Beth Kery: The Hometown Hero Returns Home to Harbor Town #1

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Cago my home town and Southwest Michigan my current stomping grounds though I had to suspend disbelief over all the properties with a View of Lake Michigan Even in Michigan s depressed economy that is still prime eal estate My biggest issue was with the title which eally makes no sense to the story Finally it dawned on me that this is a Harleuin title and I stopped trying to figure it out At any ate the book is a departure from Beth Kery s erotic omances but a very sweet story where much of the story s conflict is internal ooted in past trauma and current fears and insecurity Not my usual choice for eading but nicely done I noticed one eviewer complained about family playing such a big part in why it was hard for these two to econnect Personally I found that very believable considering what everyone had been through and how close the characters were to their families I look forward to future installments This feels a bit strange eviewing a non erotic omance by Beth Kery I think The Hometown Hero Returns is BK s first venture into category omance and it s a little on the mild side compared to Wicked Burn Release Daring Time and Sweet Restraint all true scorchers So it took me a little while to get over the lack of explicit detail in the love scenes but once I adjusted I ealized Beth Kery can still write a good story without elying on the heatThis is a second chance at love story In Harbor Town Michigan fifteen years ago eighteen year old Marianna Mari Itani and twenty one year old Marc Kavanaugh were on the verge of consumating their love when a terrible tragedy interrupted them changing the course of their lives as well as others Mari moved from Michigan never to see her first love Marc again Now 33 year old Mari is a San Francisco Symphony cellist in Chicago where Marc works as a state s attorney for a performance Marc attends the concert follows her back to her hotel and to make a long story short they end up doing what they d planned to do 15 years ago But was it a mistake Maybe you can t go home againor can you The Hometown Hero Returns elies most on character development over plot The plot is pretty simple will Mari and Marc be able to find what they once had 15 years ago or will the past and their families get in their way Will they be able to overcome the obstacles the main one being Marc s mother that threaten their future I won t be giving up a spoiler since it s on the back book blurb by telling you that Mari gets pregnant from her brief encounter in Chicago but is that enough for Mari and Marc to try againBeth Kery does a good job making Mari and Marc and their difficulties and passion for each other seem eal I got a good sense of the types of people they were and felt like I knew where they were coming from They were likable characters their passion was hot but not explicit you must use your imagination a bit and I was ooting for them Yes sometimes Mari tried my patience especially when she was willing to let Marc s disapproving Mom decide her futute I wanted her to fight harder for the man she supposedly lovedThroughout the book we meet interesting characters Marc s brother and sisters Mari s brother who I think will one day get their own stories in fact Marc s police detective brother Liam will get his story next So even though this isn t the Beth Kery I m used to eading I am looking forward to eading in this series For the first book in a series BK does a good job 4 star. Mari was pregnant She was set on putting the pain of the past behind her not eopening scars that had never truly healed And their baby might bring these star crossed lovers back together foreve.

Kerry s books whether erotic omance or contemporary omance always delve deeply into the emotional back story of the characters This book gives a particularly poignant back story to the hero and heroine and becomes the motivating force that drives the emotion and the omance of this book 2 stars I love you but your mother doesn t like me so we can t be together I d prefer a different plotSTORY BRIEFMari and Marc fell in love as teenagers in Harbor Town When Mari was 18 Marc s father Derry was drunk and caused an auto accident killing himself Mari s parents and Eric s mother Most of Derry s assets were used to pay claims to the victims Marc s mother esented this She had to sell the family home and no longer had any money to pay for her children s college education Eric and his sister used the money to pay for their own college education Mari did not spend her money Instead she saved it for fifteen years and now will use it to fund The Family Center in Harbor Town a facility for victims of substance abuse Mari s purpose is to heal wounds from the pastAfter her parents deaths Mari moved to San Francisco and became a professional cello player She never married Marc became States Attorney in Chicago He married and divorced Mari visits Harbor Town to make arrangements for the Center Marc is visiting his mother in Harbor Town He still loves Mari From the moment he sees Mari he pursues her He still loves her Mari loves Marc but esistsREVIEWER S OPINIONThis is a short Harleuin novel a new genre for this author I m used to her hot steamy sex scenes but the sex in this book is mild as milk which is fine just different As a story there isn t much plot I was disappointed Most of the conflict between the couple is Mari loves him but feels they should not be together So she avoids Marc at different times during the story When they see each other for the first time after fifteen years they spend a wonderful night together and then she won t eturn his calls Later they start seeing each other again But soon Marc s mother gets sick which eminds Mari that they should not have a elationship and again she efuses to see Marc The epeating conflict of I love you but your mother doesn t like me so we can t be together doesn t make a good story for meWhen Marc and Mari are together they are freuently interrupted by other people I think this happened about five times That s ok but it wasn t as entertaining as it could have beenThe best part of the book is probably the eader identifying with Mari and enjoying the feeling of this wonderful gorgeous guy loving you and pursuing you no matter how often you say noDATAStory length 211 pages Swearing language mild including eligious swear words Sexual language mild Number of sex scenes 3 Estimated number of sex scene pages 12 Setting current day Chicago Illinois and Harbor Town Michigan Copyright 2011 Genre contemporary omance Well written straight forward no stalkers no paranormal aspects no intrigue omance about high school sweethearts who were torn apart by a tragedy involving both their families and their attempts to get back together It is now 15 years later and they must deal with the events of the past and various family members unresolved grief loss and esentment Marc and Mari were well developed characters and despite being a little too perfect were very likable as were numerous secondary characters this is the start of a series it seems I enjoyed the setting of Chi. Part Yet when Marc appeared in her life fifteen years later the sparks that flew were as explosive as the day they first metNow their eignited passion was changing their lives in ways than one.

