Coming Home by N.J. Walters
Published by Beyond The Page on February 7, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Fans of steamy romance will love this novella by New York Times and USA Today bestselling author N. J. Walters!
Kansas Fielding and Tobias Slater had always been friends, so when the two indulged in a kiss out of simple curiosity, the depth of the passion they ignited caught them both by surprise, and left them with an insatiable hunger for more. But the next day Tobias was gone, disappearing into a secret life Kansas knew nothing about. Now, two years later—years Kansas has spent building a life and forgetting Tobias—he’s returned, disillusioned and uncertain of his future.
Despite the unanswered questions hanging between them, neither can ignore the deep longing stirred up by that one long-ago kiss, and they recklessly surrender to the intensely erotic feelings. And while Kansas knows she’ll do whatever it takes to make Tobias admit his true feelings for her, it’s Tobias who will have to trust in himself to know he’s come home for good.
This is a revised edition of a novella that originally appeared in the Taming the Alpha boxed set.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
“Tobias was a wild free spirit, but whether he understood it or not, he needed a place to come home to. He needed her.”
Coming Home is another re-release of NJ Walters, so I jumped on this one even though it’s a contemporary romance and not a paranormal. It’s also new to me, which was a pleasant surprise since I’ve read through a chunk of her backlist over the years.
I was a bit lost at first and had the feeling like I had been plopped down in the middle of a story rather than the beginning of one. Kansas and Tobias have a history and their back story was doled out in snippets. They were practically raised together since they grew up neighbors and Kansas’ brothers were Tobias’ best friends. For years, they danced around their attraction, never acting on it because they didn’t want to ruin the family-like bond that surrounded them. One hot kiss blew that out of the water, but then Tobias disappeared the very next day without a word to her and was gone for almost 2 years.
He returned completely burned out, thinking that he wasn’t good enough because of what he was forced to do while he was gone. Kansas, although she pined for Tobias, didn’t wait for him. I loved this about her. She tried to find a man, but none ever measured up to Tobias.
Their reunion was scorching hot. NJ Walters can write a sex scene that will make anyone all hot and bothered. There was also lots of feels to this book. I felt the remorse Tobias was feeling as he realized what he sacrificed by taking on a long term assignment, no matter how good the cause. I also felt the extreme chemistry and the longing these two had for each other.
Unfortunately, the book spans only a 24-hour period. For me, this was more like the final chapters of a really good book, and I want the first part. The action lover in me wanted to be along for Tobias’ top secret, super dangerous assignment and I wanted to be there for Kansas’ ordeals too. Her job sounded almost as interesting as his and had its own dangers.
Coming Home was quick, sexy, had lots of emotions to it and I enjoyed it, but I would have loved to have the rest of the story.
Rating: 3 Somethings Missing Stars
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