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Title: Coming Back Home (Pickleville #9)
Author: April Kelley
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
One huge fight changed Seth’s life forever.
Seth Murray just might be the most stubborn man on the face of this plant. He refused to move back to Pickleville because of one fight with his father. That is until he gets a call saying that his dad has passed away suddenly. The first person Seth thinks about is the one man he gave up because of his stubborn pride. Five years ago, all Seth wanted was to be with Carter. Now he doesn’t know what he wants. And Carter has his own life. One that Seth certainly didn’t see coming when he finally reconnects with the man again. One that revolves around a certain blonde haired, blue-eyed little girl that completely melts Seth’s heart the minute he meets her.
Welcome to Pickleville – The Men
When we first meet Jaron he is a disillusioned eighteen year old boy who just graduates high school. He feels trapped in his small town and earns to get out and see a little of the world. He finds out the city isn’t all it’s cracked up to be either. Some people just don’t get the break they deserve.
He does find his heart in the city though, when his friend gets pregnant he becomes a father. Bobby is the center of Jaron’s world and he would do anything for his son. Including, move back to the one place he didn’t want to be.
In high school, Travis is the town’s athletic star, the boy every girl wants to be with and has been with, and really fun at a party. When his father passes, he takes responsibility and begins managing the family farm, not having much time for anything else.
He has experienced attractions to both men and women but has never really explored his bisexual nature to its fullest. When he meets Jaron and Bobby he falls hard, just like a good cowboy should.
Greg Mitchell got a lucky break early as a teenager. He was able to get away from his parents and the physical abuse he suffered as a kid. Travis Heath taking him in was life changing. Growing up on a farm and gaining a job he loves means everything.
Greg is in school to become a large animal vet, which is why is nickname is Doc. Traditional classroom learning comes very easy for him so college is a smooth ride, although long. He pretty much helped his best friend Kyler graduate. In return Kyler helps Greg lighten up.
Even as a teenager he had a crush on Brian Stockwell but a threat his father made years ago keeps him from really pursuing anything real.
Brian is Jaron’s best friend, even after Jaron left town. Jaron leaving spurs him to leave that nice closet he puts himself in. After that Brian is one of the only out and proud citizen’s of Pickleville. He has a crush on Jackson, but gets a little cock-blocked by Bobby/Carter Heath. Even despite this crush they remain friends, although there are some benefits attached.
Brian is used to getting what he wants and having things come easy to him. Little does he know he has an admirer that he doesn’t know anything about. Although one drunken conversation at a party clues him in really quickly. He likes the admiration-who wouldn’t-but isn’t ready for a relationship.
Andrew Martinez has been a homicide detective in Chicago for several years. He’s lived with his mother far longer than any grown man should. Feeling a little trapped by his demanding job and family, he makes a bold decision and moves to the small town of Pickleville, taking the Chief of Police job.
He met Jaron McAllister-Heath several years ago when the mother to Jaron’s son gets murder. Staying in touch through-out the years, the two men become close friends. He meets Kyler at a party and sparks fly.
Kyler is the product of a single parent household, never having known his father. When Kyler was young his mother died, leaving him with the only relative he had ever known. He moves to Pickleville with his aunt, who was neglectful and Kyler was largely left on his own a lot. Kyler wasn’t very good in school due to a learning disability that was never diagnosed properly. His best friend Greg helps him in school a lot. By the time he gets into high school he gets a job at a Hessing’s Garage, working for Royce Hessing, who is like a father to Kyler. Kyler works his ass off to get what he has, buying his own house at a very early age. He comes off as a very extroverted, fun-loving spirit but he has a big heart that is easily broken.
Kendrick is the owner of TJs bar, the only bar in Pickleville. He came to Pickleville years ago after he got out of an abusive relationship. Thank God for his cousin Royce or he wouldn’t have been able to leave Randall. Even though he got out of a bad situation the bad situation has left him with a few mental and emotional problems. While he things Brad is the hottest thing to ever walk into his bar, he has a hard time getting past the violence he sees that day when Brad saves a friend from getting raped in the bar’s bathroom.
