Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Returning Home
Author: Alexa Milne
Series: The Call of Home #2
Heroes: Darach McNaughton/Brice Drummond
Genre: MM Contempoary
Length: 174 Paages
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: June 28, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: You can never escape from yourself.
When Darach McNaughton returns to his home town, the one thing he isn’t looking for is love. But when he meets the mysterious Brice Drummond, his investigative instinct isn’t the only thing aroused.
After a gang beats Brice Drummond, leaves him for dead, and needing to use a wheelchair, he ends up in a witness protection program. His only company is a beautiful cat aptly named Princess. He creates stunning pieces of art, but allows no one into his life—until a handsome policeman appears out of nowhere.
On a snowy night, Darach McNaughton returns a crying cat to its owner and is immediately curious about the beautiful man with the tattoos. Bit by bit, Darach uncovers the shocking truth about Brice’s history. Can he get past what he discovers? Can Brice let someone into his life? Or will the past catch up with them both and tear their fledgling love apart?
Review: This is book 2 of the series, but it can be read on its own. It takes place in the same town as the previous book, but that is pretty much the extent of the connection.
Darach is a nice guy who moved home to nurse his broken heart and restart his life. Brice is somewhat of a recluse who moved to the town a few years ago. He is pretty independent, despite his disability, and tends to keep to himself. Darach is intrigued and they share a mutual attraction that, although it takes some convincing on Brice’s part, and Darach isn’t looking for love at this time either, they get to know each other better.
Darach can’t help but try to learn more about Brice and uses his connections to do so. Brice is hiding a big secret and has some pretty big demons in his closet. I liked how Darach never fully understood about Brice’s past, though he definitely tried, and seeing his fears about being able to give Brice what he needed. But, Darach eventually sees past all that, just as he did Brice’s disability.
I enjoyed this story, as I did the first book, but I wasn’t really blown away. There were aspects I really liked but then others that just seemed okay. I liked these guys together but never really got a sense of deep emotion from either of them. It felt like they were telling us how they felt and did the things expected, but I never really saw it as much as I was expecting or hoping for.
That said, it was definitely enjoyable with some mystery and excitement thrown in. There were smexy times, as well as some suspense and angst. The story wraps up quickly in the end but all loose ends are tied up. While not ending happy all around, it was definitely a HEA for Darach and Brice.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*