration out on them for being pigheaded. She’s still able to keep me enthralled with their lives from beginning until the end of the book and her books are usually read in on sitting because of this…regardless of the page count.
Another reason why I loved this book so much was the character development that both Mark and James go through throughout the book. Both men must go through a long journey of self- discovery in which is not an easy thing of either one of them. I also thought the physical chemistry between them was as sizzling at the emotional one was. This book is filled with smoking HOT love scenes that literally made me get up and turn on the ceiling fan in my house. One of the reasons I loved the sex scenes was because the men were doing so much more than just having sex together. I loved how they truly expressed the way they truly felt about each other in a physical way in ways they could not verbalize. They were truly making love at times and emotional connection between them was quite beautiful.
I will admit that at times, Rescue Me, felt like a labor of love. Ms. Blackwell can write a Gamma hero like no other writer out there. Mark is surly, bitter, macho, makes strong efforts to be homophobic, argumentative and quick to jump to the wrong conclusion. Honestly, there were times I wanted to grab James and tell him to run for the hills just to get away from Mark’s bitterness. But, like James, I began to see past all of that insecurity, anger and fear and understood why James fell for him. Mark began to have some very sweet and redeeming qualities about him and I found myself hoping that they would somehow find a way to get past all of the STUFF and just be together. You’ll have to read it and see what happens. The ending is amazing and I have to say that once Mark TRULY makes his mind up on something, nothing will stand in his way to get it. (I adore a determined man!)
I really loved Rescue Me and it has earned a permanent place on my keeper shelf. I will say that this is a very emotional read at times and it is not a light-hearted read. If you are looking for a sweet romance, this book is not the one you are looking for. But, if you’re looking for a gripping novel about two seemingly opposite people who fight and argue, but somehow find their way past all of their insecurities and turns their relationship into a very passionate and sexy romance…this book is definitely for you!
After a near fatal car crash leaves him scarred both physically and emotionally, Matt Harmon finds the solitude of his huge, lonely house too much to bear. Hiring nurse James Hayden to look after him seems like the best idea for Matt, whose fierce independence has been compromised by his injuries. The two men clash from the start as James struggles to help Matt rebuild his shattered body and heal his crushed soul. The bond they form is forged in fire and ice, and the wounds they inflict on one another can only be erased by Matt’s admission that he can’t live without James’s loving touch. Will Matt realize too late that James is the only one who can rescue him from himself?
This is a previous release.