SKYLAR’S SALVATION by Nicole Dennis
Skylar’s Salvation by Nicole Dennis
Reviewed by Cassie
Teahouse owner Bennett Radclyffe isn’t the type of guy to sit back and watch when someone’s being hurt. That’s why he steps in when he sees a guy manhandling one of his regular customers, a thin, pretty young man who has a strange habit of talking to himself. After rescuing Skylar Deering from the guy and his friends, Ben realizes Skylar is schizophrenic. Determined to help him, he takes Skylar back to the teahouse to clean up his wounds and see what else he can do for the man. Ben is attracted, but with Skylar’s illness, can they ever have a future together?
Skylar’s Salvation is a story of mental illness and the terrible toll it can take on not only the afflicted person but also those around them. Ben is fascinated by Skylar’s quirky beauty and determined to help him deal with his illness, but schizophrenia is not an easy thing to deal with. The depiction of Skylar’s illness felt realistic to me (although I admit I’m not the best judge of that). He wants to get well, but he’s tormented by voices and has trouble remembering to take his medications. It will take more than Ben to help Skylar, and fortunately Ben realizes this in time.
The romance aspect of Skylar’s Salvation was less convincing to me. Ben falls for Skylar while Skylar is basically at rock bottom as far as his illness is concerned, which didn’t make a lot of sense to me. I could understand wanting to help him, but trying to have a relationship with him felt almost like taking advantage to me. Then they’re separated for a long time, given their short acquaintance. The love between them felt more like dependence to me. Overall, Skylar’s Salvation was interesting and had a sweet ending, but I wasn’t convinced Skylar and Ben’s relationship would last.