Book 3 in the Boys of Fall series
By Shannon Stacey
Narrated by Chandra Skyye
PUBLISHERS: Print Penguin Random House: Jove
Audio: Tantor Media
Publication date Aug 30, 2016
Running time 8 hrs
E-Galley and Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
They were the golden boys of fall: Stewart Mills High School’s legendary championship football team. Fourteen years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the team—and find themselves again . . .
Sam Leavitt has two goals when he returns home to Stewart Mills to fill in for Coach McDonnell: to keep the school from finding a permanent replacement while Coach gets back on his feet, and to reconnect with his mother. As substitute coach for the high school football team, Sam must work hard to keep the boys on track, and that means spending time with the sexy guidance counselor he shared a hot night with months ago.
Jen Cooper knows what she’s looking for, and it’s not Sam—he wasn’t even supposed to come back. She wants a cultured, romantic soul, not some rough-around-the-edges guy with calloused hands—and a hard, muscular body. But seeing him every day forces Jen to question what she really wants out of life. And as Sam begins to deal with his past, Jen discovers there’s more to him than she imagined. https://tantor.com/homecoming-shannon-stacey.html
So weird, for some reason I thought I had reviewed this months ago.
So, this is another lovely episode in the Boys of Fall series wherein three pals come back to their hometown to help out the town and the football coach who changed their lives with his stand-up guy-ness.
All the guys are on the edge of a career precipice, except for Sam. What Sam has is the ability to take off work and help out the coach when he has a medical setback.
He had a thing with Jen when he first ended up back in town and the two have had each other on their minds.
What’re the chances all these guys meet up with three besties and end up back in town?? Huh?
So, yeah the series’ plot is a little obvious. But it is also fun and filled with the small town happy feels we all love. To a point.
The fly in the ointment is a 45 minute drive being too far, being an impossible long distance relationship. Not 4.5 hours, 45 minutes. Seriously, I live in the state next to NH and it takes 45 minutes to get almost anywhere.
In any event it is NOT a long-distance relationship, and it just didn’t work for me. I scoffed at that.
Until then my only issue was that Sam has not athletic training beyond having played football in high school. It was a little hard to believe that this guy would be tapped to be the replacement for “Coach McDonnell.”
As far as the narration went, I will confess that I did not listen to the entire book but sampled the first few pages. I noted that Chandra Skye has a lovely soft voice but uses strange phrasing and sometimes her voice seemed deadened in its delivery.
This series has been enjoyable overall but for this humble reviewer HOMECOMING missed the mark.
AUDIO PUBLISHER: https://tantor.com/homecoming-shannon-stacey.html