Book Reviews

Come Home (A Kinley Island Novel) by Raleigh Ruebins

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 04-July-2019

Book Blurb

Hunter is my best friend. Nothing more.

Sure, he’s a hot, charming, scatterbrained little ball of perfect, and he protected me when I needed it most. But to him, I’m just an old friend. I moved to the city long ago to try to forget that I’m a little bit completely in love with him. But when work pulls me back to our small island hometown, it’s like stepping into a time machine to ten years ago.

Suddenly, Hunter is my entire world again. His eyes, his lips, his mischievous smile. He’s ten times more irresistible, and a million times more trouble.

He doesn’t think anything of it when he kisses me one late summer night. Forbidden for years, and now he’s right in my lap. 

To him, it’s just reckless fun. But I’m done for.

Because he’s the only thing that feels like home.

Ever since Gavin became a successful hot shot in the city, he felt more like a stranger than my best friend. Where was the shy, sweet guy I used to stick up for in school? The person who could tell me anything?
Now he’s swooped back into our hometown, threatening to change the island forever. But we like our small town just the way it is. I should be fighting against Gavin and everything his company wants to do.

...But I’m no good at “should.” Instead, I end up with my lips on his. ...And then pulling him into bed. And God, now I only want more.

Everyone in town tells me to stay away, but Gavin hits a spot that no one else has. A little secret, wicked-hot fun with a friend never hurt anything. Right?

Author's Note: 'Come Home' features summer nights by the water, boozy milkshakes, bad decisions, and a very good dog named Meatball.

Book Review

“All roads lead home as home is where the heart is. So Love. Simply Love. For love is home to all of us.” ~ Wald Wasserman

Gavin Bell, of ‘Come Home’ by Raleigh Reuben, lost his mother to a heart attack when he was seventeen. She died because she could not get to the hospital soon enough to save her life. The delay was caused by the fact that the island did not have a bridge to the mainland. Gavin holds a grudge against the island’s lack of a bridge and, now that he is in a position to build one, he intends to do so, whether the residents there want it or not.

Although a bit miffed at him for their recent lack of communication, Hunter is excited that his best friend, Gavin, is coming to spend some time back home. They have been friends for years, even closer than most. Hunter has never considered being anything but friends with Gavin. Their friendship is too precious to risk doing anything that might cause losing it. When Gavin is with him, it is like nothing ever changed, but when he switches into executive mode, Gavin is practically a stranger, especially when he tells Hunter why he is there with his team. Gavin has plans for not only building a bridge, but for developing the island. Hunter tells him he is crazy, that the people don’t want a bridge, much less new development. The residents like the island the way it is. Change will be devastating to the uniqueness of the place, destroying the charm so many there love.

Gavin is floored. He knows Hunter loves the place, but thought that he, as his best friend, would support him. Gavin assumed that he could convince Hunter of the benefits of his plan and join him in his efforts to convince the others. Even though Hunter doesn’t agree with him, he is comforted by the fact that he is still willing to be with him. He continues with his campaign to win people over, but, as predicted, the opposition is fierce. People call him a traitor; he is not welcome at any of the businesses. There are signs and protests everywhere. Hunter tries to protect him as much as he can, but he puts himself in jeopardy doing so. Still, his feelings are too strong to do otherwise. Their time together develops into a physical intimacy that they discover they both want; their relationship morphs into something far deeper, that they need to learn how to redefine.

This is an enjoyable friends-to-lovers story, in which Gavin has to redefine what is important to him, both personally and professionally. It was somewhat predictable. It almost had to be to end happily, but I have to admit that Raleigh did a great job of working it out. It’s a great start to what promises to be an interesting series. I can hardly wait for the next story. Thanks, Raleigh, for giving Hunter and Gavin their happy ending.  





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 273 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-June-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
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