Brad is the high school bully from book one and the homophobe who takes a baseball bat to Jaron. That’s how he’s first introduced anyway, but there is more to Brad than just those two things. Turns out Brad had a really crappy childhood, with a pedophile for a father. Turns out attacking Jaron might just be the best thing that ever happened to him. While in prison he got sober and he got therapy.
While some of Brad’s qualities don’t exactly give you that warm and fuzzy feeling, he does have a soft spot for a few people in his life, like his two brothers.
Luis is the middle brother of the Flynn family. The oldest brother, Brad, has his own story called A Tarnished Truth. It’s book 4 in the series. The youngest, Caden, gets his story in book 8. All three brothers have taken care of each other for most of their lives. Their mother died when they were all very young and their dad was a very abusive alcoholic. Unfortunately, Brad received most of the abuse. When their father made an attempt to go after Luis when he was just thirteen years old, Brad took both Luis and Caden, the youngest brother away, creating a home with just the three of them.
While Luis’ life is much better he still carries the physical and emotional scars from his past.
Royce Hessing has made a life for himself in Pickleville. He owns the auto garage in town and used to own the bar too, although he sold that to his cousin, Kendrick. He loves his family and would to anything for them. He considers Kyler and Luis, the two men that work for him, to be family. He’s in his forties and set in his ways, not willing to bend for very many people.
Neil is a farmhand for the Travis Heath. He thinks he’s a little slow because he’s been told that most of his life. Actually, he’s one of the smartest men when it comes to reading people. He’s also one of the most caring people you could ever meet. I don’t want to give to much away, because in this book we learn a lot more about Neil and his family.
Owen Ashby is Kendrick’s brother. We met Kendrick in A Tarnished Strength. He’s the owner of TJs bar. Owen was in a car accident that left him partially paralyzed. Being in a wheelchair as left him bitter and angry. He didn’t only lose the use of his legs in the accident but his job and most of his friends as well.
Dakota had a normal life and was a typical farm boy. He had two parents that loved him and an older brother that he told everything too. Than one night he went out to a night club and met a guy he liked well enough to have a one night stand with, but not well enough to have it last. That man changed his life forever and not necessarily in a good one. The man ended up being a stalker and he had to leave his family. He ended up in Pickleville though. That’s where the story begins.
Jackson seems to have it all. He is the son of a rich farmer. But he was largely raised by his father. He has a step mother that he has never gotten along with, but the woman takes good care of his dad so he tolerates her. We first meet him in the Whispers of Home where he’s bullying Jaron McAllister, but by the end of that book Jackson’s true character comes out. He’s a likeable guy that gets along with everyone. He only has friends with benefits and has never really had a long term relationship.
Caden Flynn was barely out of kindergarten when him and his brothers took him away from his father, raising him on their own. While his bothers aren’t perfect they did do the very best they could for Caden and gave them everything they possibly could. He meets Robyn through a mutual friend when Robyn is all beat up. They become fast friends and that quickly escalates to boyfriends. Caden knows his brothers can’t afford to send him to college so he joins the miliaty to have them pay for it. His story picks up when he comes back home for good.
Robyn Heath has never had an easy life. His biological family have always been abusive people, both physically and verbally. When he’s a teenager he goes and lives with his Grandmother in Pickleville. He gets in trouble with drugs there and gets caught in the middle of a rape case. The Chief of Police, Andrew Martinez, sees something in him that no one else has and gives him a chance that changed his life foreever. He goes to live on the Heath Farm, allowing him to clean up his act.
Seth is the only son of the smartest organic farmers in Pickleville. His dad only wants what’s best for Seth. After high school Seth and his father have very different ideas on what that is, but Seth gives in. He goes to college and moves away, staying gone. Until tragedy strikes that is.
Carter Heath is the only son of the richest farmers in Pickleville. He grew up loving horses and learned to make a living at training them. He used to be friends with Seth but time and distance had them losing touch with each other. A lot has happened over the five years Seth had left town. Carter has a child. A cute little girl that looks exactly like him.
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About the Author
Living in Southwest Michigan, April lives with her husband and two kids. She has been an avid reader for several years. Writing her first story at the age of ten, the characters in her head still won’t stop telling their stories. If April isn’t reading or writing she can be found outside playing with the animals or taking a long walk in the woods.
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