He lives by his heart. She lives by her plans. Until an unseen enemy and growing affection threaten control of both.
Returning to his hometown in the Catskills is the last thing firefighter Ethan DeLuca’s ready for. He’d rather leave memories where they belong–buried under ashes. But if he doesn’t step up to take care of Nonna, who will? Working at the camp down the road seems like the perfect solution. Until his feisty redheaded boss ends up being one fire he has no idea how to put out.
Cassidy McAdams is on a mission. Get the camp Grandpa left her ready to sell, turn enough profit to bail Mom’s business out of foreclosure, and hightail it back to her life in New York City. With unexpected complications mounting, she can’t afford any distractions. Especially a ridiculously charming one who’s eager to rescue her at every turn.
It’d be easier on them both to hide behind professional boundaries. But when unexplained attacks on the camp ignite a connection between them they can’t ignore, running away is no longer an option.
GENRE: Contemporary Romance, Clean Fiction
PUBLISHER: Impact Editions, LLC
RELEASE DATE: February 25, 2016
“Sometimes it takes coming home to remember who you are.”
Before I say anything else about Write Me Home, I have to say this: I adore Nonna! Ethan’s grandmother is a spitfire and a half, and she stole every scene she was in. She reminded me of my own grandma, if my grandma had been Italian – feisty and independent with a little bit of sass thrown in for good measure. Nonna also has some good advice to give whether people are willing to listen to her or not.
Ethan … *dreamy sigh*. Ethan, like his Nonna, is Italian. Do I need say more? Well, if I must… Ethan is a rescuer. Not just by occupation By heart. He’s also a handyman, a mechanic, a man who loves his Nonna, a man who can cook a mean lasagna, and he gives one of the most romantic speeches I’ve ever read. Plus he can speak Italian. *dreamy sigh*
Cass is loyal – almost to a fault – and as such she bears burdens she was never meant to carry. She’s fiercely independent and self-protective but when she relaxes she’s almost childlike in her ability to have fun. The Swedish Fish addiction is adorable, as is her competitive streak. (Side note: We often get to see Cass’ softer side around her best friend Ti, a free spirit who always falls for the worst guys. I’m really looking forward to reading Ti’s story that’s coming soon – Begin Again.)
Now… there were some moments when I wanted to purse whomp everybody. Except Nonna. Because I’m not sure I would come out the winner on that one 😉 A lot of tough emotions are at play in Write Me Home, and it seems like Cass and Ethan are experts at letting their emotions dictate their actions. Cass, I understood. Ethan? That’s when the urge to purse whomp really manifested itself lol. I got his reaction – I did – but for the love, I expected more from him. He redeems himself nicely though, so he’s in no real danger should I and my purse ever meet up with him. 😉
Bottom Line: Write Me Home by Crystal Walton is a sweet (and clean) romance with some great sizzle, a little humor, all the feels, and even a dash of suspense. I loved the subtle nudges of grace throughout the story, and the way that Ethan shows his love and respect for Cass by not taking her to bed – “More than just attraction, the burning desire to sweep her onto this mattress was part of the same love keeping him from moving.” The characters are authentic and vibrant and people with whom I’d love to be friends. The suspense thread kept me on my sleuthing toes, but I also think the story would have been just as strong without it. I very much enjoyed Crystal Walton’s writing voice and I am looking forward to reading more from her in the near future!
( I received this book for free from the author. All views expressed are my own.)
My Rating: 4 stars / Loved it!
KissingBook Level: 3.5 / WILL forget to breathe on occasion
Amidst multiple moves up and down the east coast, Crystal received her bachelor of arts from Messiah College in PA, married her exact opposite in upstate NY, and earned her master of arts from Regent University in VA, where she currently resides with her husband. She writes inspirational romances with humor, broken characters, and emotional plots full of grace and hope. When not working her accounting day job, she’s delving into the wonder of words, supporting her Starbucks habit, or laughing over movie quotes & singing eighties songs with her husband.
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