Book Review: Leading Me Home, by Megan Linden

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Leading Me Home, by Megan Linden
Series: Harrington Hills, Book One
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Release Date: February 16, 2016

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4-of-5

Buy Links: Publisher / Amazon

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summary

Pretending to date the guy he has a crush on? Kevin’s sure he’s heading for a disaster. A broken heart, at least.

linden-leading-homeKevin has been a lone wolf almost his entire life and he’s comfortable with that. Now that he no longer works for the guy he hated, Kevin has only one problem—his crush on his neighbor and best friend.

Taylor is the Alpha’s Son, the heir to the Harrington Pack. He left his hometown and moved to San Francisco as a rite of passage, but it was always temporary, since his place is in Harrington Hills with his pack. Now Taylor is heading back home for a wedding and since his mother is threatening to set him up if he comes alone, he needs a date. Asking Kevin to be his pretend boyfriend sounds like a perfect solution.

What happens when they arrive in Harrington Hills and learn to see each other in a different light? With their relationship changing, can they drop the act and realize that what they have is real?

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Gay M/M Romance
Paranormal (Werewolves)
Scenting/Marking
Mates
Lone Wolf
Friends to Lovers
One-Sided Attraction

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This was a really enjoyable novella, with a lot in it to love!

  • The characters. Both Kevin and Taylor were rich, complex characters, and I loved seeing the way their personalities worked together (and sometimes clashed a bit).
  • Gorgeous relationship! Friends to lovers is a trope that I really enjoy reading, because it’s clear that they have a solid basis for a relationship to start with. Add in the fake-boyfriend/one-sided attraction, and I really loved watching the romance unfold.
  • Wants, needs, and responsibility. This is what really made the story for me, the way both characters have to balance responsibility to the pack, and to each other, alongside their desires. And it’s something Megan shows them actually working on finding the right balance!

Things I’m on the fence about:

  • The world-building. The story kind of jumps right into the middle of a werewolf story, before backtracking to explain what’s going on… but I really wanted to know more about the Pack, and the way werewolves (and other creatures?) live openly among humans.

And the not-so-fond moments:

  • The dialogue. Sometimes the language was stilted, with characters saying “I will do this” instead of “I’ll do this”. By not using contractions, it made the dialogue awkward, and constantly took me out of the plot.
  • Taylor’s emotions. We know from the start what Kevin is feeling, but I felt like I didn’t have a solid grasp on Taylor for most of the story.

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Megan is a new author for me, but I really like her writing style, and will definitely be checking out more of her books in the future! You can see her book list on Goodreads, or visit her on her website: http://www.meganlinden.com/

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