Author ~ Nic Starr
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 12th April 2017
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
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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Years after leaving, Nate returned to his hometown, a doctor. In Sydney, Nate didn’t hide his sexuality, nor did he flaunt it either; it was no one’s business other than his own. But in his small hometown, everyone knew everything about everyone, and that bothered Nate.
After events that happened in his formative years, Nate is fighting people’s perception of a gay man examining them and their children and its effect on his career. It’s a case of the actions of a few tainting the actions of the many.
Damien is a man who lives by the term ‘if it’s meant to be, it will happen’. He’s an altogether good guy with a balanced, outlook on life. He is also Nate’s childhood love. Nate still harbours feelings for him along with a host of regrets. But, Nate isn’t sure he can revisit what they had as teenagers. The painful memories of their breakup and Nate’s career outlook, make their budding adult friendship awkward; especially so, since Damien is out, proud, and won’t be anyone’s dirty little secret.
When Nate’s nephew Jackson runs away, it forces Nate to look at his life from a different perspective. This is in the blur, so no spoiler here.
I love this author’s easy reading style of writing. It has an intimate, naturally flowing, personal vibe that I connect with. The focus stays true to the story and doesn’t get sidetracked. The cast is small and contains the traditional meddling sister, skilled at manipulating situations to her preferred outcome. But what I liked the most was the emotions and re-evaluations that Nate experiences. He knows what he wants, but is scared to go after it. He has to process.
Yes, Jackson runs away, but Nate is the true runaway of this story. He ran away to leave some things he couldn’t handle, behind, and to follow his chosen career. His return to his hometown allows him to take that part of his life journey which may enable him to go after that something special that could put love into his world.
Runaway is a sweet story of life that is perfect for reading on that spring day in the garden. It brings home the fact that an offhanded comment can affect a person’s whole life, and that enlightenment can come in more than one form.
Connect with Nic Starr
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 eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family–an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters–and 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.