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review 2016-09-21 18:22
Review: Homecoming by Shannon Stacey
Homecoming (A Boys of Fall Novel) - Shannon Stacey

Homecoming begins immediately following the conclusion of the previous book, where we find several of the Stewart Mills residents in the hospital following the aftermath of Coach McDonnell’s apparent heart attack on the football field. While recovering, Coach wants Sam Leavitt, former Eagles championship quarterback, to come home from Texas and coach the team. Even though Sam agrees, he does so knowing it is temporary because he will never move back to Stewart Mills, the place of his nightmarish childhood.


Jen Cooper grew up in Stewart Mills and loves her job as the high school guidance counselor. After her amazing one-time hookup with Sam back in the summer when he was home (for the first time in over a decade) for the football team fundraiser, Jen never wanted to see bad boy Sam again. Yet when he shows up in Stewart Mills to stay for a while, Jen isn’t sure she can deny their strong attraction.


Homecoming is the third (and presumably final) chapter in the Boys of Fall series, which features the goings-on of small-town Stewart Mills, NH. The town fell on hard times a while back, and I love how the town finds joy and regains hope through their high school football team. I like that while each book is a standalone, each builds upon the previous as far as character development. By the time we get to this third book, I care about each of the characters. I also like that we see the town mend and grow. The tone of the books progressively become more positive and hopeful because of the changing circumstances.


Overall, I loved Jen and Sam individually and as a couple. Both have their heads on straight and don’t tend to do ridiculous things or make silly relationship mistakes. Jen rocks and has her life together, which I appreciate. I love that she’s smart and caring, which is perfect since she is a respected guidance counselor. What I admire most about her character is that she THINKS like a counselor. She isn't making stupid decisions or letting Sam get away with crap. Ms. Stacey carried her personality through every action and decision.


And Sam is also a good, smart guy. While he does have a rocky past, he’s learned to deal with it like an adult. He takes into consideration others and how his actions will impact those closest to him. And while he still deals with lingering negativities from his youth, he doesn’t let the dark thoughts control his actions. This is SOOOOO refreshing. Homecoming chronicles Sam’s growth as he learns what it means to forgive his alcoholic mother and coach these young, impressionable boys.


Another great aspect of this book is the humor, which felt so much more than what was found in the first book. This is probably because of the football team’s success giving the town hope. Here is one example that made me laugh:


As Jen walked around the truck, she heard Sam talking to [Police Officer] Kelly. “Can you turn the lights and siren on?” 


“No, you’re not getting a police escort to O’Rourke’s.” 


“If I go first, then it’s more like a police chase than a police escort.” 


“Get in your truck before I shoot all your tires out and leave you here while Jen and I go have burgers.”


There were only a few small things that detracted slightly. One very small hang up is what creates a wedge between the pair near the end of the book. I wasn’t happy with how cut and dry Jen was about the issues, apparently unwilling to even consider how to make things work. While I do agree they could have dealt with it by talking it out, I think that the reactions were true for the characters. Change is very hard, and most people's first reaction is to resist it and find reasons why it can't happen. 


In the end, Homecoming is another wonderful small-town romance from Shannon Stacey. Ms. Stacey creates lovable, relatable characters and gives them life through her magnificent storytelling. This story is not only a wonderful romance, but also a heartfelt tale of man, and town, healing the wounds of the past.


My Rating:  B+ Liked It A Lot

Review copy provided by publisher

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review 2016-09-03 01:29
Homecoming (Boys of Fall #3) by Shannon Stacey
Homecoming (A Boys of Fall Novel) - Shannon Stacey

Sam Leavitt has two goals when he returns home to Stewart Mills to fill in for Coach McDonnell: to keep the school from finding a permanent replacement while Coach gets back on his feet, and to reconnect with his mother. As substitute coach for the high school football team, Sam must work hard to keep the boys on track, and that means spending time with the sexy guidance counselor he shared a hot night with months ago.
Jen Cooper knows what she’s looking for, and it’s not Sam—he wasn’t even supposed to come back. She wants a cultured, romantic soul, not some rough-around-the-edges guy with calloused hands—and a hard, muscular body. But seeing him every day forces Jen to question what she really wants out of life. And as Sam begins to deal with his past, Jen discovers there’s more to him than she imagined.









