Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Review – My Only Home – Pepper Espinoza

Back Of The Book

The night before Noah Hill left his hometown of Mountain View, he had a drunken sexual tryst with his best friend, Lucas Wesson. Deeply in the closet, Noah is horrified at his behavior, and terrified of what Lucas would think of him. He left the next morning without saying goodbye, and effectively cut off all ties. He returns five years later to help his father, and runs into his old best friend almost as soon as he reaches town. And nothing has changed. He still loves Lucas, and he still can’t stand to meet the other man’s eyes.

Lucas has been through a lot in the past five years without his best friend’s support. A marriage. A divorce. A child. Running his own business. He also remembers his one night with Noah with perfect clarity. For five years, he only wanted Noah to come home. But now that Noah is back, things have changed too much to ever be the same between them...



The Review

Lucas Wesson has never left Mountain View, and after five years, not only does he own and operate the local diner, but he is also a father. When he learns that his best friend is coming back to town, he doesn’t hold out much hope of seeing him. After all, he has had no contact with him in five years.

With Noah doing what he always does when faced with a challenge, and Lucas, now having so much more to loose than he did five years ago, can they both realise that what they have is worth the risk?

I loved this story. It is one of those tales where there is so much to lose, the prize just within their grasp, but the path to getting there seems insurmountable.


“You’re going to do fine, Noah. You can take my word for it. Have I ever been wrong before?”

Noah nodded. That was the great thing about Lucas. He believed in him when Noah couldn’t even believe in himself. He always had. It suddenly occurred to him that he didn’t know what he was going to do, how he was going to take care of himself, without Luke in his life. They had been together, practically inseparable, since the first grade. Nobody was closer to Noah than Luke, and nobody meant more to him.

Something warmer than the wine bubbled in his chest, and he opened his mouth, unsure of what was going to come out. He made a strangled sound, like the words were lodged in his throat. He closed his mouth again, and Luke tilted his head, regarding him curiously.

“You okay there? You look a little…”

Noah never found out what he was going to say. He leaned forward and cut off Luke’s question with a whisper of a kiss. Luke’s lips were dry and warm and soft, and when they parted in surprise, Noah took advantage of it, moving to deepen the kiss. He reached for Lucas with his free hand, holding his shoulder, while he explored more and more of Luke’s mouth.

Noah broke the caress first. He leaned back, wiping his lips self-consciously, and tried to gauge his friend’s reaction.


My Only Home © Pepper Espinoza

Lucas and Noah are great together; they compliment each other on so many levels. Where Noah runs away from issues that he doesn’t want to deal with, Lucas faces challenges head on. The fact that Lucas has a chid brings so much more to the dynamics of the relationship. Not only does Lucas fear that he will lose his daughter if his lifestyle is known to small town Mountain View, but he also needs to find a balance between how much of his relationship with Lucas he exposes his daughter to and how soon.

Lucas’s relationship with his father is heartbreaking. It also highlights the strength of Ms. Espinoza's writing in dealing with such a sensitive issue.

MY ONLY HOME is another great read to add to my collection from Pepper Espinoza.


6 Speak To Me:

Anonymous said...

This is a great cover and it sounds like a good m/m romance I am going to have to add to my TBB list.

Erotic Horizon on 2 June 2009 at 19:21 said...

Hey Ms. M..

This is a good read - small town with lots of angst..

I absolutely love the cover - sexy, sexy man..


Unknown on 3 June 2009 at 15:08 said...

Another sweet cover, haven't tried strictly m/m though. Pondering....

Dottie :)

Lily on 4 June 2009 at 04:26 said...

Nice review EH

I loved this book, Ms Espinoza always writes such great characters.


Erotic Horizon on 4 June 2009 at 08:37 said...

Ms. Dottie..

Sweet, sweet cover..

I like.. a lot


Erotic Horizon on 4 June 2009 at 08:38 said...


Me too lily.. I love her books..