Thursday, February 18, 2016

Leading Me Home by Megan Linden

Pretending to date the guy he has a crush on? Kevin’s sure he’s heading for a disaster. A broken heart, at least.

Kevin has been a lone wolf almost his entire life and he’s comfortable with that. Now that he no longer works for the guy he hated, Kevin has only one problem—his crush on his neighbor and best friend.

Taylor is the Alpha’s Son, the heir to the Harrington Pack. He left his hometown and moved to San Francisco as a rite of passage, but it was always temporary, since his place is in Harrington Hills with his pack. Now Taylor is heading back home for a wedding and since his mother is threatening to set him up if he comes alone, he needs a date. Asking Kevin to be his pretend boyfriend sounds like a perfect solution.

What happens when they arrive in Harrington Hills and learn to see each other in a different light? With their relationship changing, can they drop the act and realize that what they have is real?

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

When I picked this book, I knew it would probably appeal to me with it's nice, typical sort of plot and I am happy to say that I did enjoy it.

It was a short, sweet, and easy read that I had no problem getting into and finishing. Taylor and Kevin were already best friends, but when they get a little pushing from Taylor's mother, things getting interesting, steamy, and sweet pretty quickly.

I liked that the author didn't rush the story, but also didn't drag it out unnecessarily. She kept it pretty realistic with the friendship building into a new romance. It still happened pretty quickly, but it didn't feel like it was too insta-love. Their romance was really sweet and loving with a nice sexy wolf twist that gave the story a little extra to stand out.

As another reader mentioned, there are a few writing oddities that can pull you from the story, but overall I didn't have too hard of a time with it. The dual perspective was also interesting and I enjoyed getting in both characters’ heads.

I'd recommend this one to M/M, wolf, and general romance fans alike. It was overall, a nice, sweet, and romantic read.

Your best friend whom you’ve been crushing on for the past few years asks you to accompany him home for two weeks and pretend to be his boyfriend so he can avoid his mother’s matchmaking attempts. What could possibly go wrong? Kevin can’t say no to Taylor when he asks this favor, so Kevin hopes that a broken heart is all the trip will cost him because he really doesn’t want to lose their friendship if he’s unable to keep his feelings for Taylor a secret.

Leading Me Home is actually a little sad to begin with because Kevin can’t deny Taylor’s request and it’s very obvious that Taylor has no idea of Kevin’s feelings. Taylor is counting on their long-term friendship and shared past in San Francisco to make his mothers believe that he and Kevin are newly dating. While Taylor doesn’t have a clue, the reader knows just how much Kevin cares for him because we get to spend time in each man’s head. It’s a case of unrequited love in which the one being pined for has no clue. And all is going just fine until Taylor suggests that he properly scent Kevin and the neck-nuzzling session wakes up Taylor’s wolf to Kevin. Suddenly Taylor no longer see his best bud Kevin, he sees Kevin as a man and as a sexual being. Taylor might be blind to Kevin’s feelings, but Kevin is not blind to Taylor’s new found attraction – and this just makes it that much harder for Kevin to protect his heart. But as days of sexual tension mount and hormones collide with alcohol at the bachelor party, Kevin can no longer keep his attraction to himself and he and Taylor take the plunge into more than just friends – after the wedding (no, not theirs). As much as Kevin hopes they can continue seeing how things progress, he worries that he’ll always take second place to Taylor’s duties as the alpha’s son and, eventually, as the Harrington pack’s alpha.

While Leading Me Home is a novella, the built in history and obvious closeness between Kevin and Taylor kept the story from having that insta-love feel. Granted, they’re also wolf shifters with a mating drive and for me, a mating instinct pretty much obliterates (or justifies) instant connections between mates. Because Kevin grew up on the periphery of a pack, he knew pack customs and culture but didn’t know what it meant to be part of a pack. This enabled him to behave appropriately when meeting Taylor’s moms – the Harrington pack’s alpha and beta – but prevented him from understanding how much of Taylor’s time would be taken up dealing with pack issues during their stay. Unfortunately, this fed into his feelings of being second string and were it not for Mom B, I question whether or not Kevin would have had the courage he needed to consider shedding his lone wolf status for that of becoming a pack member, much less say yes to Taylor Leading Me Home has the Harrington Hills series off to a great start and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series – and hopefully we’ll get to catch up with Kevin and Taylor in it.

Megan is one of those people who dreamed of being a writer since they were a little kid and then didn’t do anything about it for years. Then as a teenager she was introduced to fandom and…well. She fell head first into it and never looked back. At some point she decided to try writing her own characters in her own stories. And that’s where she is today.

When she's not writing, Megan works as a psychologist and continues to learn the hard way that she can’t give all her clients their happy ending (she truly believes everyone can save themselves, though). That’s why she makes sure to give it to her characters, always.

She loves TV shows, books, fanworks and pizza (not necessarily in that order). But there’s nothing like getting messages from readers who enjoy her stories, so if you’re not sure it’s okay to contact her—yes, it is.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Leading Me Home (Harrington Hills #1) by Megan Linden to read and review.

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