Author: Michael Murphy
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: L.C. Chase
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
In work and in love, life has taught seasoned police officer Jack that closeness only leads to pain. But Jack is wracked with guilt when his rookie partner Kevin is shot during an undercover assignment and dies in his arms. Why didn’t he take the time to get to know the rookie a little?
At the funeral, Jack takes a liking to Kevin’s brother, Devin. But Jack knows making a connection can cause more hurt, and living on opposite coasts is an added obstacle.
With his brother dead, Devin feels a responsibility to Kevin’s pregnant widow, Marie. He packs up and moves east, only to have Marie, outraged that he’s put his life on hold, slam the door in his face. Devin turns to the only other person he knows in town. As much as it goes against his philosophies on life, Jack takes him in without hesitation.
Their tentative exploration into romance is interrupted when Devin is mistaken for his dead brother and taken captive. Just as Jack opens his heart, reality slams into him. But he can’t lose anyone else. More than the need to simply save a captive drives Jack to find Devin and bring him home.
The death of policeman Jack’s young and inexperienced partner, Kevin, and the aftermath of his unexpected death on his family and Jack is the catalyst of the story within You Can’t Go Home Again. The first few chapters of You Can’t Go Home Again are so powerfully tragic and sad, I was a teary mess reading them. I was immediately hooked by Jack’s tentative love story with Devlin, Kevin’s grieving brother.
The remainder of the story is also good, but not as wonderful as the first portion of the book. While it’s always important for an author to keep the story moving along at a good pace, there is almost too much action taking place in You Can’t Go Home Again. Unhappy family dynamics and relationships abound and cause untold angst, Kevin’s widow, Marie, is discovered to be in the early stages of pregnancy after Kevin is killed, and Devlin is kidnapped by bad guys who mistake him for his dead brother.
However, regardless of the plentiful action and plot twists, the three main characters (Jack, Devlin and Marie) in this story are all truly likable and sympathetic. One of the most interesting and lovely aspects of the book is the exploration of the meaning of family, and the development of a loving and supportive familial relationship between these three characters. (No … this is NOT a MMF story – but they are “family” who honestly care about each other).
Overall, I recommend this emotional and angsty story – Just have some tissues handy when you read the beginning of the book!
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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