by Robyn Carr
Series: Thunder Point #6
Published by: Harlequin
Genres: Contemporary Romance
In a small town, reputation is everything. In her latest novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr explores the burden placed on a young man returning home to face his mistakes—the first step in claiming the life he was meant to live ... At the age of nineteen, Seth Sileski had everything. A superb athlete and scholar, handsome and popular, he was the pride of Thunder Point. Destined for greatness, he lost it all in a terrible accident that put an end to his professional football career when it had barely begun. The people in his hometown have never forgotten what might have been. Seth has come to terms with the turns his life has taken. But now he's been presented with an opportunity to return home and show his father—and the people of Thunder Point—he's become a better, humbler version of his former self. Winning over his father isn't the only challenge. Seth must also find a way to convince his childhood neighbor and best friend, Iris McKinley, to forgive him for breaking her heart. With his homecoming, will Seth be able to convince the town, his family and especially Iris that he's finally ready to be the man who will make them all proud?
Carr has her groove on! The Homecoming the sixth book in her Thunder Point series gave me all the warm fuzzies I used to feel with the Virgin River series. Friends to lover’s trope with a twist made Seth and Iris’s romance a fun ride. The Homecoming was hot, funny, and full of small-town issues.
Carr weaved small-town life, and domestic issues into the tale while introducing new characters for readers to love. Seth Sileski grew up in Thunder Point and was the pride of town, until a car accident changed all that. He is back and ready to take over as the Sheriff, thanks to Mac’s promotion. Seth needs to find a way back to his best friend, neighbor and girl who holds a piece of his heart. Iris McKinley is trying to avoid Seth. He hurt her, and she refuses to fall back into their old routine, but Seth is determined to gain her friendship again and more…
Seth is a likable character from the onset. He is a handsome, noble guy who cares for his Momma. You know the type. As Carr peeled back his layers and revealed more of this man, I swooned ladies. I. Just. Swooned. Iris McKinley is a true sweetheart, and someone I could easily friend. She works as a guidance counselor at Thunder Point high and I loved the voice Carr gave her. Snark, wicked banter and heated kisses made the tale delicious. There is a little competition for Seth, and I liked that Carr did not push it too far, adding just enough tension to make things interesting.
While The Homecoming focuses on the romance between Seth and Iris, we do get some interesting side stories and one addresses a serious issue. Carr did her research, and enlightened while creating a suspenseful thread and introducing more characters to become invested in. I seriously want to back my bags and move. I love that I am now able to close my eyes and envision the main street, the local hangouts and the football field.
The Homecoming was delightful and exemplifies everything I love about Robyn Carr and her small-town series.
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