Wednesday, June 27, 2018

ARC Review: Galaxies and Oceans by N.R. Walker

Galaxies and Oceans
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.

Jewel's rating:

Galaxies and Oceans by NR Walker is about healing and moving on and getting a second chance at love and at life. It's such a beautiful story full of hope.

Starting over isn't easy under the best of conditions. Choosing to walk away from everything because you feel there is no other choice has to be one of the scariest feelings ever. Ethan did this. He knew that staying with his abusive - and influential - boyfriend would never get better, and he would not be allowed to just leave. Being presumed dead gave Aubrey a fresh start, but some wounds don't heal easily and Aubrey is afraid to get too close to others, and he prefered it that way, until he met Patrick, the lighthouse keeper in ...

Patrick has shadows of his own. His partner died four years ago, and Patrick has never learned how to move on. He goes about his very predictable routine - lighthouse checks, first thing, coffee at 8am, grounds maintenance, and helping others in the small town that need it, until he encountered Aubrey, who taught him how to breathe again.

The story has a rather solemn feel to it, with both MC's dealing with past trauma, but the romance is strong and gorgeous and slow slow burn. There's no melodrama, no miscommunication (so refreshing!), just a sweet (maybe a touch too sweet for my personal tastes) and sexy story about healing and living.

I truly enjoyed Galaxies and Oceans and would heartily recommend it.


ARC of Galaxies and Oceans was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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