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Title: Northern Star
Author: Ethan Day
Cover Artist: Wilde City Press
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Reviewer: Monika
Genre: Contemporary
Type: Romance
Pairing: Gay
Length: Novel
Heat Rating3 Stars
Book Rating5 Stars (5 / 5)

 


Blurb:

Deacon Miller never had it all—he never really believed he could. Growing up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother and a revolving door of truly pathetic father figures taught him to keep his expectations low. Now at twenty-seven, on the night before Christmas Eve, his life is turned upside down yet again; his boyfriend has dumped him, he just fled the holiday family reunion from hell, and now to top it all off, a blizzard has left him stranded in an airport hotel.

Steve Steele has spent the better part of his forty-four years living a lie, ignoring his attraction to other men in an attempt to fit into the mold of the man he thought he should be, instead of living life as the man he knew himself to be. Recently divorced after coming home from work one day and coming out to his wife, Steve has floundered over the past year, desperately attempting to wade through the guilt and find the courage to start again.

That’s when a chance meeting in a hotel bar brings two lonely men together… and what should’ve been a one night stand turns into something much more than either one ever expected.


Review:

Just add this to my growing list of Ethan Day books I love. Will there ever be a book of his I don’t love…..not likely!

I love Ethan’s humor and while Northern Star isn’t filled with it, it had its moments. This story is a bit more serious and has more angst than other books he’s written but it is beautiful all the same.

I think it’s fair to say that Northern Star starts out like a lot of M/M Romance stories, a younger man with a troubled past meets recently divorced older man just barely out of the closet. The sexual attraction is instant but their love is not and I loved that about the story. The relationship wasn’t smooth or easy and even with their HEA not everything was worked out there were still a few personal kinks to deal with nothing that leaves you hanging, just real life stuff, things that are ongoing in most relationships, this made these two very real to me.

I’m drawn to troubled characters, characters that need rescuing and in my opinion Deacon is one of those characters, needless to say I fell in love with him. He’s smart, determined and loyal but has trust issues which wasn’t a surprise with the life he’s had. Steve is a patient caring man, but not without his own troubles, he is the rock that Deacon needs to help him put the past in its place and move on. I always have my doubts whether a relationship can work when there is a big age difference especially when one character is still in his 20’s but Ethan somehow got these two to work for me.

Needless to say the writing is great, the story is wonderful, and the secondary characters were perfect, except for the mother and father also not a surprise. I would have loved for this story to go on, I have a difficult time letting go of characters I love. Deacon will be with me for a while.

I highly recommend Northern Star.