Thursday, September 6, 2018

Book Review: Saving Noah by T.S. McKinney

Saving Noah 
by T.S. McKinney

Noah tries to do the right thing—protect the innocent and make the evil pay for their sins. But instead of saving the world, he loses himself. After testifying against one of the biggest crime bosses in the country, Noah’s fear of retribution leads to a serious case of agoraphobia. There isn’t much in Noah’s safe zone that calms his nerves… well, except for his short interactions with his surly but hot new neighbor.

Life crushed Dr. Zachary Meadows’s rose-colored glasses years ago. He makes amends for the deeds of others—and for his failure to protect those in need—by saving as many lives as he can as an ER physician. After early betrayals, he purposefully keeps his circle small. Until he meets his odd new neighbor and unwanted desires cause him to act like a jerk.

When two survivors collide—one desperate for love and one afraid of it—sparks fly. But just as Zachary and Noah begin to heal one another, the past returns…with a vengeance.

One. Two. I’ve decided to come for you.
Three. Four. It won’t help Scaredy Cat to lock his door.
Five. Six. You committed a sin you can’t fix.
Seven. Eight. I’ve picked the date.
Nine. Ten. No one will ever see you again.

5 Stars! 

Zach is an ER doctor, trying to right the wrongs of his past and Noah is the agoraphobic neighbor who gets under his skin. Both of them are hiding things from each other, and despite Zach's antagonism for Noah, or maybe because of it, sparks fly whenever they meet. That changes after Zach helps Noah after a panic attack lands him in the hospital he works at. They give in to their attraction to each other, and Zach is helping Noah cope with his mental illness, but the past has a way of catching up with you.

I absolutely adored Noah. He was such a sweetheart, and yet, he had a core of steel, especially with all he'd gone through before he and Zach meet and then again during the book. I really liked that Ms. McKinney didn't magically cure Noah, but instead showed it as an ongoing process, even at the end of the book. I loved Zach, too, even if there were some times in which I wanted to strangle him so he would just give in to what he obviously felt for Noah. Not saying the words, doesn't make them less true, after all! Other than that, I adore how protective he was of Noah and how he supported and helped him with his illness. The chemistry between them was off the charts and the sex scenes were passionate and intense and just a tad on the kinky side. Above all, though, I adore how well they fit together, how much fun they had and their banter.

Connor, Zach's best friend, Wayne, his boyfriend, and Denala, Zach's dog, were amazing and I really hope we get to catch up with all of them on book 2.

The suspense portion of the story was really well done, while I had a feeling one of the actors wasn't as innocent as Noah thought he was, I never imagined the extent of what he was capable of.

Overall, Saving Noah was a fabulous read! Combining suspense and romance in a masterful way, it captivated me until the very end. Highly recommendable!

*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn't a requirement. ***

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