on September 27, 2018
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.
5 Ice King Stars ⭐️
Just steal my breath, break my heart, punch me in the gut for good measure and then mercifully put me back together. Because once wasn’t enough for me to have read Medicine Man, I had to go back for seconds. And to me, if was just as impactful and glorious the second time around.
Eighteen year old ‘Harry Potter enthusiast’ Willow is on the inside after ‘The Roof Incident.’ Her days are filled with many forms of therapy and medication. It’s tough to accept when it was just an ‘accident’, and no she doesn’t need to be ‘fixed’….
“The look where they think I’m crazy and I’m lying, and they pity me. They think that if they poke me too much, I might explode. I don’t like that look.”
Dr Simon Blackwood, psychiatrist, intuitive, calm, anti hero. The first person to see beyond her embellished truths and to enable her to heal.
”You’re ashamed that every day you have to fight to stay alive. You’re ashamed that you have to fight at all. So you lie. You lie every chance you get. To your family, to your doctors. To yourself. You lie because you’re a goddamn fighter. And instead of being proud of yourself, you’re fucking ashamed.”
Simon has personal experience with Willow’s everyday struggles. He sees the warrior that she is , his admiration slowly turning into more. Although morally and ethically wrong, the connection is real until wrong becomes right.
”It doesn’t make sense.” His gray, almost black, gaze flicks back and forth. “You’re my patient. You’re my responsibility. I’m supposed to fix you, not think about your lips. I’m not supposed to think about your mouth or the taste of your tongue. If you really taste like you smell.”
Medicine Man is a real deal forbidden tale done perfectly. From a doctor/patient relationship, a significant age gap and scorching foreplay and sex, it may not be for all. At times, my heart felt heavy, then bittersweet and finally euphoric. This book touched me significantly.
And what I will say, is that Saffron A Kent is seriously talented and poetic. The respect and empathy she showed writing about something as serious as mental illness is commendable. The suffering was real and the love between these two characters, greater.