{Review} The Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone

centralpickshijackedbyysar {Review} The Summer He Came Home by Juliana StoneThe Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone
Series: Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #1
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 2, 2013
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance (Adult)
Pages: 386

Our Rating

5 Stars

Sometimes the best place to find love is right back where you started…

Falling asleep in a different bed every night has made it easy for Cain Black to forget his past. It’s been ten years since he packed his guitar and left Crystal Lake to chase his dreams. Now tragedy has forced him home again. And though Cain relishes the freedom of the road, one stolen moment with Maggie O’Rourke makes him wonder if he’s missing out on something bigger than fame.

For Maggie—single mother and newly settled in Crystal Lake—love is a luxury she just can’t afford. Sure, she appreciates the tall, dark and handsome looks of prodigal son Cain Black. But how long can she expect the notorious hellion to stay?

The last thing either of them wants is something complicated. But sometimes love has its own plans.

This book includes mature subject matter that may not be appropriate for readers under the age of 18.

The Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone

Cain Black is the well-known frontman for a band gaining traction on the charts when he is drawn back home to Crystal Lake for the funeral of an old friend.  There he meets Maggie, who moved to Crystal Lake a few years ago, but no one knows that much about her.  A single mother, she’s a bit of a mystery, but as Cain begins to feel at home again, Maggie just might be another reason to stay.

The Verdict: Cain and Maggie are a perfectly matched and perfectly mixed-up couple who are in no way looking for a new relationship.  Maggie’s got a secret, baggage from her past, not to mention a son to take care of.  And Cain is still reeling from the death of a friend, a recent betrayal, and a divorce that’s left him heartbroken.  So while there’s definitely some attraction there, neither are willing to throw caution to the wind.  Maggie, however, is also a bit skittish, not at all impressed by Cain’s rock star status, and of course she puts her son first.  But love sneaks up on these two before they can stop it, with Cain proving himself to be just about everything a woman could want, simply because that’s who he is at heart.

Their romance is sweet, sexy, and that kind of hard-earned relief that these two really need to move on from their pasts and find true happiness.  Maggie’s secret, tough as it may be for her to deal with, is swept away rather easily — a little too easily, to be honest.  But I do appreciate that Stone didn’t drag out her characters’ drama for no real reason.  Really, the only complaint I have is that the ending, sweet as it was, felt a bit rushed, and in that sense, it feels like the reader misses out on what could have been some great character development and growth.  In the end, though, The Summer He Came Home is still a great read, complete with a sexy, strong hero and a strong-in-her-own-right heroine that is easy to relate to.

The Breakdown
Cover Design
5 star rating
Plot & Pace
5 star rating
4.5 star rating
Style & Editing
select star rating
Story Conclusion
5 star rating
Overall Rating 4 star rating


About Juliana Stone

My love of the written word and ’80s rock have inspired me in more ways than one. I write dark paranormal romance as well as contemporary romance and spend my days navigating a busy life that includes a husband, kids, a dog and a cat.

Music and words have always been my passions. I sing in a band in which my husband plays guitar, and my son comes along for the ride as well. We’re total ’80s geeks, but sadly, the big hair, big shoulder pads, and neon colors are a thing of the past!

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