Thank you to Rebecca Norinne, Sarina Bowen, Jenn Gaffney and the rest of the World of True North team for the advance reader copy of Homecoming, the third story in the Speakeasy Taproom series.
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Check out the Goodreads synopsis…
“Who knew falling in love with my fake girlfriend could feel so real?
I don’t have time for distractions, which is a huge problem since my new next door neighbor Rosalie Wentworth is very distracting. She’s kind, beautiful, and makes me laugh like no woman ever has before.
Unfortunately, the two of us add up to one really sad country song—I’m nursing a bruised ego following a broken engagement and she’s suffering through a messy divorce—so I vow to set my attraction aside and focus on being her friend instead.
That’s easier said than done, however, since her mom is convinced Rosalie and I are perfect for each other. When one of her matchmaking schemes goes a step too far, Rosalie and I hatch a plan of our own: pretend to date for a couple of months to get her mom off our backs.
It’s foolproof, really.
Only, what started as a fake relationship is starting to feel very real, and now I don’t know if I can go back to the way things were before. Because it turns out if home is where the heart is, then Rosalie is mine.”
Check out my more detailed thoughts below…
- Characters: Rosalie is not even newly single yet. She has returned home after her past life literally burned to the ground. Her ex is still drawing out divorce proceedings and trying to keep her from truly moving on. Rosalie’s character shines through over the course of the story as she sheds the darkness of her ex-husband and steps into the light that was Preston. Preston is enjoying life in Colebury as a home restorer. After leaving behind his family in Boston after a sibling’s betrayal. He is renting the carriage house of Gloria, Rosalie’s mother.
- Setting: The story is set in Colebury, Vermont. Specifically, most of it takes place between Preston’s rental carriage house and the main house Rosalie is living in with her mother. Gloria was such a fun character as she could not help but meddle with these two.
- Pacing: The story was paced pretty damn well. It took Rosalie some time to open up and begin to fall for Preston. But I liked the slower pace. It made sense for a woman whose divorce was not even final yet.
- Romance: Slower to start but this story sure heated up. It was adorable to see them strike up a plan to fake date, to assuage Gloria’s constant matchmaking. Me the reader knowing full well that this “fake relationship” was no doubt going to tumble headfirst into head over heels love. Both of these characters deserved this chance at love, both having been burned in the past. This past distrust did affect their relationship, not something I enjoyed too much. I am all for a bit more open conversation and a lot fewer secrets. But it did make a lot of sense for this couple and the payoff you get from their romance is well worth the growing pains.
Homecoming receives four out of five stars.
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Thank you again to Rebecca, Sarina, Jenn and the rest of the team for the review opportunity. Thank you for reading and supporting my blog!