Book Review – Rustic Moment by Nic Starr

Happy release day, Nic Starr!

The last few months have been tough on Grant Parnell. He discovered his boyfriend was having an affair and it’s taken its toll, both emotionally and financially. With his business facing ruin, Grant could lose everything.

Dave Monroe is excited to start a new phase of his life. He’s following his dream and pursuing an exciting career opportunity. When Grant visits his friends in the country and finds out Dave might be moving to Melbourne, he offers him a place to stay. For Dave, life’s looking good.

Dave had only met Grant a couple of times before moving in with him, but the simmering sexual attraction is undeniable. As he settles into Grant’s home, deeper feelings develop. It’s hard not to fall for Grant’s gorgeous exterior, but it’s the strong man underneath who captures Dave’s heart.

Grant always craved success. His business and his home are testament to just how far he’s come, proving his family wrong and making something of himself—or he had. Now everything is falling apart. As Grant’s world spirals out of control, Dave is the one sure thing in his life.

But if they are to have any chance at happiness, Dave will need to teach Grant what’s really important.

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Having enjoyed the first two books in the Rustic series by Nic Starr so much I was very happy to read and review book 3, Rustic Moment.

As with earlier books, this story focuses on different characters although the previous characters aren’t forgotten. In fact they play a pivotal role in this book, and come to Melbourne to visit. I loved the interaction between them and the advice they gave Grant and Dave. I love the characters in this series—they all come across as very three dimensional with quirks, and fears, and I find I get attached to them and their stories very quickly. Unlike the other books, Rustic Moment takes place away from Armidale, and the author does a great job in bringing Melbourne to life.

Grant and Dave’s story is about opposites attracting. But, although Grant and Dave might come across as opposites on the surface, they share an interest in seeing the potential in spaces that can become much more. The two men come first together as friends of friends then become friends before embarking into a relationship. But in saying that, it doesn’t all just fall into place as Grant has a few secrets he’s not sharing while Dave is much more of ‘get what you see’ kind of guy. Dave isn’t into pretending to be something he’s not, and some of Grant’s acquaintances are really not nice people in that regard, and Grant has to learn to trust Dave enough to tell him the truth.

I really enjoyed the way in which their friendship and relationship grew, and that there were obstacles to cross in order to be together. I always enjoy a bit of angst in my stories, and this delivered but not too much so as Grant’s past catches up with him and his present threatens to crash around him. I sat up too late reading to make sure these guys got their happy ending. Grant and Dave are both strong characters, but they each have a different kind of strength which I really liked.

I’d recommend Rustic Moment to readers who love a romance with a bit of angst, but not too much, likeable characters who have to work through past experiences in order to move forward, a great supporting cast, and stories set in Australia. 5 out of 5 stars.

About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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2 Responses to Book Review – Rustic Moment by Nic Starr

  1. Nic Starr says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the series and your review made my day ❤


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