Sunday, June 14, 2015

Going Home (Nugget #1) by Stacy Finz

Book Blurb:

The small mountain town of Nugget, California, has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over—and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love… 

Maddy Breyer needs to prove she can make her own life after betrayal blew up her previous happily-ever-after. Staying totally focused on renovating a decrepit mansion into a bed-and-breakfast might help her—and this recession-hit town—finally turn things around. But the mysterious new sheriff is the kind of lawbreaking temptation that’s an even bigger challenge to resist… 

Detective Rhys Shepard is only back in Nugget long enough to care for his ailing father. He’s got a big-city promotion far away from this place that never accepted him. He does not need a sudden crime wave to solve. Or one leggy case of heartbreak stirring up all kinds of trouble and challenging his rules. Which might explain why he’s suddenly finding it hard to leave…

My Review:

I really liked the premise of the plot and the interesting background of small town Nugget in Going Home.  The way Stacy included some of Nugget's somewhat horrifying history really brought the place to life!

Both of the main characters, Maddy and Rhys are strong.  They come from very different backgrounds, but that doesn't stop the attraction they have for each other.  In present day they have very different lives too though.  Maddy has goals, and they are centered around her new life in Nugget.  Rhys is only back in Nugget temporarily, and is counting down the days until he can leave again.  Seeing these two together and the push and pull of their budding relationship made Going Home a lively read.  I felt that both of them and their struggles were realistic and believable.  I could understand the reactions both of them had to their own circumstances, and these reactions made Maddy and Rhys real.

I liked that the focus of Going Home was not entirely on Maddy and Rhys' relationship.  They both have a lot of other things going on that they are dealing with...some things very unexpected!

There are a lot of secondary characters in Going Home as well as sub plots, but they are all relevant to the main plot and Stacy ties it all together smoothly.  The characters and town of Nugget are certainly quirky, adding tension and uncertainty to the main plot.  I liked how Stacy did this, it made Nugget seem like a place that could be anywhere!

Stacy kept the plot moving, not giving away everything all at once, but keeping me intrigued and interested.  I felt like I really got to know Rhys and Maddy.  I could easily picture Nugget and the places Stacy describes in Going Home.

A well paced, great start to a series, I'd recommend Going Home to any romance reader especially if you like small town settings and all the dynamics they entail!

3/5 stars

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