They say that love can heal all wounds—even the ones that are self-inflicted?

When best-selling author Chester Banning requires inside information on the life of a forensic pathologist, he comes across an enticing yet rather unwilling study subject in the shape of sinfully attractive Dr Nicolas Sheridan.

After a hot and slightly unsettling one night stand, Sheridan turns out to be as inapproachable as he is intriguing but clearly not interested...

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Knives and Feathers

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They say that love can heal all wounds—even the ones that are self-inflicted?

When best-selling author Chester Banning requires inside information on the life of a forensic pathologist, he comes across an enticing yet rather unwilling study subject in the shape of sinfully attractive Dr Nicolas Sheridan.

After a hot and slightly unsettling one night stand, Sheridan turns out to be as inapproachable as he is intriguing but clearly not interested in intensifying the liaison. Chester however finds himself falling head over heels in love and doesn't rest until he succeeds in cracking Sheridan's icy shell. What he discovers underneath is a man who is well capable of love and affection but caught up in a web of lies spun by his abusive and possessive partner, Jake Simmons.

Led to believe that he is responsible for the death of his past lover, Sheridan's sense of guilt makes him tolerate the mistreatment he receives from Jake and seek punishment in self-harm.

Will the love and support Chester can give be enough to help Sheridan free himself from the demons that haunt him or is all Chester can do watch him go further down the road to self-destruction?

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of violence, self harm and sexual aggression

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781781840511
  • Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/30/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 169
  • Sales rank: 517,425
  • File size: 308 KB

Meet the Author

Sage has been passionate about books from a very early age on and dreamt of writing one for years while working on the day job instead. It took a very persistent character in the company of a treasured Muse to finally get the first novel going. The fact that he was gay came as a bit of a surprise, but it explained a lot.

Ever since, Sage has been the willing slave to all the fascinating guys who just keep queuing up and want their stories told. This has resulted in several manuscripts at various stages of completion, so there's always something to work on - preferably at night when the rest of the house is asleep.

Sage's characters often have a dramatic and sometimes traumatic past and need to battle some demons to be with the one they love. It doesn't hurt that they usually get quite a lot of naughty action along the way!

Sage loves to hear from readers, so go ahead please...
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Chester Banning was in a good mood. He loved it when things went according to plan and, so far, everything had gone exactly as planned. Travelling had, as usual, left him with lots of new impressions and a few ideas and the hotel he’d booked himself into was just the way he liked it. Now all he needed to make the day perfect was a decent drink or two and some less decent company.

He dressed in his favourite jeans and shirt, left the hotel and the day started going downhill. It took him half an eternity to find a promising location and, when he finally did, the place was far from his usual venue. It was dodgy and run-down, with a clientele to match. Chester went to the bar anyway, ignoring the curious glances that checked him out, and ordered a vodka martini. He met the bartender’s smirk with a smile and a shrug. Awfully cliché, but still his favourite. Leaning on the bar, he took some time to scan the crowd. He wasn’t too impressed with what he saw and was already halfway through his drink and two-thirds on the way to just calling it a night and leaving when he spotted exactly what he was looking for. Tall, dark-haired and dressed in clothes that had probably cost more than the average weekly income of any of the other guys present, the man was as much out of place as Chester himself. A perfect match. His most charming smile fixed to his face, Chester leisurely walked to the quiet corner of the bar where the man sat, broodily nursing his drink. He took a moment to study the profile in close-up and found he still liked what he saw.

"Hi, there," he said when he had waited long enough to be sure that the other man was aware of his presence and must be expecting him to say something. "You had me wondering, you know."

A sharp inhalation of air was the only sign he got that the man had even heard him. Not the reaction he’d hoped for but he decided not to let that stop him.

"I couldn’t help but notice you. Seems we’re both in the wrong place."

At last the man turned his head and glared at him, making Chester flinch with the indignant annoyance he displayed. Chester was pretty sure his gaydar had picked up the signals correctly, so maybe the guy was just a bit weary of being hit on. The way he looked he could have had men queuing for a chance to chat him up if he made a little more of an effort. His hair was a bit past the right time for a cut and he hadn’t bothered shaving but he was undeniably handsome. A delicate bone structure with high, well-defined cheekbones set the perfect frame for a pair of the most striking, silver-grey eyes Chester had ever seen. The man rested those amazing eyes on Chester with an expression of stony amusement and a hint of curiosity before he finally said, "You are definitely in the wrong place. A couple of hundred miles considering your accent."

Chester smiled and nodded. "Yeah, I know. I’m here because of my job. I’m a writer, you see, and I’m doing some research for my new book." Chester didn’t usually brag and found it a bit cheap to rely on that line, but it had got him laid more than once before.

"Must be a brilliant book if it’s anything to do with this place," the man grumbled under his breath, his words dripping with sarcasm.

"Well, I hope it will be." Chester held out his hand. "I’m Chester, by the way, and you are…?"

"Not interested."

"Oh, I’m sorry. My mistake. I didn’t realise you were bored. Maybe I can help you change that," he said smoothly.

Surprised, the man blinked and then, to Chester’s relief, his mouth curved into a reluctant smile. He gave a tight, appreciative nod. "Nice one."

"I really hope you’re talking about me."

The man’s smile widened just a fraction as he gave Chester a quick once-over. He was clearly trying not to let on what he thought but there was a giveaway glitter in his eyes. Just a moment later, he shook his head. "You’re wasting your time." He picked up his drink again, a signal to Chester that he was dismissed.

"Too bad. I could’ve made it worth your while." About to turn away, Chester hesitated. He just couldn’t resist.

"By the way, considering your accent, you got misplaced by about four hundred miles yourself. What is it? London, right? Somewhere in Norf London unless I’m very much mistaken." Probably followed by a rather expensive university.

Something flared up in those grey eyes. It might have been regret or even hurt but it was gone too fast for a definite identification. "Not bad."

"Oh, come on, I deserve more than that. You didn’t exactly say much."

"Finchley." There was a trace of gloom in the sigh that made up these two syllables.

"Nice place," Chester smiled. "I used to have a boyfriend up there." No squirming at the word. So I did have you right. Maybe we’re getting somewhere, after all. "Sure you don’t want to change your mind, Mr Finchley?" Chester asked eventually.

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