Review: Home to You by Kaylee Ryan & Lacey Black
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the authors via Give Me Books Promotions.
Home to You is newest book from the writing duo of Kaylee Ryan and Lacey Black. This is a sweet romance about first loves who get their second chance at forever. It's a novella, so it was a pretty quick read, but all the heart and heat that I've come to associate from these authors was ever-present. It's also a standalone, so you don't need to read anything else prior to it. Readers are introduced to Sebastian Hall, a high school math teacher and football coach, and Haven Decker, a professional ballet dancer. They were once young and in love, making plans of their future together post-high school graduation. Then an acceptance letter arrived, sending seventeen-year-old Haven off to New York to attend Julliard, leaving behind the eighteen-year-old love of her life in Hope, Idaho. Life went on for the next decade and a half, but when Bash takes his five-year-old daughter, Chloe, to ballet class, it isn't her usual teacher who's in the studio. Instead, it's the girl--now woman--who broke his heart fifteen years prior. This time, Bash'll do anything it takes to make Haven stay.
I quite enjoyed this! It was an easy and fast-paced read and had two easily likable main characters plus a precocious preschooler (and future prima ballerina) who may have had a side gig as matchmaker. Bash and Haven didn't have a whole lot of emotional baggage in terms of their relationship other than the fact that they were very much in love and wished they had fought harder to make a long distance relationship work. As much as I love angst in my books, there are times when it's overdone and ever-present, so I actually appreciated there wasn't any of the typical issues of miscommunication and petty jealousy here. The supporting cast of characters was precisely that--supportive, not stealing the spotlight from Bash and Haven, although little Chloe certainly gave them a run for their money. Home to You was a satisfying read that left a smile on my face, and possibly some rumbling in my tummy since all the eating Bash and Haven were doing made me hungry while reading! This novella get four stars. Here's to more from this writing duo.
Release Date: 09 March 2021
Date Read: 09 March 2021