Sebastian & Owen is part of the MLR Press Storming Love: Tsunami series. Three authors were asked to write a story, each story with its own characters and setting, but centered around the same tsunami event. The result is three books, set in Australia and New Zealand, that bring together romance and a natural disaster.
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.
“How are you getting on with Sebastian not being there?” Matt cut straight to the chase.
“I’m fine,” Owen said automatically. “Hey, how’d you know about that?”
There was silence for a moment before Matt answered. “Seb called me. Told me a bit about what happened.”
“He asked you to check up on me, didn’t he?”
“Maybe. Listen, he’s just worried about you too. I know you guys had an argument —”
“An argument? More like arguments plural.”
“He just wants what’s best for you, Owen.”
Owen’s chest grew tight. “I know.”
“I hope you don’t mind me butting in —”
“It’s a bit late to stop you now,” Owen said, the sarcasm heavy in his tone, “so go right ahead.”
Matt didn’t wait for further permission and showed no reluctance in saying what he wanted to say. “I’ve known you guys since you first met. I don’t think I’ve ever met a couple more suited to each other. Fuck, I’m totally jealous of the two of you, but you’ve got to get it together, mate.”
Owen sat up straighter. “Now wait a minute. There are two sides to every story. How do you know I’m the one with the problem?”
Matt huffed into the phone. “You’re right. I’m sure things aren’t perfect and you both have your faults, but even I’ve seen you pushing Sebastian away.”
“What?” Owen gripped the handset tightly, conscious his voice had risen an octave.
“I don’t think you even realise you’re doing it, or maybe you do, but for some reason you keep voicing doubts Seb doesn’t even have, sabotaging your own relationship. It’s like you want him to leave you.”
Owen glanced at the empty side of the bed, a hollow feeling in his stomach, suddenly feeling that perhaps it would be good to speak to somebody. “Maybe he’d be better off without me.” Through a tight throat, Owen finally voiced the thought that had been plaguing him for months.
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Release date: 7th October 2016
The Storming Love: Tsunami Collection
Joshua & Blair by Pelaam (#1)
Max & Rob by Jenn Dease (#2)
Sebastian & Owen by Nic Starr (#3)