Title: No Place Like Home
Author: Jennifer Kacey
Series: Coming Home #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
In high school, Bianca Charleston was a nobody. An overweight wallflower, so invisible that Cole, the boy she had a crush on, never even knew she existed.
Things have changed, and she’s finally ready to show off her new bombshell look. Sort of. Maybe. After a one-sided pep talk with her cat, she takes a deep breath and flies home to help out with the annual hospital carnival. Cole is there, too-and he still has no idea who she is.
FBI field officer Cole Johnson doesn’t have an easy job, and his nights are usually booked solid. Then in walks Charlie, a blonde with killer…everything. Suddenly he’s mentally clearing his schedule for a rare night out.
While Charlie doesn’t do one-night stands, somehow after-dinner dessert is served up against the wall of her hotel room. But happiness will have to navigate an emotional minefield of preconceived notions-and a couple of not-so-secret stumbling blocks.
Warning: Contains a former ugly duckling, and a big-hearted FBI agent who knows how to get his money’s worth at a kissing booth. Plus, a little black dress that comes off a whole lot easier than Dorothy’s ruby slippers.
Source: ARC from Samhain Publishing via NetGalley
This is a short, very easy, very quick read in which the ugly duckling becomes the hottest swan ever and has an insta-lust relationship with her high school crush. It’s complete fluff and wish-fulfillment stuff, which is no bad thing.
Except everything in this book is pretty shallow – no one seems to care about the person Charlie is or was, or what she went through in order to change. The only thing that matters is that she’s super hot now, so clearly she’s an awesome person.
The character development is pretty light too and the interactions between Charlie and her best friend are very much still stuck in high school. As for Cole, he has rather a lot of stuff on his plate and he seems a decent guy, but again he knows nothing about Charlie, doesn’t even remember her from school, yet it’s love. Admittedly the scenes surrounding the Wizard of Oz geekery are adorable, but the emotions were a bit shallow for me.
On the whole this would have been an okay read. Except for the last chapter, in which Charlie bemoans her fate in living so far away, dots are connected in a very convenient fashion, and it turns out that her cat has been declawed – before she rescued him – and this is stated like it’s a good thing! Nope, nope, nope. I am not here for that, nor is my country where thankfully it’s illegal under prevention of cruelty laws.
So, if you’re looking for something short and don’t mind if it’s shallow, then this will fit the bill. Personality I need a little more from my romance – and a little less cruelty to cats.
No Place Like Home is Out Now.
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