Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Returning Home
Author: Alex Jane
Series: Alphas’ Homestead #2
Heroes: Jacob Carpenter/Caleb Fletcher
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 107 Pages
Publisher: Alex Jane
Release Date: August 12, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Three years after Jacob Carpenter landed on Caleb Fletcher’s doorstep, the Alpha mates return to the city they grew up in to be married.
Aside from the sheer exhaustion of traveling across the country with three children in tow, both men step foot back in New York filled with apprehension about what kind of reception they will receive from their families after abandoning their respective packs.
At first it seems they are welcomed home with open arms and much excitement about their wedding but it soon becomes clear that not everyone is so happy to see the prodigal sons return.
Indeed, Caleb finds himself wondering if Jacob will go through with the ceremony at all, or whether it would be better to pack up his mate and their children, and head back to Nebraska before the situation does irreparable damage to them both.
Sometimes you have to leave a place to realize it’s exactly where you ought to be.
Review: Jacob, Caleb, and their three children are on their way to New York. The alphas are going home to visit family and get married. At the end of book one, it looked as if everything was coming up roses, and the trip back east was meant to start their forever off with the love and acceptance of long lost family and friends. Until some of those family and friends aren’t as welcoming as you are led to believe.
Jacob and Caleb may be mates and may both be alphas, but there is no doubt that Caleb was the head alpha in this family…and with the addition of baby alpha, Thaddeus, this family of five is in for a roller coaster ride. Thaddeus may be a toddler, but apparently in the paranormal wolf world, even babies instinctively know when they are alpha material. Kinda feel bad for Martha and Ephraim, his human sister and non-alpha wolf brother. Now, I am not usually a fan of kids in my stories, but these kids play a meaningful role, and they do not take away from the bond between Caleb and Jacob. That works for me.
So, now our boys, and their rugrats, are in New York and Caleb’s family is jumping for joy and full of emotional welcome for their long lost son and his family. I was wondering if Caleb’s brother would show his face, and I kind of wish he had, but it wasn’t to be. I think wolves hold serious grudges and I really wanted some closure for them, maybe the next book. But, poor Jacob, his family reunion basically ruins the entire purpose of their trip, and the angst-fest begins. This is why I say Caleb is the head alpha, as Jacob is easily wrecked. I loved that he allowed Caleb to console him, and I loved that he came back so quickly, but he didn’t appear to be very strong. Maybe that was because he knew Caleb would be strong enough for both of them at his time of need?
Regardless, it’s a great follow up to Home is Where You Are, and I am so looking forward to book three and Mal’s story. The blurb sounds really promising. Highly recommended.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*