Monday, July 16, 2018

When We Found Home
by Susan Mallery

Publisher: HQN Books
Pages: 416
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Life is meant to be savored, but that's not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you'd rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn't know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister--Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. 

Callie doesn't love being alone, but at least it's safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.

But starting over can be messy. Callie and Keira fit in with each other, but not with their posh new lifestyle, leaving Malcolm feeling like the odd man out in his own home. He was clever enough to turn a sleepy Seattle mail-order food catalog into an online gourmet powerhouse, yet he can't figure out how to help his new sisters feel secure. Becoming a family will take patience, humor, a little bit of wine and a whole lot of love. 

But love isn't Malcolm's strong suit... until a beautiful barista teaches him that an open heart, like the family table, can always make room for more.


Kritters Thoughts:  Three half siblings that didn't know they each existed until recently and due to the love and pursuit of a grandfather they are brought into a home and each get a life reset.  

One of my complaints is about Callie and Santiago.  He meets her in the warehouse and doesn't know who she is and finds out from Malcolm, but has yet to have a conversation with her and then decides she is the love of his life and he will pursue her, REALLY?  He went from 0 to 80 in 10 seconds and without even talking to her, didn't love it.  So he admits it out loud, but I just couldn't get behind it, it was just so weird.  And it continued throughout the book, I never really got behind that pairing.

On the other hand I liked Malcom and Keira's story so much better.  It felt like it had history and back story and I just loved the ups and downs they had in the book, they felt so real and true and honest.  

I like to warn when a book has sexy times and this one had a few scenes.  It didn't seem too overwhelming, but they were definitely in there so if you like to avoid those books, I would warn you with this one.

I love Susan Mallery single books, they have some romance but they have super strong plots and great characters.  I will continue to read her one off books they are perfect reads for pool days.


Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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