Home to You
by Robin Kaye
Narrated by Lidia Dornet
Published by Tantor Audio | Apr 7, 2015
Running time 9 hrs 28 min
Also available in print/e-book formats (384 pages) from Penguin/Signet
Audiofile provided by Tantor Audio for review. No Remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Jackson Sullivan III has always lived up to his uncle’s expectations, until his career is sidelined, leaving him lost and in need of a retreat to his family’s cabin. But his solitude is interrupted by a beautiful visitor whose combative feelings about the Sullivans lead Jax to a surprising declaration: he pretends to be someone else.
Though she hasn’t seen the privileged scion since she was a child, Kendall Watkins hates everything Jackson Sullivan represents. She should know: her parents have managed the Sullivan estate for years. In need of her own peace and quiet, she heads to the cabin, never expecting to come face to face with the most handsome man she’s ever met.
Soon stranded by a violent nor’easter, Jax and Kendall end up sharing more than they dreamed. But Jax knows that when the storm clears, his true identity will be revealed, and Kendall will be left with a betrayal that may be too great to forgive…
Other than Kendall being a little to naive for a counselor/social worker — she apparently never had to take a human sexuality course — and a few other technicalities that felt fluffy, I enjoyed the story behind this romance. The idea that really, really got me is that a man just over a head injury bad enough to require pressure relieving cranial surgery, an induced coma and cause severe loss of math and numbers would be okay to stay alone on a mountain and work on a roofing project without a helmet or supervision. It was not as if the even had happened months before; it was fairly recent.
Given her history of one nearly asexual, boyfriend-fiance I would expect Kendall to be naive in the bedroom, but it doesn’t jibe with her counseling history nor her penchant for romance novels.
But the romance that develops, as much for her good cooking in the kitchen as in the bedroom, is off the charts hot-pockets!
I liked the narration of this short novel. Sometimes the reader sounded as if she might “Hab a cowd” which can become annoying because I want to give the reader a tissue and a decongestant, but it wasn’t too obvious and wasn’t complicated. The New Hampshire accent was a little more South Boston than New Hampshire, but it did offer a little flavor to the snowy scene. With its wintry overtones, it was a good way to pass the last few wintry days at home as I worked on a painting project. It was so engrossing I hardly noticed I had been working all day.
It’s one of those romances where it’s sexy enough that you want the characters to get together and can ignore most of the technical flaws.
I could see enjoying the wintry chill and hot cabin nights on a warm summer day just as easily as I could inside in chilly weather.
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