Heart-felt and Entertaining || Homecoming by Shannon Stacey

August 23, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 22 Comments

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Heart-felt and Entertaining || Homecoming by Shannon StaceyHomecoming
by Shannon Stacey
Series: Boys of Fall #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: August 30th 2016 by Berkley Books, Jove
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
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4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Mail

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.

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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.

About Shannon Stacey

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her favorite activities are writing romance and really random tweets when she’s not riding her ATV. She loves mud, books, football & watching way too much TV.

WHAT ARE SOME SPORT ROMANCES YOU’VE READ?
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  • This sounds great!! I love small towns and sports in books so I will have to check it out for sure. Great review!

  • Oh, I’ve enjoyed Shannon Stacey’s books in the past, and since I’m fond of football, this sounds perfect for me!

  • This sounds like a lovely read, Genesis. I haven’t tried this author before, but I’m going to have to after your rave review. The characters especially sound lovely and I can tell I will love them as well as all the friendships. Can’t wait to pick something up by this author! 🙂

    • This is my first time reading a book by her and I really liked it! Usually third POV books tend to be eh for me but in this book, it felt right. I really liked it 🙂

  • Shannon Stacey is a hit or miss for me but lately, she’s been a hit. This is one of those series that I was really looking forward to coming out and then it did and I did nothing with that. Gah. Great review as always, Genesis. I’m sure I’ll be adding this to my TBR pile soon.

  • This sounds great!! I love sports romances too. I’ve never read a Shannon Stacey before. I may need to check this one out.

  • I love your reviews and how you write them 🙂 I’ve always wanted to read Shannon Stacey so I can definitely jump in with this book without reading the others??? I really like the sound of this one. Plus you gave it 4 cups, so there’s that, too!

    • Aw thank you! And there are minor spoilers for the previous books, but I didn’t mind. These are all HEA and different couples and it doesn’t bother me to get slightly spoiled. The two MC’s in this book were in the first book from what I found out and that’s where their night together happened, but since these are all third POV focused on the couples, I doubt it would go into much detail previously. I hope that explains it 🙂

  • I really like Shannon Stacey (both as an author and on Twitter) and I can’t believe this series is on #3. I feel like I was just seeing it on Edelweiss ! I’m still trying to make it through the Kowalski’s but I can’t wait to dive into this one. I know my library has it already too !

    • There will only be 3 books for this one which I’m sad about. There aren’t other characters to do it on but I just really liked this book!

  • At first I didn’t read the whole synopsis and I thought this was set in high school and all I could think was “Uh, those cover models are like 30 years old!” LOL I had to re-read the synopsis before I realized it’s 14 years *after* high school. Ahhh, now it makes sense. 🙂 I love a good sports romance, too, and this sounds like a good one! I love that there are good friendships and a great cast of supporting characters. I’m not familiar with Shannon Stacey but I kinda want to pick up all three books and start at the beginning. 🙂

  • Lisa Mandina

    I don’t know if I’m a huge sports romance fan, I tend to kind of gravitate more towards the rock star ones. That’s kind of weird though since I prefer athletes in real life. 🙂 This one does sound good, the school part grabs me since I am a school librarian. Great review!

  • Eva

    Great review! I actually like sports romances but haven’t found a lot that I loved! This one sounds really good with the setting and the characters!!

  • I love sport related romances for some reason especially when they are set in small towns and focus on family. I need to look this one up!

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