Title: Runaway (World of Love series)
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 86
Reviewed by: Crabbypatty
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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 story of two men – both just a bit over forty – and their second chance at love. Nate and Damian were boyhood sweethearts, but Nate left to attend uni in Sydney, eventually becoming a doctor, while Damian remained and now owns a successful business. When Nate returns home to work at the small medical clinic, he wonders if perhaps he made a mistake running away. And when his nephew runs away from home, Nate and Damian go to Sydney to search for him and end up reexamining their relationship.

This is not a story of high emotions, miscommunication and angst but rather one that slowly develops as Nate realizes he needs to step up and live an authentic life not just for himself, but for his family.

Nate found himself reflecting on the joy and freedom of being able to express yourself, something he’d been thinking a lot about over the last few weeks especially.
Maybe it’s time I allow myself to be free?

You can feel the spark between Nate and Damian, and the one brief sex scene fits into the gentle flow of the story. Personally I felt the story unfolded a bit too leisurely, but on the whole, this is a sweet story. 3.5 stars.

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Galley copy of Runaway provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.


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I distinctly remember that day in school when, all of a sudden, those squiggles on the page made sense and I could read. It has changed my life in ways I still cannot comprehend.

My favorite M/M tropes are friends-to-lovers, murder/mysteries, amnesia, hurt/healing and historicals. Shifters, vampires, paranormal? Meh … not in my wheelhouse, but I’m a sucker for a well-written well-plotted book, no matter the genre.

Favorite authors includes Brandon Witt, Rick R. Reed, Abigail Roux, Jay Northcote, JL Merrow, KJ Charles, Lane Hayes, Marshall Thornton and so many more.

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