Title: Rustic Melody (Rustic #1)
Author: Nic Starr
Release Date: January 26, 2016
Page Count: 174
Reviewed by: Lily G Blunt
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.
Nic’s story is like the title; a sweet and gentle melody set in the rustic countryside of Australia. It washes over you as you read, leaving you calm and happy. There’s some low-level angst each time the two young men are apart, but they have family and business issues to distract them and stop them from becoming too maudlin. Yet, because of what has passed between them, the reader knows they are missing each other and realizes it’s only a matter of time before they are re-united. They both care and look out for other people before themselves. There’s a real connection between these polite and charming men from the start. Their love unfolds in their scenes together, their conversations, and their hot smexin. They communicate beautifully, listening and advising each other as they work out what they want from life. As with most romances, they have personal issues to deal with before they find their happy ending, although I felt they were resolved a little too easily. I was expecting a big showdown between Adam and his father. Plus, I would have liked more of the story showing their future together and how they fulfil their dreams. Hopefully we will be treated to that in the sequels. Overall, a beautifully written and heartwarming story of two adorable men who find love and happiness with each other.