Series: A Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 2, 2013
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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Sometimes the best place to find love is right back where you started…
Falling asleep in a different bed every night has made it easy for Cain Black to forget his past. It’s been ten years since he packed his guitar and left Crystal Lake to chase his dreams. Now tragedy has forced him home again. And though Cain relishes the freedom of the road, one stolen moment with Maggie O’Rourke makes him wonder if he’s missing out on something bigger than fame.
For Maggie—single mother and newly settled in Crystal Lake—love is a luxury she just can’t afford. Sure, she appreciates the tall, dark and handsome looks of prodigal son Cain Black. But how long can she expect the notorious hellion to stay?
The last thing either of them wants is something complicated. But sometimes love has its own plans.
The Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone wasn’t a spectacular, or riveting, or exciting story. However, it was a simple, real, and heartfelt story imbued with wonderful ambiance, likeable characters and a lovely romance that kept me invested in the plot and characters until the very last page.
As much as I enjoyed the story, I especially liked Stone’s writing. She has a lovely writing style that allows the reader to feel as if they are actually within the story, experiencing everything the characters think and feel. The town, and the characters that inhabit it, came alive as a result of Stone’s vivid descriptions of the different people and places in the town of Crystal Lake.
The hero and heroine of the story, Cain and Maggie, were likeable, well-rounded, and root-able characters. Single mother Maggie is kind-hearted, determined, self-sacrificing, and very protective of her son. Self-proclaimed rebel Cain is head strong, charming, and can be somewhat selfish. They’re complete opposites with different outlooks on life. But when the two are around each other there’s an undeniable attraction. As much as I enjoyed the passion and chemistry between Maggie and Cain, I especially enjoyed whenever Cain interacted with Maggie’s son Michael. Those two had a unique bond that was very touching.
Overall, this was one story I was not disappointed in reading. It had everything I could ask for in a book. There was romance, suspense, a little danger, and wonderful characterization for both lead and supporting characters. This was the first book in the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series. The second book, The Christmas He Loved Her, will feature Cain’s friend Jake’s story, and is slated for release in October 2013. If you’re interested, be sure to pick-up the first book in the series for now. I highly recommend it. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).