Mark of Cain by Kate Sherwood

Mark of Cain by Kate Sherwoodon 2014-05-20
Pages: 460
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When a man is consumed by hatred, is there anything left to love? After a tough day of counseling sessions, Anglican priest Mark Webber is looking forward to a relaxing dinner at a local restaurant. When he sees who’s bellied up to the bar, though, he reaches for his cell phone to call the police. It’s Lucas Cain, the man who killed Mark’s brother three years ago. Apparently he’s out of jail and hanging out with his old crowd, which has to be a breach of parole, right? Pulled over upon leaving the bar, Lucas blows a clean breathalyzer and hopes this isn’t a harbinger of things to come. He’s ready to build a sober, peaceful life. His friends aren’t ready to let him move on, though, and he ends up taking refuge in an Anglican half-way house. Thrown together, Mark and Lucas find common ground in the struggle to help a young gay man come to terms with his sexuality—and the fight against homophobic townsfolk. As attraction grows, the past is the last stumbling block between them and a future filled with hope. Warning: Bad boys being good, good boys being bad.

WoW. I loved this book. It had the right amount of angst and character growth that I require in my books. Much better than Dark Horse.

Lucas Cain is getting out of prison after 3 years for his role in accidental death. His friends are happy to have him back but Anglican priest Mark Webber is not. After all, Lucas Cain was responsible for his brother’s death so it doesn’t seem fair to Father Mark that Lucas is getting another chance in society. So Mark begins a personal crusade to make life as miserable Lucas.

One thing Mark and Lucas’ old friends failed to recognize was that Lucas changed in the penitentiary. And Mark finds himself really see Lucas in a different light. Mark begins to question a lot of things about himself, his faith, the death of his brother and especially Lucas. What will Mark do about his growing feelings for Lucas, how will the society deal with the homosexual priest?

This story made me shed a few tears. I really liked it. I have thought about this book for the past week since I finished it. The writing felt real and authentic. The pain both characters were experience was palpable. I enjoyed the gradual progression and the honesty they both tried to give other. By the end of I was just so hopeful for both Mark and Lucas to experience some joy and peace. It’s always nice to have love and forgiveness grow out of pain and loss.

*Special Thanks to Saimhain Publishing via Netgalley for the reading copy.

About Kate Sherwood

Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”–other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy–the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.

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