Friday, July 14, 2017

Release Blitz Review: The Escape: Soren's Saga by Nicky James

The Escape: Soren’s Saga
by Nicky James
Genre: M/M Romance Contemporary
Release Date: July 14, 2017

Dancing, loud music, drinking and sex…
Who wouldn’t love a job that entailed all these things?
After giving up on school and being cast aside by an unsupportive family, Soren Matheson figured he’d landed every young man’s dream job.
But… there is a catch.
Not everything is as it seems and at the end of the day…
Maybe even dream jobs don’t exist.
Remy Moretti lives in a world of precision and order. When a chance run-in with a sassy, sarcastic blond one evening upsets his structured world, Remy needs to find out who he is.
What he discovers makes his hair stand on end.
The defeat and fear hidden behind the young man’s eyes gives him nightmares.
Someone needs to get to the bottom of this.
Until then, Remy will need to do whatever it takes to keep Soren safe.

This is my first Nicky James and I'm glad I decided to The Escape: Soren's Sage. From the title, I was expecting this to have an unresolved ending. But it turns out to be a standalone with a sweet HEA to boot. 

The underlying theme of this book sounds dark, but the delivery isn't. Soren is a bartender during the weekdays and go go dancer during the weekend. But most importantly he is a rent boy who provide special service at the back room. He had been doing it for years and until recently, Soren started to dread his work, but felt that he was trapped without a way out.

Remy is 35 year old Italian who work as an editor and he let his OCD rule his life. Remy is very meticulous and a clean freak. His quirks is a constant running joke in the story and Soren constantly trying to upheaval his orderly life. 

Soren is like the sunshine that attract Remy and after learning about Soren's job, instead of feeling disgusted, Remy only want to save him from the hellhole. Naturally, Soren keep pushing Remy away due to his status and work nature, but Remy persistence wore him out. 

There are many instances whereby I feel that Soren isn't as trapped as he want me to believe. I read many stories whereby uneducated young man manage to survive with dead end job without selling their body, but Soren seems too afraid to even try. But as I learn more about his past, I starts to understand how he was practically brainwashed since young by his evil employer. 

Anyway, despite the reference to his prostitution work, this story isn't graphic and I don't even feel like there is any cheating going on emotionally or physically. There is a lot of development going on between Soren and Remy's relationship in this story. From Soren's cold attitude towards Remy, to them being friendly and Remy wanting to save him and them exploring their relationship together. It sounds like a long emotional journey to be told in a book, yet the progression feel natural to me. 

Nicky James lives in the small town of Petrolia, Ontario, Canada. She is mother to a wonderful teenage boy and wife to a truly supportive and understanding husband who, thankfully, doesn’t think her crazy.

Nicky has always had two profound dreams in life; to fall back hundreds of years in time and live in a simpler world and to write novels. Since only one of those dreams was a possibility, she decided to make the other come alive on paper.

Nicky writes MM romance books in a variety of styles including contemporary, medieval, fantasy, and historical.

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