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Tom has one rule: don’t sleep with the crew. A second chance with a younger, gorgeous deckhand tempts him to break it. After a busy season as a charter-hire skipper, Tom yearns for some downtime. His lonely heart also aches for adventure with someone special, but paying his bills has to come first. A surprise sailing contract and huge bonus offer his first glimpse of freedo Tom has one rule: don’t sleep with the crew. A second chance with a younger, gorgeous deckhand tempts him to break it. After a busy season as a charter-hire skipper, Tom yearns for some downtime. His lonely heart also aches for adventure with someone special, but paying his bills has to come first. A surprise sailing contract and huge bonus offer his first glimpse of freedom for years. There’s only one catch: he must crew with Nick, a deckhand who jumped ship once already. Nick’s as young and untested as the new yacht they’re contracted to sail, and he’s just as gorgeous. Forced to spend a month as Nick's captain, Tom discovers depths he hadn’t noticed. He’s captivated, and happier sailing with Nick than he’s been in forever. However, their voyage is finite, and both men keep soul-deep secrets. As the contract draws to an end, they must get honest about what’s in their hearts if they want to share a life at sea, and love, forever. Featuring an age gap that’s only a number, forced proximity that makes hiding attraction impossible, and a yacht that’s nothing but trouble, His Compass is the second novel in the His Contemporary MM Romance series from Con Riley. ♥ This shared-world series starts with His Horizon, but each book follows a different couple, and can be enjoyed as a standalone novel complete with a fulfilling happily ever after. ♥


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Tom has one rule: don’t sleep with the crew. A second chance with a younger, gorgeous deckhand tempts him to break it. After a busy season as a charter-hire skipper, Tom yearns for some downtime. His lonely heart also aches for adventure with someone special, but paying his bills has to come first. A surprise sailing contract and huge bonus offer his first glimpse of freedo Tom has one rule: don’t sleep with the crew. A second chance with a younger, gorgeous deckhand tempts him to break it. After a busy season as a charter-hire skipper, Tom yearns for some downtime. His lonely heart also aches for adventure with someone special, but paying his bills has to come first. A surprise sailing contract and huge bonus offer his first glimpse of freedom for years. There’s only one catch: he must crew with Nick, a deckhand who jumped ship once already. Nick’s as young and untested as the new yacht they’re contracted to sail, and he’s just as gorgeous. Forced to spend a month as Nick's captain, Tom discovers depths he hadn’t noticed. He’s captivated, and happier sailing with Nick than he’s been in forever. However, their voyage is finite, and both men keep soul-deep secrets. As the contract draws to an end, they must get honest about what’s in their hearts if they want to share a life at sea, and love, forever. Featuring an age gap that’s only a number, forced proximity that makes hiding attraction impossible, and a yacht that’s nothing but trouble, His Compass is the second novel in the His Contemporary MM Romance series from Con Riley. ♥ This shared-world series starts with His Horizon, but each book follows a different couple, and can be enjoyed as a standalone novel complete with a fulfilling happily ever after. ♥

30 review for His Compass

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cadiva

    Disclaimer: I alpha read for Con for this one, however all the amazing words are hers alone. *** This is a beautifully written book which looks at the intimacy of not only a physical journey helming a yacht with only a single crew member, but also the personal one Tom goes on the nearer he reaches home. Saucepot, aka Nicky, is one of my favourite characters ever. He's a contradiction, with his outwardly distracting attitude of irresponsibility actually acting as camouflage. He's really full of brav Disclaimer: I alpha read for Con for this one, however all the amazing words are hers alone. *** This is a beautifully written book which looks at the intimacy of not only a physical journey helming a yacht with only a single crew member, but also the personal one Tom goes on the nearer he reaches home. Saucepot, aka Nicky, is one of my favourite characters ever. He's a contradiction, with his outwardly distracting attitude of irresponsibility actually acting as camouflage. He's really full of bravery, living each day with the inner struggles he's never been allowed to forget, and a constant sense that people's lack of faith in him must be true. I absolutely adored his dawning awareness that the responsibilities Tom gave him were more than his Captain just being a grumpy arse. Their relationship grows as strong as the currents which carry them back to Blighty. And I guarantee that when you find out the truth of Nicky's background, your heart will fully ache with love for him. There's a bit of social commentary in this book which feels totally organic in the narrative. It's not preachy, just an accurate reflection of some of the less pleasant incidents at sea which are sadly all too common at the present time. It is, however, totally in keeping with the plot itself, it acts as a catalyst to one of the major changes in the development of Tom's feelings for Nick, and highlights the growing intimacy between them. There were times when I almost broke my Kindle in rage at Tom and his inability to see what was under his nose because of his determined stubbornness. At other points, I was almost weeping, which is so rare for me that any book which gets me to that state goes into a special place in my heart. And ultimately, it made me smile so much at all the different ways love is expressed and experienced throughout. It's as turbulent as the waters they sail, as calming as the harbour which shelters them and as steadying as the compass which guides them to each other, and to home. With guest appearances from my favourite mardy chef Jude and his fabulous boyfriend Rob - see His Horizon - and a hint of who might be appearing in book three, there wasn't a thing I didn't adore about this story. Also, how gorgeous is this cover from Natasha Snow! The absolutely perfect Tom 💕 #ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    Slow, somewhat confusing. With this author, I tend to either love the books or DNF them. DNF at 34% with no rating.

