Staying Home (Steph’s Review)

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Title: Staying Home (The Call of Home #3)
Author: Alexa Milne
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: November 22, 2016
Genre(s): Contemporary
Page Count: ~145
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.38 stars out of 5

You can never escape yourself.

It has been a year since the death of Brodie ‘Tosh’ Mackintosh’s husband, Harry. Unable to face all the memories of their life together, he moves into the house of his best friend, Darach McNaughton, and is comforted by the local Church of Scotland minister, Sam Carmichael, the middle of the five Carmichael brothers.

Sam Carmichael has always been a bit different from his siblings. He’s the only blond in a family of redheads, and the only one with religious beliefs. He also has more than one secret.

Can these two men overcome the events of their pasts and find truth and comfort with each other? And, when all their secrets are revealed, will they be forced apart or be able to plan on staying home together?

I do love a book that involves religion and how it affects either one or both of the main characters. I have to say this was quite different and refreshing. This book IMO, has a better balance of positive/negative aspect of religion. Not to mention the surprise blow thrown in there, my goodness!

This is the first book I have read in the series, and the author did a good job giving the reader enough background so you won’t be completely lost. The only part of the story I still need clarification on is Darach and Brice’s part in Brodie’s husband’s death. I’m okay with that though, because this author has enticed me to go back and read the second book in the series.

For the most part, the book had a pretty decent flow that went well with the building attraction between Brodie and Sam. Well, that lasted until near the end of the book where I found it a bit rushed for the MC’s to get their HEA. Here is to hoping that the next one won’t feel like a race, especially if it is Hammy’s story 🙂

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Galley copy of Staying Home (The Call of Home #3) provided by Pride Publishing in exchange of an honest review.


I love reading books about boys who love other boys <3. Sometimes there is a HEA or HFN, but sometimes it just is. Yes, I love all outcomes even it is not what I hoped for. We all need a good cry from time to time. As you can probably can tell, I love cliffhangers as well. Yeah, I am one of those people :) I read a variety of genres, whether it is dark/taboo, historical, shifters, GFY, SciFi, mysteries/thrillers; I love it all.

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