Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Book: Homegrown Heroes - Ryan by Kara Swynn

I received a copy of Homegrown Heroes - Ryan in exchange for my review.

Since his father died while he was a teenager, Ryan has been adopted, which wasn't a problem until his adoptive father married Cassandra Cross' mother when she was 19 and he was 24. Despite knowing that they're not related, Cassie fights the attraction that she has for Ryan, whereas Ryan thinks that Cassie doesn't care about him after she missed his homecoming party. Now both left to house sit they try to ignore each other until their attraction blows up on them and they end up sharing a night in Ryan's bed, a night that will change the course of both their lives.

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First off please don't be put off by the 'relation' that Cassie and Ryan are to each other. It is made clear several times in the book that they are not biologically related, and that the relation they do have is adopted step siblings...pretty distant really, and because its talked about the 'ick' factor is removed and all you get is the sweetness of the feelings that Ryan and Cassie have towards each other.

Well when I say sweetness...in their heads they are very sweet towards each other, but actually for a lot of it they teased each other and verbally spared, which gave a completely different, and realistic, vibe to their relationship. It felt like they were two real, and 3D characters, which is something I like to read in my characters.

The other thing that I really liked was the fact that Cassie had body hang ups, and actually wasn't stick thin, but Ryan loved that about her anyway. There is too much negative focus given to larger women (in fact 'larger' now seems to have become to mean average size) and it was good to see an author giving focus to a woman that wasn't petite and slender. Cassie didn't quite own her body though, instead she did feel nervous and self conscious, which again made her a realistic character.

Throughout it all the two leads had chemistry, but more than that they did actually have the awkward sex chats that couples genuinely have to have, yet another way in which the author incorporated realism into the characters and the story.

Finally there was also the emphasis on friendship that came from both Ryan's marine buddies (who I definitely want to read more about!) and Cassie's best friend Alyssia. This is definitely a story that should be read!