Thursday, November 15, 2018

Promo Post: Pay It Forward by Nic Starr #Review #Giveaway

Publisher: Self-published
Cover Artist: Jay Aheer of Simply Defined Art
Release Date: 11th November 2018
Genre: Contemporary Gay Romance
Setting: Sydney, Australia
Word Count: ~58k

Reviewed by Truus


Forced to leave home as soon as he finished high school, Bailey McCreedy’s focus has been on earning enough money to survive. All he needs is a roof over his head and to keep his small mobile lending library running. Books are Bailey’s escape, and he loves to share the joy of reading with those who don’t have access to them.
Tom Brooks’s upbringing is very different to Bailey’s, with a loving family, a good education, and a high-flying job—that is, until things came crashing down. Tom opens a coffee shop, struggling to build his business and reluctant to accept help, operating under the misguided belief that he must pay penance for his sins. Watching Bailey work with the street kids opens Tom’s eyes to the reality that accepting help is not a sign of weakness, and that he is so much more than his past mistakes.
But as Bailey falls for Tom, with his charming manner, obvious care for others, and group of successful friends, Bailey’s own sense of self-worth threatens to tear them apart. In the face of intensifying challenges, he’s reluctant to confide in Tom, afraid he’s not good enough.
A bright future will require Bailey to heed his own advice—people aren’t defined by their failures or inability to live up to the expectations of others. It’s time for Tom to pay it forward, and Bailey needs to accept the help and love that Tom offers.


Bailey has a part time job, not by choice, and has somewhat low self esteem.
Others see  a beautiful soul in him who helps kids around and lets them read from his home made mobile library. He has a big heart.
He takes his coffee breaks at Take Two, run by the gorgeous owner, Tom.

Tom is surrounded by a group of wonderful friends, who are all doing great with jobs, studying and houses. Always with a helping hand, only Tom doesn’t want help from his friends. First he needed to get rid of the heavy baggage on his shoulders.

Tom and Bailey develop a sweet friendship. As they get more and more involved with each other, the friendship grows into some lovely sweetness.
With everyone around him going upwards, Bailey’s own life seems to go downward, even with an always considerate Tom besides him... who he can’t tell what’s really going on.
Bailey’s insecurities are blocking his view on life.

Such a friendly and comfortable story. No depressing heavy subjects but totally realistic and thereby grabbing me more than once by the throat. Both Bailey and Tom had lovely endearing personalities and all the side characters were engaging. It was written  smoothly and captivating way. The story was  developed and had a pleasant pace. All the events were somewhat easygoing and even with some sharp edges it was still a very comfortable read. I did read it in one sit!

Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn't give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told.
Nic loves to spend time with her family—an understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a cherished Cairn terrier. Nic is a foodie and wine lover who lives in the city but is a country girl at heart. When not writing or reading, she is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She'd love it if you stopped by to say hi.
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