Leading Me Home (Harrington Hills #1) by Megan Linden ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

Leading-Me-HomeTitle: Leading Me Home (Harrington Hills #1)

Author: Megan Linden

Publisher: Pride Publishing

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 01/19/2016

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

Pretending to date the guy he has a crush on? Kevin’s sure he’s heading for a disaster. A broken heart, at least.

Kevin has been a lone wolf almost his entire life and he’s comfortable with that. Now that he no longer works for the guy he hated, Kevin has only one problem—his crush on his neighbor and best friend.

Taylor is the Alpha’s Son, the heir to the Harrington Pack. He left his hometown and moved to San Francisco as a rite of passage, but it was always temporary, since his place is in Harrington Hills with his pack. Now Taylor is heading back home for a wedding and since his mother is threatening to set him up if he comes alone, he needs a date. Asking Kevin to be his pretend boyfriend sounds like a perfect solution.

What happens when they arrive in Harrington Hills and learn to see each other in a different light? With their relationship changing, can they drop the act and realize that what they have is real?

General Release Date: 16th February 2016

My View:

I can’t say the Leading Me Home is the most original story I have ever read. As a matter of fact, it had many elements that could appear in almost any other romance novel. Friends to lovers, fake relationship, returning home to find your boyfriend, and an unrequited crush on the best friend — just to name a few. However, they come together to make a sweet, heart-warming story that will keep a smile on your face and make you want to come back to Harrington Hills in the future.

Taylor and Kevin are best friends and neighbors. They are also both wolf shifters. Taylor is the heir-apparent to his hometown pack. Kevin is a lone wolf not looking for a home. The one thing Kevin does want is Taylor, even if he won’t let Taylor in on the secret. Actually, their lack of deep communication is the root of most of the conflict in the story. Sometimes, that can be annoying, but it wasn’t with Taylor and Kevin. For them, it was more a function of Kevin’s insecurities.

We never gain a full understanding of Kevin’s past. We know he was basically ignored and cast out by his pack, but I never understood why. We know that he grew up with only his mother, but again, we don’t know why. We do, however, have a full picture of Taylor’s life and background. For that reason, we pull heavily for Taylor to get his HEA.

We know Taylor will end up wanting Kevin, this is a romance after all. However, watching it happen is enjoyable. Seeing Kevin learn the meaning of pack and family is enlightening. Seeing Taylor learn that pack, while important, can’t always come first, is engaging. Seeing Taylor and Kevin figure out that theirs is more than a mere friendship is charming.

I will be revisiting Harrington Hills in the near future. I hope.

Links

Leading Me Home (Harrington Hills #1) on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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Brandilyn
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