Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Choosing Home
Author: Alexa Milne
Series: The Call of Home #1
Heroes: Zac McKenzie/Seth Prithcard
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 187 Pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: You can never escape from yourself.
Zac McKenzie is an ex-professional footballer with a secret he gave up his career to protect. Several years ago, he fled to his home in the North East of Scotland to avoid being outed as gay. Now, he owns a successful hotel and restaurant, but is it time to finally come out into the open?
Seth Pritchard feels he is damaged goods. He comes to Scotland to escape memories of the accident that left him injured, his bullying step-brothers and a life of lies.
For their whole lives, Zac and Seth have denied who they truly are to themselves as well as to others. When they meet, each man is forced to confront his fears and tear them down one by one.
Review: This is the story of two guys basically hiding out from life but after finding each other, realize they don’t need to hide anymore.
Zac is an ex-professional football player who was all but forced to leave the sport he loved after he was caught with his lover of five years, a fellow player. After the resulting breakup of their relationship, Zac decided to leave and keep their relationship a secret. He made a new life for himself running an inn/resort which keeps him busy and out of the spotlight. But, he’s pretty lonely.
Seth is a somewhat broken guy in that he’s recovering from a horrific car accident that left him with a boatload of guilt to go along with his physical injuries. He also suffers from the horrible abuse his stepbrothers put him through during his childhood. He knows he is gay, but has not quite come to terms with it due to his past family abuse (which was heavily homophobic).
Zac is understanding yet somewhat pushy at times, which is exactly what Seth needed. Once Seth realized he could safely act on his feelings, with Zac still remaining closeted and his being secluded away at the inn, he was able to actually explore the side of him he always knew was there. These guys take things very slowly. It takes a while for Zac to feel comfortable enough to take things to the next step, but Seth is patient every step of the way, happy to just enjoy whatever Seth is ready for. This was my favorite part of the story, watching Zac come to life with his new experiences.
There is some other drama concerning Zac coming out and the return of Seth’s evil stepbrothers, all of which seemed to happen really fast with not a lot of hooplah. I didn’t totally connect with these guys even though I enjoyed watching their relationship grow. The story was otherwise well written and kept my interest to the end, so I’m definitely looking forward to the next installment.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*