Northern Star by Ethan Day

NorthernStar_100dpi_cvr-210x330Deacon 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.

Buy Link: Wilde City Press

Review: Lynn, 5

As with all Ethan Day books, I expected humor and fun loving characters. We get that and a whole lot more with this book.

The two main characters Steve and Deacon are dealing with some pretty major life changes. Deacon, who grew up neglected and unloved with his alcoholic mother, moves back home to be with his teenage sister when his mother goes to jail for a DUI. While back in town he runs into Steve, someone he never thought he’d see again after their one night hook up months ago. Steve, who is fresh out of the closet following a six year marriage, never stopped thinking about Deacon and the one night they shared together.

This book is both charming and sweet but deals with some serious issues too. Deacon, after years of neglect from his mother, feels unworthy of love and is damaged in many ways. Steve’s patience and understanding is just what Deacon needs to help him overcome his insecurities. Steve is dealing with his guilt by not being honest with his ex wife during their marriage. They both help each other in ways neither one ever thought possible.

One of the scenes in this book I truly loved was between Steve and his very straight colleagues. They’re all standing around the fire pit while at a backyard barbecue talking about gay sex and asking Steve all kinds of questions. It was laugh out loud hysterical, in true Ethan Day style.

I really loved how this story was delivered. The words just flowed off the page and had me hooked from page one. As with the author’s previous books, there is a lot of humor, but he also deals with some darker issues that I haven’t seen from him before. I really enjoyed how he incorporated the humor he’s known for within a story that was just a little darker than we’re used to seeing from him. It was a nice balance and very realistic.

In a nutshell, this was a story of two people getting a second chance to love and be loved. Another great story, not to be missed from Ethan Day.

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