Review: Homecoming

HomecomingHomecoming by Rick R. Reed
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is absolutely my favorite kind of story. The kind that takes me on a roller coaster ride and can make me cry, turn me on, and cause me to grip my e-reader more tightly before the uncertainty passes and I can finally breathe a sigh of relief. And it’s a hard combo to come by, because not many books actually make me cry. Get emotional? A little misty? Sure. But out and out sobbing like a child? Not likely, but this book did.

In a way I felt like Homecoming was not one love story but two. The romance that is beginning and the one that ended tragically are woven together beautifully. One flows into the other but not, to my mind, in such a way that it feels contrived or forced. I LOVED the juxtaposition of a man’s struggle to grieve for his lost love against the raunchiness and no-holds-barred sexuality of International Mr. Leather. Sock you in the gut emotion and fisting all in one book? I’m not sure it gets any better. 😉 I always want a story like this to be longer – I’ve gotten attached to the characters and invested in their story, and I hate to leave them so soon. At first I wanted to see more development at the end – more of the HEA. After a second read though, I actually felt that it really was done pretty perfectly.

And yes, I cried both times.

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Today’s Quickie: Win a Free Book by Rick R. Reed

Frankly, I don’t know why I keep posting these things. I have yet to win one of these contests and I haven’t been so irritated since the time I couldn’t get service to buy a soft pretzel at an Eagles concert. If I stopped announcing the contests, perhaps I’d have a better shot.

Nevertheless, I feel honor-bound (or something like that) to share the love. So – Rick R. Reed is giving away a copy of his new romance, HOMECOMING, and it looks to be a really good one. I’m pretty sure this is for today only, so act fast. For more info, contest details, blurb, excerpt, et-cetera, please go here.