Saturday, July 12, 2014

~Book Review: Homecoming by Jackie Sexton~

Jackie Sexton
Published June 20, 2014

Ariane Michaelson is always the quiet girl in the room, the one that her kooky mother and three sisters lovingly call the wallflower. After graduating from college she finds it more than a little difficult to find the graphic design job of her dream...or any job, really. She’s more than given up on painting, and a terrible run-in with her twin sister’s fiancĂ© makes each day harder to keep a life altering secret.

Liam Ashdown was just the moody small town nobody, with one friend and a busted pickup—until he moved to LA. Spotted by famous actor and producer Michael Jennings during a late night shift at the bar, Liam is transformed seemingly overnight into Tinsel Town’s hottest bad boy. The life Liam once knew is turned upside down with models and mayhem...and there isn’t much down time in-between. 

The only thing that keeps him sane is the paintings. Beautiful ocean portraits that remind him of home, painted years ago by some friend of a friend. 

What he wouldn’t give to know her. To tell her that her art saves him everyday.

The engagement of his childhood friend, Todd, brings him back home to Craryville, to deal with a drug-addicted mother and an ailing grandmother. But it also brings him hope—somewhere in the bridal party is the woman who has been his calm and respite in the storm of fame.

The only question is, can she save him?

Ariane has just broken up with her boyfriend who she thought was "the one".  She is the quiet sister who always fades into the background,  desperate to find her dream job and find herself a place in the world.  Enter Liam, he is the local bad boy who somehow has made it big in Hollywood.  A huge star with an even larger ego, Liam comes back to his hometown for the wedding of his best friend.

Ariane and Liam meet again after so many years apart.  She is not used to his lifestyle and being stalked by the paparazzi, not to mention a deranged ex-girlfriend.  How will Ariane feel when she learns that her paintings are the only sane thing in his life?  Being a big star Liam has always depended on other people to tell him what to do.  What happens when he has to make his own decisions?  Will he follow his heart or give into his glitz and glamour lifestyle?

I really don't know how I felt about this book.  It was a quick easy read with unremarkable characters.  There were a lot of characters to keep up with, especially the sisters and that was difficult at times.  Did I like the book?  Yes!  Did I love it ? No!  

It was too unrealistic.  Liam was in charge and never let Ariane make any decisions.  His lifestyle was uncomfortable for her and he still forced it on her.  I would understand if that was all he knew but he came from the same small town she did and he had not always lived that way.  I would like to have know more about Liam's back story.  More about his mother and grandparents.  

I am curious though as a reader and I will definitely read the next book in this series to find out how the story goes.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for a fair and honest review.  This in no way influenced my thoughts or review.

About the author

Jackie Sexton is an avid reader and writer of steamy, paranormal romance. She loves dreaming up new worlds about brave (and slightly neurotic) heroines, and hunky, lovable heroes. She also loves dark chocolate and Chihuahua pups like nobody's business!

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