Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Release Day Review: Runaway by Nic Starr #Review #Giveaway

Author: Nic Starr
Book: Runaway
Series: World of Love
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: LC Chase
Publication date: April 12, 2017
Length: 86 pages

Reviewed by Morningstar


Dr Nathan Powell is ready to settle down near his family, and hopefully find the man of his dreams. He returns to the small coastal town where he grew up, but while life is simpler than it was in the city, there are also complications—like patients’ reactions to an openly gay doctor. And like running into Nate’s first love, Damien, an out-and-proud local business owner who is unwilling to be any man’s dirty secret. The reunion reignites old desire even while it stirs up Nate’s guilt over the way things ended with Damien.

When Nate’s nephew runs away, Damien accompanies Nate on his mission to find the young man. The drive to Sydney, and the search of the city, gives Nate time to reconnect with Damien—and to wonder if he made the right decision years ago—when he determined a future for them was impossible. Is a fresh start realistic for two men in their forties? But before he can ponder the second chance they’ve been given, Nate must locate his nephew.

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We all make decisions that we sometimes second guess.

Nate left years ago to pursue his career as a doctor. Leaving behind the man he had loved out of fear he always covered up as a  what he needed in his career. Damien stayed behind finding his passion in life with boats and a tackle shop.

The story didn’t have much in the way of high emotion or angst or drama. It was watching Nate step by step find his place and reconnecting with Damien, all the while admitting to himself some hard truths; especially after his nephew runs away to Sydney. Damien being the nice guy he is, goes along with him.

I liked the characters enough. Nate and Damien definitely had some chemistry between them. There were no bad things about them, and the story itself was likable as well. I wouldn’t say I was overjoyed or connected so much that I couldn’t put it down. But it was a sweetly romantic story with a low heat level that fit perfectly into the story and its flow.

One thing I didn’t like was the ending. There was barely an HFN. We have no idea what is coming next for these characters. I assume they’ll be together otherwise what was the point? For me, the ending was more about Nate and him coming out of the closet then it was showing us about where Damien and Nate are as a couple.


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