Homeward Bound by Kat Attalla

Homeward Bound

3 Stars

Publisher: Books We Love LTD

Date of publication: June 18th, 2012

Genre: Romance

Where you can find Homeward Bound: Amazon

Goodreads Synopsis:

On stage, she is Leather, a Rock’n’Roll fantasy. Her music dominates the charts, while the “Queen of Flash” struts across the concert stages. She is a tease, a shameless flirt–and a glittering illusion. Kate Costello has had enough of the music scene. She takes off for New Mexico in search of the anonymity she’d bargained away for fame. 

Jake Callahan is a single father. A decade ago his wife left the farm, leaving him to raise his daughter. He spent his savings bailing out his wild twin brother and is now facing cash-flow problems. Renting out the empty house on his property seems like an ideal solution until he sees the woman who answers the advertisement. Jake doesn’t want the reclusive millionaire renting the house on his farm. But he has a teenager to deal with and bills to pay. 

And now–a sexy tenant he can’t seem to ignore. 

Sparks fly between the cowboy and the rocker who believe they have nothing in common except a menagerie of good-hearted matchmakers determined to prove they’ll make beautiful music together.

Why do the books I have been reading have the main male character being an asswipe? And why are the women OK with the men acting like they are 3?

That is what I don’t like about this book. Jake is an idiot and acts like one in almost every scene in the book. From his first meeting with Kate to the big reveal, he acted like an idiot. The only scene I didn’t blame him for being a jerk was when Kate took Chloe out of school without telling him. As a parent, I can 110% understand what that would feel like.

I did feel bad for Kate. I do agree that she shouldn’t have held back who she was. But with how he reacted, I can understand why she hid who she was. She should have been straightforward with Jake from the beginning. Of course, she didn’t know that she would end up banging her landlord either.

With those faults aside, it was a good read. Enough sex keeps your attention, and enough drama to keep the pages turning. I recommend this book as a pool/beach/lazy day read.

This is going on my “maybe read again” shelf for the reasons listed above. I love the author, but the hero in this book rubbed me the wrong way and colored my view of this book.

Codename: Romeo by Kat Attalla

Codename: Romeo

Publisher: Books We Love Ltd

Date of publication: May 22nd, 2012

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Suspense

Where you can find Codename:Romeo: Amazon

Goodreads synopsis:

“Victoria Jansen, card-carrying MENSA member, can write a book about Quantum Physics—but get her around a handsome man and Charlie Chaplin looks graceful compared to her. She’s determined to break out of her shell, though, and she’s going to start with the sexy plumber in her basement.

Erik Sanders doesn’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that Victoria is trouble. The physicist has the mind of a computer and the body of a centerfold model—too bad she’s also the prime suspect in his industrial espionage case. Working undercover as a plumber will get him the evidence he needs to close this case. 

Once he realizes his prime suspect is an innocent pawn, he must protect her until the real criminals are brought to justice. And as her bodyguard, Erik finds himself guarding her body more closely than he should. Suddenly scientific principals like chemistry and forces of nature are taking on a whole new meaning.”

This was a cute romance.  It got bonus points for being held in my home state of MA.

When Erik was staking out Tori at Logan Airport from the beginning, my attention was caught.  The chemistry between Erik and Tori was hot, hot, hot!!!

The ending seemed to be a little rushed. I liked that the author didn’t have Tori and Erik get married or knocked up. To be honest, I was expecting it, with all the sex they were having.

This will go on my “read again shelf.”

If you enjoyed Codename: Romeo, then you will enjoy these books.