My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: ARC provided by author
Publication Date:February 26, 2016
Publisher: Nic Starr
Point of View: Third Person (Ty & Mac)
Genres & Themes: MM Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary,
Tyler Samuels had his reasons for leaving the country town where he grew up. He moved to the city, established a home and a career, and found love. Now Ty is in his early thirties, and as his life takes another tragic turn, he finds himself returning to the place he first ran from.
Mac McGrath has lived in Armidale all his life. He loves his family and his job as an electrician, running the family business. The only thing missing in his life is a relationship. When Ty, his teenage crush, arrives back in town, maybe he has found someone to love at last.
What starts as friends with benefits quickly turns to more for Mac, but Ty will need to let go of his memories if he is to learn to love again. But can Mac wait that long?
Who is lucky enough to find love not once, not twice, but possibly three times? Tyler Samuels, that’s who. You’re possibly thinking, I can’t even find it once. The heart of this book is love, hope, and second, if not three, chances. It’s also about pain, grief, and broken hope.
Let’s take a step back and just think. You fall in love as a teen, you have your life mapped out, and you can’t wait until the day you both graduate and can just live. But, disaster strikes—the person you love dies in a tragic accident. You move, and you make that life you had planned with that someone, and one day you meet someone who turns your world around and you simply…fall. You’re happy, in a way you didn’t think possible, in a way you didn’t think you deserved. Then, that person is ripped too early from you. Would you let yourself fall for someone again? Would you even want to love someone, yet again?
Rustic Memory presented a question I never thought to ask, let alone answer. I haven’t been in love, nor do I want to, that’s why I stick to fictional love. When reading a book, I ask myself what would I do in their situation? Ty has loved, has been loved, and life has thrown his a series of curveballs. Deadly ones (yikes). Life has a sense of humor, a dark one at that, and throws Ty a hunk of a guy with sparkling green eyes and body that won’t stop. Mac, formerly known as Robbie McGarth, also known as his friend’s, Lachlan, little annoying brother, is the one guy Tyler wasn’t counting on.
You ever had a crush on one of your brothers or sisters friend? I haven’t, but I have had crushes on friend’s siblings, but I’ll just go ahead and apply the same logic here. Suddenly, you’re hanging out with your sibling all the time because they are there, and where they are you are. For some reason said person moves away, but what if life gave you another chance and brings that person back to you, more so if that person reciprocates now. Would you let that chance pass you by?
Mac is that guy who had a crush on his brother’s sibling and when life gives you lemonade you well…use it to seduce the guy you have had a crush on for the longest. There’s no way in hell you won’t try to tap that, you know. Mac is that guy who grew up in all the right places, no longer is he ‘the annoying kid brother,’ now he’s that guy that has you reaching for a cold glass of water. Bonus: he’s kind, caring, funny and a tad romantic. With a side of hot sex.
What’s Tyler to do in this situation? The thing is I completely understood Ty. Fear is unreasonable and illogical at times, but try to tell a person who’s deadly scared of the dark that there’s nothing to fear, let’s see how far that’ll get you (nowhere,I tell you from experience). So try telling a person that getting a third chance at love is everything short of amazing. Try telling that to a guy who knows loss, who still feels the aches from having someone ripped from them.
At one point I literally uttered, “Nic Starr you are not going there.” Where is there, you might ask, well you’ll have to read on and find out.