Book Reviews

Fragile Heart by Nic Starr

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 21-April-2021

Book Blurb

The past doesn’t have to dictate the future.

It’s hard to focus on work when Sean Vargos sits a couple of desks away. He’s quiet, well-respected, and dedicated to his job, not to mention he’s gorgeous. Jason can’t get him out of his thoughts. Acting on his attraction is frowned on in the workplace but talk of Valentine’s Day and an upcoming business merger gives Jason the push to finally make a move. He’s tired of being alone, and he doesn’t want his career to be his key priority anymore.


Sean isn’t looking for an office romance. He isn’t looking for romance, period. Putting the past behind him has been a struggle, and he knows better than to think he can fall in love again. But Jason Simpson is hard to ignore. He’s passionate about his job, and he’s also interested in Sean.


The temptation is too much to resist, and they embark on a tentative relationship. Jason falls head over heels, fast. Sean runs.

All Jason wants is to win over Sean’s heart, but first he needs to earn his trust.



First edition published under the title 'A Day at a Time' by Dreamspinner Press, October 2014. This edition has been revised, expanded, and re-edited, adding approximately 7,500 words, but the story largely remains unchanged.


Book Review

Office romance. It can go really well, or horribly, horribly wrong. Luckily for Dave and Sean, they've known each other a year, and have gotten closer in the last six months, so they know the type of man they each are. Their first date is so sweet, it's not surprising when they make a second, and then find themselves moving forward into a relationship.

Dave's life is on track. He's been with the company for a year, is working hard in middle management with ambitions to move upward, slowly and steadily. He's got a nice apartment, with his eye on someday having a little home of his own. Dave has been watching Sean for a long time now, and wanting to get to know him better. Sean has spent the past two years cut off, emotionally, from any thoughts of dating or getting to know someone. A tragedy in his past has left him wary and vulnerable, so he is surprised when he feels himself opening up to Dave. But Sean's doubts about his inability to trust, and commit, have them going one day at a time.

'Fragile Heart' was my first introduction to the writing of Nic Starr. I enjoyed this novella, and Dave and Sean's romance was very sweet. If you like a romance where they take their time, and it really is a true blue romance, then this might be the book for you.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 102 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 21-April-2021
Price $2.99 ebook
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