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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Review: Going Home by Stacy Finz / @pumpupyourbook @sfinz

Title: Going Home
Series: A Nugget Romance, Book 1
Author: Stacy Finz
Publisher: Kensington Publishing: Lyrical Shine
Release Date: October 23, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: NetGalley
Reviewed For: Pump Up Your Book

The small mountain town of Nugget, California, has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over—and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love…

Maddy Breyer needs to prove she can make her own life after betrayal blew up her previous happily-ever-after. Staying totally focused on renovating a decrepit mansion into a bed-and-breakfast might help her—and this recession-hit town—finally turn things around. But the mysterious new sheriff is the kind of lawbreaking temptation that’s an even bigger challenge to resist…

Detective Rhys Shepard is only back in Nugget long enough to care for his ailing father. He’s got a big-city promotion far away from this place that never accepted him. He does not need a sudden crime wave to solve. Or one leggy case of heartbreak stirring up all kinds of trouble and challenging his rules. Which might explain why he’s suddenly finding it hard to leave…

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The place that'd been Maddy's home was gone, lost to the betrayal of her husband cheating and their divorce. Not that she minded. His infidelity gave her the chance to start over in the small town of Nugget doing what she did best-running an inn. Well, trying to at least. The building was falling down around her ears. Accidents kept happening. And the people... Let's just say they weren't the most accepting bunch I've ever met. But she had her brother and determination. Those should have been all she'd need to push forward and make the inn a success despite all the weird occurrences happening.

Except she lacked belief in herself, no thanks to her bastard soon-to-be ex who admitted he'd loved the other woman long before he married Maddy. Talk about a blow to her self-esteem.

Rhys wasn't in a better place emotionally or mentally either. Nugget was where he grew up but it was never really home. The rift between him and his father bled through the pages. I totally get that was his dad and that he wanted/needed to care for him but I kept wondering if coming home was worth the turmoil he was going through. His position as temporary sheriff for Nugget gave him some reprieve from his father, but not much.

Despite all of that, Rhys was an amazing male lead. For all the upheaval in his life, I was so glad he wasn't a brooding ass. Oh, he brooded here and there but who he really was--compassionate, caring, devoted, hard-working--was all I could see. And I liked that.

They were what each other needed. They may have come into each other's lives at seemingly bad times but the story proved the time was right. And it was perfect! They didn't fall instantly in love, didn't go from "Hi, my name is..." to "I love you" in a crazy-short amount of time. Their relationship progressed naturally, the pace of the story giving them time to get to know each other, to see what others didn't, to build each other up as friends, to see a future that was bigger and better than either believed it could be, and to finally be able to call someplace home.

Stacy Finz is an award-winning journalist. After more than seventeen years covering notorious serial killers, naked-tractor-driving farmers, fanatical foodies, aging rock stars and weird Western towns for the San Francisco Chronicle, she figured she finally had enough material to launch a career writingfiction. In 2012 she won the Daphne du Maurier Award for unpublished single-title mystery/suspense. She lives in Berkeley, California with her husband.

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