by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boys of Fall #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: August 30th 2016 by Berkley Books, Jove
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The New York Times bestselling author of Defending Hearts returns to small-town New Hampshire where a substitute football coach and a guidance counselor tackle love.
They were the golden boys of fall: Stewart Mills High School’s legendary championship football team. Fourteen years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the team—and find themselves again . . .
Sam Leavitt has two goals when he returns home to Stewart Mills to fill in for Coach McDonnell: to keep the school from finding a permanent replacement while Coach gets back on his feet, and to reconnect with his mother. As substitute coach for the high school football team, Sam must work hard to keep the boys on track, and that means spending time with the sexy guidance counselor he shared a hot night with months ago.
Jen Cooper knows what she’s looking for, and it’s not Sam—he wasn’t even supposed to come back. She wants a cultured, romantic soul, not some rough-around-the-edges guy with calloused hands—and a hard, muscular body. But seeing him every day forces Jen to question what she really wants out of life. And as Sam begins to deal with his past, Jen discovers there’s more to him than she imagined.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I love sport romances! When Berkley messaged me about reading and reviewing Homecoming, I immediately jumped at the chance. It was also my first time reading a book by Shannon Stacey, and it won’t be my last!
Sam and Jen had a night when they give in to their desires. Unfortunately Sam left and Jen ended up heart-broken. Now, Sam is back to fill in for a coach. When he sees Jen, he can’t help but wanting to hang out with her. Sam took a little getting used to. He was so very hard on himself when he shouldn’t have been. He’s an amazing and down-to-earth man who doesn’t want to stay at Stewart Mills because he doesn’t have fond memories there. Being surrounded by friends who are like family, by his former coach, and Jen, makes him realize that this town has his back no matter what.
Jen is a school counselor and she’s so passionate about her job. She cares deeply for the students and wants what’s best for them. I could feel how much she loved helping these kids through their school stuff and personal stuff. Jen is a great character. She’s a driven woman with a strong head on her shoulders. Living in a small town doesn’t help in finding a new guy. Besides, her heart’s already been taking by Sam. Their connection was beautiful. Jen and Sam were very mature when it came to their relationship and they gave me everything I love in a romance: the cute date, their playfulness, and also how they can count on each other as if they were best friends.
The friendships in this story were a hilarious treat. The two couples from the previous books make an appearance and they gave so much to the story. The friendship Jen has with the two other girls is a very close one. Their conversations were the funniest ones of the story, as well as Sam’s and coach’s conversations. I loved that all these supporting characters made a presence throughout the entire novel.
Homecoming takes the reader on an exploration of forgiveness, love, friendship, and family. All of those combined with a small-town filled with people that is there for each other no matter what made for a very entertaining and heart-felt story.
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