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Nic Starr

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.

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One True Thing
Piper Vaughn, M.J. O'Shea
Sweet Delight
Lynn Hagen
It Should Have Been You
Michael Murphy
The Prisoner (Broken, #1)
Kol Anderson
Crack the Darkest Sky Wide Open
S.J.D. Peterson, Eric Arvin, Abigail Roux, T.J. Klune, S.A. McAuley, Jason Huffman-Black
Man, Oh Man! Writing M/M Fiction for Kinks & Cash
Josh Lanyon
Artistic Appeal (Bottled Up, #6)
Andrew Grey
No Apologies - Tibby Armstrong Fabulous - totally loved this 'two-in-one/here-and-now' story. The story starts in 2002 with Greg and Aaron on the verge of breaking up. Aaron is no longer prepared to be Greg's secret. He agrees to attend one last event with Greg, the premiere of Greg's movie No Apologies.The story then takes us back to 1994, to the start of the relationship between Greg and Aaron, the story that is being told in the movie.Aaron and Greg are both complex characters and their relationship is intense from the moment a traumatic event triggers their deeper feelings.Aaron is involved in an assault that causes significant injury to Greg. In a schoolboy showdown, a group of boys demand an apology from Greg with the threat of violence. Aaron feels tremendous guilt, humiliated and disgusted with his lack of self control as Greg taunts him into action. Later he admits to Greg that he fully expected that Greg would have apologised and thus avoided the eventual outcome. Later we come to understand Greg and the terrible guilt and pain he feels, such that he cannot bring himself to apologise (thus the name of the book/movie).From this emotional start, Aaron and Greg commence a relationship although both denying being gay. They struggle to understand and accept their feelings, nicely summed up by Greg who wonders "Why couldn't it all be simple and...normal?". However they are drawn to each other."Pulling back, Aaron stared into his eyes, the gravity of the moment and the choice they'd made hanging heavy in the air around them. Everything was about to change in their lives."The story focuses very much on Greg, no doubt due to the fact that the tale being told is his screenplay. It is heartbreaking to learn of the tragedy in Greg's past and the impact his father has had on him. He makes decisions aimed at giving Aaron the best possible life, but with sad, sad consequences.Aaron's control and confidence translates into the physical side of their relationship, with Greg responding to the authority shown by Aaron. "In a delicious twist of fucked-up fate, it seemed he enjoyed being made to submit to someone he loved.". The interactions between Aaron and Greg were really well written and blended sex with emotion. "He'd never heard that tone from him - like arctic air clashed with Southern heat, and a storm brewed as a result."The majority of the book is focused on the younger Aaron and Greg, with a brief detour back to 2002 in the middle, before finally ending back with the movie premiere where the present day Aaron and Greg address the future of their relationship. I enjoyed the ending of the story. A happy ending but with a sense of realism.I would highly recommend this book and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the Hollywood series.Now for my only point of confusion...the story of the younger Greg and Aaron is told using their names (not the movie character names) so reads like their actual life story. It provides details of their families and events in their lives. The movie used different names (Grant and Alan) and had changed events in Aaron and Greg's lives. Therefore, we later find out that the story of the younger Greg and Aaron, although similar, wasn't really their actual story. (I hope that actually made sense!) This meant that I felt that I didn't really know the true Greg and Aaron.