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Book Review: Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent

Hello everyone!! Today is the release day of Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent and I here is my review of this amazing book!!

I read the ARC and completely fell in love with Willow and Simon’s story and I can’t stop thinking about them and recommending this book!!!

A very HAPPY RELEASE DAY to Saffron!!!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

***I received an ARC in exchange of an honest opinion***

 

“Medicine is in his blood. Like illness is in mine. My blood is tainted with poison and his is laced with the antidote.” 

 

Once in a while I’ll find that one of a kind book that is so different that it give me chills. Medicine Man is one of those one of a kind books.

 

So much so that even a week after a read it I still can’t stop thinking about it. It gave me such a book hangover that I want to re-read it again very soon.

 

I’ve read all four of Saffron’s books and I have to say Medicine Man is her best work so far. Until now The Unrequited was my favorite and although I still love it, Simon Blackwood has stolen my heart in such a way that I’m afraid of falling more in love with Saffron’s next characters.

 

Medicine Man is a very touching tale of love and redemption. Saffron, through her story and her characters, shows us that there is nothing wrong about being different than others and that normal is a very subjective concept.

 

This book deals with subjects like depression and suicide. And although those are sad subjects, the way Saffron wrote this story makes us not only reflect about the seriousness of mental health, but also find the beauty in her characters, even the more flawed ones.

 

What I love the most about this aspect of the story is that it raises awareness for mental health and other issues, but not in a way that is doctrinating us. This awareness comes in the way of telling these characters stories and showing us their struggles and their achievements.

 

Right in the beginning we’re introduced to our heroine, Willow Taylor and I have to say she completely captivated me from the start. She loves Harry Potter just like I do and she’s witty and sad and flawed. She’s also very human. On the polar opposite we have Simon, who is supposed to have everything figured out, who is a successful and famous doctor, but who also has a troublesome past.

 

I’m not going to say more and spoil the story for you, because this is a story you have to experience for your own. I went completly blind. I never read the blurb, even though I follow Saffron on social media. I wanted to read the book regardless of knowing what it was about.

 

What I will say, though, is that Medicine Man is the kind of book I most enjoy. The kind that is so angsty that you can actually feel the angst overflowing, like it’s a tangible thing.

 

I love forbidden love stories and Saffron wrote this one so masterfully that it’s so believable and relatable even  during its more taboo moments.

 

Speaking of those…Simon Blackwood is HAWT. And I’m talking about fanning yourself hot. He is definitely on my top book boyfriends list. He’s my favorite kind of hero: brooding, sometimes a jerk, domineering, but with a heart of gold underneath all his tough exterior.

 

Simon is troubled and I could see how being trapped inside his own demons and his past affected who he was. We can see his conflict for falling for his patient, but we can’t deny the scorching chemistry between them. Not only the physcial one, but also Willow got Simon, more than the realized, I think.

 

Simon and Willow make the perfect couple. Not because they’re perfect. Neither of them are.  But somehow they’re perfect for each other. And for me their perfection comes from the fact they’re both very real and very flawed. But I’ve always thought that normal is overrated.

 

The plotline of Medicine Man is perfectly written, not only because the story is very relatable, but also are the characters. And the chemistry between them made me connect even more with them. As I mentioned I related a lot to Willow. Because of her reading tastes, but also for some of her struggles. But Simon also was surprisingly relatable.

 

Saffron wrote this story so expertantly that even if you never struggled with depression or any other mental health issue, you’ll still feel connected to the characters and you’ll still relate to their struggles. That is a sign of a well written story for me, because it transcends the writing and goes beyond it.

 

Medicine Man is powerful, truthful, gripping and you’ll feel like you’re inside Heartstone Psychiatric Hospital. Chapter by chapter we unravel the layers of Willow’s issues and we get to the bottom of what she did, what happened to her and why she acted the way she did.

 

And as forbidden as her relationship with her psychiatrist is, it feels like the most natural thing in the world and I couldn’t help but root for her to get better. Not because she needed to be fixed, but because I wanted her to be well. Because for every disease there should be a cure such as Simon Blackwood.

 

Medicine Man is beyond beautiful. It’s  so raw it will leave you speechless and unable to express all the feelings it will bring you. I could talk about it for days and I still wouldn’t be able to express all that it meant to me.

 

The beauty in Medicine Man is that not only it’s a beautiful, gritty, and hot as hell love story, but it’s in the way Saffron A. Kent managed to blend issues like depression and suicide into the story. She mixed those very relevant issues with the romance without it being overdramatized. We see a very sad and suffering Willow finding her place in the world and that gave me hope. And when a book goes beyond the story and plotline like that, in a way we don’t even notice, that book is definitely a MUST READ.

 

Reading this book felt like a priviledge and I have to thank Saffron forever for having written it and shared it with us. I cannot imagine not having read this book. It’s so different than anything else I’ve read before.

 

Although I’ve read plenty of forbidden romances, Medicine Man was fresh and it just has that “it” factor I keep looking out in books. This book is real in a way every book should be. It’s beautiful and genuine and without any doubts one of the best books I’ve read. Not only this year, but ever.

 

 

 

 

XOXO

 

 

Carol

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