The Escape: Soren’s Saga
Healing Hearts #3
by Nicky James
Woah! I freakin loved this one!
So I was a little. . . a lot scared going into this one. Anyone who knows me knows that I struggled read bad with Abel’s story and never actually finished it, not because it wasn’t well-written, but because it is too close to home for me to handle at the moment.
Anywho, when The Escape: Soren’s Saga came through I just had to give it a try, I mean firstly, it say’s it can be read as a standalone, and Yes! It totally can! and secondly, come on, Nicky is freaking ridiculously talented.
I only had one issue with this story and it wasn’t really enough to warrant taking a star away or anything, and that was Ash!
Argh! That boy had me shaking my head in frustration over his childish, immature and whiny crap. But let’s face it, he is all those things, plus in a pretty shitty situation, so I can let it go.
Ok on to the awesomeness.
Soren . . . . he breaks my heart.
Soren has been dealt a crappy hand at life and he is barely holding on. Since sixteen he has been fending for himself and learning to survive by working at Escape, a nightclub. Yes, since he was sixteen years old! Since the legal age of 18, he has been serving drinks and dances but since day one he has been forced to sell himself to men in the back room so he doesn’t lose his job, the roof over his head, or worse, be punished by his boss, Donny.
Turning tricks has become such a struggle that he is barely holding on. He not only hates what he does but is finding the idea of being intimate with anyone makes him sick to his stomach and has his skin crawling. With no way to get himself out of this mess, he withdraws into himself to get the dirty deed over with.
Then he meets Remy, aka Giuseppe.
OMG I love Remy
Remy has it bad. He has a serve case of OCD and is a complete germaphobe, it’s so bad it even puts my OCD and germophobia to shame lol, anywho, after an unhealthy breakup and a trip home to Italy, Remy is back in the States and is with his brother, a police officer when he meets Soren, who gives him the cold shoulder.
But fate gives these two a second chance when Remy stumbles upon Soren at a seedy little bar where he works through the week.
Remy is persistent and wants to get to know Soren, but Soren doesn’t trust him, thinking he is a police officer.
Soren doesn’t date because of his work predicament, he doesn’t believe anyone can love the man he is with what he has done and is doing, but Remy offers him a peace of mind he never expected and slowly Soren’s walls lower when Remy moves heaven and earth to make him safe and show him that he is worth more than dreamed.
Soren is broken, chaotic and so damn strong, Remy is calm, assertive, and yes, a little neurotic, but he is the perfect balance for Soren.
Totally a May/December book, but the 13 year age gap isn’t really a major deal in this story as it is not the main focal point.
This story is so . . . real. Such an honest and beautiful and at times, a difficult and heartbreaking read. There was some funny as hell moment where Soren tests his sassiness and bratty ways against Remy’s OCD and order, but it just works in the best way.
Totally loved the hell out of this story, Nicky has seriously outdone herself. I can not wait to see where she takes us next.
* ARC PROVIDED BY THE AUTHOR FOR AN HONEST REVIEW *