Title: Finding Home
Author: Meg Harding
Length: 232 Pages
At a Glance: Finding Home was as great as the title and the cover suggest.
Reviewed By: Ky
Blurb: aden Matthews has never known his father or his father’s family, but he’s about to get a crash course on having siblings. With the recent passing of his grandmother, he’s discovered he has three half-brothers and part ownership of a gym. In Serenity, Florida. His life in New York has hit a rocky road, so maybe this is the vacation he needs to get things back on track.
Chase Michaels lost his future in a car crash almost ten years ago, and he’s made a new one for himself in Serenity. One that doesn’t include getting emotionally involved with people who are just passing through. But Jaden makes his common sense flee and his gut react. He’s got one month with the man who made him believe in taking a chance.
Review: So, obviously, I’m a big, big fan of the cover, and I think the title was perfect for the story. Jaden and Chase are a case of opposites attract. They couldn’t be more different, yet they fit together with ease. Jaden is high strung and under a lot of pressure from himself and from his mother. At one point in the story, he goes through a lot of changes in his life with a recent divorce from a cheating husband and his new unemployed status. He mainly needs to relax, do things that make him happy, and start living for himself and not according to what other people expect from him.
Chase is pretty laid back. His big change in life happened years ago, and he has adjusted well in his new norm. He is happy, for the most part, even if he feels a bit lonely at times since he lost his dog. He is a yoga instructor and also owns a smoothie place. He likes the beach and is best friends with Jaden’s half-brothers.
These two meet on the road, by chance, when Jaden needs help, but they end up spending a lot of time together. Jaden is supposed to stay only for a few weeks and then return to New York, and Chase knows that from the start, but they are still being pulled together, so they decide that a casual arrangement is the best thing until Jaden leaves.
They start with casual dates and hot sex, but there is always something that feels deeper when they are together. They know whatever they do has an expiration date, so they label it ‘casual’ and ‘no big deal’ in order to justify being together, but their dates don’t feel casual. They talk about everything and they reveal a lot of things to each other. Their dates are planned and not just a thing they must do in order to end up in bed together later. They enjoy each other’s company, and they don’t want their time together to end.
Jaden has always done what other people told him to do, so he is not confident in himself. He isn’t even sure about who he is without the influence of others. So, their time apart was a requirement in order for Jaden to feel secure in his identity, to find himself and be confident that being with Chase is what he really wants and not just something that feels safe.
There is laughter in this book and some great side characters. Are we getting Phoenix’s story? I want to see him again! And let’s not forget Magneto. He had presence in the story; he was a fully developed character with a personality of his own. I loved the big softy, slobber and belly rubs and everything about him.
4.5 stars and highly recommended.
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