Home by Donna McIntosh ~ Book Review by Queue

HomeTitle: Home

Author: Donna McIntosh

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Cover Artist: Adrian Rafail

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/25/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Romance, Mystery/Thriller, Science Fiction


LAPD Detective Sean Hennessey has one person he’s repeatedly tried to arrest and bring to justice: his nemesis, Mitchell Yates.

Yates has been in and out of trouble for years, always skating around the edges of LA’s underbelly; however, Sean can never pin anything on him.

But one night all of that changes.

Caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, instead of arresting Yates, Sean is rescued by him and taken to Yates’ home—a satellite high above Earth. There, Sean discovers a world he thought possible only in Science Fiction.

Everything he believed he knew about Yates is turned upside down, and Sean must make a decision: to remain with the LAPD or join Yates and work toward intergalactic peace.

My View:

I really wanted to like this book. The blurb intrigued me, especially the part of a cop and his nemesis falling for each other. Adding in a sci-fi element excited me even more. However, there ended up being just too many things wrong with this story for me to recommend it.

Let’s start with a misleading blurb: LAPD Detective Sean Hennessey has one person he’s repeatedly tried to arrest and bring to justice: his nemesis, Mitchell Yates.

It would be a huge stretch to say Yates and Sean are enemies. Sean has seen Yates at several crime scenes and interviewed him once. That’s the extent of their interaction until someone makes an attempt on Sean’s life and Yates saves him. That affects the story because they aren’t exactly mortal enemies when they start becoming friends. With no animosity between them the change in their feelings isn’t dramatic at all.

One of the biggest issues I had with this book is that there isn’t a cohesive arc. Sean and Yates (whose real name is Yana) have several different adventures but there is no connection between them. Instead it feels like the author had several different ideas (aliens, a sex-filled pleasure planet, etc) and threw it all together in a messy mish-mash of tales.

There also several clichés used here. There’s the jealous, vindictive ex and amnesia. I hate amnesia as a plot device. It hardly ever works and it certainly didn’t here. It was nothing more than an easy way to create drama between the two.

The jealous ex isn’t original either. He’s not really an ex, just a guy who can’t take no for an answer, but he does his best to come between Yana and Sean before and after they’re together. His appearances are sporadic and eventually disappears after a failed attempt to split them up. This was one of the parts I disliked most. Jimmy, the jealous ‘ex’ hints to Sean that he and Yana had sex but instead of confronting Yana about it, Sean takes off. He basically has a temper tantrum, assumes Jimmy, a proven liar, was being honest and refuses to talk to Yana or their mutual friends. He acts like an immature teenager instead of a grown man, a cop no less. I didn’t buy this behavior at all. Another example of contrived drama.

There were parts I liked about Home. McIntosh does some decent world building here. Though there were times the things that could be done seemed too deus ex machina and convenient. Having machines that can do everything lessens the drama.

Overall, not a story I can recommend.


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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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One thought on “Home by Donna McIntosh ~ Book Review by Queue

  1. I went to Amazon and noted that 3 reviewers gave it 4 stars… which is usually my cut off point for books I add to my TBR list. I went ahead and added it, even though it sounds like there may be some problems with the story. Since I haven’t read any books by Donna McIntosh I’m willing to give it a try.

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