Homebird (Belen’s Review)


Title: Homebird
Author: Amy Lane
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 18th 2018
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance, Holidays
Page Count: 200 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Blurb:

Crispin Henry isn’t an adventurer. He learned early on that the world is a frightening place and that home is rare and precious. If his friends didn’t drag him to sports games and ill-advised trips to Vegas, he wouldn’t get out at all—and his trip to Munich for Oktoberfest is no exception. But it’s there that he meets Luka Gabriel, and he learns to take a chance.

Luka is a free-spirited world traveler, working at Oktoberfest to feed his enchantment with new places and new people. His only possessions fit in his backpack, and he depends on the kindness of strangers for a place to sleep. Crispin should know better—but he takes Luka’s hand anyway, and together they turn three nights in Munich into the relationship neither of them has been brave enough to risk—and neither can let go of.

When Luka turns up on Crispin’s doorstep before the holiday season, Crispin takes him in on hope alone. Yes, he knows the odds are good Luka will flutter out of his life again and leave him bereft, but isn’t it worth it to see if Luka is a homebird after all?


Told in Crispin’s single POV, Homebird is a sweet, low-angst, high-heat, romance with some humor and a happy ending.

Crispin Henry is shy and unassuming. He doesn’t make waves and doesn’t generally move outside of his comfort-zone, for good reason. He prefers his home best, but goes at least once a year on an adventure with his best friends. This year they’ve come to Oktoberfest where they meet a handsome server name Luka.

Lukas Gabriel is the Yang to Crispin’s Yin. He’s outgoing and vibrant; a beautiful, sweet, charismatic man who sees Crispin and is immediately taken with him. They agree to meet up and their chemistry together is more than either has ever experienced. When Crispin’s vacation ends he flies home to his nest and Luka moves on to his next adventure.

However, they keep in touch and eventually Luka makes his way to Crispin. There’s very little angst in Homebird. Most of the tension comes from waiting to see if Luka will take a chance at actually building a home with Crispin.

I loved Crispin’s friends, the humor threaded throughout, much of the set-up between Crispin and Luka, and I liked that there is the potential for these great characters to be revisited with perhaps a book for Cameron and Jamie?

All in all, while it didn’t knock my socks off like some of Amy Lane’s other novels, I found it to be a sweet holiday romance.


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Galley copy of Homebird provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

Author

I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future
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