Friday, December 27, 2013

Can't Go Home by Angelisa Stone with Review


Everyone has secrets; secrets meant to be kept—hidden away where nobody can discover the truth. Adrian O’Donnell (aka: Dre Donley) is no exception. Dre spins tales and half-truths like it’s his job, keeping the reality of his past buried deep within each lie he fabricates. On the other hand, Kathryn Howell is the exception to the rule. She’s a straight-shooter, a tell-it-like-it-is, no filter kind of girl. 

Kathryn’s honesty and straightforwardness is the ultimate turn on for a guy like Dre. He’s never met someone so sincere, so full of truth and innocence. Their chemistry is unavoidable, their connection, magnetic. When Dre sets out to make Kathryn fall for him, he doesn’t realize the grave mistake he’s making. Kathryn’s strength and convictions do not falter, even for an irresistible man like Dre. When his past resurfaces, and the lies come tumbling forth, Kathryn must decide if his deceit and betrayal can be forgiven or if the damage is irreparable. Will the truth ultimately destroy the relationship that neither one of them could deny or even attempt to resist? 
This novel is for mature readers only, due to language and sexual content.
My Review: 5 stars
I absolutely loved this book. It made me laugh out loud so many times. It was so interesting, I read a few chapters out loud to my daughter, just so she would understand what I was laughing about so much. The characters in this book were delightful, sometimes misunderstood, but so fantastically human. I loved Kathryn and her blunt honesty; we really need more people like her around. I can relate to that because I don't have a filter either. It was great to read about her and Dre, how they came to be together. I love Rory and Sydney also, they were great friends to Dre and Kathryn (I can even see them having their own book). I loved when Dre finally started being truthful with Kathryn and she was just so understanding and supportive, through everything that she found out. And she found out a lot! The ending was awesomely amazing. There was a little bit there that was just so sad, and it made me think about a lot of things. Sometimes the family that you choose is better than the family you're born into, and in Dre's case that's certainly true. I completely understand why he did what he did and why he hid that part of himself from everyone. I'm glad that everything happened the way that it did, and that things turned out the way they did. Angelisa just knocked this one out of the park, and I loved it. She's definitely on my future, read anything by her list. 


Angelisa Stone is a typical Midwestern wife and mom, frazzled by parenting and housework, and overwhelmed with sports schedules, doctor appointments, and three-dimensional creative projects due “tomorrow morning.”  Angelisa dreams of white sandy beaches, clear-blue waters, and Midori coladas in hand, but realizes that her loving husband and four not-so-perfect children are her real dreams-come-true.  Writing and reading are her passions, and she hopes (and prays with her fingers tightly crossed) that readers will find enjoyment and escape through her words and characters. 

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