Tuesday, March 1, 2016

No Place Like Home by Jennifer Kacey

The easiest—and hardest—decision she’ll ever make starts with a kiss.

In high school, Bianca Charleston was a nobody. An overweight wallflower, so invisible that Cole, the boy she had a crush on, never even knew she existed.

Things have changed, and she’s finally ready to show off her new bombshell look. Sort of. Maybe. After a one-sided pep talk with her cat, she takes a deep breath and flies home to help out with the annual hospital carnival. Cole is there, too—and he still has no idea who she is.

FBI field officer Cole Johnson doesn’t have an easy job, and his nights are usually booked solid. Then in walks Charlie, a blonde with killer…everything. Suddenly he’s mentally clearing his schedule for a rare night out.

While Charlie doesn’t do one-night stands, somehow after-dinner dessert is served up against the wall of her hotel room. But happiness will have to navigate an emotional minefield of preconceived notions—and a couple of not-so-secret stumbling blocks.

Warning: Contains a former ugly duckling, and a big-hearted FBI agent who knows how to get his money’s worth at a kissing booth. Plus, a little black dress that comes off a whole lot easier than Dorothy’s ruby slippers.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

No Place Like Home is the perfect antidote to a boring afternoon, a few hours of mindless entertainment. This short novella consists of 'Charlie,' an insecure teacher, going home to visit during the hospital's carnival, where she encounters the one who got away – Cole.

I will admit, I struggled to continue reading in the first 10%, but knowing the book would take no more than an hour, an hour and a half to read tops, I soldiered forth because it was a review book. I felt Charlie and Kia's phone conversation, which took about 10% of the book to wade through, while informational in the setup of the novella, was shallow and vapid, and juvenile in context for two professional, educated women. I don't know if this was to inject a light, humorous air into the storyline, but as a serious person, I found this difficult to read, to be honest – like two teenage girls, not grown women. Most readers will no doubt find this scene to be banterific (I made that word up). I will give props to the author because it did set the novella up well.

But once I decided to not take the story seriously and read it as it was intended, I was able to read on. In a nutshell, No Place Like Home is a quick romance, not too deep or developed. It's meant to entertain for a few hours. In so few pages, a reader must expect everything to move at warp-speed, from insta-lust to insta-love, to an happily ever after by book's end.

This type of storytelling is not to my tastes, because I need something a bit more serious and long-lasting, but romance lovers who want instant gratification in a quick read will no doubt be begging for more from this author and this particular series. However, it wasn't my cup of tea.

Bianca was the ugly duckling in high school who, 10 years later, has become a swan. She returns to her hometown to visit her best friend and runs into Cole, her teenage crush. Cole, however, has no idea who she is and doesn't remember her.

This is a really fun romance. Bianca and Cole fall for each other with lightning speed but I didn't mind a bit. I was swept up in the excitement of their whirlwind romance and watching their secrets come out. I loved seeing them in love. If you like happy with your romance, No Place Like Home is worth reading.

This book wasn't my typical choice because I don't usually enjoy the "transformation" type of theme, but it turned out better than expected. While it wasn't exactly a second chance romance how I'd usually think of it as, it was a second chance for a new, more confident person to show her crush.

I thought this one was short, sweet, and adorable. Perfect for a quick, not too heavy read.

I’m going to just jump right in and get the easy stuff out of the way up-front. I am a writer, mother and business owner in Texas with very long black hair and a penchant for high heels and pretty outrageous toe nail polish. I have a very supportive family that I love unconditionally and am fortunate enough to genuinely like and respect them as well.

I started reading romance back in college, liked it so-so, and then I found erotica. Stories a bit on the dark side, a lot on the naughty side, and at the risk of sounding cheesy, it felt like coming home. Finding a genre made just for minds like mine was an amazing revelation, and I swear the characters in my head haven’t stopped hounding me since!

Something I always love reading about other authors are the funny quirks and idiosyncrasies that make each of us unique, so I thought I’d share a few of mine. These are in no particular order and pretty random, so brace yourselves…

I am a morning person who doesn’t drink caffeine, and I am definitely a glass-half-full kind of girl. I have an extreme case of being left-hand stupid and am bad at all sports that end in “ball”! Hot weather is my favorite because I'm cold all the time, and I adore lying in the sun. You’ll find a closed sign hanging off my forehead at 10 p.m. pretty much every night when my brain clocks out. What’s weird is I can write ‘til the wee hours of the morning though. Probably because the characters just shove me aside so they can say their piece.

Ooh, and I never procrastinate! If something needs to be done today, it should have been finished yesterday. I call this fantastic; several people, who shall remain nameless, call it having a bug up my A**… I think I’ll stick with fantastic.

I refuse to use a flat sheet to sleep, I love perfume but only one kind, and before I die I want to own flip-flops in every color of the rainbow. And last but not least, the yea or nay on a particular food being deemed good or gross is based off of texture first, taste second.

I hope my writing speaks for itself, and I hope it speaks to you. The fact that I have the opportunity to share a little piece of myself with you absolutely floors me. On a daily basis I am overwhelmed by the good fortune that is my life, and vowed years ago never to take it for granted.

Best advice I’ve ever been given – find the real you and never settle for anything less! Well guess what? I found her! Lord help the rest of you.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of No Place Like Home (Coming Home #1) by Jennifer Kacey to read and review.

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