Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Home and Away by Samantha Wayland

Title: Home and Away
Author: Samantha Wayland
My Rating: A+

Genre: Sports Romance (m/m)
Main Characters: Rupert and Callum
Release Date: June 2015
Publisher: Loch Awe Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
You can build a team, but you have to find your home.

Rupert Smythe is fond of many things. Callum Morrison isn’t one of them.

Rupert is a quiet, thoughtful business man and, sadly, a total wimp. Maybe not the ideal candidate to run a professional hockey team, but he signed on to do it anyway. As his life has reminded him on an almost daily basis since, this isn’t the most brilliant idea he’s ever had. And that was before Callum showed up.

Being in the spotlight is just part of being a professional athlete, but Callum needs a break. He arrives in Moncton unannounced, determined to help grow the team he just bought, and under the assumption he’d be welcome. Possibly he should have tried to make a better first impression.

Callum figures he can push through the rest of the summer, never expecting two kids, a host of friends, and his growing feelings for Rupert to derail everything he has ever believed about what he wanted, and what he could have.

My Review:

Wow, wow, wow. Why did I let this book sit for so long in my tbr? It was so, so good!

Rupert and Callum are a VERY unlikely couple, even though they both have a stake in this hockey team and making sure it's successful. Rupert is British and very staid and calm and reserved. Callum is NOT. Callum is a hockey player...rough and big and more than a bit intimidating. 

From the very start they have a contentious relationship. In fact, Rupert is obviously intimidated by Callum's size at the beginning of the book, actually skittering away from him a couple of times. It's certainly not the setup for an obvious relationship.

The build up in this book is so, so good. Callum doesn't do tact, he just barrels in and does whatever needs to be done. Rupert analyzes everything. He doesn't understand Callum...at least at first. But Callum is such a good guy, even if he is straight...or is he?

There are so many delicious layers to this story. There's Callum's very public profile. The wonderful addition of the wounded Oliver, Rupert's little brother, and how he needs both Callum and Rupert. There's Christian's story and Rupert's secrets. And in the midst of it all are two men who NEVER, EVER expected to connect with anyone, much less one another. Their romance is sweet and sexy and at every turn, melted my heart just a little bit more.

This book is so, so good. And it's also hockey, which is always an amazing setting. 

I adored this book and am so glad that I own it in print, because I'm already planning ahead for when I can re-read it. It was an amazingly gorgeous love story. 

I highly recommend it!!!

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