Sunday, 14 March 2010

Review - Coming Home © Ava Rose Johnson

Coming Home

Author: Ava Rose Johnson

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

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Main Characters: Brett Miller & Cade Armstrong & Jessica

After an accident kills Brett Miller’s parents, the reins of Steeplecrest Ranch fall to him. The arrival of rightful half-owner Cade Armstrong, who lost his parents in the same accident, only kicks up the tension. Brett would rather buy out Cade’s share and send the man back to New York, but his hands are tied.

After seven years leading a hedonistic life in the big city, Cade returns to face his loss. Once he’s got acres of rolling ranch land back under his feet he discovers he wants to keep them planted on home ground—and show the man he’s lusted after since puberty just how good they’d be together.

Then Cade’s friend, Jessica, arrives from the city and the sexual tension rockets from simmer to full boil. Brett finds himself incredibly turned on—and incredibly confused. Cade is through waiting for Brett’s mind to open wide enough to let love in. It’s time for the proper application of an emotional crowbar. Even if it means he could lose Brett forever.

 

Cade didn’t know what he’d expected when he’d rung the Miller doorbell ten minutes ago, but he definitely hadn’t expected to be greeted with the sight of Brett’s naked chest. As he’d stared openly at the expanse of sweat-slick muscle, he’d barely been able to string a sentence together and he could only thank the Lord Brett had been too pissed off to notice the thickening bulge in his pants.

Always the sucker for punishment, Cade glanced at the wooden counter-top where Brett had leaned against minutes before with his arms crossed over his solid chest. The position had made his well-formed biceps bulge and the angle he’d rested his hips against the counter had pushed his pelvis forward, accentuating the lines of muscle that disappeared beneath the waistband of his jeans.

Cade shook his head. The way his mind worked, no wonder he was still hard even though Brett had been out of sight for more than five minutes.

Clamping his left hand over his balls, he reached for the long-neck he’d opened with his right. He brought it to his lips and drank long and deep, letting the cold beer wash down his throat and soothe the burning within him. If he could just pull himself together before Brett came down…

Too late. Brett’s footsteps on the staircase echoed in the foyer. Cade gripped his bottle, focusing on the label as Brett stalked into the kitchen. The clean, soapy scents of shampoo and shower gel swirled around him. Nothing fancy, simple and masculine. A perfect match to Brett’s personality. Cade’s grip on the beer bottle tightened as he held it up and forced a smile.

“Couldn’t help myself.”

Coming home © Ava Rose Johnson 

Review..

I had this book earmarked for a while but just got the chance to finish it. After reading Sharon thoughts from Rain on Roof of it, I was eager to see how Ms. Johnson put her spin on a much used plotline.

The blurb takes care of alot of the broader picture of the book, so up to about a third of the book I was reading all blurb.

Brett and Cade had just lost their parents and their reunion is not going anywhere like any of them expected it would. Brett Miller is the guy who stayed on the farm to work alongside his parent and their partner who just happened to be Cade’s parents.

With their death he was totally in limbo, about the unfairness of it all, the future without his dad, and more over he is so conscious of how the towns people do that small town thing where everyone goes quiet  when he is near and he’s inundated with food, as they more or less close ranks as only small town people can do.

With all this on his mind Brett’s only thought of Cade was how long was he going to be around for and what will he be doing with his half of the property.

Cade Armstrong left home and made a name for himself in the big city, he had never expected to return home under these sort of circumstance, but now that he is home it feels good. Despite the mix emotion that he has about the place and the people, one thing has never changed in all the time he has been away – is his feelings for Brett.

They rub shoulders uneasily and unhappily for the most part; but, in order to keep the ranch going something had to give – as their dog in the manger attitude was not getting them anywhere fast and the ranch is a business if nothing else...

When a night with a difference gives Cade a chance to see what he has been longing for up close and personal and for Brett a night that leaves him thinking and thinking hard – but ultimately the night leaves both men at the opposite end of the emotional scales.

It takes a well meaning friend and lover to close the bridge – but it is eventually up to the two of them to see what’s between them through or cut their loses right from the outset. Whatever they decide on doing, they both know they need time to sort out their issues.   

I was very eager to read this book, because this is a plot that always works for me, however I am not sure if I liked a big chunk of this book at all.

COMING HOME is really an easy read, Brett and Cade are very easy to like and their personalities works well enough with the plotline. Both men have lived even if they have not loved and they both bring different things to their friendship and eventually their relationship.

This book has one ménage scene and some m/f action, so for people who like straight m/m this is not the book for you. The  scenes were very good and I love the chatter that Ms. Johnson let’s developed between all the players in this book – even when they were being asses. The town was also nicely incorporated into the story and I thought that was well played – as this was one of the aspect of small town life that Brett struggled with after his parents died.

Two things however niggled me in this book, firstly Brett who grew up with Cade  was never introduced or described as having any feeling or any draw toward Cade, but after one encounter in their older years Brett could not stop thinking about Cade – I didn’t get that.

Then there was Jess – she was a fun girl and knew how to have fun, but ultimately I thought she was just a good lay and not really caring about who she did lay with to be honest. While I cannot fault her interfering nature I just felt funny about the ease as which she allow these two men to use her.

Despite those two niggles the setting was well described and fully developed. I real liked how Johnson showcased the whole ranching  picture, I could literally imagine the guys riding across the field or just jumping into their trucks for a night out at which ever event the boys in town was laying on for the night.

Not a bad read all in all.

 

9 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 14 March 2010 at 13:49 said...

More cowboys, and I who keep saying i should read one book, just one..one day

Lily on 14 March 2010 at 14:27 said...

This doesn't sound like something I'd like to read right now so I'll be passing on it. But very nice review, EH! :)

Leontine on 14 March 2010 at 16:28 said...

Hi E.H.,
First the cover caught my attention cause it so atmospheric, very nice indeed!! I'll keep this book in mind the next time I'm e-book buying - it doesn't sound like me kind of complex level - but a nice in-betweener that can give a few hours of easy reading time :)

Chris on 14 March 2010 at 16:51 said...

Thanks for the review, EH. You noted several things that I think put this on me "Just Say No" list.

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 18:05 said...

@Blodeuedd..

I love me my cowboy.. it's the outdoorsy thing ...

Sweat, and muscle and horses.... you get the drift...

Love them...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 18:28 said...

@Lily

I actually read this as apart of my menage challenge and I am normally good with menage relationship...

But the overly relaxed attitude towards SEX was just beyond me...

I would love to hear what you think of this though - let me know if or when you decide to read it..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 18:30 said...

@Leontine...

I think you would most certainly love the smut in this one - it was GOOD....

Pretty decent cast as well...

I agree - the cover is good...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 14 March 2010 at 18:37 said...

@Chris..

I knew you more than anyone else would not be going for this book...

Pity I was let down by that because it was sweet read overall..

This was not a nornal menage - at all...

E.H>

Patti on 18 March 2010 at 13:49 said...

This sounds like something I might enjoy (they're not brothers!). Nice review!