Book Reviews

Galaxies and Oceans by N.R. Walker

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 07-July-2018

Book Blurb

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.

Book Review

“When you see the Southern Cross for the first time, you understand now why you came this way. ‘Cause the truth you might be runnin’ from is so small. But it’s as big as the promise – the promise of a comin’ day... And my love is an anchor tied to you – Tied with a silver chain.” ~ Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

After another severe beating by his abusive partner, Anton Gianoli, Ethan Hoskings of 'Galaxies an Oceans' by N.R. Walker, is left in an isolated cabin, in the woods so no one will see him until he heals. Ethan knows that Anton, a powerful politician has far more influence and credibility than his college dropout boyfriend. This is precisely why Ethan never bothers to report his beatings to the police; no one would believe him. Also, if Ethan even tried to tell anyone, Anton's retribution would be devastating, if not fatal. Ethan suffers in silence with no hope and no escape.

When Ethan hears that there are raging forest fires dangerously close to his cabin, he sees his chance to escape. He leaves behind everything he owns, except for his grandfather's telescope, a backpack, and a few changes of clothes. His escape plan involves walking out of the woods and into his new life by following the Southern Cross constellation. Since he is starting a new life, he needs a new name and decides to take his grandfather's name, Aubrey Hobbs. Aubrey wants to stay under the radar. Without ID or a driver's license, his resources are limited. It's culture shock for him to go from a privileged person to one who lives day by day, but he's so determined to leave his misery behind that he adapts, getting odd jobs and sleeping wherever he can.

About six months after the fire, Aubrey wanders into the town of Hadley Cove.  Almost everyone is suspicious and the last thing Aubrey wants is to attract attention. That would surely lead to questions Aubrey does not want to answer. Collin O'Hare, the local police officer, watches Aubrey, if for no other reason than he wants to know who the stranger is. Patrick, the local lighthouse keeper, does what he can to help him. Patrick has a million questions but has the patience to wait until Aubrey is ready to tell him about his past. Despite their fears, the men become close friends until their friendship becomes something more; but with Aubrey's trust issues and Patrick's lingering mourning over his partner, who was killed at sea, it seems unlikely that they can forget the past and begin again together.

N.R. is a master at creating emotional, romantic stories that reach deep into my soul, evoking feelings that range from sadness to joy and about everything in between. It's not possible for me to read her books and not be moved. N.R.s characters are often broken, seemingly beyond repair, but she finds a way to heal them, sometimes in remarkable, unexpected ways. Thank you, N.R., for finding the light to bring Aubrey and Patrick together.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 313 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-June-2018
Price $3.99 ebook, $13.00 paperback
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