  3. 4 out of 5

    True Loveislovereview

    I’m not sure where to start, the author put so many breathtaking moments into this story. I’ll try to give an impression. Tom has to test a yacht and will gain a lot of money on it. The money he need desperately. He has a purpose in life and therefore needs all the money he can gain. He can’t choose his own crew and is shocked Nick is already sitting on board. Nick who left, who disappeared, Nick who does something with his heart. This can’t be true! So he shows his displeasure and anger and tells h I’m not sure where to start, the author put so many breathtaking moments into this story. I’ll try to give an impression. Tom has to test a yacht and will gain a lot of money on it. The money he need desperately. He has a purpose in life and therefore needs all the money he can gain. He can’t choose his own crew and is shocked Nick is already sitting on board. Nick who left, who disappeared, Nick who does something with his heart. This can’t be true! So he shows his displeasure and anger and tells him he will not accept him as his crew! Well, it turns out Nick will be his deckhand after all. While sailing together Tom gets to know Nick and oh boy did he do him wrong badly. He’s not superficial, he is so so much more. Nick shows his vulnerabilities and Tom is losing his heart. “It’s magic. The wind is always there.” We have the honor to meet Justin and Mitch. Be still my heart, be still!! Read it yourself!! We also meet Jude and Rob again and they are still so in love. I could tell so many details, about the romance between two beautiful lonely souls, or about their heavy-loaded past, or about all the different layers in this story, but I will not. You have to believe me on my word it’s an unbelievable beautiful, multidimensional story, with varied, colorful personalities. Above is a sky with glittering guiding stars and below an ocean full of hurt and my tears. Breathtaking story!!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

    Sorry, just a sec… *deep breath* Okay, thanks, I needed that. In all honesty, this might be a bit of a mess. I promise I will try and contain myself but there are no guarantees. Tom and Nick’s story has a direct line to my knees, zapping any strength, and my chest, striking my heart while simultaneously taking my breath away. So there you have it, I’m all topsy-turvy. Con always does this to me! I was head over heels with the first story in this series and wondered if anything could compare. It Sorry, just a sec… *deep breath* Okay, thanks, I needed that. In all honesty, this might be a bit of a mess. I promise I will try and contain myself but there are no guarantees. Tom and Nick’s story has a direct line to my knees, zapping any strength, and my chest, striking my heart while simultaneously taking my breath away. So there you have it, I’m all topsy-turvy. Con always does this to me! I was head over heels with the first story in this series and wondered if anything could compare. It was tremendous and pushed all my buttons. Could this compete? The answer is, yes! This stunning story not only compared but quite possibly soared above it. BUT shhh, please don’t tell Rob and Jude. I’d hate for them to know that I’m playing favorites. There’s much to tell you but even more that I can’t share. Ugh. *wrings hands* Where to begin? How about the sizable…size. The page count is longer than I typically gravitate towards but I’d read an 800-page novel if Riley created one. But again, let’s keep that between us. I’d rather not give her any ideas because I’m sure you’d find Sheri-goo if that ever happened. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it, Con’s books affect me. Before I know it, I’m swept away in a sensory overload of touch, taste, sight, smell, and sound. I’m there and somehow, part of the story. It’s kinda wild and insanely impressive. I’ve never been on a yacht. I’ve never been anywhere near the Mediterranean Sea or the other dreamy places we visit. I dream of Porthperrin but that’s another story. However, when I close my eyes…I feel the steady lull of the deck and hear the music of the water. It’s pure bliss. *happy sigh* What’s next? *chews lip* I don’t think I mentioned this yet, but this is a full-blown adventure. It sort of split into three parts for me. I’ll make it easy and go with: before, during, and after. The ‘before’ involves the timeframe when Nick worked as a deckhand for Tom (which picks up near the end of the first book) on the Aphrodite and the beginning of the sea trial. Nick’s a ray of sunshine with a kind and whimsical soul. Tom is solid, weatherworn, and slightly surly. They are absolute opposites but perfectly suited for one another. The ‘during’ comprises their budding relationship and journey through the seas on the Nothing But. One word…Wow. I was blown away by the beauty, excitement, and tension. And the ‘after’ is, well, after Tom accepts that he genuinely does desire the strings on his strict “no strings” status. I wanted to (lovingly) cuff the back of his head…more than once. There’s a LOT packed into the gorgeous story but I never drifted or zoned. From the puzzling moments to the rough waters, I was rapt and eager to discover all their hidden secrets and half-truths. You won’t believe it when you uncover the answers. Remarkable all the way around. I wept, tears of joy, and tears of pain. I agonized, stressed over past trauma and current mishaps. And I celebrated, grand achievements and head-pulling-from-arses. Oh, and did I mention how sexy they are? *fans self* Scorching! I’m definitely burned, somebody pass me the aloe, please? *whispers* I’m counting down the days till Mitch takes us back to visit this cheeky and charming pair. I can’t wait!! Beware of: We sail through uncharted waters but the navigation does not fail us. Guilt and fear are powerful forces and may try to steer you but all you need is to simply adjust your course. And the breathtaking lesson of, when you find your person, whatever you do, don’t let go. This book is for: If you believe in destiny, fate, and soul mates, why not set sail on this remarkable journey? I promise you won’t regret it. Book UNfunk

