Monday, 11 March 2013

Review: The Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone

The summerThe Summer He Came Home
Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #1
Juliana Stone
Publication date: 2nd April 2013
Reviewed by Lesley

Single mother Maggie and her young son Michael have recently made their home in Crystal Lake, working as a cleaner to make ends meet Maggie keeps her head down and focuses on bringing up her son.  When bad boy rocker Cain Black is forced to return to his hometown Crystal Lake to attend the funeral of a close friend he immediately notices Maggie.

Cain however, is the ex-husband of a publicity hungry movie star who doesn't want to let him go and Maggie has her own secrets and needs to keep off the radar of the press who follow Cain around. Can their affair ever be anything more when Maggie remains pretty closed up to any idea of a relationship and Cain has never done the "family" thing?

Nothing in The Summer Came Home was a huge surprise but I really enjoyed it nonetheless, the characters really made the story for me. It kind of reminded me of Jill Shalvis's excellent Lucky Harbour series where the local townspeople are every bit as much of the story as the main characters.

Bad boy rocker Cain isn't actually much of a bad boy, in fact he's pretty much a good guy throughout. Despite being a pretty famous and wealthy star he really doesn't care that Maggie is a cleaner and is always honest with her as well as protective.

Juliana Stone also sets up a really interesting storyline with Maggie's best friend Raine who has recently lost her military husband in Afghanistan, and his twin who also served in Afghanistan and is back in Crystal Lake. Weaving the start of their story into The Summer He Came Home had me instantly intrigued and guarantees that I'll be reading the sequel when it's released.

Perfect for fans of contemporary romance The Summer He Came Home should be added to your TBR list. I liked it a lot.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh it sounds really great. I love the Lucky Harbor series so definitely will be checking it out. And whew. Yummy cover!

    ~Anna
    herding cats & burning soup

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