I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Homecoming by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point #6
Published by Harlequin MIRA on August 26, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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In a small town, reputation is everything. In her latest novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr explores the burden placed on a young man returning home to face his mistakes--the first step in claiming the life he was meant to live
At the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Destined for greatness, he lost it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun. The people in his hometown have never forgotten what might have been.
Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken. But now he's been presented with an opportunity to return home and show his father--and the people of Thunder Point--he's become a better, humbler version of his former self.
Winning over his father isn't the only challenge. Seth must also find a way to convince his childhood neighbor and best friend, Iris McKinley, to forgive him for breaking her heart. With his homecoming, will Seth be able to convince the town, his family and especially Iris that he's finally ready to be the man who will make them all proud?
Seth Sileski was once a high school football phenom in Thunder Point, actually excelling in college and playing with the Seattle Seahawks before a tragic accident sidelined him. Now he’s back home as the new deputy sheriff in charge, hoping to repair his fractured relationships with his father and his once best friend, Iris McKinley.
Seth and Iris were best friends and neighbors since they were 4-years old until a heartbreaking incident involving their senior prom. It’s been 17 years but Iris still hasn’t let go of her resentment. (You just know there’s more to this.) She’s a high school counselor who’s dealing with what looks to be a student suffering in some abusive relationship.
What I liked
Both Seth and Iris are extremely well developed characters, which is one of Carr’s strengths in most of her stories, and even their broken relationship was nicely portrayed. Their journey back to friendship and eventually lovers hooked me because their individual transformations were so interesting. The secondary story of the student abuse provided insight about the challenges faced by school officials in how to identify and cope with the issue. And, of course, the updates about the other relationships are always a treat, another Carr staple.
The bottom line
The romance is the highlight here and is underwhelmed by the secondary storylines. Seth and Iris are pretty appealing and I enjoyed their banter. While the story about the abused teenager was well done, the ending resolution felt a bit rushed and I’m still a bit uncertain about one of the outcomes. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this story and return to Thunder Point.
(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)
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