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Rustic Memory by [Starr, Nic]
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Third time lucky is too much to hope for. Isn't it?

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?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2797 KB
  • Print Length: 159 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nic Starr; 1 edition (26 February 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,976 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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“No today was all about fresh starts.” I love these kinds of stories!
Another fantastic addition to the Rustic series by Nic Starr. I think I liked this even more than the first, and I absolutely loved that one!
I have a real soft spot for Ty, I had tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat only a few pages into the book and you know when you just want to grab someone and wrap them up tight and tell them that it’s going to be okay.
And Mac *sigh* How I fell completely in love/lust with Mac. Not only because he’s gorgeous and tall and a total sweetheart, but also because he’s a contractor who turns up on time, does the job within budget and cares about his customers!
These two together got my heart all squishy and I loved their history, the intense instant attraction and just how real and down to earth they are.
It was all tied around a lovely storyline with interesting and heart-warming supporting characters. I loved the relationship between Mac and his two best mates, David and Stuart, and their antics and conversations provided so many humorous moments throughout.
Just the right amount of anticipation had me on the edge of my seat and then putting my Kindle down with a contented sigh and the world’s worst book hangover.
I eagerly anticipate the next book in the series, Rustic Moment, and I can’t express how much I appreciate that we don’t have to wait too long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xafdd6144) out of 5 stars Ty had a terrible start to relationships which made him reluctant to enter ... 26 February 2016
By Kaz - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this as an ARC for giving an honest review. Ty had a terrible start to relationships which made him reluctant to enter into another one, but what he didn't expect was the feelings he has for Mac. Mac has the same feelings he had when they were kids and it is still strong as ever bit Ty moved away after school and was gone for so long but is now back in Armidale after another loss. He buys a pub and trys to get his life back on track hopefully with Mac in it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaf6f3df8) out of 5 stars He has a strained relationship with his parents and isn’t looking to ever fall in love again. Mac has lived in Armidale all his 28 February 2016
By Devan Huff - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I received one copy of this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review. Review first posted on Nautical Star Books

Tyler (Ty) has had a tragic past. He leaves home after school and spends time in the big city but has returned to small town Armidale to heal his broken heart. He has a strained relationship with his parents and isn’t looking to ever fall in love again.

Mac has lived in Armidale all his life and is running the family electrical business. He was the ‘annoying little brother’ of a friend of Ty’s many years ago and admired Ty from afar when they were younger. He is hoping that now that Ty is home, maybe something can come of his attraction. But, Mac’s heart is involved and Ty is trying not to get hearts involved in their interactions.

I loved both these characters. Ty is hesitant about love and is struggling to settle back into his home town without people digging into his past. Small town people, however, are always nosy! He tries to be evasive, he gets defensive, but eventually details start unfolding as the story progresses about his life in the city. As the reader, you are also left in the dark as to a lot of his past until the story moves along a bit. This really helps keep the reader interested in turning the pages!

Rustic Memory starts out with a prologue featuring Ty’s final year in high school. You witness the tragic death of his secret boyfriend and the absolutely heart wrenching emotions that are experienced as a result. You can feel his grief and unfortunately it makes it blatantly obvious to the town that he is gay. I loved having this insight but it left me a bit confused when we moved into the actual beginning of ‘grownup Ty’s’ story. I would have maybe liked to see a bit more of a transition between the prologue and the story itself….maybe a chapter or two of Ty’s life in the city, just to tie them together a little.

Mac is friendly and outgoing. A great friend and loving son. He denies it but really wants to settle into a relationship and get his happily ever after. He is completely confused by Ty’s hot and cold behavior. Just when he thinks they are starting to connect, Ty pulls away and gives him the cold shoulder. I think he put up with WAY too much from Ty. I know his heart was involved but Ty was a total jerk occasionally and deserved a good smack upside the head.

You get both main characters points of view in this story, although I felt like I got to know Ty better than I did Mac. Many of the secondary characteristics from book one (Rustic Melody) make another appearance here as well. Overall, this is a sweet story that reminds us that the heart wants what the heart wants, no matter what the head tries to tell it. It takes time but these two guys do get their happily ever after.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaf4aa7c8) out of 5 stars Well Handled Touchy Subject 29 February 2016
By Bo - Published on
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The second in the series is a bit stronger on the angst, and certainly the tragedy, of the first. It picks up as Joey and Adam leave town after selling the pub to Tyler, who is moving home after a slowly disclosed life altering experience.

The book starts out with a heart breaking, riveting scene from 15 years prior to his return, and after a while we are wandering into deja vu territory, slowly at first but then with tremendous aftershocks. We get to know why Tyler is so apparently cold in slow spurts, and we come to see how Mac reacts and helps heal this man who has been dealt a hand none of us would want.