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bev

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Truly delightful, well-written, full of feels, and a much, much better read for me than His Horizon. Great characters [LOVED Mitch so much, and can only hope the next story is his...unless I've completely misread the title... 🤔🤔], but it really boils down to an epic sort of love story, imagining yourself in a beautiful, deserted cove somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea ⛵⛵ [cos it's the only way I can travel at the moment 😏] and two men who deserve to find love together, after quite a rocky s ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Truly delightful, well-written, full of feels, and a much, much better read for me than His Horizon. Great characters [LOVED Mitch so much, and can only hope the next story is his...unless I've completely misread the title... 🤔🤔], but it really boils down to an epic sort of love story, imagining yourself in a beautiful, deserted cove somewhere in the Mediterranean Sea ⛵⛵ [cos it's the only way I can travel at the moment 😏] and two men who deserve to find love together, after quite a rocky start it has to be said 🤨. Well done Con Riley, terrific!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Con Riley

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Pjm12

    Even though I have started to realise I am not a huge fan of the age gap trope, it was not the major issue here, so it didn't affect my enjoyment. Loved all the sailing, the (successful) attempts by Tom to bolster Nick and to help him find his inner strength and catching up with Jude and Rob. Great ending. Can't wait for the third one (coming in April). Even though I have started to realise I am not a huge fan of the age gap trope, it was not the major issue here, so it didn't affect my enjoyment. Loved all the sailing, the (successful) attempts by Tom to bolster Nick and to help him find his inner strength and catching up with Jude and Rob. Great ending. Can't wait for the third one (coming in April).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caz

    I've given this an A- at AAR, 4.5 stars rounded up. His Compass – the second book in Con Riley’s  His  series – is a beautifully written, emotionally charged May/December love story featuring two characters we met briefly in book one, His Horizon. That was the first book I’ve read by this author, and while I liked it, it didn’t knock my socks off. His Compass, however, is a completely different matter and my socks are long gone ;) When Tom Kershaw, skipper of the charter yacht Aphrodite, took hi I've given this an A- at AAR, 4.5 stars rounded up. His Compass – the second book in Con Riley’s  His  series – is a beautifully written, emotionally charged May/December love story featuring two characters we met briefly in book one, His Horizon. That was the first book I’ve read by this author, and while I liked it, it didn’t knock my socks off. His Compass, however, is a completely different matter and my socks are long gone ;) When Tom Kershaw, skipper of the charter yacht Aphrodite, took his crewmate and friend Jude Anstey home to Cornwall, he had to fill Jude’s shoes pretty quickly so he could move on to his next charter.  Unfortunately however, Jude’s replacement proved to be something of a liability; gorgeous, sociable Nick’s claims of growing up around boats and crewing from the moment he left school proved at best, to be highly exaggerated and at worst, to be outright lies.  Sure, Nick was outgoing and good with people, but he was also lazy, messy and unreliable; he never finished a task he started, he couldn’t cook or do any of the jobs Tom needed him to do – and one day, he just up and left without a word. A few months later, Tom is offered the chance to sea-trial a brand spanking new yacht – so new, she doesn’t even have a name yet – for a big fat bonus he badly needs.  He’s apprehensive and worried that this new vessel may be poised to replace his beloved Aphrodite and that perhaps, once the trial is over, he will find himself out of work – but those worries fly from his mind when he steps aboard to discover that the deckhand he’s been assigned is the last one he’d ever want to sail with again.  Tom is angry (and maybe a little relieved to find out that Nick is safe and well) and ready to storm off and insist on getting another deckhand – but Nick pleads to be allowed to stay, promises he’ll try harder and Tom reluctantly agrees to let him.  But there are conditions.  First, that Nick must always be completely honest about what he does and doesn’t know; second, that Nick stops bullshitting about his experience.  Tom doesn’t want to hear any more excuses. Most of the story is set aboard the yacht on the month-long sea trial, during which Tom comes to the realisation that there is a lot more to Nick than he ever suspected, and that far from being lazy and incompetent, he’s bright and enthusiastic and capable – and that all he’d really needed to unlock his potential was someone to encourage and believe in him.  The story is told solely from Tom’s PoV, but he’s so strongly attuned to Nick that it’s almost as good as hearing from Nick himself and the author does a fantastic job of showing us Nick’s thoughts, actions and motivations through Tom’s eyes.  There’s a very good reason we don’t get Nick’s side of the story until quite late in the book, but I never once felt the lack of his viewpoint. Tom is a lovely man who feels a strong sense of responsibility for those he cares for, although his desire to do the best for them sometimes blinds him to the fact that he might be trying to do too much. He’s in his early forties (the silver fox cover model is perfect!) and is extremely good at the job he loves – but he’s tired after a long season… and tired of being alone. Nick is his opposite in many ways – younger (he’s twenty-five), bubbly and sunshiny to Tom’s grumpy – he has never, in his entire life, been expected to amount to much. Such low expectations have given him zero confidence and made him believe that what people think of him must be true, and he’s grown used to using insouciance and an appearance of carelessness to hide what he believes are his deficiencies. Tom is the first person he’s ever met to have demanded anything of him, and for Nick, having someone who believes in him is a huge deal and something that will ultimately spur him on to do things he’d never thought he’d be capable of. Their romance is extremely well developed, the attraction and strong chemistry between them clear from the very start. Tom has always followed his cardinal rule of not sleeping with the crew – but something about Nick calls to him, something more than his pretty face and his lively nature, a sense that he’s a kindred spirit who sees the world through a similar lens. They agree to a short-lived fling for the few days before the trial starts while Nick isn’t technically ‘crew’, and both hold to that agreement… until they can’t deny the strength of their feelings for one another, or that they both want something more. Nick and Tom are superbly drawn, multi-faceted characters; wounded souls who gradually find healing in each other, their stories a wonderful mixture of heart-breaking and uplifting. I was really impressed with the way the author gradually unfolds Nick’s backstory, and with the amount of character development he undergoes during the course of the book, the confidence and self-belief Tom instils in him giving him the determination to succeed. His transformation is amazing to watch, yet he remains very much himself at the same time. But it’s not all one-sided, as Nick helps Tom to learn that it’s okay to accept help and that he doesn’t have to shoulder his burdens alone any more. Tom’s relationship with his younger brother Justin – who lives in a permanent care facility owing to a TBI – is beautifully rendered, and I admit I may have teared up once or twice at certain points in the story (the photo – sniff!); Justin’s larger-than-life carer, Mitch is great fun, and I enjoyed checking in on Jude and Rob at their now thriving business in Porthperrin. But Tom and Nick are the stars of the show, and as Tom starts to shed his preconceptions and to see the real Nick – charming, insightful and kind - it’s impossible not to root for them to be together. I loved their banter, their honesty and their willingness to be vulnerable to each other and to learn from one another. That sort of openness and give-and-take really makes a romance, and watching Tom and Nick growing together, learning together and finding their forever in each other was an absolute delight.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Elsbeth

