Friday, February 26, 2016

Release Day Tour: Rustic Memory by Nic Starr (Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)

Nic Starr’s second book in her RUSTIC series titled RUSTIC MEMORY is OUT today and she is here with us to tell you some more about it!

Title: Rustic Memory
Series: Rustic – Book Two
Author: Nic Starr
Cover Artist: Kellie Dennis at Book Cover By Design
Length: 159 pages/48k words
Release Date: February 26, 2016
Genre: M/M Romance, Gay Romance, Contemporary, Australian
Blurb: 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?
“Hey.” Ty looked up from his desk and removed his glasses. “All finished?”
Mac nodded. “I got everything done I wanted to do today. I’ll be here early tomorrow to connect the transformers to the new lights while the electricity’s off. Here.” He opened his notebook, took a sheet of paper from between its covers, and held it out across the cluttered desk to Ty. “This is the extra information on the lighting behind the bar.”
Ty reached for the sheet of paper, his fingers grazing Mac’s. It took every ounce of resolve Mac possessed for him not to flinch at the contact. He wasn’t going to let Ty see the effect one simple touch had on him.
“That was quick.” Surprise flashed in Ty’s brown eyes.
“Uh-huh. I took care of it at lunch. I called Dave and he’s given some indicative figures. Of course, it’ll need to be verified with actual measurements and final quotes from suppliers.”
“That’s okay. We agreed back of the envelope would be fine. This is more than I expected, especially in such a short time frame.” Ty put his glasses back on and studied the paper for a moment. He stuck his pen in the corner of his mouth and chewed gently on the end.
Mac was mesmerised by the sight of those soft lips and the movements they were making. Fuck! Why did he have to be so attracted to the man? Ty took the pen from his mouth and made a couple of notes in the margin of the paper before looking up. “This looks great. If the numbers are accurate, then it certainly seems achievable.”
Ty smiled broadly and ran his fingers through his hair, pushing the strands back from his face. Mac followed his movements, taking in the planes of Ty’s cheekbones, the line of his throat, watching his Adam’s apple bob as he swallowed.
Mac blinked to refocus and reminded himself he was here for business. “Well, if that’s all you need, I’ll be off then.” He tucked the notebook under his arm and turned towards the door.
He swivelled to see Ty rising from his chair. The chair hit the wall with a thud and Ty rounded the desk. He stood in front of Mac within four paces, looking up at him with those big brown eyes.
“I…ah…” Ty’s gaze flicked to the door and back to Mac. “Don’t go. Not yet.”
“You want to talk about the job?”
Ty scraped a hand through his hair again, causing the strands to fall across his face. Mac’s fingers itched to move, but he resisted the temptation to tuck in the errant lock. Ty closed his eyes briefly, his lashes fluttering against his alabaster skin.
He really is beautiful.
“I was hoping I could convince you to stay for a while,” Ty finally said.
Mac studied him a moment, trying to understand exactly what it was Ty wanted. Ty left him with no question when he stepped closer and brought their bodies together. Ty slipped his slim arms up to grasp around Mac’s shoulders, and he tilted his face up. Mac held his breath as Ty’s eyes glazed over and his tongue darted out to lick his lower lip. Mac was rooted to the spot, mesmerised by Ty. Heat flooded his groin and he tingled with the need to touch this man, his man. Ty.
“I don’t have long,” Ty whispered and pressed his erection into Mac’s thigh.
“Yeah,” Ty stood on tiptoe and murmured into Mac’s ear, his hot breath sending a shiver down Mac’s spine. “Got to head out soon, but before I go….” His words faded out as he nuzzled Mac’s neck.
Mac stiffened.
What the fuck? This is a booty call?
Mac’s head wanted him to shove Ty away, but as his hands came up and grasped Ty’s upper arms, he found himself pulling instead of pushing. Ty’s breath hitched and he trembled. “This what you want?”
Mac brought his mouth down on Ty’s, the kiss hot and wet as he forced his way into the depths of Ty’s mouth. Ty’s response was a mumbled groan, but the way his fingers dug into Mac’s shoulders and his hips flexed up to rub along Mac’s thigh gave him the answer without words.
They grappled with each other, Ty shoving Mac against the wall and Mac turning the tables and pushing Ty until he forced him to take a few steps back. The desk stopped Ty’s movement, and Mac used the surprise to tear his mouth from Ty’s and spin him around. A hand between the shoulder blades had Ty folded over the desk, barely missing the computer monitor and sending a cascade of paperwork to the floor. Ty groaned but didn’t try to stand up.
Mac grasped a handful of Ty’s hair and bent over his back. “You want this?” He panted against Ty’s cheek. He felt Ty’s answering nod.
Rustic Melody
Book #1
Released 26th January 2016
Rustic Memory
Book #2
Release date 26th February 2016
Rustic Moment
Book #3
Expected March/April
4 Stars *Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Tyler runs away from the lithe country town he grew up in after his first boyfriend is killed in a tragic accident when they are only 18. After yet another tragic loss years later, he returns back to his hometown. He buys a local pub, and starts renovating it. Not long after returning to town Mac walks back into his life. Mac is a few years younger than Ty, and one of his childhood friend's kid brother. Mac has always had a crush on Ty since they were teenagers. Ty is attracted to Mac as well, but he's lost two great loves, and feels he can't open his heart again. Mac just wants Ty to take one more chance on love. What can I say? Nic broke my heart from the prologue. I was so heart broken for Tyler. To have such a huge loss at such a young age. Honestly, I've read the whole book, I know how it ends, yet I seem to keep thinking back to that part of the book. Omg, I have a prologue hangover!! lol This book held me captive and had me turning the pages, but I'll be honest. It frustrated me. I wanted to smack Ty in the back of the head and make him see what was right in front of him!! Both of these characters were well developed and likable, even if they were frustrating. While I loved the storyline, I felt the story was slow in places, yet very rushed at the end. I wish we had seen Ty and Mac together as a couple more. This was an enjoyable read, definitely recommended!!


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 eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family-an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters, and 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.
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  1. Great excerpt! Congratulations on the release and looking forward to reading it!