Author Nic Starr has written a very tight, very gripping follow-up here in which (I would guess) the next book in the series is clearly forecast. But she does it in a way that will eventually lift your spirits and put a nice warm feeling in your belly.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaf49c21c) out of 5 stars He has loved and lost not only once 21 March 2016
By Lena Grey - Published on
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“When you choose to let go, you discover more about who you are and what you want out of life, and then you go for it!” ~ Chinonye J. Chidolue

Tyler Samuels has had his share of grief and heartbreak. He has loved and lost not only once, but twice in his life. After losing his second lover, Tyler decides he needs a new start and buys the Central Hotel in his hometown of Armidale. His family and friends are puzzled by his decision to come back to a place that holds so much heartache for him, but he tells them he's there to put some ghosts to rest and begin again. Tyler has sworn never to fall in love again, but finds that he's lonely. When he runs into Mac, the younger brother of a friend, his good intentions go out the window, at least temporarily.

Mac has had a crush on Tyler since he was a boy and is surprised how strong the attraction still is. Under the guise of helping Tyler settle back in, he introduces him to friends Tyler hasn't met before and helps reacquaint him with people he knows like Mac's parents. Mac's parents surprise Tyler when they welcome him with open arms. Tyler thought there would be more negativity thrown his way because of how he was treated before he left. However, a lot of time has passed and people's attitudes and opinions are more open now than they were fifteen years ago.

Tyler is grateful to Mac for making him feel welcome, but tells him that he wants the sex, but doesn't want a relationship. Mac is disappointed and a bit hurt, but being the decent man he is, Mac tries to honor Tyler's request. They decide they will be friends with benefits, but Mac's idea of friendship and Tyler's are not the same. Mac doesn't normally do casual sex but that's all that Tyler seems to want. Because of his physical attraction, Mac ends up in bed with Tyler, but instead of bringing them closer, it seems to put even more distance between them. Even if they aren't in a committed relationship, Mac still expects to be treated with respect. Mac's feelings get hurt when Tyler brushes him off, treating him like the hired help instead of even acknowledging their friendship. Tyler later apologizes, but continues to swing back and forth between wanting to be with Mac and pushing him away. Mac is confused and hurt. He wants a relationship with Tyler and he doesn't know what to do. When Tyler tells Mac that he can't even handle any kind of relationship, Mac has had it. He gives up on trying to read Tyler's mind and tries his best not to associate with him at all.

This story is well written and it was good to see some of the characters from the first book in the series, but it didn't grab me like the first one did. I absolutely loved Mac and couldn't help but feel indignant about the way Tyler treated him. I know Tyler had his reasons, that he'd been hurt before, but it still seemed to be part of his basic personality; when things get tough, he runs. I never understood why Tyler would leave his home, career, and life to go back to a place that already held so many bad memories, in the guise of starting over. I didn't dislike Tyler, I understood that he didn't want to be hurt again, but it seemed to me that he was deliberately putting himself in a place to be hurt and, in this case, to hurt others. Instead of embracing what was obviously a third chance, in his case, regardless of what he said, he was holding on to the pain and anger, sabotaging any chance he had of a happy future and ensuring that Mac wouldn't have one either. I wanted to smack him upside the head and show him how selfish he was being. Perhaps if I knew more about Tyler and his relationship with his partner in Sydney, I would have had more sympathy for him. In any case, one of the main purposes of a book is to make you feel, and this story did exactly that. If you like stories about handsome Aussie men, letting go of the past, embracing the future, and finding yourself, then you may enjoy this book. Thanks, Nic, for the interesting, thought-provoking story.

Originally reviewed at Rainbow Book Reviews.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xaf4965b8) out of 5 stars Love Bytes reviews Rustic Memory 8 March 2016
By Donna - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Our story begins with Adam and Joey (Rustic #1) driving off into the sunset to begin living their dream which leaves Tyler Samuels in possession of the Central Hotel. Ty grew up in Armidale but left for the city at the first opportunity. Now he’s back to hopefully start a new life (again) for himself.

As soon as Mac hears that Ty has returned he heads straight over to the pub to check out his old crush. Growing up Mac was just the little brother who tagged along everywhere, but now he’s all grown up, and definitely hot enough to catch Tyler’s attention.

I’ve seen a couple of other reviews of this book that claim Rustic Memory is angstier than Nic Starr’s other books. Obviously certain situations create varying levels of angst in different people, but for me at least, there was nothing angsty about this story. This was typical Nic Starr sweetness (which is not a criticism btw) albeit with a little more emotional drama thrown in between the characters.

Although this is not a critique of the author’s writing, I get not every reader can like every character, I feel the need to mention that I wanted to scream at Tyler to sort his s*** out, hit him in the head with a big stick, and deliver his unconscious body to Mac. Actually, it’s more a case of I loved Mac so much that I wanted him to have better than the confused bulls*** he was getting from Tyler. Tyler annoyed me, and Mac forgave him way too easily…but for all of that, I can’t deny that Tyler had a good reason to be scared. Two dead “true” loves! Seriously Nic Starr!? (And yes, I actually said those words out loud while reading). That’s just some evil authoring right there.

I loved that the story was once again based around the old Central Hotel, and I assume that that location will be popping up in most of this series. It was great to see all the same secondary characters, and again, I’m guessing they’ll continue to make appearances in the Rustic series.

This story could definitely be read as a standalone, but I recommend that you give the whole series a shot. I always enjoy reading Nic Starr’s books when I want my happiness guaranteed throughout most of the story, rather than just at the end.

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