A FINDING HOME NOVEL
RELEASE DATE: 02.15.19
COVER DESIGN: Natasha Snow Designs
Once upon a time a brave knight rescued a young man. Unfortunately, he then spent the next few years bossing the young man around and treating him like a child.
Milo has been burying himself at Chi an Mor, hiding from the wreckage of his once promising career and running from a bad relationship that destroyed what little confidence he had. Niall, his big brother’s best friend, has been there for him that entire time. An arrogant and funny man, Niall couldn’t be any more different from the shy and occasionally stuttering Milo, which has never stopped Milo from crushing wildly on the man who saved him.
However, just as Milo makes the decision to move on from his hopeless crush, he and Niall are thrown into close contact, and for the first time ever Niall seems to be returning his interest. But it can never work. How can it when Milo always needs rescuing?
From the bestselling author of the Mixed Messages series comes a story about a man who needs to write his own happily ever after.
This is the second book in the Finding Home series, but it can be read as a standalone.
Content warning: There are descriptions of domestic abuse in this book.
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So, after the delightful surprise that was Oz(I am not kidding, I could read a whole series about him and not be bored) I was really excited to see Milo's story.
He seemed like a really sweet guy, very adorable and just a little bit of a wounded bird. That is, to me, a winning combination. I was also super excited because his match was Niall, a rather passionate; sarcastic character who was one of his best friends. And longtime crush (think childhood puppy love, ok?) It had all the ingredients for a successful story.
And in truth it was, for about 50% of the book. It had banter, the sexual attraction was sizzling, the emotional angst was there, adorable & quirky scenes involving a baby were making me go ~Aww~ , not to mention the characters had some of the funniest monologues.
Niall was surprisingly sweet and careful with Milo and I loved his determination to make things right for them. As for Milo, he was slowly blooming into his confidence and I was doing a happy dance because "Yay, it's all good!".
It kinda went downhill to me with the introduction of Gideon, Milo's brother and Niall's friend-with-benefits for...years? 2 decades? Something like that. He shows up just as Milo's a bit more settled and confident in his feelings for Niall, together with another one of their 'friends' because they've previously promised her a smashing threesome.
I mean, I wasn't as disturbed by the threesome as I was for the potential of: D R A M A because I knew exactly how things would go down:
- Milo would feel terribly
- Niall would/ wouldn't do the threesome
- all previous effort → gone
- drama drama angst angst + miscommunication (because that's always a bonus)
It also didn't help that a big part of the story happened at Niall's chalet where he'd previously been with Gideon and their...friends - which he oh-so-helpfully reminds Milo as he basically goads him into a reaction.
Thankfully, although I could feel the impending pressure of a terrible thing happening (with the main character's brother which is even worse) things were okay and they weren't as dramatic as they could have been. But the pressure! I didn't dare to breathe until the last page.
I liked that Milo stood up to his previous ex/bully at the end and he was really badass. Also, I enjoyed the epilogue, it had just the right amount of sweetness.
Next, I'm hoping we'll see Gideon's story with... I'm guessing Simeon Frith?
Guest review by my friend Layla
EXCERPT“Bloody hell, is that a relation of my husband or a suspect in the Jack the Ripper case?”
I laugh and Cora startles slightly. I shush her and kiss the tiny fingers she holds up to my face. Moving next to him, I stare down at the picture. “He is a bit grim, isn’t he?”
“Grim? Caligula was grim. This is a new and previously undiscovered level of malevolence.” He cocks his head to one side. “Is it my imagination or do his eyes follow you when you move?”
I shake my head. “My remit isn’t to judge. Instead, I reveal what has been previously hidden.”
“While I’m sure that sounds romantic in your head, let’s be realistic. You’ve actually just wiped dirt off a grumpy old git’s face.”
I laugh. “I’m so glad my time at art college wasn’t wasted.”
He looks searchingly at me and opens his mouth but then closes it again. I stare at him. “Oh my God, what were you going to say? It must be bad if it’s made Oz Gallagher shut up.”
He laughs, and I look affectionately at him. I know he’s going to tell me the truth. Oz doesn’t ever shy away from that. He’s my best friend in the world and it comes as a shock to realise that I’ve only known him for a couple of years. He came here to Chi an Mor in all his wisecracking, sassy glory and proceeded to turn everyone’s lives upside down. Footloose and fancy-free, he only intended to stay for a few months and ease the old house into opening to the general public. The best-laid plans always go wrong – or right – and now he’s settled with his husband Silas, the current earl, and they have a beautiful seven-month-old daughter.
He clears his throat and looks at me, and I straighten from kissing Cora’s forehead. “What?”
“I just think that you’re actually a bit wasted here, Milo.”
“Because you’re so bloody talented. People from all over the country are starting to come here to consult with you, and rather than enjoying it you’re stuck in a small, cold room wearing ugly gloves and hunched over a hideous painting. It’s like something from a Dickens novel.”
He pauses for breath and I try to relax my instinctive defensive shield. I don’t need it with him.
He rubs my arm affectionately. “You’re so clever and talented and no one sees it here apart from us, and you need more than that. You should be living it up and going to exotic parties. Mixing with artists and the bohemian crowd.”
I swallow hard at the thought of the people that used to surround Thomas. “I don’t think I’m cut out for a bohemian crowd. They sound quite noisy and tiring,” I manage to say.
“Well, maybe look for a sub-branch. The whispering bohemians or something.”
Lily writes contemporary romance novels, and specialises in hot love stories with a good dose of humour.
Lily lives in sunny England with her husband and two children, all of whom claim that they haven’t had a proper conversation with her since she bought her first Kindle.
She has spent her life with her head full of daydreams and decided one day to just sit down and start writing about them. In the process she discovered that she actually loved writing, because how else could she get to spend her time with hot, funny men!
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