Reviewed by Susan65
Title: Home in Your Heart
Author: Alex Jane
Series: Alphas’ Homestead #4
Heroes: Martha/Albert, Caleb/Jacob, etc.
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 213 Pages
Publisher: Alex Jane
Release Date: February 23, 2018
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: When Martha returns to the homestead after five years away at school, the excitement of her arrival is somewhat overshadowed. There’s a new pack in town who appear friendly enough but something about them raises both the Alphas hackles. But any reservations about their new neighbors don’t stop Martha from falling for the charms of the handsome wolf set on seducing her.
With his stubborn daughter intent on giving up her future plans, his youngest son out of control and Ephraim not doing much better, Caleb struggles to keep his family together, risking his relationship with Jacob in the process. And, of course, the surprise guest that Martha brings with her doesn’t help matters either.
And as for Martha, her whole life has been an adventure of books and learning, until Albert captures her heart. But while she wrestles with her feelings, there’s a constant presence waiting in the wings. Someone that will catch her if she falls. Someone that always has, and always will. If she’ll let him.
No matter how far you go, there will always be a home for you in my heart.
Review: I really love this series and it all stems from my love for Caleb and Jacob, from book one. I think what I love most is that each installment is a continuation of their family dynamics and not necessarily all new people. In this case, I was hesitant to read it because I’d just assumed it was a MF book mixed into the middle of a MM series, but that was not really the case, at all. Yes, Martha is the main character, but there is plenty of Caleb and Jacob, some mystery about Ephraim and his apparent broken heart over his best friend, and even Thad will be matched with a male. Speaking of Thad, he was an interesting twist and I look forward to seeing how his story plays out.
Martha is the adopted daughter, along with Thad and Ephraim, of Caleb and Jacob, and very integral to the entire storyline. In this case, she is returning home after being away to study to be a doctor, her passion for as long as she could remember. Caleb has always been the rough, gruff and stubborn father (between him and Jacob) and Martha takes after him completely, so these butt heads, a lot. At the same time, the pack is worried about a new pack that moved into the area and fear a confrontation is imminent…and stubborn and headstrong Martha is in the middle of it. Martha is very contrary and not wholly likeable, but by the end I was accepting that she was just brain dead for half of the book.
I’d always liked Martha, but for someone so smart, she was about as dumb as a bag of rocks when it came to men and relationships. Yes, she was virtuous and was never in a relationship before, but she allowed herself to be treated like crap and that irked me to no end. She was all fire and fury with everyone else, but accepted Alfred’s treatment as if it was just the way it was supposed to be. In one way, I understand why she didn’t notice Joe, but in another she really didn’t deserve him either. I have a difficult time with violence and she was way out of line by slapping him in the face…twice…just because she was having a bad day? I don’t buy it and that almost ruined her for me. But, I got over it.
I am really looking forward to Ephraim’s story and I am bummed that it is not next, but I know it will be after Thad’s, and I like having something to look forward to. I also love checking in with both Jacob and Caleb..they may fight, literally, but they have a love that will stand the test of time and I never worry about them and that’s refreshing.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*