Title: Home At Last
Author: Lily Everett
My Rating: A
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Sanctuary Island #6
Main Characters: Marcus and Quinn
Release Date: March 2017
Publisher: St. Martins
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Sexual Intensity: hot
Marcus Beckett left Sanctuary Island after his mother's funeral, and he hasn't been back since. Until now. Needing a change from the high-risk, high-stakes life of a bodyguard, Marcus makes a solitary life for himself running the neighborhood bar in his hometown. His only mistake? Seducing and then dumping the town's sweetheart, Quinn Harper. Marcus knows he did the right thing—a good girl like Quinn has no business with a broken man like him. But now no one will come to his bar, and he's watching his last chance at a peaceful life go up in smoke. So when Quinn proposes a fake four-week courtship, he can't refuse...even though he knows it's a bad idea.
It's a romantic charade that will buy Quinn time to distract her mother and father from their own martial problems—and will help Marcus welcome back some paying customers besides. But what begins as an engagement of convenience slowly transforms into a deeper connection, one that heals both of their hearts...and ignites the simmering passion between them. Could it be that pretending to be together is just what Quinn and Marcus needed to give their real love a second chance?
I loved this story so, so much. Quinn and Marcus grew up together. She was always the pesky, young next door neighbor who followed him around. Back then, he thought her crush was cute.
In the last book in this series, they hooked up. Now, he doesn't think her crush is so cute. He thinks it's devastating. He wants her with a lust that's debilitating, but knows he's not the right guy for her. He won't be the one that cuts the naive innocence from her outlook on life. He can't be the guy for her...no matter how much either one of them want him to be.
Quinn has always been that girl. She grew up in this small island community, beloved, but also maligned. She's always had a bit of a flighty edge to her and everyone knows that about her. She doesn't stick with things. As a result, they all underestimate her, most especially her parents. But when her parents are on the verge of losing everything, Quinn wants to prove to them that she can stick with something...specifically Marcus.
Since their breakup, no one has given Marcus' new bar a chance. He hurt Quinn, the hometown sweetheart. The town isn't going to give him a chance now. By them pretending to be together, two things will happen. 1. Quinn might save her parents marriage. 2. Marcus might save his bar.
There's no doubt that Marcus and Quinn are incredible together. They each make the other better and that's one of my favorite things in romance novels. I love their connection. This isn't quite a friends to lovers story but it's close because they've known one another for so long. They still have that history behind them that makes friends to lovers stories work. I did really love them together.
There's a TON to love about this story. The romance first and foremost, but I also liked the bit of intrigue and mystery about what's going on with Quinn's parents. Then there's also Buttercup. That story broke my heart AND made me smile. I loved the connection between Buttercup and Marcus and loved the way that Lily Everett uncovered the details about all that throughout the story.
This was simply a great read. I found it highly engaging and getting to read as Marcus and Quinn found their happily ever after made me happy. I highly recommend this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.