Home to Me

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 15 May 2019

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I should first start this review by saying friends to lovers is one of those tropes I tend to read quite often and enjoy. This book was middle of the road. The setting was good and I liked that they did things together before hopping in bed. Yet I had trouble feeling their connection. I'm not sure if it was just me- I did have a few days break in reading at the 75% mark- but happily read the rest all in one go. Overall, a decent story. *I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley and this is my voluntary and honest review.
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I wasn't as excited about it as I thought. It doesn't mean the book wasn't written well, it was exceptional in that department. I am more into books about military and veterans. I am a hopeless romantic. It was still a good book to read. It's worth checking out. I couldn't get into it.
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This book is about Lucy and Sam, friends since childhood that become lovers.  It started well and ended well but the middle was way too long and drawn out for me and the story line in the middle did not keep me interest. I give this one 2 stars and thank you to netgalley for the ARC.
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When you’re in a relationship sometimes things can become heated and the arguments can get out of hand.  With a friend you know each other.  You tend to fight more friendly if that makes sense.  Because you do have more at stake.
     Such is the case with Lucy and Sam.  Although at the beginning they are not in a relationship.  Sam is helping Lucy with a dilemma she is having.  All stemming from a trauma she suffers while living in Australia, the last six years.
     She finds herself ready to move on from the after effects that plague her and is causing her dating life to fail.  The last date she went on was with her best friend’s cousin, he called her frigid, after their fourth date.  She along with Suzie her friend was throwing back shots at the local bar, discussing it.
     Trying to figure out a way to fix her problem.  One being that she find me to help her through this rough patch.  Men who are willing to guide her through knowing she’s been hurt.  When she says something like, “Or I could never have sex again and not even know it was missing.”
     When a male voice says behind her, “That would be a shame.  You just haven’t found the right mate yet.  Now that’s a crime.”  When she turns it’s none other than her wet dream himself, Sam, her deceased brother’s best friend.  He has haunted more than a few of her dreams making it hard on any guy who wanted to try and date her.  He was her secret crush.
     Little did she know he has one on her too.  An interesting take on a crush story, older brother’s best friend twist.  Which is that the trauma that Lucy suffered, and the big brother has been dead for several years.  You see Sam made a promise to protect his sister when they were kids.  Her brother died while they were adults in a car accident, so he was taking it to the next level.  Meaning hides his feelings don’t tell her. 
     Even Lucy’s mother who more or less raised, Sam thought he was crazy.  Everyone could tell he loved her.  In fact, when she came home, she has several people say for her not to hurt him because he does love her.  Why didn’t anyone warn her?  Why did they assume she was the bad guy?
     I enjoyed this book in that she and Sam had this love for each other.  Although had her mother, Janet not stepped in where would they be?  The thing that got me is that Sam was made out to be this great guy.
     After a while, his hero role to everyone got on my nerves.  Because hey if he was that great guy wouldn’t he have talked her into therapy.  Or told her how he felt about her and started a relationship and then helped her work through it openly?
     Anyway, other than my rant about Sam he redeems himself when he finally with a shove from Janet.  He tells Lucy the truth.  Yay!
     I give this: 3 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at www.1rad-readerreviews.com.
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Very lovely and interesting story from LaVerne. So heartbroken yet lovely at the same time. I can feel it as i read, as though i'm living through the story.
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Home to Me by LaVerne Clark is a romance story about two young people who have been friends for years. Sam and Lucy grew up together as he was her brother’s best friend. Her brother has passed away and Lucy has been living overseas for several years. She has returned home and lives with her mother who is determined to throw her and Sam together. Unbeknownst to mom Sam has agreed to help Lucy overcome her frigidity but will they discover something more lasting after the lessons?  
Mostly they meet again, decide to have a physical relationship, go out on a few dates while they both lust after the other, finally give in and decide not to see each other anymore. I give this book 1 of 5 stars; no real story line and they are either in bed with each other or thinking about being in bed with each other. Did not appeal to me but I’m sure there are some who will like this book.
I received an advance copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
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