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Author: Nic Starr
Series: World of Love Collection
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: April 12, 2017
Dr Nathan Powell is ready to settle down near his family, and hopefully find the man of his dreams. He returns to the small coastal town where he grew up, but while life is simpler than it was in the city, there are also complications—like patients’ reactions to an openly gay doctor. And like running into Nate’s first love, Damien, an out-and-proud local business owner who is unwilling to be any man’s dirty secret. The reunion reignites old desire even while it stirs up Nate’s guilt over the way things ended with Damien.
When Nate’s nephew runs away, Damien accompanies Nate on his mission to find the young man. The drive to Sydney, and the search of the city, gives Nate time to reconnect with Damien—and to wonder if he made the right decision years ago—when he determined a future for them was impossible. Is a fresh start realistic for two men in their forties? But before he can ponder the second chance they’ve been given, Nate must locate his nephew.
World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.
A big thank you to Alpha Book Club for hosting me today as I celebrate the release of Runaway.
Runaway is part of the Dreamspinner Press World of Love collection. The World of Love stories are “contemporary romances spotlighting the unique features, qualities and attributes of a specific country as well as the universality of love wherever it’s found.”
I’m using this release as a chance to show more of my beautiful city. Runaway, the story of Nate and Damien, takes place in the Australian state of New South Wales, starting in a small country town on the north coast, where both men live, followed by time spent in Sydney.
The guys head to Bondi Beach as they wait for news of Nate’s runaway nephew, Jackson. They don’t expect to find him in such a crowded tourist destination but need to kill time until he gets in contact, and the beach has always been one of Jackson’s favourite places.
This photo was taken by my hubby on one of our trips to Bondi. I think it captures the popularity of the beach perfectly!
Here’s a small excerpt from Runaway which also captures some of the atmosphere of the area.
They crossed the busy road, with its median strip lined with some type of palm tree reaching tall into the sky. They left behind the rows of shops and cafes to admire the view on the opposite side of the road. The beach stretched in a golden arc, yellow sand dotted with beach towels and people at regular intervals, and the blue sea stretching as far as the eye could see. Seagulls shrieked overhead, the sound competing with the dull roar of the waves crashing on the shore. There wasn’t a huge swell that day, but enough surf to encourage the riders who sat on their boards beyond the breakers. A couple of surfers, wearing only boardies and bloody good tans, ambled past with surfboards tucked under their toned arms. Very easy on the eye.
“Not a bad view, is it?” Damien asked.
“Huh?” Nate tore his gaze from the guys ahead.
Damien rolled his eyes and chuckled. “The ocean, the beach.”
“Oh, yeah. You can see why it’s so popular, especially since it’s not far from the city.”
“It’s pretty, but it’s very different from the beach back home. Home is so much quieter. Here you’ve got to fight for a bit of sand and not mind if someone is sitting right next to you.” Damien chuckled. “Although, I hear this beach has something special going for it.”
“All those hot iconic Bondi surf lifesavers.”
This time it was Nate’s turn to roll his eyes.
In unison, they headed down the steps to the footpath that followed the curve of the beach. They joined the joggers and dog walkers who were making the most of the glorious weather. They walked the length of the path towards the northern headland, scanning the crowd on both the walkaway and down on the sand. It would have been pointless to even try to find anyone on the beach itself, the area being too large and too crowded.
The day warmed as they walked, and Nate rolled his shirtsleeves above his elbows, thankful he was wearing shorts. Damien was dressed similarly, but instead of a buttoned shirt, he was wearing a simple navy T-shirt with his company logo on the chest. Once again, Nate was stuck by how good Damien looked. He may have hit forty, but he wore his age well and had the body of someone who obviously spent a lot of active time outdoors doing physical activity. Nate smiled as he thought how Damien could give any of the gorgeous men they’d passed a run for their money.
They turned to walk back in the direction they had come. “So, tell me about the Bait & Tackle.” Nate was keen to learn more about Damien’s recent life, what he’d been up to over the last eight or so years.
“There’s not really a lot to say. I’m sure it’s not nearly as exciting as your career as a doctor.”
Nate snorted. “A career in medicine isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Long hours, lots of stress.”
“So, not the glamorous life?”
“Not even close.” Nate chuckled. “But seriously, I’m interested to hear what made you get into the shop.”
They stopped walking and leaned on the railing, both of them looking out to sea. “Ah, so, where to start?
A brilliant time to visit the areas is during The Sculpture by the Sea event. This event showcases fabulous, huge sculptures along the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk. It extends over 2km with over 100 sculptures. Click here to find out more about Sculpture by the Sea. I’ll leave you with another of my hubby’s photos, this time a giant rhinoceros ‘buried’ at Tamamara Beach.
I hope you liked seeing a little piece of my city and enjoy experiencing a little more when reading Runaway.
If you’d like to see some more of my beautiful country, you can visit the following blogs who are hosting me during the Runaway release.
April 5 – MM Good Book Reviews, April 10 – Alpha Book Club, April 11 – Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words, April 12 – The Novel Approach, April 13 – Open Skye Book Reviews, April 13 – Sinfully Gay Romance Book Reviews, April 14 – My Fiction Nook, April 17 – Love Bytes, April 18 – Divine Magazine, April 19 – Long and Short Reviews
Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told.
Nic loves to spend time with her family—an understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a cherished Cairn terrier. Nic is a foodie and wine lover who lives in the city but is a country girl at heart. When not writing or reading, she is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
You can find Nic on Facebook, Twitter and her blog. She’d love it if you stopped by to say hi.