Thursday, October 4, 2018

Blog Tour: Medicine Man by Saffron Kent

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.

4.5 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

I really loved this book. It dealt with some very heavy topics that, in my opinion were addressed and handled in a way that felt genuine and real.  I had so many emotions while reading this book.  I love a taboo romance and Medicine Man certainly fit in this category. Not only is this a romance between a doctor and his patient, but there is a significant age difference as well. It is well written taboo romance that will make you feel!!

Willow is an 18 year old girl who when we first meet her is in a psychiatric hospital.  There was an incident a few weeks ago that not only scared her mother but also brought to her attention that she needs help.  Willow has been diagnosed in the past, and between what happened on her birthday and her diagnosis, her mother is scared for her daughter.  Imagine going through life feeling like your you have disappointed those that love you the most. That the person you are is not who you are supposed to be.  That you are not perfect and therefore feel guilty for not living up to their expectations. This is what Willow feels and she has a few weeks left to try to become the best version of herself.  She is counting down the days until she can return to the Outside.  She has so much that she has been holding in, so much that she has kept to herself.  At this point she just wants to be able to get through the remaining days and gohome.  But when she meets the new doctor, who she refers to as the ice man,  things change for her.  For one she is not supposed to feel anything for him, not even a little bit.  He is completely off limits as her doctor.  But he brings something out in her, makes her want to smile, to open up.  He changes so much for her.

Simon Blackwood is a brilliant man but he too has his own past.  He has been through so much pain, guilt and heartbreak, that he has kept all bottled up inside him.  When he meets his new patient there is something about her that intrigues him.  You can see how much he wants to help her.  But there is a little more to it.  She too brings something out in him.  He finds himself slowly opening up to her in ways that he has not done with anyone.  He is a very cold person who has a wall up.  But Willow Taylor manages to bring out more of who Simon really is.  She breaks down his walls, slowly melts the ice in his veins, and makes him feel.  No matter how wrong it is, everything about Willow feels right.  

I really loved this book and the emotions that it brought out.  As I mentioned earlier this is a taboo romance, mainly because Simon is her psychiatrist, but there is also an age difference.  I felt everything between the two of them.  Honestly for a good part of the book what these two had and felt, never felt anything but right to me.  But there were also moments, given her vulnerability and everything that had happened between the two of them, where I questioned if this was right, questioned my own insanity for even thinking that it was.  But the truth is, to me it just felt right between them.  I didn’t care about their doctor/patient relationship, their age difference, or the reasons why Willow was there in the first place. The way the author wrote this story, I felt the passion between the two of them.  He truly cared for her and in is own way he truly did want to help her and did.  They needed each other in their own way and while maybe they let things happen in the wrong way, it did not matter.  Simon and Willow had something that was special and meant to be.  

I loved everything about this book, including the supporting characters who I am hoping to see more from. A wonderful story!!

“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.”
“Why not?”
“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
fa├žade. 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.”

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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