Title: Patrick’s Savior (Heroes #3)
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Reviewed by: Kristin
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Blurb: How do you find love when someone doesn’t want you to be happy?
Patrick Edwards is dealing with a double whammy. Unwanted attention from his housemate’s boyfriend is making him feel uncomfortable in his own home, and he’s facing uncertainty with his employment as an administrative assistant at the local elementary school. He finally breathes a sigh of relief when a friend puts him in contact with Simon, who has a vacant room.
Simon Dawson is a paramedic who doesn’t hesitate to help Patrick. After all, no one should live in a house where they don’t feel safe. Simon develops feelings for Patrick, but doesn’t act on them—Patrick’s moved from a bad situation and doesn’t need his new housemate hitting on him. However, a weekend away changes everything when Simon realizes Patrick returns his feelings.
But someone doesn’t want Patrick and Simon to be happy. A series of strange letters arrive at the house, and things will get a lot worse before the two men get their happily ever after.
Patrick’s Savior is a novel of approximately 69k words. It is part of a series but can be read stand-alone.
Blurb sums the plot up fairly well. This is a romance with a small mystery – who is stalking Patrick, and later, Patrick and Simon? The author does a reasonable job of obfuscating the “who done it”, but anyone who reads a healthy dose of mysteries is going to figure it out very early on.
I admit, I struggled with all the names and who was dating whom. It’s been two years since I read the first two in the series and there’s been a just a few books in between. I know that authors and readers like to have past characters make an appearance (we all have our favorites), but I was at a loss trying to remember everyone.
While I enjoyed the story, it wasn’t my favorite in the series (that would have been #2 Andrew’s Promise). The relationship development between Patrick and Simon was pretty vanilla (IMHO) and didn’t engage me as much as I had hoped. Other readers might be more captivated than I.
I fully admit Patrick annoyed me as the plot unfolded. As the stalking issues worsened and Patrick felt he was a burden on his housemates, his answer was to move out. So, here we have someone who is frightened to be by himself, is feeling pretty defenseless, and is going to move out and live by himself. That kind of altruistic behavior just didn’t work for me. I also would have liked to have seen more engagement and interaction with the housemates beyond the handful of meals.
Patrick’s temper tantrum when Danny(?) approaches Simon for private boxing lessons, and Simon respects Danny’s wishes for privacy (as in “don’t tell anyone”) was childlike and just added to my growing annoyance with Patrick. Yes, the relationship was in the infancy stage, yes, jealousy can be expected, but throwing a fit before an explanation? Nuh-uh.
I liked Simon. Simon has some ghosts in his past that resurface during the course of the story. Patrick is aware Simon is holding back about his past, and I did like how Patrick didn’t push Simon on it. I liked seeing Simon’s issues in the flashback while on the job. That was well written. My small concern regarding Simon’s story was the ending/resolution with Simon’s family was a bit too feel-good and happy.
The book also introduces what I suspect will be the next two characters to get a story. I won’t say who, because I could be wrong, but the set-up was pretty strong.
So, overall, this was a middle of the road read for me that really didn’t endear me to one character, but I still like the greater cast of characters and setting.