Review: Nic Starr – Sebastian & Owen (Storming Love: Tsunami)

sebastianAuthor: Nic Starr
Reviewer: Lucy
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: MM Contemporary

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Summary: Owen’s eagerness to win Sebastian back turns to desperation as a tsunami threatens to tear them apart.

The last twelve months have been hard on Owen Hewitt and even tougher on his relationship. For six years, Sebastian Carmichael has been the love of his life, but that love is put to the test as Owen sinks into injury-induced depression.

Living with chronic pain and unable to do the things he used to do makes him feel like a failure, and causes him to believe he’s holding the younger Sebastian back.

When Sebastian takes some time out and leaves to stay at their holiday house, it could spell the end of the relationship. But as a tsunami bears down on the Tasmanian coast, it could spell the end of everything.
Review: This is the story of an established couple, Owen and Sebastian. Owen is a little older than Sebastian (six years) and normally that wouldn’t matter but Owen hurt his shoulder and he is now unable to do the outdoor activities they had previously enjoyed. He is also not sleeping well due to pain and he’s feeling as though he is holding Sebastian back. He’s pouring himself into work and that serves to push them even farther apart. Neither of them wants to separate but they just keep fighting.
Sebastian complains Owen is ignoring him for work yet makes plans with a friend on a day he was to spend with Owen, which pushes Owen back to work. It is both of them struggling here. For his part, Owen regrets he can’t do those things and so feels “Sebastian shouldn’t have to miss out on all the things they’d done together just because Owen was useless. Broken.”
To make matters worse, Owen is trying to hide how bad he feels and Sebastian knows it. This adds more stress. Things finally come to a head and Sebastian decides they need some time apart to really focus on what is important, so he heads to their vacation home. Of course, being that it is part of the tsunami series, we know what’s coming next.
Owen and Sebastian now not only have to make their way back to their relationship but they have to make their way through a natural disaster. They have help from an awesome man who knows what it is to have loved and lost. I liked both Owen and Sebastian, who are real with real flaws. There was no magic fix to Owen’s injury, their problems or Mother Nature. Their relationship takes work, which all do, and I hope they can be in it for the long haul.

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