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How do you find love when someone doesn’t want you to? In Patrick’s Savior by Nic Starr, someone doesn’t want Patrick and Simon to be happy. And things will get a lot worse before the two men get their happily ever after. I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest reviews but all opinions expressed here are my own.
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Patrick’s Savior by Nic Starr
Title: Patrick’s Savior (Heroes #3)
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: September 29, 2017
Genre: M/M, Contemporary, Mystery
Length/Format: 201 pages
Heat Level: 2
How do you find love when someone doesn’t want you to be happy?
Patrick Edwards is dealing with a double whammy. Unwanted attention from his housemate’s boyfriend is making him feel uncomfortable in his own home, and he’s facing uncertainty with his employment as an administrative assistant at the local elementary school. He finally breathes a sigh of relief when a friend puts him in contact with Simon, who has a vacant room.
Simon Dawson is a paramedic who doesn’t hesitate to help Patrick. After all, no one should live in a house where they don’t feel safe. Simon develops feelings for Patrick, but doesn’t act on them—Patrick’s moved from a bad situation and doesn’t need his new housemate hitting on him. However, a weekend away changes everything when Simon realizes Patrick returns his feelings.
But someone doesn’t want Patrick and Simon to be happy. A series of strange letters arrive at the house, and things will get a lot worse before the two men get their happily ever after.
Patrick’s Savior is a novel of approximately 69k words. It is part of a series but can be read stand-alone.
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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 realizing she had some stories of her own that needed to be told.
Nic loves to spend time with her family—an understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a cherished Cairn terrier. Nic is a foodie and wine lover who lives in the city but is a country girl at heart. When not writing or reading, she 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.
Patrick’s Savior Excerpt
“Patrick?” Simon spoke his name, bringing him back into the moment, and he looked at his friend, the concern evident in his eyes. “What’s the matter?”
Patrick swallowed but couldn’t answer, couldn’t force the words past the lump in his throat. Simon stood and within moments his warm hands were gripping Patrick’s upper arms. Patrick focused on that simple touch, which grounded him.
“You’re scaring me. Patrick?” Simon’s eyes clouded with worry.
“Sorry. I….” Patrick looked at the ceiling. “My room. There’s a letter.”
Simon’s mouth instantly hardened into a straight line. “One of those love letters? You got another one?”
Patrick nodded mutely.
“It’s in your room?” Simon’s eyes were wide.
“Yeah. On the bed,” he managed to stammer.
“What did it say? Was it the same as the others?” Simon’s hand rubbed reassuringly, gentle strokes along his skin.
“I don’t know. I didn’t open it.” Patrick glanced away before meeting Simon’s gaze again. “I freaked out. I saw it and….”
“That’s okay. I’d probably have done the same thing.” Simon drew Patrick into his arms and gave him a hug. “The guy’s a sick bastard and would freak anybody out.”
Patrick soaked up the hug, melting into Simon’s hold for just a moment. The scent of him filled Patrick’s senses, a smell that would forever be associated with comfort—clean, fresh, all Simon. Patrick took a deep breath and pulled away, trying to get himself together.
Patrick’s Savior Review
(4 out of 5 stars)
Patrick’s Savior is a friends to lovers romance with a touch of mystery and plenty of story and character development. Patrick is having stalker issues, Simon is a protective friend/boyfriend, and love builds slowly as they struggle to come to grips with the chaos in their lives.
I really liked Simon….he was protective without being overbearing. He offered Patrick a place to stay when he needed one and was generally an all-around nice guy. Friend to those who needed a supportive presence in their lives and protector when necessary. I wasn’t a huge fan of Patrick. I’m not really sure why but there was something about his character that just grated on me for much of the book. He is awkward and klutzy which is cute at times but for me, I just didn’t connect with this character.
The mystery is slow to develop and doesn’t overpower the storyline. You sort of know what is going to happen as the book moves along but there are still a few questions left unanswered until the end.
The romance was not in your face in this story. While you get some on page sexy time much of it is off the page or glossed over so that it doesn’t overpower the rest of the story.
Overall, Patrick’s Savior is a solid story with a nice balance of mystery to romance.