by Shirlee Busbee

September 2003
ISBN: 0-446-61190-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Coming Home had all the makings of a great story, but the author forgot to tell it.

From the first page I liked the main characters of Roxanne, a beautiful model who retired from many years before the camera to head back to the home she loved in the picturesque town of Oak Valley. I also liked the sheriff that had tormented her since she was a teenager, Jeb, who now was annoying her just by being so handsome and male. But as soon as they were getting it together on her kitchen counter, the fun was over.

For almost half of the book, they never even talked or saw each other. I was bored learning about Roxanne's re-acquaintance with her siter Ilka, who immediately starts to meddle in her life after years apart, and other family members that I really didn't care about. I kept thinking, what happened to this sexy, romantic couple? How can they stay away from each other for so long? it didn't make sense to me, since the author said it was such a small town!! It appeared the author had another agenda in writing this book. I don't like stories where the author feels she has to tie up loose ends from other books, or give the reader all the details of prior books. I'm reading this story, not the others!

I was so disappointed with the lack of romantic tension, because the first time Roxanne and Jeb meet again, after about five months, they make love and he moves in. They hardly knew each other, and the reader doesn't see any attraction except lust. I think the author had a sequel on her mind from the first page, and forget to satisfy the reader after reading over four hundred pages of this one.

Reviewed in September 2003 by Suemarie.

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