Fragile Heart by Nic Starr - Guest Post, Giveaway

The past doesn’t have to dictate the future.

It’s hard to focus on work when Sean Vargos sits a couple of desks away. He’s quiet, well-respected and dedicated to his job, not to mention he’s gorgeous. Jason can’t get him out of his thoughts. Acting on his attraction is frowned on in the workplace but talk of Valentine’s Day and an upcoming business merger gives Jason the push to finally make a move. He’s tired of being alone and he doesn’t want his career to be his key priority anymore.

Sean isn’t looking for an office romance. He isn’t looking for romance, period. Putting the past behind him has been a struggle and he knows better than to think he can fall in love again. But Jason Simpson is hard to ignore. He’s passionate about his job, and he’s also interested in Sean.

The temptation is too much to resist, and they embark on a tentative relationship. Jason falls head over heels, fast. Sean runs.

All Jason wants is to win over Sean’s heart, but first he needs to earn his trust.

Fragile Heart is an office romance featuring hurt/comfort themes, well-intentioned friends, and a happy ending.

Note: This story has been previously published (as A Day At A Time). This edition has been revised, expanded, and re-edited, adding approximately 7,500 words, but the story largely remains unchanged. It is approximately 26k words.

Release Date: 21st April 2021

Publisher: Independently Published

Cover Artist: Covers by Jo

Length: 26k

Representation: Gay Romance

Pairing: male/male

Tropes: hurt/comfort, workplace romance

Warnings: none


Guest Post

Fragile Heart was originally released as a shorter novella back in 2014. When I received the rights back from the publisher, I sat on it for ages – years in fact! I knew I wanted to put the story back out there, but it needed revision because there was more the characters wanted to say. This year I finally got around to revisiting the boys and loved spending time with them again!

Fragile Heart is a contemporary romance. It’s a story about taking things slowly, overcoming past hurt and learning to trust. I write on the sweeter side, love an emotional story, and definitely have a soft spot for romance. Jason and Sean work together, and their romance begins when Jason decides to act on the crush he has for his colleague. But Sean has a lot of baggage. He needs to come to terms with his past which prevents him from trusting other people. So, there’s a bit of angst, but there’s also a good dash of romance and some sweet loving.

I hope you enjoy Jason and Sean’s story. If you’d like to chat about my books, I’d love to see you in my reader’s group on Facebook. See you there!

Nic xx


I have a giveaway open to all readers of the Once and Books blog. You can win my ‘first in series’ books. One lucky winner will get a copy of Charlie's Hero, Rustic Melody, and More Than A Superstar. Plus, as an added bonus, the winner will receive a copy of my upcoming release, Fragile Heart (note: the release date for Fragile Heart has yet to be confirmed).

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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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