Homecoming was cute and of course I'm a sucker for reunion stories so I was into this one from the start.

There wasn't a whole lot of drama, sexiness or excitement in this book which was kind of nice for a change of pace. For those readers who want to get away from most of that angsty craziness gotta be tv theme emotional instability this slow pace comfortable read is one that allows you to settle in and just enjoy a slow build romance that fits for any of those small town tight knit community stories.

Although I do wish we had gotten more feeling or emotion from both Jen and Sam it was nice to be able to just sit back and take it all in without much of the typical gotta get down and dirty with it to make it enjoyable kind of things.

It was sweet, it was realistic and didn't build up too much for heavy expectations.

In the end Homecoming gave just enough love to provide the warm and fuzzies without any snags.






























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review 2016-07-10 15:26
Fast great read
Going Hard: Boys of Fall - Cari Quinn

This was a great read. Cari Quinn has another hits with her characters. Hollie is a sarcastic and. funny heroine, Rafe is dominant interesting hero. This book kept me engaged with the chemistry and hot hookup. This is a book that you just have to read and read the series.

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review 2016-07-08 12:12
*´¨✫) #Release!!! Full Coverage (A Boys of Fall Novel) By Erin Nicholas ¸.•´¸.•*´¨)✯ ¸.•*¨) ✮ (¸.•´✶ (¸.
Full Coverage: Boys of Fall - Erin Nicholas

Full Coverage (Boys of Fall)

by Erin Nicholas

Kindle Edition, 187 pages

Published July 8th 2016 by EN Fiction, Inc.


My Review:

Ok where to start, this was an awesome HOT read as always and totally what we have come to love about Erin Nicholas. It's like that saying she's "like a good bottle of fine wine, get's better with age" that is totally true when it comes to Erin Nicholas.
Randi is really a girly girl - when she wants to be, she also has a crush on Nolan who "makes her feel awkward and jittery and reminds her that she is not the brightest bulb in the drawer". But never actually made her feel that way, it was all her.
Nolan was a nerd, is still a nerd but man oh man he is a Sexy, Smokin HOT nerd, who preferred to watch things from the side lines. I guess when they say opposites attract that is definitely the case with Randi and Nolan. As these two get closer we see how both characters act outside their comfort zone and for me Randi totally held her own which is what made me fall in love with this story - Hot country Texan boys and Sexy confident heroines!!!
It has an amazing storyline about love friendship insecurities and each character's ability to adapt. there was plenty of smokin' HOT scenes which we have come to love from these Boys of Fall Novels. It will have you laughing and definitely make you fall in love, but, best of all you won't be disappointed and that will keep your turning the pages!!
A must read for die hard fans of Erin Nicholas and Boys of Fall. Just make sure you have plenty of tequila, you will need it :-)

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review 2015-11-13 00:00
Defending Hearts (A Boys of Fall Novel)
Defending Hearts (A Boys of Fall Novel) - Shannon Stacey Defending Hearts (Boys of Fall #2)by Shannon Stacey

Globetrotting photographer Alex Murphy returns to Stewart Mills for a football fundraiser, but stays to document the football team and the town’s changes. Since his project includes photos of the Walker farm, he rents a room there.
Needing money to save the family farm, Gretchen Walker doesn’t have time to deal with the sexy photographer in her house. After all, Alex is a man with no sense of home, and to her, home is everything. But when she finds herself falling for him, she’ll be forced to decide where her dreams really lie

My Review:
Defending Hearts is the kind of book you would read if you wanted to submerge yourself in realistic reality type romances. There's no big zing, no big passion, no big anything. Its a slow mozey as you go type of romance that flitters instead of flies and fizzles out before it ends. None of the characters are fantastic or over the top, it just kind of simmers cools then lets you move smoothly by without much else gluing the reader or its characters to the story.
It wasn't a bad book by any means there just wasn't much meat to its bones to make it a real winner either.

My Rating:
3 Stars

Reviewed By: Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews

Note: I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley/NAL/Penguin
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