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Deacon Miller never had it all—he never really believed he could. Growing up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother and a revolving door of truly pathetic father figures taught him to keep his expectations low. Now at twenty-seven, on the night before Christmas Eve, his life is turned upside down yet again; his boyfriend has dumped him, he just fled the holiday family reunion from hell, and now to top it all off, a blizzard has left him stranded in an airport hotel.
Steve Steele has spent the better part of his forty-four years living a lie, ignoring his attraction to other men in an attempt to fit into the mold of the man he thought he should be, instead of living life as the man he knew himself to be. Recently divorced after coming home from work one day and coming out to his wife, Steve has floundered over the past year, desperately attempting to wade through the guilt and find the courage to start again.
That’s when a chance meeting in a hotel bar brings two lonely men together… and what should’ve been a one night stand turns into something much more than either one ever expected.
I only just started reading Ethan Day (I know, I knooooowwww…where have I been?) but he’s quickly becoming my crack. Being a sap as I am and loving what I call the ‘easy’ read, it’s impossible not to love the stuff ED puts out.
Northern Star is my happy-to-read-any-day-book. You have a broken MC who just needs to be loved (Deacon). You have the perfect alpha (recently out) who’s solid and wants to take care of everything (Steve). You have some hot sex. Some even hotter romance. A relationship that may have been considered instalove but also is allowed to grow throughout the book. A tiny bit of angst. A dose of emotions. And a HEA. *smile* Me likey…
Deacon is a good guy…and he’s trying to move past a tough life. Steve is dream-man material and I loved their interactions…banter, smexy, and commitment.
ED throws in some side characters that were generic: the younger sister who needs taking care of, the ex-wife-before-I-came-out and the child, and the friends-who-never-knew-I-was-gay crowd. I was uninspired by any of these additions, but not overly annoyed by them.
Really, I was just happy with Deacon and Steve and their relationship. This is 4/5 on the sweet meter, 2/5 on the angst meter, and 3.5/5 on the hot meter. If you’re an Ethan Day fan, this will not disappoint. If you’re in the mood for an easy read, this will not disappoint. If you need chains and non-con and action and tentacles and devastation, this is not your cuppa. :)
Title: Northern Star
Author: Ethan Day
Publisher: Wilde City Press
Release Date: September 25, 2013
Purchase Links: WCP