Title: Galaxies and Oceans
Author: N.R. Walker
Publisher: BlueHeart Press
Release Date: 6/23/2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 313
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 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.
Stories were better told over time, anyway, when allowed to unfold only when they were ready to be written.
Galaxies and Oceans was my first book by N.R. Walker, and it was a super cute read!
Ethan fakes his own death to escape an abusive boyfriend. Six months later, he lands in the small town of Hadley Cove with nothing to his name, unsure where his path will take him. It’s where he meets an older man, Patrick, and wonders if there’s a chance to start anew.
This is a slow burn, finding-yourself-again journey. I read a lot of angsty-er romances so this was a nice change of pace. While there are some dark backgrounds here for the characters, there’s also a lot of sweetness and healing and growth that just tugged at my heartstrings.
He was browns, blues, and greys, just like the scenery behind him, with a spark of life in his eyes but a sadness too. A little worn, rugged, weathered, but beautiful all the same.
The imagery was just downright beautiful too. I learned quite a bit about astronomy and oceanography, and I really loved how it was interwoven throughout. The plot is rather slow to move, however, and I found myself putting this one down quite a bit.
That said, if you’re a reader looking for a good old-fashioned wooing with plenty of romance you should pick this one up!