Of Sunlight and Stardust (Belen’s Review)

Title: Of Sunlight and Stardust
Authors: Riley Hart and Christina Lee
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 18th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 270 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5


After the death of his wife, Tanner Rowe takes a step toward making her dream come true and buys the house with the dilapidated barn she’d been inexplicably drawn to in the picturesque Upper Peninsula. But after a year, he still can’t get past his grief long enough to make the repairs he’d promised.

Recently out of prison, Cole Lachlan has little to his name. Homeless, broke, and without many options as a felon, Cole heads to Red Bluff with hopes of a second chance. There he meets Tanner, whose loneliness mirrors his own, and soon Cole is trading room and board for rebuilding the burned-out barn on Tanner’s property that hasn’t been touched in seventy years.

Turns out, the barn holds more secrets than either of them could have imagined. After unearthing a hidden journal from 1948, Cole and Tanner spend their evenings poring over the pages, reading about a young man pining after his best friend. The deeper they delve into this forbidden affair from the past, the more Cole and Tanner’s own relationship shifts—from acquaintances to friends…to undeniable attraction.

But as they begin to deal with the newness of falling in love in the wake of Tanner’s loss and Cole’s past, they also become more determined to unravel the mystery of the young lovers who’ve captured their hearts, the rumors about the fire, and what really happened that fateful night.

Tanner Rowe has bought a house with a burned-out barn because it was his wife, and best friend, Emma’s dream inexplicably for them to own the property. But Tanner is in over his head both with the repairs and his grief after losing Emma less than a year before.

Cole Lachlan has recently gotten out of prison, and with no parole to worry about and the only person in his life, his grandfather, that he cared for and cared about him, gone, he drifts along hoping for a break. He winds up in picturesque Red Bluff with not a lot of money left and very little in the way of prospects. It’s rough going and Cole’s really on hard times, but still proud. When Tanner discovers Cole is homeless, he and Cole work out a deal where Cole will have room and board (in the burned out barn) in exchange for manual labor.

When Cole discovers a hidden journal from 1948 in the barn it’s more than a book that’s unearthed. A mystery blooms and the two men make the determination to find out what really happened to the writer, his best friend, and the barn. Additionally there is the attraction and romance that builds slowly between Tanner and Cole, despite Tanner never having been attracted to a man before.

I don’t want to give too much away, it’s definitely better to go in blind to this one. If you’re in the mood for a dual POV, medium angst, slower paced romance with a happy ending, but quite a few tears before you get there check out Of Sunlight and Stardust.

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Galley copy of Of Sunlight and Stardust provided by the authors in exchange of an honest review.


I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

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Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future