Title: Home & Away
Author: Samantha Wayland
Publisher: Loch Awe Press
Pages/Word Count: 402 Pages
At a Glance: This was the perfect book at the perfect time. It just made me feel…good.
Reviewed By: Jules
Blurb: You can build a team, but you have to find your home.
Rupert Smythe is fond of many things. Callum Morrison isn’t one of them.
Rupert is a quiet, thoughtful business man and, sadly, a total wimp. Maybe not the ideal candidate to run a professional hockey team, but he signed on to do it anyway. As his life has reminded him on an almost daily basis since, this isn’t the most brilliant idea he’s ever had. And that was before Callum showed up.
Being in the spotlight is just part of being a professional athlete, but Callum needs a break. He arrives in Moncton unannounced, determined to help grow the team he just bought, and under the assumption he’d be welcome. Possibly he should have tried to make a better first impression.
Callum figures he can push through the rest of the summer, never expecting two kids, a host of friends, and his growing feelings for Rupert to derail everything he has ever believed about what he wanted, and what he could have.
Review: I’m asking in advance for you guys to overlook the number of times I might use the words cute, sweet, adorable, charming, or lovely in this review; because Home and Away was ALL of those things. Now, I know that first sentence might send some people running – but don’t! Stop right there. It wasn’t sweetness overload. Honest. It was just…charming. It worked – all the way around.
Callum Morrison is a household name among NHL fans, especially those in Denver where he plays. He is your typical rough and tumble hockey player, who has come to spend the summer in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, to help out in operations with the Moncton Ice Cats, the professional hockey team of which he is part owner. Rupert Smythe, general manager of the Ice Cats, is the exact opposite of the type of person one would expect Callum to be interested in – and vice versa – but, when things start clicking between them, it’s like they were meant to be.
Rupert and Callum just fit. When Rupert unexpectedly needs help with a family matter, Callum doesn’t hesitate to jump in, much to Rupert’s surprise. As the story unfolds, and they begin to truly know one another, their preconceived notions of each other get blown out of the water. I love how they grow together, and ultimately, end up finding their home with, and because of, each other.
There were soooo many parts of this book that had me grinning, laughing, swooning, sighing, and fanning myself – these boys were on fire – I can’t even begin to recount them to you. Just know that there is an adorable four year old, a couple of Ice Cats who will have you cracking up, a few great friends, some hockey, some awesome figure skating, and a bubble butt. Oh! And, the Morrisons. If you’ve read any of Samantha Wayland’s Hat Trick series, then you’re familiar with some of the Morrison clan already, but if you haven’t, let me tell you, they are fabulous. I think it’s also important to note that I had not read anything else in this world, or from this author previously, and it didn’t hamper my enjoyment of this book one bit.
Could I make a couple of small criticisms about the book? Sure. There were a handful of editing issues…things happened perhaps a little quickly between the two MCs…the sheer number of gay people in the story felt a little convenient at times…Did I care about any of that? No. I absolutely ADORED these characters, and their story. This was the perfect book at the perfect time. It just made me feel…good.
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