Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book review: Summer He Came home (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #1) by Juliana Stone

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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.

They were the four bad boys of Crystal Lake, Michigan growing up. Now they're together again to bury one of their own. Cain Black was the rocker of the group. He left years ago to pursue that dream never thinking he would come back finally to attend a funeral of one of his best friends. First thing he does is meet Maggie's son and then her.  He is intrigued by her. She's kind of a mystery to her since no one seems to know much about her history. Cain also reunites with the two remaining bad boys, Mac and Jake. Jesse was the other one and he was Jake's twin brother and whose funeral they are home for)  Maggie is really reluctant to let Cain in through the whole book. Slowly he wins her over and her son falls much easier. Maggie has some pretty deep secrets and slowly she tells Cain more about herself and opens herself up. Not a easy thing for her to do. Things go horribly wrong at one point and it takes a lot to get a good ending. First thing i liked about this book is that is takes place in Michigan where i was born and raised and now live so i knew several of the places mentioned in the book.   I liked all the characters. They weren't perfect, they were very real and flawed.  The story was well paced. There were parts of the book that were so intense i was holding my breath a bit reading. You get a glimpse into all the secondary characters coming in the next couple books but the emphasis is still on the main couple. Great start to a new series! 5 out of 5 stars for Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone.

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