(Whiskey Creek #6)
by Brenda Novak
Published March 2014 by Harlequin MIRA
Adult Romance - Kindle, 416p.
Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for providing me with a digital copy for review.
ABOUT THE BOOK:When Presley Christensen returns to Whiskey Creek with her little boy after two years away, she has completely changed her life. She's made peace with her past and overcome the negative behavior that resulted from her difficult childhood. Now she's back in the small town that was the closest thing to "home" she ever knew—the town where she can be with the sister who's her only family.
There's just one catch. Aaron Amos still lives in Whiskey Creek, at least until he moves to Reno to open a branch of the Amos brothers' auto body shop. And no matter how hard she's tried, Presley hasn't been able to get over him. Seeing him again makes the longing so much worse. But she hopes she can get through the next few months, because she can't fall back into his arms…or his bed. She's come too far to backslide now. And there's a secret she's been guarding—a secret she'll do anything to protect.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE BOOK:COME HOME TO ME focuses on Presley and Aaron, the siblings of the couple from book two, Cheyenne and Dylan (When Snow Falls). Her sister, Presley, and his brother, Aaron, are old friends (with benefits) who have seen their fair share of trouble together. Two years after Presley left town, she returns to Whiskey Creek to be closer to her sister again, in hopes of having a permanent home. She and Aaron are both cleaned up and more stable now, and their attraction remains, so sparks fly.
However, Presley has a secret she's not ready to share that will certainly change things with Aaron. As the story progresses, along with their relationship, the reader will likely wish she would just TELL HIM ALREADY! (I know I did.) I'm generally not a huge fan of books with problems that could basically be solved if people just had a conversation, but this one had a bit more to it, so it kept me interested and didn't let my frustration boil over. (Plus, I like when couples and friends from the previous books in the series pop in, so I'm always watching out for them.) Presley's dilemma is a legitimate one and Aaron's reaction is hard to predict. Plus, she has to consider that they're family now, since their siblings are married, and doesn't want to blow up the harmony they've all found with each other. (Her sister knows the secret and hasn't shared it with her husband, so that presents a serious problem, as well.)
I'm a huge sucker for a series set in a small town with recurring characters and places, so even with the issues I had with both Presley and Aaron, I didn't mind reading along for the moments with other characters in the town I've come to know (and in hopes that they'd finally both get their acts together at the same time). COME HOME TO ME is a solid addition to the Whiskey Creek series and I'll certainly keep reading.