Homebound, an all-new sweet and emotional second-chance romance from author Kata Čuić is available now!
A second-chance romance set in the heart of Appalachia that will make you root for first love, forgiveness, and family.
Lenore Wheeler knows what a hard life, heartbreak, and failure tastes like. Heading home to the backwoods Appalachian town she swore she’d never return to with her young daughter in tow, she can’t imagine her future getting much bleaker.
Then she comes face-to-face with the one man she never expected to see again.
Jesse Yates was supposed to escape the mountains, make something of himself, and attain every dream Lenore destroyed. He’s determined to wear down her resolve and win her back, but she’s got a secret to keep and reasons to keep her old flame at arm’s length.
Lenore already broke her own heart to save Jesse, but she’ll do anything to protect her daughter from the same fate.
Except fate has a funny way of working out, especially when all roads lead to home.
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An avid reader since she was very young (photo proof to the right), Kata Čuić lives in Pittsburgh, PA with her husband and three teens. No one told her life was gonna be this way. She holds a degree in Linguistics with a minor in Religious Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Her plans of becoming a pediatric neurosurgeon were foiled by OChem 1. Fortunately, she’d been making up stories in her head since the days of her imaginary friend, Choosy. Putting pen to paper, er…fingers to the keyboard…came surprisingly naturally after her aforementioned teens decided it was time for them to cut their respective cords.
Kata writes everything from angst-filled YA series to standalone rom-coms and has been known to dabble in a bit of paranormal on the free stories section of her website. She believes nice guys shouldn’t have to finish last (except in the bedroom where she prefers an alpha between the sheets but a gentleman in the streets), and that the surest way to a woman’s heart is through laughter and food.
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** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. **
A second chance story filled plenty of emotions, about two sweethearts lovers in that small town which have endured and seen a lot, dreaming of a better future and place. A ray of light in the darkness. A story also about forgiveness and family.
It took me some time to get used to the accents and language of the characters. I was trying bot to focus on it so hard, but it was a little difficult to me to follow in the beginning and alternating between the past and present, showing how much Lenore and Jesse loved each other, from scrawny kids to their adult life.
I adored this idea of first love and I was definitely rooting for these two to find the happily ever after they deserved it. I won’t deny that Jesse could show what is like to be loved and cherished and damn if their young versions weren’t that swoony either.
However, this contrast between their youth where a lot of things were uglier and adults crude and also mean and the present where they both have matured and finally facing the truth and learning from their past was just disconcerting.
I appreciated the upfront tone and how the hero wasn’t beating around the bush and never giving up on the heroine when she left him and broke her heart to save him.
Going back and forth between the past and the present, and also with the dialect was a certain amount of mental gymnastics. I totally understood that reading about their past would get us the whole story but I wanted more present, more focusing about their future than the past.
As much as I appreciated the writing style, I felt like it was at times very cold between the main characters, and their actual time was definitely more intense and vibrant and it was my favorite moment, growing up and not hiding this time.
Nonetheless, the ending made me smile so hard and I wished I had more chapters between Lenore and Jesse.