OF SUNLIGHT AND STARDUST
RILEY HART & CHRISTINA LEE
RELEASE DATE: 09.21.18
Cover Design: JAY AHEER/ Simply Defined Art
Cover Image: Strangeland Photography
After the death of his wife, Tanner Rowe takes a step toward making her dream come true and buys the house with the dilapidated barn she’d been inexplicably drawn to in the picturesque Upper Peninsula. But after a year, he still can’t get past his grief long enough to make the repairs he’d promised.
Recently out of prison, Cole Lachlan has little to his name. Homeless, broke, and without many options as a felon, Cole heads to Red Bluff with hopes of a second chance. There, he meets Tanner, whose loneliness mirrors his own and soon, Cole is trading room and board for rebuilding the burned-out barn on Tanner’s property that hasn’t been touched in seventy years.
Turns out, the barn holds a lot more secrets than either of them could have imagined. After unearthing a hidden journal from 1948, Cole and Tanner spend their evenings poring through the pages and reading about a young man pining after his best friend. As they delve deeper into this forbidden affair from the past, the more Cole and Tanner’s own relationship shifts—from acquaintance to friend…to undeniable attraction.
But as they begin to deal with the newness of falling in love amid Cole’s past and Tanner’s loss, they also become more determined to unravel the mystery of the young lovers who’ve captured their hearts, the rumors about the fire, and what really happened that fateful night.
Review by: Jennifer
Tanner has fulfilled his deceased wife's wishes that he buys a certain house that also has a falling down barn on the property. Now, he is living a life that he sort of doesn't want, as this was someone else's dream, not his own. Just even thinking that this wasn't his dream makes him feel guilty. Cole is fresh out of prison and has been bumming around, going town to town, trying to find honest work and start his life over again. Having accepted full responsibility for what he was charged for, he did his time and now he is free. When Tanner offers him a place to sleep in exchange for work, Cole accepts. For Tanner, he didn't realize just how lonely he was until Cole came around. While working, Cole found a journal that contains a story that will bring Tanner and Cole closer together. But as the barn grows closer to being finished, both men find that they are falling in love with each other. Can they find a way to make this work, or will past ghosts come back to haunt them?
This was such an amazing story! I really loved the story within the story aspect. I found both stories to be absolutely beautiful, and the one story a bit heartbreaking. With a tiny bit of drama, very good naughty bits, I give this 5 stars.
Riley Hart is the girl who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s a hopeless romantic, a lover of sexy stories, passionate men, and writing about all the trouble they can get into together.
She loves reading, flawed characters, and hanging out with her husband and children, who she adores. She and her family live in Southern California, soaking up the sunshine while also missing seasons. Not a day goes by that she isn’t thankful she gets to wake up and do what she loves.
Life is good. Riley also writes young adult and new adult under the name Nyrae Dawn.
Once upon a time, I lived in New York City and was a wardrobe stylist. I spent my days shopping for photo shoots, getting into cabs, eating amazing food, and drinking coffee at my favorite hangouts.
Now I live in the Midwest with my husband and son—my two favorite guys. I've been a clinical social worker and a special education teacher. But it wasn't until I wrote a weekly column for the local newspaper that I realized I could turn the fairytales inside my head into the reality of writing fiction.
I write Adult, New Adult, and M/M Contemporary Romance. I'm addicted to lip gloss and salted caramel everything. I believes in true love and kissing, so writing romance novels has become a dream job.