Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Runaway is a short wonderful story of personal exploration and acceptance by Nic Starr. Dr. Nathan Powell had his high school first love and steps out of the closet crushed by a bigot. Years later he returns home, ready to settle into a practice and reunite with his sister and her family. But that comes with all the old feelings he still hasn’t dealt with all these years and the man he never forgot.
I thought the author brought this stunted man to life. Perhaps not stunted but halted in some way. He pushed parts of his past below the surface the better to cope and the author lets the reader see the whole picture of what that option has done to his life and his family’s. Several believable elements start to break up Nathan’s emotional blockades. One is his reuniting with Damien and Damien’s fresh outlook on their past together. The second is Nathan’s nephew.
Runaway could easily have been enlarged. The characters are wonderful, from the main couple to the secondary ones like Nathan’s sister and children. Sydney and its memorable stopping points also acts as another main character here as well. It colors the story with its own unique vibe and energy. It certainly made me want to pack up and head out to visit as well.
Love to read romances with a special location in mind? Here’s one with a down under heart I absolutely recommend!
Cover art by L.C. Chase is perfect. I love this cover. It works for the characters and storyline.
ebook, 1st edition, 86 pages
Expected publication: April 12th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1635334101 (ISBN13: 9781635334104)
SeriesWorld of Love settingNew South Wales (Australia)