Review: Patrick’s Savior by Nic Starr

PatricksSaviorRating: 3.25 stars
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Length: Novel


Patrick is in a bit of a bind. His contract job as a temporary administrative assistant may be ending, and he isn’t happy in the house he’s staying in. One of his housemates has a creepy boyfriend and it’s making Patrick very uncomfortable. One of Patrick’s friends is aware of the situation and happens to know a man who’s got a spare room he’s looking to rent out.

Simon is a paramedic and more than happy to help Patrick out. He has the room, and he hates the idea Patrick is miserable where he’s staying. The men get along great, and soon, Patrick starts falling for Simon. It appears the feelings are reciprocated, but they’re confirmed when Simon takes Patrick away for a weekend at his family’s cabin.

After the trip, Patrick and Simon are happy together and want to stay that way, but there is a stalker in the picture. Someone is sneaking into the house and leaving notes and destruction. Things don’t move smoothly for the men, and they must decide if they can get through this together, or if it’s just better if Patrick leave the man he loves to keep him safe.

I was really frustrated with this book. The blurb was intriguing. I love rescue/hurt/comfort type stories, and on paper, this seemed like it would fit the bill perfectly. Sadly, it didn’t. It started like it might be interesting, but it went downhill from there. It’s always a bad sign when I continuously lose track of who’s who with the main characters. I got Patrick and Simon mixed up All. The. Time. I’m talking, like, through the whole book. I didn’t really connect with either of them enough to even remember which man was the admin assistant and which was the paramedic. This isn’t to say they were bad guys. In fact, they were great guys. They had strong feelings for each other and they wanted to do right by each other. They loved their friends and were responsible. Most importantly, they wanted to keep each other safe.

Even if I couldn’t keep track of the men, I was able to appreciate their chemistry, romantically and sexually. It was nice to see Patrick realize he was important to someone and was wanted, and I loved how Simon swooped in and rescued Patrick from insecurity, sadness, and hopelessness. Their flirting was sweet and a little hot, and by the time they got to the cabin for their weekend away, I was chomping at the bit for them to break down and have sex. Not that sex is the most important part of a story. It’s not, but I liked the intimate connection the two of them built by making love. Their scenes together were smoking hot, and I enjoyed them.

There were a number of background characters in this book. This is the third in the Heroes series, and there are some characters from the other books who cross over. The book is certainly a stand alone, but I think I’d have rather started at the beginning so I could know who everyone was. Perhaps that would have helped me feel more connected to Patrick and Simon. So, there were a number of their friends, a couple of housemates, and the bad guy.

Speaking of the bad guy, I’m not going to tell you who he is, but it was pretty easy to figure out. A major clue is given, and even though a red herring or two was tossed out, it was obvious who it was going to be and why. Once again, I’m not saying this is necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes, it’s good to read something you know. I’ve mentioned “comfort reads” in the past, and I would definitely consider this one of those.

I honestly wish I could have given Patrick’s Savior a higher rating. If only I’d have been able to keep track of which character was which, I know it would have been better. I’ll cautiously recommend it, though, especially as something you can enjoy for what it is, and be able to just relax for a couple of hours in an evening. I’ll also say I won’t hesitate to check out other books by this author.

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