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.
When navigating unchartered waters, the stars will guide you home.
“Sometimes you have to listen to the silences. When things aren’t said. That’s where the truth is.”
“Like the lighthouse he tended, he kept me safe, my course steady. He navigated me home.”
Oh so swoony and romantic…That is the one thing I kept going back to in this story- romance.
I might have said this about her last book, Evolved, that one of the reasons I love NR Walker’s books is that they are unique in some way. Unique stories, unique people, unique places. This one is set in southern Australia-which apparently is close enough to Antarctica that there are penguins. Who knew?
This story was so, so sweet. The romance and relationship built slowly as neither was in a rush. Which just made it all the more special when they did decide to jump in together.
Seeing Aubrey fight to be who he is. Someone who wore $400 boots and ate at the fanciest restaurants was now doing handyman work to pay for an old drafty trailer to sleep in. He was proud, wanting to do things on his own, but at the same time he knew not to look a gift horse in the mouth.
And Patrick. Living in such a small town where literally everyone knew what happened to you had to be excruciating. But he keeps going with his life, not even realizing how much the people in the town care for him and are rooting for him.
Together as a couple they learn to help each other, to count on each other. There was no unnecessary drama between the two of them, no silly misunderstandings. Just a budding romance ending in love.
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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