Title: Rustic Melody (Rustic #1)
Author Name: Nic Starr
Publication Date & Length: January 26, 2016 – 174 pgs
Adam Chambers has never seen eye-to-eye with his father and is reluctant to take over the family’s property-development company. To clear his head and work out what he wants to do with the rest of his life, Adam leaves his responsibilities in the city and heads out to see the country.
He isn’t much closer to deciding what to do with his life when he arrives at one of Australia’s largest events, the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and meets Joey Callaway.
Since Joey’s father’s tragic death left Joey the family’s debt-ridden pub, Joey has struggled, desperate to turn the business around and give his mum the life she deserves. A break away from the pressures of running the pub is just what he needs, and a hook-up with Adam is the perfect way to forget about his troubles.
The one-night stand might just be an opening act. If Adam and Joey can follow the music in their hearts, perhaps they can heal each other and create a melody that will last a lifetime.
This is a wonderfully chilled Aussie romance. Too young for the burden of responsibility his father’s death has left him with, Joey is stuck in his hometown running the family pub. Having left his father’s corrupt business and taken an extended road trip, Adam meets Joey at a country music festival.
Both Joey and Adam are great characters and I loved the two men together. The affluent, footloose Adam is a perfect compliment for careworn Joey.
This is a slow story. The hook-up leads to a friendship which becomes a romance. A new-adult story, this is a romance without the burden of a forever-style HEA. Realistic, nearly angst-free, my only reservation is that not much actually happens. But I’m the first to criticise when authors add too much into a story.
This is almost as much a story about growing up as it is a romance. Both Adam and Joey are uncomfortably tethered to their families’ needs and expectations but neither is certain of his own dreams and aspirations.
Nic Starr’s rural Australia is bleak, the wide-open spaces nearly claustrophobic at times but I loved the slightly unusual setting, the well-crafted characters and I thought Joey and Adam’s relationship was beautifully written.
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.