Monday, August 6, 2018

Galaxies and Oceans by N.R. Walker

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.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Books by N.R. Walker are always an automatic ‘yes, I want to read’ for me. This book was very good. I loved how patient, caring, and trusting Patrick was. Aubrey has been through hell and back and thinks he finally found a place to stay awhile. Aubrey and Patrick are so sweet together. Even doing something as simple as fixing a washer together you can feel the bond and chemistry. I love how Patrick protects Aubrey and is always looking out for his well-being. They each have baggage but together they are better. This book gave me the feels, especially when Scott talks to Patrick. The epilogue was good too. Great weekend read.

This was a wonderful surprise. It is the story of Aubrey, a young man running from his past, and the small island town that eventually provides him with a new home. It is also the story of the romance between Aubrey and Patrick, the town’s grieving lighthouse keeper.

At the start of this book, Aubrey is fragile and almost broken. I loved watching him gather strength and confidence as he grows into the new identity he chooses for himself. If Aubrey is nearly broken, Patrick is almost completely numb when we first meet him. Patrick needs the friendship that slowly develops as he assists Aubrey as much as Aubrey does. Something beautiful happens as Patrick’s heart thaws and Aubrey begins to trust again. The connection between these two is almost painfully slow but Patrick and Aubrey are really beautiful together.

N.R. Walker’s settings are always breathtaking, and I loved Kangaroo island here. The author captures the power of the ocean and the brutality of the weather perfectly. I loved the vivid descriptions and the wonderful sense of place in this book.

This is a beautifully written story. It isn’t as heavy as Aubrey and Patrick’s pasts might suggest. It tackles heavy topics such as grief and domestic abuse sensitively but ultimately this is a story about hope, new beginnings, and possibilities.

I have read a number of N.R. Walker books, and they are all absolutely lovely reads – but this one... somehow I found this one to be the most special to date. Thank you for sharing this beautiful story.

Walker has a great talent for writing about men who would not have told their own story, as they do not consider themselves exceptional, but they are so wrong. Luckily, we get to learn of their lives and loves. They are not people who have the biggest bank accounts, the most glamorous jobs, or houses – but they are full of passion, love, and a desire to engage with their fellow man.

Aubrey, as I think of him, is a man who made a bad decision once, but grabbed an opportunity to reinvent himself. I worried a lot about what could happen, but as always, Walker crafts the outcome in a sensitive rather than sensational way, with some brilliant twists to ensure justice is served. His love of the stars and his grandfather's telescope guide him to the place he needs to be.

Patrick has suffered the loss of his love – but he cannot deny that this quiet, underfed, mysterious newcomer to his small coastal village immediately calls to him. He is a true friend to Aubrey and the dance of their attraction and fear is beautifully played out. So, even though they are dealing with difficult pasts, they choose not to be defined by them.

I most definitely recommend this beautiful book to you.

N.R. Walker is an Australian author, who loves her genre of gay romance. She loves writing and spends far too much time doing it, but wouldn’t have it any other way.

She is many things: a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words. She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things... but likes it even more when they fall in love.

She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.

She’s been writing ever since...

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Galaxies and Oceans by N.R. Walker to read and review.

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