    What to say? This was different in what I usually read. It took me a long time to get into it. Probably because of the terms of sailing. I know nothing about sailing. The scenery was amazing though. I could see them sailing the Mediterranean, the cave.... But the connection between Tom and Nick was real. Their lovemaking was intense. The next one will be about Mitch? Or Justin? I’ll be reading it for sure.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Layla

    I received an ARC from GRR in exchange for an honest review. This was soooo much better than book 1. I liked both characters and sympathized with both of them as well... their insecurities, their interests, their pain, their road for being better men. I was sucked in the story, and got invested. i WANTED to know what would happen and how everything would play out. The mood swings where certainly better, as was the poetic writing, which was taken down a notch. I loved the many tropes woven into th I received an ARC from GRR in exchange for an honest review. This was soooo much better than book 1. I liked both characters and sympathized with both of them as well... their insecurities, their interests, their pain, their road for being better men. I was sucked in the story, and got invested. i WANTED to know what would happen and how everything would play out. The mood swings where certainly better, as was the poetic writing, which was taken down a notch. I loved the many tropes woven into the story, and how all of them contributed to Tom and Nick coming together. the characters are nuanced and flawed in the best ways.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    I think what I like best about Riley’s books is while I’m watching the MCs fall in love, I’m falling in love right along side them. The writing is just so picturesque that I feel like I’m right there on the ocean with them, hurting when they do, smiling right alongside them. Tom and Nick were just so perfect for each other, even if it doesn’t seem to be the case on the outside. They completely become their best selves when they’re with each other, and I’m so happy I got to be there to see it (I I think what I like best about Riley’s books is while I’m watching the MCs fall in love, I’m falling in love right along side them. The writing is just so picturesque that I feel like I’m right there on the ocean with them, hurting when they do, smiling right alongside them. Tom and Nick were just so perfect for each other, even if it doesn’t seem to be the case on the outside. They completely become their best selves when they’re with each other, and I’m so happy I got to be there to see it (I know I know, it’s not real, but it just felt so real). This has so many wonderful tropes done right; age gap, forced proximity, a completely sunshiney MC with a definite curmudgeon. I loved this book from beginning to end ❤️

