Title: Rustic Melody
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Nic Starr
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 174
Reviewed by: crabbypatty
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Adam Chambers has never seen eye-to-eye with his father and is reluctant to take over the family’s property-development company. To clear his head and work out what he wants to do with the rest of his life, Adam leaves his responsibilities in the city and heads out to see the country.
He isn’t much closer to deciding what to do with his life when he arrives at one of Australia’s largest events, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and meets Joey Callaway.
Since Joey’s father’s tragic death left Joey the family’s debt-ridden pub, Joey has struggled, desperate to turn the business around and give his mum the life she deserves. A break away from the pressures of running the pub is just what he needs, and a hook-up with Adam is the perfect way to forget about his troubles.
The one-night stand might just be an opening act. If Adam and Joey can follow the music in their hearts, perhaps they can heal each other and create a melody that will last a lifetime.
Rustic Melody is a sweet, low-angst story set in Australia about two young men, Adam (23) and Joey (21), each searching for what direction their lives will take. Their paths meet at the famed Tamworth Country Music Festival (the second biggest country music festival in the world, after Nashville, and where Keith Urban’s career was launched) in New South Wales. Because accommodations are scarce, Joey offers to share his room with Adam, hoping his gaydar is still operational, despite it getting little use in Armisdale, a small town with few gay men. Adam is charmed by Joey’s open and honest nature, as well as his lean and tightly muscled body, and they find their one-night stand turning into something more. When Joey has to leave the festival early to return home due to a minor family mishap, Adam soon finds his way to Armidale, and Joey.
It was refreshing to read a M/M romance without angst and/or miscommunication being important plot points. Adam and Joey connect fairly quickly, with each needing to resolve their issues with family in order to be together. The sex scenes, while not sizzling, are alternately tender and pretty darn hot! I felt the book slowed down a bit too much in the middle with some “touristy” activities that seemed more like filler rather than necessary to the plot, and the ending came about in a bit of a hurry. But these are minor complaints – if you are looking for a sweet read – look no farther!