Home is where her heart is…
When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She’s made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she’s back in the small town that was the closest thing to “home” she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who’s her only family.
There’s just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers’ auto body shop. And no matter how hard she’s tried, Presley hasn’t been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can’t fall back into his arms…or his bed. She’s come too far to backslide now. And there’s a secret she’s been guarding—a secret she’ll do anything to protect.
Brenda Novak writes so well and her characters are so well developed that I was completely caught up in COME HOME TO ME. It was good to catch up with Dylan and Cheyenne’s story. Good to know Ted and Sophia are engaged and that Alexa was doing well. It was especially wonderful knowing Presley has turned her life around and has become such a wonderful mother. I admired her character very much. I liked that she was so frank and honest with herself and others (with the obvious huge exception of not telling Aaron he is Wyatt’s dad). Aaron is no longer the partier he used to be either, but for most of the book he’s still pretty selfish and self-serving. I felt the progression of his growing feelings for Presley was very well described and his struggle with these feelings realistic. There were also some interesting new characters introduced I look forward to reading more about in Whiskey Creek #7.
So while I enjoyed the story very much while I was reading it, I have to admit in the end I felt something was missing. I think it was mostly due to the secret baby storyline, I was waiting for a train wreck to happen. But it never really did. Everyone behaves so rationally and maturely. I can’t think of a time when I’ve been disappointed everything worked out so smoothly in a story (cuz I’m really not a huge fan of a lot of angst and misunderstanding), but I was in this one. It’s hard to explain, but while I find no fault with the story that’s there, I feel a loss of the conflict that isn’t there. I didn’t see there was any accountability for all the deceptive behavior. In this case I think it would have made the story even better. I especially felt the ending was too sudden and Aaron didn’t grovel near enough. Presley deserved it!! I rate this story 3.5 stars.
~Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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