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Lovely 💜

  13. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    Independent reviewer for Gay Romance Reviews, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book 2 in the series, but it can be read as a stand alone. However, there is some back story in the first book that isn't fully recapped here, and I would recommend you DO read it His Horizon first. A personal recommendation, is all. I really enjoyed book 1, His Horizon, and when I saw that Captain Tom was the focus of this book, I was happy. He was kinda hard done by in book 1. Tom has just one rule: do not Independent reviewer for Gay Romance Reviews, I was gifted my copy of this book. This is book 2 in the series, but it can be read as a stand alone. However, there is some back story in the first book that isn't fully recapped here, and I would recommend you DO read it His Horizon first. A personal recommendation, is all. I really enjoyed book 1, His Horizon, and when I saw that Captain Tom was the focus of this book, I was happy. He was kinda hard done by in book 1. Tom has just one rule: do not sleep with the deck hands. But Nick gets under his skin, deep and Tom gives in, just this shore leave. There is more to Nick that Tom first thought, and getting to know the young man, and more importantly helping him learn the skills he needs to run the ship, affects him far more than he expected. I think I might have fell in love with Tom when Jude left him at the quayside, in book 1, and I fell more and harder when I read his tale. He is such a sweetheart, with the weight of the world on his shoulders and no one to look after him. It's not til Nick asks "who looks after Tom?" that he realised just how deeply Nick had burrowed himself into his heart without Tom realising! It's perfectly clear that SOMETHING happened to Nick, you can pick that up very easily. What's not so easy is the WHAT that happened, and we don't get the full picture for such a long time, right near the end! I loved being made to wait! But Lord I bawled my eyes out at Tom and Nick, I really did! I would *usually* say here that I wanted to hear from Nick as well as Tom, because Nick really does have a story to tell, and other than when he SPEAKS, he isn't given a voice. *Usually* I would say that. But Tom is so attuned to Nick and vice versa, that Tom sort of tells Nick's story, even if he doesn't actually know the WHOLE story, you know?? Tom can read Nick, once he really SEES Nick, like a book, and so we can see how Nick is with Tom, and how well he takes to life working on the ship. I found the references to His Horizon title (in that book) a little corny, but sweet. All the COMPASS references here (actual proper uses not counted) were so beautiful written into the story, that I really did bawl a lot, and I rarely react verbally when reading! It really is a beautiful love story, so well written and told! It's been a very VERY long time since I gave a single person point of view book a 5 star review, but I loved this book so much, so much MORE than His Horizon, that I can't justify NOT doing so here. 5 full and shiny stars **same worded review will appear elsewhere**

  14. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    4.5 stars!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ana Nimity

    His Compass made me think of the John Masefield poem, Sea Fever. "I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by," The boats in His Compass aren't tall ships, but the feeling is the same. Con Riley took me sailing alongside Cap'n Tom and Nick; I fell in love with them both, and with the boats and the sea. Nick, precious sunshiney Nick, and curmudgeonly but still hot Tom fit together so well. The book takes them on an emotio His Compass made me think of the John Masefield poem, Sea Fever. "I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky, And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by," The boats in His Compass aren't tall ships, but the feeling is the same. Con Riley took me sailing alongside Cap'n Tom and Nick; I fell in love with them both, and with the boats and the sea. Nick, precious sunshiney Nick, and curmudgeonly but still hot Tom fit together so well. The book takes them on an emotional journey of growth, built and paced lovingly with Con's gorgeous prose. The sea trial is as much for the two men as it is for the yacht, and we readers get all the pleasures of riding along without the seasickness. We get to watch them grow almost beyond recognition. I adored His Horizon, but I think maybe I like His Compass even better. I received an advance copy of this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Beautiful Beautiful story. I really enjoyed how the story unfolded and how certain aspects of the plot were intertwined. Very clever and well done.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)

    HIS COMPASS is the second book in the HIS series but can be read as a standalone although previous characters are mentioned. This time we focus on Tom and Nick. Tom is the skipper of the Aphrodite and Nick is a deckhand who disappeared without a word, leaving Tom to his all-too-frequent thoughts of Nick. Tom starts off harsh with Nick when he reappears in his life, but you can understand it. However, from snippets you get from Nick before Tom shuts him up, you realise that something is... not wro HIS COMPASS is the second book in the HIS series but can be read as a standalone although previous characters are mentioned. This time we focus on Tom and Nick. Tom is the skipper of the Aphrodite and Nick is a deckhand who disappeared without a word, leaving Tom to his all-too-frequent thoughts of Nick. Tom starts off harsh with Nick when he reappears in his life, but you can understand it. However, from snippets you get from Nick before Tom shuts him up, you realise that something is... not wrong with Nick, but different. When it is just the two of them, Nick shows Tom a different side to him, which impresses Tom for a number of reasons. I loved the slow-burn of this book, even though things get a bit steamy quickly. Trust me, if you read the book, it does make sense. The different settings are all gorgeous and described to perfection. Even if you've never been to any of the places mentioned, you will be able to visualise them easily. The epilogue was perfect, both for the story and for Tom and Nick themselves. This is a well-written contemporary romance, rich with information and details that present them to you in a way that will keep you turning the pages. Definitely recommended by me. * A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Nicole Costiera

