Friday, June 23, 2017

Review: Finding His Place by Nic Starr (A Memories with the Breakfast Club Kindle World Story)

Finding His Place 600Title ~ Finding His Place

Author ~ Nic Starr

Publisher ~ Kindle Worlds 

Published ~ 22nd June 2017

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Sometimes finding your place in the world can lead to love.

Kieran Walters is the illegitimate son of a successful businessman. Despite striving to win his father’s affection, a confrontation that has been years in the making leaves Kieran devastated to realize he will never be good enough. Jealous of the half brother he’s never met, and who most likely doesn’t know of his existence, Kieran vows to find out what makes his brother so special in their father’s eyes.

Darius Jensen manages a nightclub. He loves his job, but is reluctant to commit when given the opportunity to become a partner. His previous foray into business ownership with a boyfriend had disastrous results, and Darius is still paying the price, both financially and emotionally.

When Kieran starts working with Darius at Sparks, Darius shows him it’s not too late for Kieran to realize his dreams—the fulfilling career, a loving family, and someone who loves him for who he is. If only Kieran can convince Darius of the same thing. But before Kieran’s and Darius’s dreams can come true, Kieran needs to come clean with his brother and deal with the resulting fallout… which threatens his relationship with Darius.

 

Debra’s Review

Part of the Memories of the Breakfast Club kindle world, this story can be read as a standalone, although fans of Felice Stevens’ Second to None will be happy to be back in Marcus and Tyler’s world, as the story is set in and around Marcus’ club Sparks and stars Darius the former head of security and now manager.

Kieran has never come first to anyone, but he never stops hoping and never stops being let down. He’s been rejected by his father, never even met his brother and although his mother loves him, she casts him out every time his father decides to grace her with his presence. Envious of the brother who seems to have it all, and done trying to please the father who never wanted him, Kieran takes a job at Sparks, without disclosing who he is, hoping to find out just what Marcus has that he doesn’t. Why he got the love from their father that Kieran didn’t get. He’s also hoping to make some money to allow himself to become a bit more independent and decide what he’s going to do with the business degree he didn’t really want to get.

Darius is happy with working at his friend Marcus’ club Sparks, but a bad business deal with an ex has left him not wanting to be involved in either a relationship or as a partner in the club. But Darius is drawn to the new bartender like he hasn't been drawn to anyone before. He just needs to get over his fear. A little push from his employees, Marcus and Tyler, and a drunken night out help him along that road. Meanwhile, Marcus and Tyler are preparing for a charity benefit at the club, but Marcus is also concerned about some strange things that are going on around his family. Darius is trying to help him out, putting his security background to good use.

Kieran and Darius are both sort of stuck in their lives and both need to make some changes if they want to be happy, but they both need to find a reason to do it. They are also both soured on love for different reasons. There is a spark between them, and everyone around can see it, but it takes a while before they acknowledge it to the other, so it’s a bit of a slow burn as they bond as co-workers and friends first. The spark ignites when they finally give in and their chemistry was hot.

I really felt for Kieran. He’s a nice guy who puts everyone else first and hasn’t really lived his life for himself. He’s treated pretty poorly even by his mother, who does love him. When the brother he never met, but hates on principle, turns out to actually be the great guy that everyone says he is, Kieran decides to finally tell Darius who he really is and to take a chance and introduce himself to Marcus, hoping to have a relationship with his brother. It’s just a matter of figuring out how to do it. But when his lie of omission causes even bigger problems and misunderstandings for everyone, Kieran has to decide if he’s finally ready to fight for what he wants or once again live with being rejected. My heart definitely hurt for him, even though part of what happened was his own doing.

I thought Nic Starr did a wonderful job of incorporating her new character of Kieran into Felice Stevens’ Breakfast Club world, while still creating a love story that stands on its own for readers not familiar with the original books. There’s a bit of action at the end but overall it’s a sweet, slow-burn love story. I loved watching Kieran slowly start living life the way he wanted it and getting not just everything he wanted with his sexy crush, but the family he so deserved.

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Meet Nic Starr 

Nic Starr - AVI - Red - Single Star_thumb[3]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 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review <3

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