Title: A Day at a Time
Author Name: Nic Starr
Publication Date & Length: October 29, 2014 – 78pgs
Sean Vargos is quiet, well respected, and dedicated to his job. But Dave Simpson sees Sean as more than a coworker. He’s fought his attraction to Sean for months but can’t get him out of his thoughts.
They tentatively embark on a relationship, but Sean isn’t all that he seems. He struggles to put his past behind him and overcome his fears.
Dave, with his good looks and open nature, accepts that sometimes Sean’s doubts get the better of him and he runs. Dave just wants the chance to show Sean he can be trusted and the past doesn’t have to dictate their future.
This quick read was fairly enjoyable. There were things I liked and things I thought were just okay.
I liked that the story dealt with feelings related to past trauma without making it into a “save you” kind of story. I also appreciated that the sex fit well with the themes of the story rather than being “magical.”
I did struggle a bit with the flow of the narrative. I thought the author relied too much on telling rather than showing, especially during the set-up. I also felt like we knew a lot about Sean but very little of Dave. Along those lines, I found the story of what happened to Sean to be rushed and vague. Also, for a story largely set in a corporation, it was odd that we didn’t know anything about their purpose or products until halfway through, and even then not much. A lot of the beginning sounded like it was written in org-speak—it was a bit dull.
Once the relationship between Dave and Sean was established, the story took off and was much better. The first half needed to be of the same quality.
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 eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family–an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters–and 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.