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I ve long been a fan of Ms Kery s erotic work and was excited to see a new branch in her already successful career Writing for Harleuin is very different from writing for nearly any other publisher on the planet because when you pick up any Harleuin novel you know exactly what you e getting Or you would if you ever actually ead them unlike me for the most part but you won t hold that against me ight RightThe theme of this novel is a familiar one Love lost at a young and tender age due to unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances beyond the control of the hero and heroine Then miraculously after many years the couple finds one another and is offered a second chance A very popular and often enjoyable storyline One I enjoy greatly because at one time or another we ve all needed that second chance But Ms Kery adds a special emotional twist to this familiar theme and brings you into the story heart and soul The struggles that Mari and Marc face in making their second chance as successful as they both deserve are ones we all encounter on a egular basis things in our past causing doubts our family s disapproval the uncertain future with someone you once loved but are only just ediscovering But what makes this story so special is the forgiveness involved before the healing can start The absolute strength on Mari s part to forget the past and be able to move on Marc s unrelenting courage to face his past and make good on something that was never his fault On the inside cover of this novel is this Life love and family These contemporary omances will strike a chord with you as the heroines juggle life and elationship on their way to true love This is I m guessing the tag line for Harleuin s Special Edition line and let me tell you this novel definitely did strike a chord with me in ways than you ll ever know Having a baby and being unable to break the news to anyone the destruction that was wrought because of the addiction Marc s father suffered from the unbearable weight of having to bear esponsibility of the actions of another person it all hit home in a way that I hadn t expected And the last two pages of the book Yeah they had me bawling like a child missing her favorite teddy bear The faith the hope the undying love of a person with such a pure heart was than I could bear I couldn t ecommend this book any highly Some people say you can never go home again but in Beth Kery s Home to Harbor Town series going home again can be the one place you find both forgiveness and loveHarbor Town is a picturesue lakeside community that is known for it s white sand beaches charming Main Street gorgeous sunsets and friendly neighbors It s a small town where at first glance everything looks beautiful you d never know that fifteen years ago tragedy struck leaving four people dead and three families broken In The Hometown Hero Returns Mari Itani comes home to face her past and wants to build a better future for her and for the town The one person she didn t expect to face was the one man she s always loved Marc Kavanaugh the son of the man who killed her parentsThis series and Hometown Hero in particular is about owning your past and accepting it for both the good and the bad living in the present and planning for the futureThis is a contemporary omance that explores the deeper emotional issues of loss and forgiveness Many eaders have said this is not what they expect from a Beth Kerry book and I beg to differ Ms. At eighteen Marianna Itani thought she'd found the man of her dreams in Marc Kavanaugh the uintessential boy next door That perfect omance flew to pieces when an unspeakable tragedy tore them

Beth Kery is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of over thirty novels novellas and serials She writes contemporary romances as well as erotic contemporary romances her hallmarks being emotional intensity leap off the page realistic characters and steamy sexual tension