    A TOP PICK OF 2020 Storylines should be more about the characters themselves, rather then the angst and drama... Con Riley gave us a good ole fashion love story in His Compass. It's simply about two broken souls who ultimately mend each other.... Two complete opposites who compliment each other... Tom and Nick will surprise you in the best possible way! After reading, His Horizon (Another Top Pick of 2020) I could not wait to get more from Con Riley. Her words are poetic and purposeful. Each line i A TOP PICK OF 2020 Storylines should be more about the characters themselves, rather then the angst and drama... Con Riley gave us a good ole fashion love story in His Compass. It's simply about two broken souls who ultimately mend each other.... Two complete opposites who compliment each other... Tom and Nick will surprise you in the best possible way! After reading, His Horizon (Another Top Pick of 2020) I could not wait to get more from Con Riley. Her words are poetic and purposeful. Each line is carefully crafted to submerge her readers further into her story. In His Compass, we received another extremely indepth story that takes us through all the motions with a steady pace and without rushing. I was the right there along side Tom and Nick as they sailed the high seas. I quickly found out that still waters run deep with these two. They are so much more then meets the eye. Both men have incredible souls and are beyond selfless and giving. They each brought out the very best in one other. I adored their metamorphosis as a couple, as well as individuals. Tom and Nick are a truly special couple. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH! The cherry on top was catching up with Jude and Rob from His Horizon!! Oh how I have missed them. I continued to feel all their love and devotion towards each other. It seemed their love and connection only intensified. They were PERFECT in this one. I loved the way they intervened in Tom & Nick's relationship! Con Riley has made me a fan! Her words and characters take on a life.... I am looking forward to MORE!!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ami

    Initially, a bit shaky for me because I thought there was a story that happened before this book started and I missed everything. However, when Nick reappeared in Tom's life, and they sailed just the two of them at that yacht, Nothing But, everything fell right into place and I got the rhythm. It was LOVELY!!! I loved that for the most part, this was all about Tom and Nick, just the two of them. But at the same time, Tom's extended family, his brother Justin, Justin caretaker's Mitch, and Tom's Initially, a bit shaky for me because I thought there was a story that happened before this book started and I missed everything. However, when Nick reappeared in Tom's life, and they sailed just the two of them at that yacht, Nothing But, everything fell right into place and I got the rhythm. It was LOVELY!!! I loved that for the most part, this was all about Tom and Nick, just the two of them. But at the same time, Tom's extended family, his brother Justin, Justin caretaker's Mitch, and Tom's friend Jude (and Rob) from the first book, His Horizon, were never too far away. I loved Tom working out everything with Nick, TAUGHT Nick that he could be more than he thought he was capable of (GOD, if only all teacher in my life was like Tom!), and those heartfelt moments with Tom's brother, Justin.... *SIGH* This book is written from Tom's sole perspective. I thought it was perfect though... because it was all Tom's inside turmoil, with the future job, the responsibility towards Justin, the complexity of dating a crew... everything was on the line when Tom knew that falling in love with Nick was inevitable. Nick's 'secret' was important to the story, but I didn't feel like I missed his explanation or way of thinking. All in all, it was good - a bit too long in some parts, though, which was why I didn't rate it higher. I am SO HAPPY that the next story will be available in April... and it's MITCH and BRODIE! I hope Since Mitch's is Justin's caretaker, and Brodie is also a part of Nick's life, Tom and Nick will still make a cameo. I want to read further about the future that these two are shaping at the end of this book 😄.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dixiecowgirl

    Loved this story!   Incredible story of finding yourself and learning to trust.  Each of these men are very likable and will touch your heart with their backstories.  They both struggle with how their pasts impact their futures.  I also loved how this is a story of learning about disability and how each person is affected differently by an injury.   This is also a story of hope, of acceptance and second chances.  I really enjoyed the chemistry between Tom and Nick and how it connected them on so  Loved this story!   Incredible story of finding yourself and learning to trust.  Each of these men are very likable and will touch your heart with their backstories.  They both struggle with how their pasts impact their futures.  I also loved how this is a story of learning about disability and how each person is affected differently by an injury.   This is also a story of hope, of acceptance and second chances.  I really enjoyed the chemistry between Tom and Nick and how it connected them on so many levels.  I laughed and I cried with this story and it will be a re-read for me.   Highly recommended!  This is book two in His Contemporary series and can be read as a stand-alone.   I was gifted this book from Gay Romance Reviews and i freely give my honest opinion and review   

  21. 4 out of 5

    AshPenny37

    What happens when an older, career-captain of a charter boat is tempted to break his most important rule and a younger deckhand, not up to his work standards, is the person who's caught his eye? Oh, I love this book. His Compass is a lovely age gap, sunshine/grump, forced proximity story. In Tom and Nick the author has given us one of those wonderful, imperfectly perfect couples. Both men start off with issues that cause friction between them, but still waters run deep and we learn that they both What happens when an older, career-captain of a charter boat is tempted to break his most important rule and a younger deckhand, not up to his work standards, is the person who's caught his eye? Oh, I love this book. His Compass is a lovely age gap, sunshine/grump, forced proximity story. In Tom and Nick the author has given us one of those wonderful, imperfectly perfect couples. Both men start off with issues that cause friction between them, but still waters run deep and we learn that they both have genuine insecurities that drive their behaviours. They both have a journey of personal growth over the course of the book which sees them reveal and deal with those issues. I always feel there's something quite poetic about stories set on the sea and His Compass is no different. The writing style is excellent with beautiful prose that lets the men's emotional journeys unfold and relationships develop, as well as rich descriptions of the physical journey Tom and Nick take around the Mediterranean.  This is the second book in the His series. It does work as a standalone but I would recommend reading His Horizon, too. Tom and Nick visit Jude and Rob, the MCs from the first book so it's nice to have some page time with them.  His Compass has definitely set the bar high for 2021's reading... definitely recommended. 5* An ARC was provided by GRR in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Anabela.M.

