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- Print Length: 232 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0711ZG4W9
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #305,769 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Finding Home was wonderful for so many reasons, and one of my favourite things about this was the characters. I'm not just talking about the MCs here either. I love a story with strong secondary characters and we had that here in the form of Jaden's three brothers - I loved the family dynamic, seeing Jaden meet his brothers for the first time, and his growing relationship with each one. I loved seeing the brothers interact with Chase too, treating him as if he were part of their family. I actually felt like I wanted to see more of them, too! Phoenix especially, but all three of them were wonderful.
And Jaden.... Oh Jaden. He was such a sweetheart. I loved seeing him grow as a person, becoming more comfortable in himself and in what he wanted. I loved seeing him let go and open up and truly find himself. It was such a joy to read. Chase was so perfect for him too, encouraging Jaden to go after what he wanted instead of doing what others wanted.
Yet another thing I loved.... the setting! I loved the town, the gym, Lily-Anne's house, the beach... it all came together so nicely, and pulled me into the story and made me wish I could visit Serenity and sit on that beach, enjoying the sunshine! I could picture everything so perfectly in my mind, and it was wonderful <3
It's worth noting that there really wasn't much in the way of angst or conflict here. Obviously Jaden had his issues, as did Chase, BUT they weren't the main focus of Finding Home at all. It was nice to see that the issues that were mentioned didn't ruin things, and that the story could progress without too much drama. I wasn't in the mood for high angst and drama, which made this story all the more perfect, and it was lovely to read such a cute story as this one.
I just have to mention this one random thing too... because for some reason while I was reading this I just pictured Chase as Chris Evans. Like honestly, I couldn't stop picturing him that way. Which is absolutely fine by me.... I just don't know what caused him to pop into my head as I read this! LOL.
Overall, I would ABSOLUTELY recommend Finding Home to anyone looking for a nice, sexy but sweet romance.
This is a sweet and thoughtful romance. It is a story as much about family, identity and life choices as it is a romance. After losing his job and getting divorced, Jaden travels to rural Florida from NYC to sort out his grandmother’s estate with his half brothers. Broken and lonely, Jaden expects to sort out his inheritance quickly and return to the city. Instead, he finds himself attracted to the friendship offered by his brothers, the warmth of their small town - and to Chase, his brothers’ attractive yoga teacher friend.
I actually like the way the author spends more time tracking Jaden’s personal growth than she does building the relationship between Chase and Jaden. There are plenty of sexy moments but it is Jaden’s quietly readjusting priorities, his newfound sense of identity, belonging and family that I found really moving.
But the romance is sweet and often steamy. Chase has suffered his own setbacks but when he meets Jaden, he is solid in himself and confident in his life. He brings balance to Jaden as he grows and I enjoyed the lack of relationship angst here. Jaden has enough angst in his life - he needs Chase’s serenity.
Jaden’s brother’s are fascinating and I’d love to read more about each of them (especially Phoenix and his animal sanctuary). I loved their quirky small town and the legacy Jaden’s grandmother left behind.
5* of deliciously sweet hotness
I really enjoyed this read. It is an original story, with some lovely characters and a level of acceptance and family that has me wanting to visit Serenity for myself. I guess with a town with such a name it is hardly surprising, but it only through subtle and simple examples that we get to understand just what a great place this is. Jaden's half brothers are a fascinating mix of caring and accepting. Jaden has never had such friendship, or the opportunity to be himself - something that Chase catches onto early, and makes it his mission to achieve.
There are lots of little touches of brilliance, that make this such an enjoyable read, from a Great Dane to a dumpster kitten; a drunken art class; a beach vigil for baby tortoises; and a little black book full of addresses for the brothers' errant father. Everything adds together to make a super read. Thank you Ms Harding.
~~ Wicked Reads Review Team~~
This is beautifully written with passion and feeling. There is so much more to these characters than words on a page.
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The environmental descriptors make the locations easily envisioned and give a nice background for the action of the characters. The beach scenes, especially, paint a picture of the peace and beauty of some of Florida's shores.
The secondary characters are well thought out and supportive to the story line. These brothers could easily carry a work on their own. The people of the town are colorful without being too overpowering. The antagonists are sufficiently unlikable without being too bad or too evil. All of the characters are drawn as just human and prone to human foibles and weaknesses.
Chase and Jaden are well rounded and lovable. The author gives us in-depth knowledge of their personalities, both good and bad. They are normal, everyday people with baggage and issues who are willing to work on those things to improve their inner lives so that they are capable of accepting and sustaining a loving, committed relationship.
Chase and Jaden find in each other those characteristics that have evaded the relationships they have had in the past.
Watching Jaden come into his own was both painful and heartening. His mental journey was hard to watch but when he had breakthroughs I was cheering him along every step of the way. I was glad the author made him handle that journey the way he did and not give him an abracadabra moment that fixed everything.
This is the first I've read by this author and look forward to reading more in the future.
Jaden was a lost and miserable man, living his life at the direction of others. The discovery of finding out he had three half brothers who were living in Florida, a deceased grandmother leaving him a portion of her estate and meeting the brother's friend Chase, set Jaden's life on the path to an awakening. There were many obstacles in this journey of self discovery; insecurity, fear of the unknown, parental conditioning to follow directives. But...with the acceptance and love freely given to him by his newly discovered brothers and the love and understanding of the "real" Jaden, Chase became his anchor, his forever, his HEA.
Jaden is definitely a fish out of water - not just in Florida but with his brothers. His city up-bringing with an overly-analytical scientist for a mom definitely didn't prepare him for the laid back lifestyle he finds in Serenity. I loved the quirkiness of Jaden trying to fit in and his awkwardness, especially with his feelings towards Chase. He quickly touched me and I was rooting for him to figure his stuff out.
Chase has things a little more in hand. Everything but his personal life. It's not that he's afraid of commitment or his sexuality, but living in a small community definitely has its disadvantages :) A life that he loves doesn't necessarily mean that there isn't something missing and meeting Jaden brings that point home. I love how Chase is supportive and understanding. He can see past Jaden's neuroses and find him just as charming as I did, which made me love him even more.
I only had a couple of issues with the book. The main one was with the story because I really wish we'd spent some more time on Jaden getting to know his brothers. It's there but that was a big part of why he went to Serenity and I felt it got glossed over for the romance with Chase. Not that the romance isn't a big deal because it really helped Jaden come into himself and was very important for him. I just wish that we'd gotten just a bit more with the brothers too.
The other was a few word choices (and probably just a personal problem). Giggle is just one of those words that doesn't work for me - don't care if you are a man or a woman, it makes the person seem vapid or silly. I know it is a valid word choice but it ranks up there with simpering for me. Dainty was also used somewhere and just struck me as a strange. But it's all minor and may not even be a thing for someone else - like I said, personal problem.
A discovery piece for Jaden as he works to figure out who he wants to be and what kind of life he wants for himself, Finding Home is a lovely read with characters you want to know and a small-town you want to visit. It's sweet, and a little bit sexy too ;), but with almost no drama. (Those three brothers definitely need a HEA of their own so I'm hoping to see more from Ms. Harding!)
*** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***