Galaxies and Oceans (Susan’s Review)

Title: Galaxies and Oceans
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: June 25, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary romance
Page Count: 313
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


Seizing his one chance to escape, Ethan Hosking leaves his violent ex-boyfriend, leaves his entire life, and walks into the path of a raging bushfire. Desperate to start over, a new man named Aubrey Hobbs walks out of the fire-ravaged forest, alive and alone. With no ID and no money, nothing but his grandfather’s telescope, he goes where the Southern Cross leads him.

Patrick Carney is the resident lighthouse keeper in Hadley Cove, a small town on the remote Kangaroo Island off the coast of South Australia. After the tragic death of his lover four years ago, he lives a solitary life; just him, a tabby cat, the Indian and Southern Oceans, and a whole lot of loneliness. He’s content with his life until a stranger shows up in town and turns Patrick’s head.

Patrick never expected to be interested in anyone else.

Aubrey never expected to be happy.

Between Aubrey’s love of the stars and Patrick’s love of the ocean, these two fragile hearts must navigate new waters. If they can weather the storm of their pasts, they could very well have a love that eclipses everything.

While I can definitely see why a lot of people will like this, it wasn’t really for me. This was just too sugary sweet for me. I got tooth ache from these guys.

And I’m all for open communication, but I felt as if these guys talked everything to death. They rehashed every single thing at least 3 times. How they felt, if they wanted each other, if they should have sex now or wait some more, if they were comfortable. And this the entire time.

This started out pretty good with Ethan recovering from a beating from his politician boyfriend. When the cabin he is in is about to be burned to the ground by a forest fire, he gets the idea to escape. He leaves all his possessions behind and hopes Anton will think he died in the fire.

Ethan eventually ends up on Kangaroo Island as Aubrey Hobbs. Aubrey doesn’t have any money, but he’s willing to do all kinds of odd jobs to get by.

Since the town is super small it is not long before he meets Patrick, who takes care of the lighthouse on the island. The two become fast friends, but Aubrey is hesitant to let someone get close, and Patrick is still grieving over his dead boyfriend, who died 4 years earlier.

But both cannot deny their attraction and Aubrey ends up kissing Patrick. Patrick thinks he is not ready for a new relationship yet, but can’t seem to stay away from Aubrey, so the two men decide to take it slow and see where the tide takes them..

This book started out pretty great, and I was totally ready for some hurt/comfort. And I did like the hurt/comfort parts with Aubrey, but unfortunately it was a bit overshadowed by Patrick and his grief and guilt about his dead partner. Now that is never one of my favorite tropes, so that’s totally on me for reading a book with a deceased lover in it.

I also felt this was more flowery than NR Walker usually writes. Now I could be totally wrong about that, but it was just the overall feeling I got from this.

Then he curled his fingers inside me and touched me where no one had ever touched me.
I didn’t need my grandfather’s telescope. I didn’t need to look skyward, to be outside or surrounded by night.
I saw the stars anyway.

I was almost certain that heaven had just collided with the earth. That the world outside could resort to madness and we would be oblivious to all but this moment.

But he took me to the astral planes again. When I was face down with him on top of me, inside me, he found my sweet spot and worked it so thoroughly, he didn’t just show me a supernova.
I became one.

I do think lots of people will enjoy this, but I ended up with a good solid meh.

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