    This was such a rollercoaster of emotions, full of sadness and tears, humor, laughter, joy and love. Con Riley is amazing at writing interesting, complicated characters and at building fascinating relationships. Nick and Tom were as different as two men could be, but they discovered that, at their core, had more in common than they'd expected or hoped for. It was incredible to witness and there've been so many wonderful moments in the book. Times when they opened up, sharing secrets and fears, al This was such a rollercoaster of emotions, full of sadness and tears, humor, laughter, joy and love. Con Riley is amazing at writing interesting, complicated characters and at building fascinating relationships. Nick and Tom were as different as two men could be, but they discovered that, at their core, had more in common than they'd expected or hoped for. It was incredible to witness and there've been so many wonderful moments in the book. Times when they opened up, sharing secrets and fears, allowing their connection to strengthen and slowly develop into something more, something full of passion and tenderness. His Compass was an intense and touching journey. Well thought out and real characters that I could easily connect with and root for, and a romance that filled my heart with happiness. Absolutely a must read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Nelson

    This fantastic, beautiful, poignant, slow burning, grab-you-by-the-feels, tug-at-your-heartstrings, and totally awesome addition to this marvelous series had me hooked from the very first page. I would DEFINITELY recommend getting this gem for yourself.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    4.5 stars I expected a good read when I began His Compass, but I wasn’t expecting to love every moment. This standalone, age gap romance had all the trimmings- a good plot, great characters, smooth dialogue, a sweet and sexy romance, and beautiful settings. Con Riley books tend to be character driven and His Compass is no exception. I loved Nick and Tom. They each had an interesting backstory and journey that kept me invested throughout the book. The romance between Tom and Nick was equally great 4.5 stars I expected a good read when I began His Compass, but I wasn’t expecting to love every moment. This standalone, age gap romance had all the trimmings- a good plot, great characters, smooth dialogue, a sweet and sexy romance, and beautiful settings. Con Riley books tend to be character driven and His Compass is no exception. I loved Nick and Tom. They each had an interesting backstory and journey that kept me invested throughout the book. The romance between Tom and Nick was equally great and I loved how their impact on one another’s life and happiness steadily compounded as the book progressed. As good as all the other elements were, I found it was the little details the author captures that made this story stand out. The moments and exchanges between Tom and Nick made their chemistry all the more palpable and demonstrated the steady growth of feelings as they moved from admiration, respect, and attraction to love. If you enjoy well written romances with great character development, smooth writing, and palpable emotion, I’d definitely recommend His Compass. *eARC received via Gay Romance Reviews. The author and PA had no influence over this review*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Not sure why I didn't love this as much as everyone else did. Maybe it was a little too schmaltzy for my taste at a time when I'm feeling extra cynical. I'm not a fan of big age differences, although the trope is handled well here - it's a facet of the relationship dynamics but it doesn't overwhelm them. Con Riley is hit or miss for me, and this one goes in the "not quite" category. Maybe the next one in the series, featuring characters we met in His Compass, will be more my cup of tea. Not sure why I didn't love this as much as everyone else did. Maybe it was a little too schmaltzy for my taste at a time when I'm feeling extra cynical. I'm not a fan of big age differences, although the trope is handled well here - it's a facet of the relationship dynamics but it doesn't overwhelm them. Con Riley is hit or miss for me, and this one goes in the "not quite" category. Maybe the next one in the series, featuring characters we met in His Compass, will be more my cup of tea.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kirk

    I enjoyed this second instalment in the series, Tom and Nick were really great, rich, likeable-but by no means perfect-individual characters and this was their charm. They were so different and it was lovely to dig deep into both their personalities and watch them grow and change while they were developing deeper feelings for the other. I particularly enjoyed the story setting of life on the sea and all the detail and information that that was given, as well as other important subject matters th I enjoyed this second instalment in the series, Tom and Nick were really great, rich, likeable-but by no means perfect-individual characters and this was their charm. They were so different and it was lovely to dig deep into both their personalities and watch them grow and change while they were developing deeper feelings for the other. I particularly enjoyed the story setting of life on the sea and all the detail and information that that was given, as well as other important subject matters that the author obviously worked hard to get right, this really made the story for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Reilley

