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review 2019-05-22 06:43
Holding Out (Returning Home #4) - Serena Bell

This is book #4, in the Returning Home series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader understanding, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this series in order.


Griff finds himself attracted to the most off limits woman.  She is the little sister of his friend.  He also does not do commitment.  Best to avoid her for now.  If only she wasn't so attractive......


Becca has a thing for Griff.  If he could help her with her predicament, things would be so much better for her.  She just needs someone she trusts for a one and done.  As long as nobody starts to have feelings for the other.....


This was a great story.  I loved the banter.  These characters so obviously should be together.  The pace was good, the heat was such a good build, and goes great with the series.  I give this a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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text 2019-04-17 15:10
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She’s done being a virgin. He’s willing to help her out. Only now he has a problem of his own: He can’t stop wanting more. 


The answer has to be no, of course. No way Griff Ambrose is going to help Becca Drake lose her virginity. Not only is she his friend’s little sister, but Griff doesn’t do commitment—not since the day he came home from war to find his house empty and his wife gone.

But he can’t get Becca’s request—or pretty much anything else about her—out of his head. What can it hurt, anyway? If it’s awkward afterwards, they can just avoid each other. Right?


Becca Drake has turned her life around, and she’s proud of how much butt she’s kicking. The shy girl with the self-esteem problem has been shown the door, and New Becca’s in the driver’s seat. There’s just one more demon she has to exorcise. Virginity is messing up her sex life. Guys who might be okay with giving her a test drive act like they’re being auditioned for marriage when they find out she’s never had intercourse.

Griff is the perfect candidate to do the deed: He’s her friend, he’s sexy as heck, and neither of them wants anything serious.


Then Becca’s job goes belly up and she takes a temporary position at the veterans’ retreat where Griff works. Now she and Griff can’t stay out of each other’s way—and their entanglement keeps getting messier—and sexier. Worst of all, it’s getting harder and harder for Becca and Griff to lie to themselves about what they really want…



About the Author:

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USA Today bestselling author Serena Bell writes contemporary romance with heat, heart, and humor. A former journalist, Serena has always believed that everyone has an amazing story to tell if you listen carefully, and you can often find her scribbling in her tiny garret office, mainlining chocolate and bringing to life the tales in her head. 


Serena’s books have earned many honors, including an RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, Apple Books Best Book of the Month, and Amazon Best Book of the Year for Romance. 

When not writing, Serena loves to spend time with her college-sweetheart husband and two hilarious kiddos—all of whom are incredibly tolerant not just of Serena’s imaginary friends but also of how often she changes her hobbies and how passionately she embraces the new ones. These days, it’s stand-up paddle boarding, board-gaming, meditation, and long walks with good friends. 


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review 2016-11-23 19:07
Review: Returning Home (Alpha's Homestead #2) by Alex Jane
Returning Home - Alex Jane

Nice sequel to Home is where you are

Not as captivating as the first one. But it was great reading more about Caleb, Jacob and their pups

Caleb and Jacob are leaving to New York for a special visit to Caleb's pack. Caleb hasn't seen his family for 12 years and also Jacob hasn't seen his own for a quite some time. It's time to make amends. But not everythings runs as like it should..



Caleb and Jacob's connection is awesome.

"I meant what I said. Being mated to you is enough. Standing up with you in front of our - in front of everyone would make me so proud, but all I ever wanted was you. To live with you. To be bonded to you."

I'd love to read more of the family when they return to their homestead again.



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review 2016-07-30 14:32
Returning Home (The Call of Home #2) by Alexa Milne
Returning Home (The Call of Home Book 2) - Alexa Milne
Returning Home is the second book in the Call of Home series, but can definitely be read as a standalone. 
Darach has just moved back home, after a case gone bad at work, and his boyfriend cheating on him yet again. Upon arriving there, he rescues a cat that is wandering around the village and manages to return her to her owner, who immediately intrigues him. Brice is a reclusive artist who seems to prefer his own company, but something about him tweaks Darach's police radar and he wants to know more.
I enjoyed the story involving Brice and Darach, although it does have a huge case of insta-love, which I don't particularly like. However, it did take time for their relationship to build, which made up for that part. Brice has a particularly nasty past that he shares with Darach, and they both need to find a way to deal with it. 
The story was building nicely to a dramatic ending when I fell into a massive editing hole. Chapter 16 is duplicated twice and chapter 17 is missing altogether. Unfortunately, it is chapter 17 where the climax and (I presume) dramatic rescue occurs. This most definitely jolted my enjoyment of the story, although I understand that this is an ARC copy, so hopefully this issue will be resolved for future readers.
Up until that point, it was well-written with no editing or grammatical errors to distract the eye. If you are looking for a M/M Contemporary Romance with a hint of mystery, then I can recommend this series.
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review 2016-07-24 00:00
To Have and to Hold: A Returning Home Novel
To Have and to Hold: A Returning Home Novel - Serena Bell Awww gawsh! this book was just too sweet. I loved the chemistry between Trina and Hunter is just awesome. So in sync with each other. And even though Trina has all the odds stacked against her she's not afraid to try to be what Hunter needs.

ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.
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