Take Me Home

Sloan Parker
Take Me Home
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Loose Id
Release Date
December 2011
Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

Aspiring television writer Evan Walker has been in love with his best friend since high school, but Kyle doesn't do boyfriends. Never has. Never will. Evan knows it's a bad idea to give in to desire when he wants more than a friend with benefits. He has a new dream job. Now all he needs is the dream partner.

Kyle Bennett is a mystery novelist with a severe case of writer's block. He needs a change. He has three days on their cross-country train trip home for the holidays to figure out how to tell Evan he's staying there for good. He also has to write the overdue pages for his editor. Only, he's a little too distracted by the close quarters in their sleeper compartment—and Evan's ass—to get much done.

The sparks that fly between them are hotter than ever. Good thing they have a real-life mystery to focus on: why people all around them, including Evan's new boss, want to get their hands on a journal that once belonged to Kyle's grandfather.

When a blizzard traps them in the mountains, Kyle and Evan steam up the train's windows and must finally face their true desires.

Book Review by Valentina Heart (author,reviewer)
Mar 14, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
224 people found the following review helpful
I don't actually love as many authors as it might seem to someone who regularly reads my reviews, but I do tend to pick books from authors whose work I've already read and have a positive opinion about. Sloan Parker is one of those authors and I absolutely love her stories. From the novels with heavy emotional side to the short ones with just enough of heat to keep me warm from the first page to the last. I love her characters and the depth she gives them without straying from the path they were meant to take when she first envisioned them.

In this one, we have Evan who is a television writer and is recovering from a break up after a ten year relationship. He's staying with his best friend Kyle for six months since he ended things with his ex, Dennis, and it hasn't been easy. Evan has always had a crush on Kyle, and the first time things ended badly between them, he nurtured a broken heart for a long time. But Kyle is a guy who doesn't do relationships or commitments, and even if he were willing, can Evan trust him with his heart again?

Kyle also feels more than he figured was possible. Not wanting a relationship isn't just something he says out of habit, he truly believes it and as a man who has never loved or had his feelings hurt on that level, he doesn't know how to handle the undercurrent of emotions stirring beneath his uncontrollable attraction toward Evan. After all, the man has been living with him for six months and he's not made of stone. Maybe sex will solve his issues.

Then a journal from his deceased grandfather comes into the picture and their confused relationship turns into something even more unpredictable. The best way to solve things is a prolonged train journey home for Christmas, after all, what could be better than getting snowed in in the middle of nowhere when you're not sure if you want to kick your best friend's ass or kiss all his pains away?

I liked the guys well enough and their relationship struck more than a few sparks, but overall I thought it could have been better. I read most of it in one sitting, circumstances allowing, but I didn't read it with undivided attention and gripping curiosity at what might happen next. There was a tad too much pulling and pushing for my taste and after a while there comes a point where you just want them to get on with it. Kyle and Evan had a hundred of those type of situations/conversations, where one minute everything was certain and alright and the next they were so doubtful, uncertain and ready to give up. I kept thinking they were friends for forever and they should have known each other better despite not being in a relationship.

Aside from that, there was the whole mystery thing related to Kyle's grandfather. Surprisingly enough, I thought it refreshing and even the diary entries didn't bother me. I would have liked to meet his grandfather at a time when he was happiest and his relationship with Joe is something I would be curious to read about – provided there is a different ending to it of course.

However, the resolution of the mystery part left me kind of sad and also a bit disbelieving. There are selfless people out there in the world, but only a rare few who would take the route Kyle had chosen. This is fiction, but his decision still didn't sit right with me because I saw a few more alternatives that would have worked for everyone. It also left me sad and that is another reason why I've decided to go with three stars instead of four, while the real rating lies somewhere in the middle. Despite the happy ending, I didn't feel really happy when I finished it and there was a certain bitter taste entwined with the words that I just couldn't get past.

I did like the story, but unlike other of Ms Sloan's books, this one dragged a bit and the characters weren't strong enough to keep it on the right track. By the time I reached the ending I wanted a threesome, and I would love to chat with anyone who thought the same thing when Dennis came back into the picture at the end of the story. Don't worry, there is no cheating. I just liked him a lot and wish he'd had a bigger role here. He so deserves someone more worthy for him. Or at least I think so.

TAKE ME HOME is a solid story about love and trust, which is written really well and has all a great book needs. So I think that if you're going to like it or not depends solely on personal taste.

Disclaimer: The reviewer is also a published author with Loose Id.
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