Whispers of Home (Pickleville #1)

April Kelley
Whispers of Home (Pickleville #1)
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Extasy Books
Release Date
February 2015
Book 1 of Pickleville
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ

Finding love in a town he couldn't wait to get away from is the last thing he expects, and the one thing that just may change his life forever.

All Jaron McAllister wanted to do was get out of the small town where he grew up. After being bullied all his life for being gay, that's exactly what he does. He loses all contact with everyone in the town of Pickleville, including his emotionally distant mother and the only true friend he ever had.

When his best friend and mother of the child they share, get murdered he knows he must ask for help in the one place he thought he would never go back to. Coming back home isn't easy and finding himself attracted to the town man-slut spells disaster. Travis Heath isn't at all what his reputation suggests though.

Book Review by Steffi (reviewer)
Jan 08, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
175 people found the following review helpful
In WHISPERS OF HOME, Jaron McAllister finds solace in the one place he's hated all his life – his hometown, Pickleville.

Jaron McAllister has lived a hard life. Being bullied throughout his teens for being gay and then sinking to an ultimate low trying to survive in the big city, he is only now getting his life on track for his son, Bobby – until Tracey, Bobby's mother and Jaron's good friend, turns up dead. Not knowing what to do, Jaron and Bobby return to the one place Jaron always wanted to escape from.

Fearing the worst, Jaron is guarded but he finds something he never expected in Pickleville: love. Travis Heath has always been a womanizer and very well known as the town manwhore. Travis never met anyone who enticed him to explore his bisexuality, but when he sees Jaron all grown up, the attraction is immediate. Jaron and Travis are facing more than the regular relationship hurdles. Pickleville is not exactly ready for openly gay and bisexual men and then there is Bobby to think about.

The chemistry between Jaron and Travis is explosive. The author did a great job building up their relationship, getting to know each other again, but also forgiving their pasts and creating a future together. The interaction between Travis and Bobby is especially heartwarming and adds a lightness and sweetness to the story. The author also introduces two intriguing secondary characters with Brian and Jackson, who will both get their own stories in later books.

WHISPERS OF HOME has great potential but I was struggling with some editing issues as well as a few questions that were left unanswered, such as Jaron's life in the city, which was glossed over and never discussed further, and Tracey's murder. While some events were focused on in parts of the book, they seemed almost forgotten in others, and I felt somewhat lost towards the end of the novel.

Nevertheless, Pickleville certainly caught my attention and I am excited to return to the small town in Brian's story, The Sum of Everything.
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