Book Review – Patrick’s Savior by Nic Starr

Heroes #3
Publisher: Self-published
Pages: 192
Characters: Patrick/Simon
POV: 3rd
Sub-genre: Contemporary with a touch of Mystery, Series

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.

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Although this is the third book in the series it can be read alone. However, having read book one—and still needing to read book two—I enjoyed catching up with other characters from the series. Simon and Patrick had caught my eye when I’d read Charlie’s Hero and I’d hoped they would get their own book.

Nic Starr is one of my go-to authors when I want a contemporary romance read, and she never disappoints. This is a lovely friends-to-lovers story with Simon and Patrick being both smitten with the other but not wanting to make that first step in case it ruins their friendship. I enjoyed reading about them finally taking the plunge and watching their relationship grow. I really felt for Simon especially when his past is revealed and a traumatic experience impacts him while he’s working.

I loved the supporting cast in this story, and not just those I’d met before. There is a real feeling of family among this group of friends which left me with a lovely feel good feeling reading about them interacting and looking out for each other. I suspect a couple of the new characters will end up together and I’m hoping the author writes more in this series so I can find out!

Although I guessed who was behind the letters etc fairly early on, the author throws in a few red herrings which had me doubting on occasion whether I was on the right track or not. I had to keep reading through the reveal as, although I trusted the author to keep these guys safe, I wanted to make sure they were. The HEA is a lovely family affair and suits the story perfectly.

I’d recommend Patrick’s Savior to readers who enjoy contemporary romance with likeable characters, a touch of mystery, and real sense of family being not only the one you’re born into but the friends you make along the way. 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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