Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Choosing Home by Alexa Milne

You can never escape from yourself.

Zac McKenzie is an ex-professional footballer with a secret he gave up his career to protect. Several years ago, he fled to his home in the North East of Scotland to avoid being outed as gay. Now, he owns a successful hotel and restaurant, but is it time to finally come out into the open?

Seth Pritchard feels he is damaged goods. He comes to Scotland to escape memories of the accident that left him injured, his bullying step-brothers and a life of lies.

For their whole lives, Zac and Seth have denied who they truly are to themselves as well as to others. When they meet, each man is forced to confront his fears and tear them down one by one.

Reader advisory: Dubious consent. Recollections of physical abuse, emotional/mental abuse, torture and drug abuse. Profanity.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Alexa Milne is a new-to-me author, and I found the writing style to be about setting a scene, rather than the scene itself.

For a short novella, with very few pages, the characters and story need to be front and center for me. With the scene being set so thoroughly, it cut into allowing me to connect with the story and its characters.

Action of movement: picked my bag up, set my bag down, all the steps it takes to get from point A to B. The furnishings in any given location: bed, dresser, wallpaper pattern, decor, and so on. Descriptions of the characters: clothing, hairstyles, and movement actions.

As a reader who enjoys using my imagination while learning the who/what/where/when/how/why of the story, the writing style wasn't to my tastes. Due to me being unable to connect to the characters, the story elicited no emotions in me whatsoever, which is why I rated 3 stars. My personal tastes got in the way, lending a wooden/stilted voice to every word I read. However, this wasn't due to the fault of the author, as the book was well-written.

I recommend this story to romance readers who enjoy a highly descriptive read, are looking for an hour or so of sweet, romantic escapism with a slightly dark backstory.

Originally from South Wales, Alexa has lived for over thirty years in the North West of England. Now retired, after a long career in teaching, she devotes her time to her obsessions.

Alexa began writing when her favourite character was killed in her favourite show. After producing a lot of fanfiction she ventured into original writing.

She is currently owned by a mad cat and spends her time writing about the men in her head, watching her favourite television programmes and usually crying over her favourite football team.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Choosing Home (The Call of Home #1) by Alexa Milne to read and review.

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