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Home at Last
Home is where the heart is…
Marcus Beckett left Sanctuary Island after his mother’s funeral, and he hasn’t been back since. Until now. Needing a change from the high-risk, high-stakes life of a bodyguard, Marcus makes a solitary life for himself running the neighborhood bar in his hometown. His only mistake? Seducing and then dumping the town’s sweetheart, Quinn Harper. Marcus knows he did the right thing—a good girl like Quinn has no business with a broken man like him. But now no one will come to his bar, and he’s watching his last chance at a peaceful life go up in smoke. So when Quinn proposes a fake four-week courtship, he can’t refuse…even though he knows it’s a bad idea.
It’s a romantic charade that will buy Quinn time to distract her mother and father from their own marital problems—and will help Marcus welcome back some paying customers. But what begins as an engagement of convenience slowly transforms into a deeper connection, one that heals both of their hearts. . .and ignites the simmering passion between them. Could it be that pretending to be together is just what Quinn and Marcus needed to give their real love a second chance?
Home at Last by Lily Everett gave us the story of Marcus and Quinn. Their “on again-off again” romance made me hope for a happily ever after. I knew they were meant to be, but stubborn heads and sad pasts get in the way.
Marcus and Quinn were the types of characters that made me want to slap them each up side the head. And, I say that with the utmost of love and affection.
I describe it as a sort of “grrr” romance. I grrrd a lot while reading this just because I felt for each character and all they had to do–or should I say Marcus had to do was confide in Quinn. I guess he didn’t trust her enough to do that. We were introduced to these two in the previous book. I wasn’t sure what to think about them, especially Quinn, who practically jumped Marcus’ bones. In this book, their relationship isn’t so shallow.
Marcus was the problem.
“The world is full of people who think they know what’s best for you and ‘love’ gives them the right to decide that. You’re better off making your own choices.”
UGH–Marcus, you’re a sexy character but totally depressing. I get it, it’s your thing, you have a past. He needs the brightness that is Quinn to balance his character. I realized that after I finished reading this. His character did grow, with Quinn’s help. He realizes it somehow during the course of the story.
“This-all of this, being close to you. It’s not easy for me. But I want it. I’m trying.”
The love is slow growing, the insta-attraction was on fire!
There are also elements of sweetness, and this story focused a lot on family structure. Quinn’s parents also suffer a little hiccup in their relationship and I didn’t think it was necessary to know Paul’s (Qunn’s father) POV. But it was still a nice read, a little different than the previous story. I did enjoy the fake boyfriend trope though. It always adds an extra bit of drama.