Friday, June 28, 2013

Review ~ "Home Again" by Cardeno C

Title: Home Again (Home #1)
Author: Cardeno C
ISBN: 9781615818068
Release Date: February 16, 2011.
Genre: Contemporary Romance, GLBT
Age Group: Adult
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Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital and can’t remember how he got there. He holds it together, taking comfort in the fact that the man he has loved since childhood, his partner, Clark Lehman, is on his way. But when Clark finally arrives, Noah is horrified to discover that he doesn’t remember anything from the past three years, and he simply can’t understand why. It will take some painful confrontations if Noah’s going to figure out why he’s lost all memories of his recent past... and secure the future he’s dreamed of having with Clark.

Home Again is written in dual first person POV, and jumps from present to past and back. Noah's voice is in the 'present', while Clark guides us through the past, and I have to admit that part of the story is my favorite. Not only did I love Clark's voice, but it was also essential to understanding the characters.

Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital, after a car accident, and can't remember how he got there... Actually, Noah can't remember the last three years of his life. He *does* remember Clark Lehman, though – the man he has loved since he was thirteen. But although Clark is finally there, they have a long way to go before they can even begin to hope for the happily ever after they once dreamed of.

I had a really hard time rating Home Again. On the one hand, I loved the story. Clark is a great character, and I was in the right mood for some lovey-dovey stuff. POV switching and present/past jumps are something I really like – when done right – so, that was a pure bonus. And, a little frustration can't possibly hurt too much.

On the other hand, there were some things that really didn't sit well with me, and made me question the plot and characters more than once.

What I didn't like so much is the fact that Noah's accident was never explained fully. What happened to him? I'd really like to know. Also, the reason for their break-up is (more than) a bit weak. Actually, it's the weakest part of the story, and feels out of character. You'd think they could have acted like adults and talked, instead of Clark just leaving. It really left me underwhelmed...

Overall, Home Again is a nice, mushy story. If you enjoy that type, and love reading m/m, you should give it a try. You just might end up loving it!

This review was originally written for The Romance Reviews

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