Blog Tour and Review: Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent

Posted October 3, 2018 by sinfully in Blog Tour, Contemporary Romance, Review / 0 Comments


Medicine Man by Saffron A. Kent

Release Date: September 27th

Genre: Contemporary Romance


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Willow Taylor is a scared and lonely eighteen year old with a mental illness. She loves her mother dearly and although she doesn’t want to hurt her intentionally, Willow does something that breaks her mother’s heart landing Willow into the Hearstone Psychiatric Hospital. Willow is very closed off, will not discuss what is wrong with her and lies to everyone she comes into contact with. She only opens up to the friends she meets in the hospital and one particular doctor, Simon Blackwood. Simon has secrets of his own he is hiding from, ones that are tearing him apart on the inside. Can two damaged souls find their way to each other and be what each other needs to become whole and healthy again?

I definitely was unsure about what I was getting myself into while reading Willow and Simon’s story. The story is very taboo with Simon being much older than Willow on top of being her psychiatrist. I often wondered if he might be taking advantage of a young impressionable girl, but as I continued reading I can see how they both needed each other in ways neither one of them expected.

Willow has a tough time opening up to people especially when it concerns her. She guards herself never really letting anyone in. She tells lies and makes up stories just so she can get through her time in the hospital counting down the days until she can be released. When she meets Simon, she can finally let herself go and trust in him enough to learn how to heal herself and to grow as a person and accept that she is not perfect.

Simon is just as damaged as Willow. He has his own secret he is trying to deal with, one that he feels guilty over. When he meets Willow he starts feeling things for her he has no business feeling considering she is a patient. I think Willow, even though she is young, helps Simon with his own feelings and together they grow and learn that life is full of mistakes and that a disease such as having a mental illness is not something to be ashamed of.

The pacing of the story really had me glued to the pages. I do like forbidden romances and this story had me gripped right from the beginning. I was captivated with the dynamic of Willow and Simon and the push and pull of their relationship. At times the relationship is sweet and other times dark in places. I truly was captivated right from the start. I also like the fact that the author really shined a light on mental illness in a positive way. Saffron A. Kent showed the compassionate side to having a mental illness and how having a disease does not mean you are broken and unlovable.

If you love a forbidden romance with younger/older main characters then you will be entranced with this beautifully told story. Medicine Man is a gripping story with characters you can relate with and come to love while rooting for their happily ever after.





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.




“Do you have someone special, Dr. Blackwood?”

Someone you kiss? Someone you grab and pull into a dark alley and press against


I don’t say that but I’m definitely asking that.

It’s like he hears the unspoken questions because the heat of his body seems to have

doubled. Like his blood is rushing in his veins with an uncanny speed.

With flaring nostrils and a hard jaw, he answers, “No.”

“Why not?”

“Because I’m busy.”

I want to smile. Actually, I’ve never wanted to smile this hard. Ever. His answer calms

me but it also makes me restless to move closer to him. I want to trace my palm over the arch

of his chest and see if I got it right in my dreams.

But I don’t do any of those things. I don’t want him to take away this small concession

he’s given me.

Why is he even giving it to me? I’m not complaining. But still.

“Busy with patients?”

“Busy with my job. Yes,” he says, all professional-like.

That’s what he is. Professional and distant. Dedicated to his job and fixing people. If

Mass General let him go, then they are idiots.

I’m an idiot, too, in this moment.

Instead of backing off, I want to do something. Something that might crack his cool

façade. Maybe reaching up and messing up his no-nonsense hair.

What would he do? If I did that? If I grabbed his collar and pushed him against the wall?

And kissed him?

My eyes drop to his lips, his soft, soft lips. There’s a cleft in the middle of his lower lip. I

want to taste that cleft, dig my tongue in it, wet it, suck on it, bite it.

“So you don’t have fun at all?”

“No. I’m not a fun guy.”

I watch his lips form the words, and every syllable that comes out of his mouth makes

my need to shake him, kiss him, mess him up, stronger. Stronger and stronger.

The need is so consuming that I hardly notice when he puts his hand on my palm and

takes it off his body. It’s final and smooth, his action. Effortless. As though my touch barely

registered to him.

“But I think you have a point. It’s after hours and I should go… have fun rather than

spending my time with a patient.” He steps back then. “I’ll see you next week. Same time.”



About the Author

Writer of bad romances. Aspiring Lana Del Rey of the Book World.

Saffron A. Kent is a Top 100 Amazon Bestselling author of Contemporary and New Adult romance. More often than not, her love stories are edgy, forbidden and passionate. Her work has been featured in Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

She lives in New York City with her nerdy and supportive husband, and a million and one books.


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