Hello lovelies! It gives me great pleasure today to host Claire McEwen and her new book, “Home Free”! For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.
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by Claire McEwen
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
His first taste of freedom was only the beginning…
Arch Hoffman has paid for his crimes. All he wants is to come home to rural California and start over. He's not looking to be a hero when he rescues a wedding cake from hitting the dirt at the ranch next door. But culinary artist Mandy Allen's irresistible smile makes him glad to save the day—and thankful that they're neighbors.
“Your cake is okay, too.”
His words were small pieces of a miracle. How was it even possible? Mandy pushed herself up to sitting, every part of her stiff, shaky and stinging.
The dark-haired man was on one knee, as if he was about to propose. And in his arms, perfectly upright, perfectly intact, was her perfect cake.
Mandy stared at him, wondering if she’d fallen right into some kind of fairy tale. Because only in stories did someone this handsome show up out of nowhere and save the day. He even had the wavy black hair of a fairy-tale prince.
Holy cow, she was staring at him like a possum at a flashlight. She scrambled to her feet, brushing at her hands and elbows, trying to ignore all the throbbing and stinging. “Thank you!” Her throat was pebbled with gratitude, tumbling the words out ragged as she leaned over and lifted the tray from his outstretched hands. “I can’t believe you saved it!”
“My pleasure.” He rose from the dirt. And rose. And rose. There had to be over six feet of him.
“It was a really good catch.” She sounded like a kid meeting a sports hero, all awestruck. But he was overwhelming. Each piece of him, from his height to the sharp cheekbones that slashed across his angular face, was larger than average. He was hard to take in all at once. And he’d saved her cake.
This book told such a lovely, honest story of a man, Arch (such a great name!), wanting to become a better man, make positive changes to his life, correct the wrongs he had made, and make amends to those he hurt in the past. Arch is asking for a second chance and in this book he not only finds it, but meets a sweet, beautiful, woman, Mandy, who not only inspires him to change, but becomes the reason why he is going to do things right this time. Mandy is more of a shy, reserved girl as she is battling her own personal demons, but with the help of Arch truly comes out of her shell and becomes a strong, confident woman.
There are so many messages and takeaways from this book! The big ones are change, determination, hope, and second chances!
I was truly impressed with the strong, well developed main characters! Arch and Mandy felt very real and genuine! Arch and Mandy are full of real-life flaws and emotions!
I really liked this couple, Arch and Mandy, and found myself rooting for them and their happiness.
Arch and Mandy both suffer from personal setbacks, but together they help each other fight, grow, and overcome those obstacles! That’s what a true partner does – helps make you a better, stronger person!
I loved that Arch came back to Benson to make amends and actually wanted to change and turn his life around. He doesn’t make excuses and owns up to his mistakes. Of course, change is hard, and there is no short supply of people wanting to see him fail or blame him for their own setbacks.
I truly enjoyed reading this book and even learned from it! I am excited to check out Claire’s other books on the Benson crew!
**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
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Claire McEwen lives by the ocean in Northern California with her family and a scruffy, mischievous terrier. When not dreaming up new stories, she can be found digging in her garden with a lot of enthusiasm but, unfortunately, no green thumb.
Claire enjoys discovering flea-market treasures, walking on the beach, dancing, traveling, and reading, of course! She loves to write complex heroes and heroines who grow and find themselves through their search for love.
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