"He'd become an expert through the years at driving men away. He didn't know how to face one who chose to stay."
- One Man's Trash by Marie Sexton
After four tours in Afghanistan, Warren Groves couldn’t settle into civilian life. For the last twelve years, he’s survived by working odd and often illegal jobs for some of Denver’s less fortunate. His personal life is equally unsatisfactory. He can barely remember the last time he had sex, let alone the last time he got to use somebody hard and rough, the way he likes. Fate intervenes when a favor for a friend leads him to a pretty young rentboy named Taylor Reynolds.
Taylor’s spent the last few years on his own, working as a hustler, going home with anybody who’ll give him a warm meal and a place to sleep. He enjoys having a bit of force used against him, and he makes Warren an offer he can’t refuse — all the sex he wants, as rough and dirty as he likes, in exchange for room and board.
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Perin's thoughts on - One man's trash #1
Warren and Taylor.
Two broken men who found each other by accident. Although I opted into reading this book because of its advertised BDSM content (and the sexy soldier, duh!), I cannot deny that Marie managed to take me into another world and let me watch a love blossom. This is a romance, no doubt about it, but it has a quality to it. Warren and Taylor feel real and relatable. The scenes are realistic. I can feel the anger and the madness. Warren could have easily been one of the characters I'd come up with. A tough soldier, seeking justice. A man with a story, a tragedy, just like Taylor which is why those two work so well together. They both have well thought out voids that keep them going.
This is not one of these "light romances". No. It is a story you'll keep thinking about once you've put the book down. Once it is over, it really isn't.
It is raw. It is realistic. And oh so painful.
It is said an author should make the reader feel. And I felt it. God, I felt the pain that ate away at Warren when he had to watch his lover get ravished by his blackness. It twisted in my chest.
At first, I was hesitant about the amount of smut scenes in the book, but, oh, don't you worry! There are a lot of juicy (BDSM-heavy) scenes and a palpable tension between the characters. However, the book is about the characters, not the sex, and yet, Marie took away all those layers that authors tend to add and stripped it down to its very basics: the emotion, the connection, the intrusion, in a way.
If you're looking for a lovey-dovey erotic journey, this is definitely not it. But if you're in for the real deal, I'd like to encourage you to grab that copy now!