Galaxies and Oceans (Renée’s Review)

Title: Galaxies and Oceans
Author: NR Walker
Publisher: Self-published
Release Date: June 25, 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary/Hurt-Comfort
Page Count: 313
Reviewed by: Renée
Heat Level:  3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.


There is a reason that Moonlight Sonata is my favorite piano piece. There is such beauty in that somber overlay.

That’s how I would describe this story and the writing style. Beauty in a somber overlay.

Aubrey is recently out of a violently abusive relationship, and Patrick is four years along, but still mourning, from the death of his partner.

In rural, southern Australia is where their galaxies and oceans intersect.

There is a strong hurt/comfort theme to Patrick and Aubrey’s story, on both their parts, and this is the reason (personal preference) that it wasn’t a 5-star read for me. I’m not the biggest fan of the hurt/comfort theme. (But, Renee, you said you loved the beauty in the somber pieces! <-Yeah, I know, I’m quite the conundrum, but oh well).

This one was a sexier story for Walker, and I loved that. 😉

It also just crossed the line over too sugary sweet, if I’m being honest.

But I can’t tell you a thing was wrong with the writing style. She is so smooth and sucks me in every time.

Fans of Walker will love this one!

“When you look at the stars, what do you see?”  


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Galley copy of Galaxies and Oceans provided by the author in exchange of an honest review.


I love boys who love boys! I'm in my 30s, from the southern US, and my crack is m/m romance.