Book Review – The Northstar by Elle Keaton

Accidental Roots 7.5
Publisher: Dirty Dog Press
Pages: 107
Characters: John/Chance
POV: 3rd
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series

The holiday season can’t be over soon enough for John Hall. His ex-boyfriend emptied the bank accounts and ran off with his personal trainer months earlier leaving John unable to pay his creditors. Now he’s forced to close the independent movie theater he runs. Now he’s going to have to close the movie theater he owns, a bad end to a bad year. Gay, single and closer to fifty than forty, John doesn’t see a lot of hope in his future. In the dark of night he wonders if staying afloat is worth the effort.

Chance Allsop made a promise to his dying mother he hopes he doesn’t regret. Ten months after her death he’s finally in Skagit Washington, visiting the old movie theater where his parents met and fell in love decades ago. The whole thing seems like a lark until he lays eyes on the handsome owner. With his mother’s spirit at his back Chance fully intends to win John Hall’s heart.

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I loved this feel good story, which although set at Christmas, is a lovely read for any time of year. I also appreciated that the MCs John and Chance are a little older as I enjoy reading about older characters finding love. Although this is part of a series, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone but I would recommend the series as it’s a fabulous read.

John and Chance are very different characters, but both nice guys. I loved how Chance is determined to win John right from the first moment they meet, and his parents’ romance in the past drives his hope for his own HEA. It’s understandable why John is hesitant to trust and open his heart again, considering what he’s been through. I liked that his ex does make an appearance and shows just how shallow he is.

As a movie buff I loved all the movie theatre setting, and references. Perfect for a Christmas story. I loved the glimpses of other Skagit locals, and the supporting cast were great. The kitten’s eventual name—not Cat Two!—made me smile, and it was a character in its own right, and did a great job playing cupid. I loved Edmund and hadn’t realised he has his own book so will have to grab a copy to read now as I want to make sure he gets his own HEA.

Highly recommended and hit the spot nicely. 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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