Title: Carry Me Home
Author: Sterling Rivers
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 8, 2016
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Gigi
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
After his mom dies, Aiden Price returns to Texas to deal with the aftermath. Amidst disapproving family and painful memories, Aiden finds solace in love letters he discovers in his mom’s attic. Needing a change when his sexual orientation is unexpectedly revealed and his dad rejects him, Aiden sets out on a journey to Montana to find the mysterious author of the letters. There he meets Cody Bannar, who volunteers to be his guide.
Cody had a rough start in life but after being adopted into a huge, loving family, he lives out and proud, unafraid of what others think about his sexuality.
Aiden and Cody hit it off and Aiden is welcomed into Cody’s family with open arms. As they continue on their quest, they begin to fall in love, but Aiden isn’t ready to commit to Cody, or to embrace who he is.
Not until after the truth behind the love letters is revealed does Aiden realize his mom would have wanted him to follow his heart. And home is where the heart is—firmly in Cody’s hands
Unfortunately, other than the gorgeous cover art and Cody, this book didn’t do much for me. I didn’t feel anything for Aiden, even though his mother has just died and his father and sister reject him. But, in Adien’s fact-finding mission, he encounters the incredibly adorable, quirky Cody.
One of Cody’s quirks is him pen-chewing. Turns out he has pica, described by WebMD as:
Pica is the persistent eating of substances such as dirt or paint that have no nutritional value.
Cody to Aiden:
He looked at me, his eyes wide. “You don’t know what that is, do you? It’s hard to explain. It’s like OCD, where I chew and eat things…. Sorry. I’m weirding you out, aren’t I?”
“No. I didn’t know something like that existed.”
“Oh, yeah. It’s just one of my many quirks. It was hard at first. I had a bad habit of eating crayons and getting sick. But I learned how to handle it in high school, and now it’s not so bad. It sometimes acts up, especially when I get nervous—”
These boys do ride off into the sunset together, so that is good, but I’m not going to be able to recommend this one unless you have a propensity for odd, quirky guys. If you do, by all means, read this! You will absolutely love Cody.