Title : Northern Star
Author : Ethan Day
Publisher : Wilde City (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/M, Contemporary
Length : 249 pages (e-book)
Published : September 25, 2013
Rating : ★★★★★
Deacon Miller never had it all—he never really believed he could. Growing up in a broken home with an alcoholic mother and a revolving door of truly pathetic father figures taught him to keep his expectations low. Now at twenty-seven, on the night before Christmas Eve, his life is turned upside down yet again; his boyfriend has dumped him, he just fled the holiday family reunion from hell, and now to top it all off, a blizzard has left him stranded in an airport hotel.
Steve Steele has spent the better part of his forty-four years living a lie, ignoring his attraction to other men in an attempt to fit into the mold of the man he thought he should be, instead of living life as the man he knew himself to be. Recently divorced after coming home from work one day and coming out to his wife, Steve has floundered over the past year, desperately attempting to wade through the guilt and find the courage to start again.
That’s when a chance meeting in a hotel bar brings two lonely men together… and what should’ve been a one night stand turns into something much more than either one ever expected.
I noticed I wasn’t the only one to squee with joy when Ethan Day announced, kind of last minute, that, oh yeah, I have a new book coming out in a few days! I guess it’s nice that he didn’t torture us for a month teasing us with snippets because the waiting the few days was more than enough for me.
A snow storm leaves poor Deacon stuck in his hometown the day before Christmas Eve. He’s just had another fight with his alcoholic abusive mother. Then his boyfriend dumps him by email, so he’s drinking away his sorrows at an airport motel bar. Deacon is well on his way to getting sloshed, when in walks an older smiling hunk of man who sits right next to him. A few drinks and a lot of flirting later, the two end up in the hotel room having amazing sex. It’s not going to lead to anything because Deacon has to go back to his life in Chicago. It did help take his mind off his troubles for awhile.
A frantic call from his little sister ends the sex fest. His horrible excuse of a mother wrapped her car around a tree and is in the hospital. Steve, the sexy older man, drives him to the hospital and offers to come in. He doesn’t want their time together to end, but Deacon is embarrassed. He prefers Steve to remember him as they were the night before. His mom goes to jail for her fourth DUI, so Deacon ends up moving back to town to take care of his teenage sister. He never calls Steve despite Steve asking him to.
It’s been two months since his night in the hotel room with Deacon and Steve can’t seem to get him out of his head. Then he sees him working in one of his favorite grocery stores. Steve is upset to find him living and working in town. Why the hell hadn’t Deacon called him? He waits for Deacon outside of his work and they talk it out. They start seeing each other and both realize fairly quickly how amazing they are together. The sex is outstanding and they can’t get enough of it but it’s more than that. They really like each other. Neither Deacon or Steve has had anything like this before. Yeah, Steve was married to a woman that he loved but it was nothing like he’s feeling for Deacon. The only person who has ever loved Deacon is his little sister so he can’t really wrap his head around someone as amazing as Steve caring for him.
I loved this book. It’s sexy, charming and funny. Though I thoroughly enjoy Ethan Day’s more outrageous characters ,these felt more subtly witty and playful. I smiled and laughed out loud. Swooned because Steve was super dreamy. Gruff and manly but so damn sweet at the same time. I can’t imagine who wouldn’t adore Deacon. He’s so damaged by years of neglect and disappointment that you just want to hug him. He is in NO way a downer though. Steve has his own issues being newly “out” to the world after leaving his wife. The heavier content kind of anchored the overall humorous romantic story. I loved the naughty banter between the MCs! Not every author can pull that off cheese free but this was sexy and fun. One of my favorite parts were the guys gathered around the barbecue pit. I got teary eyed from laughing. “Just say no to the tushie pushie!” You’ll just have to read it yourself. Classic embarrassing LMAO Ethan day moments. 😀
The secondary characters were so much fun. They supported the story by helping us get to know the guys and why they do the things they do. You know it’s good when you can’t wait for the moment the MCs get together again but then a new character comes on page and you love that too. Deacon’s mom was despicable. She wasn’t on page much but her lingering effects were there to see in Deacon. You couldn’t help but despise the woman.
I’ll just stop raving now though I could go on….. Northern star was a great read that I highly recommend. Loved it!
Rated 5 stars by Whit