Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Review of The Summer He Came Home

THE SUMMER HE CAME HOME may be purchased here.

Juliana Stone

Cain Black, an up and coming rock star, has returned to his hometown of Crystal Lake, Michigan, to attend the funeral of one of his best friends.  While at the reception, Cain meets Maggie O'Rourke and her adorable son.  The attraction between Cain and Maggie is instantaneous.  Unfortunately, Cain is getting over a bitter divorce and Maggie has secrets of her own.

THE SUMMER HE CAME HOME is an enjoyable contemporary romance with interesting characters and small town appeal.  Ms. Stone has a great way with descriptive text, which paints the reader a vivid picture of the setting.  I felt as though I were visiting Crystal Lake.  Cain has a reputation as a bad boy, a love-em and leave-em type of guy, but appearances can be deceptive.  Because when he falls in love, Cain is a stand-up guy.  Cain makes a good hero, because he has the bad boy edge, but deep down, he is really a family man.  Maggie is the girl next door type, and people in town are protective of her and warn Cain away.  Maggie has trust issues, because of some secrets in her past.  While I understand Maggie's trust issues, I really wish that she had confided in Cain sooner.  In the end, Maggie confronts her fear and displays bravery.

NOTE:  I received this book in return for an impartial review.