    Con Riley took me out of a huge slump I was in. I could not put this book down. I was so invested in Tom and Nick to see how their story was going to unfold. It unfolded beautifully on the sea. I felt like I was on that ship with the guys in their sea trial Tom is the caretaker and the fixer of things. He blames himself for his past involving family. Nick is young and sassy and kind, and a has a heart of gold. They fit together like a puzzle and to see the teaching and learning go both ways was Con Riley took me out of a huge slump I was in. I could not put this book down. I was so invested in Tom and Nick to see how their story was going to unfold. It unfolded beautifully on the sea. I felt like I was on that ship with the guys in their sea trial Tom is the caretaker and the fixer of things. He blames himself for his past involving family. Nick is young and sassy and kind, and a has a heart of gold. They fit together like a puzzle and to see the teaching and learning go both ways was beautiful. They opened their hearts and their minds and saw what was in each other and what the other offered to find their perfect. I found myself tearing up several times throughout this book when Justin was involved. You will too. So precious. I loved seeing Jude and Rob and they were woven beautifully into this story. I want more, more, more from Con. I don’t think I can get enough.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    I just started reading Con Riley's books this Fall and I'm in love! Con has quickly become a one-click, must-read author. Her writing is gorgeous, full of small details that work together to create interesting, engaging and dynamic characters. The settings she creates are rich and vivid; I love it when I can picture a book in my mind like a movie. And I can't help but get fully invested in her stories. I absolutely adored the first book and feel the same way about this book. Tom and Nick are so I just started reading Con Riley's books this Fall and I'm in love! Con has quickly become a one-click, must-read author. Her writing is gorgeous, full of small details that work together to create interesting, engaging and dynamic characters. The settings she creates are rich and vivid; I love it when I can picture a book in my mind like a movie. And I can't help but get fully invested in her stories. I absolutely adored the first book and feel the same way about this book. Tom and Nick are so lovely together and they work through a lot to build a strong foundation for their relationship. Both men are caregivers in their own way and I enjoyed watching them grow as a couple and complement each other. And like I mentioned in my review for the first book, these men are imperfect people trying their very best. I highly recommend everything Con has written, especially this series. I can't wait for more stories! I believe there is a third book in this series and I'm sure it'll be another fab addition.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Monique Hebert

    This book is absolutely amazing. This book's storyline surrounding sailing, brain injuries and executive functioning skills deficits are all subjects requiring research. Two of these are important subject matters that effect peoples lives and truly matters and also meaningful. Family plays a big part of the storyline which I appreciate. The love story is beautiful and the sex scenes are hot. This book is absolutely amazing. This book's storyline surrounding sailing, brain injuries and executive functioning skills deficits are all subjects requiring research. Two of these are important subject matters that effect peoples lives and truly matters and also meaningful. Family plays a big part of the storyline which I appreciate. The love story is beautiful and the sex scenes are hot.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    "His Compass" is the second book in the His Contemporary MM Romance Series and I was delighted when I found out that this book was about charter skipper, Tom. You know how there are characters that carve out a place in your heart no matter how limited their appearance is in a novel? Tom was one of those characters for me. When he appeared in the first book in this series, "His Horizon", my heart was done for.In "His Compass" the Captain is asked to conduct a test of a new asset the company is co "His Compass" is the second book in the His Contemporary MM Romance Series and I was delighted when I found out that this book was about charter skipper, Tom. You know how there are characters that carve out a place in your heart no matter how limited their appearance is in a novel? Tom was one of those characters for me. When he appeared in the first book in this series, "His Horizon", my heart was done for.In "His Compass" the Captain is asked to conduct a test of a new asset the company is considering. His heart is broken when he realized that this may mean the retirement of his lovely yacht, the Aphrodite. When Tom realizes that he's been assigned a new deckhand and that same deckhand that drove him crazy the first time they worked together. Nick might have been gorgeous, but he was forgetful, messy and certainly didn't know as much about sailing as he implied. Reluctantly, Tom agrees to sail with Nick. He makes certain that Nick knows he must be honest about what he knows and what he doesn't know and that he absolutely refuses to hear about Nick's past. He wants no excuses. Once the two men are on the sea and working together, Tom realizes that there is more to Nick than he suspected. Nick is sweet, he's spontaneous and he is learning things. Nick sees the things that Tom has always thought were special: the stars, the beauty in people and the subtle changes in the wind. I'm not even capturing how wonderful the development of Nick's character is. Con Riley has written characters in this book that are convoluted, authentic and genuine. I went into this novel thinking that no one would live up to Tom in my mind…but Nick was perfect. At first, I wondered why he was on the ship… then I wondered why he was so hurt… then I just loved him as much as I loved Tom when I first read about him. The relationship between these men is lovely. It's perfectly paced, and it has more than a few challenges. There are some tropes that Riley has woven in seamlessly. Tom is older than Nick but apart from some humorous barbs, it's a non-issue. The yacht provides some forced proximity which forces both men to acknowledge their feelings. The depth to this story comes in the uncovering of the past of both main characters. Nick isn't what he seems, and Riley unwraps his story slowly and sweetly throughout the course of the novel. Tom knows what he wants in his heart…but guilt has. Kept him on the same course for a long time. It was lovely to get a visit with Jude and Rob who were the focus of the first book. I was curious about them and loved the dynamic of all four men coming together as friends. If you like the m/m romance genre I would definitely recommend anything written by Con Riley. I will always recommend this series to readers as the character development is some of the best, I have read genre-wise! Such a wonderful story! These books can be read as stand-alones but trust me, you'll want to read the series. I'm already waiting for the next book!

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