Reviewed by Ami
Title: Home Is Where You Are
Author: Emjay Haze
Series: States of Love
Heroes: Eric & Phil
Genre: M/M Contemporary
Length: 95 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: For a chance at a future filled with love, he’ll have to face a painful past.
Eric, recently dumped by his boyfriend, is summoned home after his dad suffers a stroke. His family farm in rural Vermont holds memories he’d rather forget, but he—with his degree in agricultural business—is needed to clear up a predicament with the bank. In trying to forget the bad, Eric has also lost sight of the good: green meadows dotted with grass-fed dairy cows and the sugar maples that once produced the area’s finest maple syrup. With Eric’s help, they will again.
A captivating farmhand named Phil tempts Eric to give the countryside another chance, but before they can consider being together, Eric must move past more than his feelings for his ex-boyfriend—he’ll need to stand up to the ghosts that sent him running from the farm in the first place….
I felt like there were too many things that happened in this novella but they were quickly resolved either on or off the page, which kind of frustrating for me.
For example, the reason why Eric avoided coming home to his family’s farm in rural Vermont – it was clear that the event that happened was traumatic. And apparently Eric never really dealt with it by looking for help in professional level.
There was also Eric’s ex who was an asshole – Phil’s best friend, whom I think was a bit creepy and weird, so at least he wasn’t on page a lot. Don’t forget that we also had the financial problem with Eric’s parents’ farm.
With all of that, I wasn’t completely convinced about Eric and Phil’s chemistry or relationship build. It was like things went a bit too fast – heck, I didn’t completely believe that Eric was able to shed the dislike he felt about his hometown, with all the bad memories, and willing to be there again.
But at least, I loved the feel of Vermont that the author described here. I also LOVED the part with Eric’s family farm, and learned about the operational side of it. I would love to read more books with maple grove and dairy farm as setting *smile*
Overall Impression: It was good!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*