Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Romance Review: Coming Home by Christine S. Feldsman

Coming Home
Publisher: Crimson Romance
My Rating: 7/10

No woman ever really forgets her first love. Callie Sorenson is no exception. Hers was tall, tanned, and - as her older brother’s best friend - completely off limits.
Danny McCutcheon.
It’s a name that Callie hasn’t spoken in years, even if the man to whom it belongs has never really been all that far from her thoughts. Or her heart. But now a twist of fate will bring her back to the childhood home she left behind years ago, and to the hometown boy for whom she secretly longed.
When her mother takes a bad fall and breaks her hip, Callie leaves the bright lights of New York City to fly back west and help with the rehabilitation. It’s a tense homecoming due to a long time estrangement between mother and daughter, and it drives Callie to confront both a painful personal loss and her unanswered questions about the father who abandoned her when she was just a child.
It also brings her face to face with Danny again, and Callie quickly realizes that old feelings die hard.
But for Danny, it’s new feelings that are a problem. Callie is not the young girl he remembers but a woman now, and a very desirable one. They both have reasons to fight the growing attraction between them, but the temptation may just prove to be too much to resist, despite some very real risk to their hearts. The past casts a long shadow over the future, though, and Callie will have to overcome it or else face losing the one man who means the most to her.

Upon reading the blurb, I was intrigued by the idea of a woman returning home to her forgotten past. The one thing I want to talk about in this review is the feeling author put into her writing. To me, this was more then a romance book. It's funny how you can open up a novel and dive right into the life of a fictional character and feel the things they feel...

Grief. Love. Illicitness.

Callie had more grief than I thought a person could live with. The author correctly made her past harden her personality. Danny, however, was the complete opposite, and I liked watching him help her learn to let go. The pain they both caused each other made an awkwardness between them that the reader could feel. As the story progressed, the romance deepened without a touch even exchanged between them.

The one reason I gave this book a seven out of ten is because the romance took a bit of time to physically develop. Trust me, I wasn't looking for any sex scenes. (Thank you, all New Adult romances, for spoiling my mind) But to me, it wasn't that long of a book, and it took a little too long for...y'know. Trying to avoid spoilers here. 

Coming Home was extremely well written. For anyone who wants to diverge from stereotypical adult romances, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book. 


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