Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Coming Home by Paloma Beck

I received a copy of Coming Home in exchange for my review. 

Ryan has been living the big life in New York City, until his father gets into an accident and he has to return home. On doing so he finds his mother worried sick, and his youngest brother, Henry, mad at him and their other brother, Davis, for being away so long and leaving her alone. When the brothers go out one night to blow off steam, Ryan sets eyes on Tyra, a gorgeous redhead who he can't help but be attracted to. Tyra has felt like she's known Ryan for years after listening to his mother talk about him, not that she'll let him know that now that she's finally met him, and she does something that she never does and goes home with him. But sometimes secrets can catch up with people, and that isn't always a good thing...

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Does everyone have a soul mate? That's the question that I can't help but feel Coming Home is about, probably because Rachel Porter believes that her sons certainly do, even if Ryan is a sceptic. At first I wasn't quite sure what to make about Rachel's 'sixth sense' about that kind of thing, but actually after getting into the story I started to think of it just as a personality trait, after all there are people in real life who can understand things about others just by observing each other, and it is particularly true about people who are close to one another. Honestly reading Rachel as a character made me wish I had that kind of relationship with a family member of mine (not that I have a bad relationship with them, I do have a good one, just not the same!) 

I really liked Tyra as a character, she was just a normal woman, well with a child, and she didn't normally do impulsive things, but did do it that once, and I thought that that was highly realistic, especially considering that most people do at least one impulsive, and potentially not smart, thing in their lives, so this made her much more real. What I also liked about Tyra was that it was her that messed up the relationship, not Ryan (though he wasn't perfect either). It just seems to me that a lot of the time its the guy that makes a mess of the relationship as opposed to the woman, it was nice for that to be difficult. 

One of the main themes of the book did seem to be grief, and how the different characters dealt with it. Though the focus was probably more on how Ryan dealt with the grief of losing his father than any of the other characters, though there were some insights into how the other characters dealt with it, and some of that made me intrigued towards the other brothers, particularly Davis who was probably the most mysterious of the characters. The grief that Ryan showed was heart wrenching at times, and it wasn't pretty or sexy or any of that, and in doing that I think that the author managed to capture human emotion perfectly. 

In fact, throughout the whole book, the emotions of the characters were depicted in such a way that they were realistic and appropriate for the time, whether that was grief, anger, or indeed lust, the characters felt it and acted on it at the same points and in the same way, that real people would, and for me that makes all the difference in whether or not I believe in the characters.

I really enjoyed Coming Home, and am looking forward to seeing what else the series brings! (Not to mention that the Porter boys sound dreamy!

Rachel Porter, a romance writer, has told her three sons tales of finding their true soul mate since they were just boys. She lives with the belief that there is but one match for every person. Now as men, they have yet to discover their soul mates. That is, until they come home…

Ryan Porter, Rachel’s oldest son, needs a change from his busy city lifestyle. After five years of living in New York and establishing his own real estate firm, something is still missing. When a family tragedy brings Ryan back to his family’s rural home, he meets Tyra. She just might be the catalyst for the change he needs, redirecting the course of his life. But first he must accept his relationship with his parents and embrace Tyra’s secrets.

I have a story to tell, a story I promised never to tell. Hell, it isn't even one I wanted to live through. I just can't keep it inside anymore... now that they're both gone. I have to tell My Story.

Rachel Porter tells her sons about the love of her life, about their father and about their life together. This novella tells the story of the beginning of the Porter family through the Vietnam War, too many losses and a new beginning. It's a tale her sons won't forget, and one that could change them for all time.

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Paloma Beck is a Romance Author living a life of contradiction... she's a happily married carpooling mom writing steamy romance. It's almost naughty but she loves it! Paloma writes both contemporary and paranormal romances that are anything but PG. She published her first book in 2012 and hasn't slowed down since. Look for more information on her Website.
With her husband and three sons, the Blue Ridge mountains have been her home for nearly twenty years. There's still a special place in her heart though for New England where she spent her childhood. The lakes of Maine call her name and someday she hopes to find her way back there.
"There's just nothing like sipping coffee in the morning out on a dock. As an admitted caffeine and book addict, I believe a daily dose of espresso and a good book make any day better."

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