The Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #1)

The Summer He Came Home (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake, #1)

Sometimes the best place to find love is right back where you started…

Falling asleep in a different bed every night has made it easy for Cain Black to forget his past. It’s been ten years since he packed his guitar and left Crystal Lake to chase his dreams. Now tragedy has forced him home again. And though Cain relishes the freedom of the road, one stolen moment with Maggie O’Rourke makes him wonder if he’s missing out on something bigger than fame.

For Maggie—single mother and newly settled in Crystal Lake—love is a luxury she just can’t afford. Sure, she appreciates the tall, dark and handsome looks of prodigal son Cain Black. But how long can she expect the notorious hellion to stay?

The last thing either of them wants is something complicated. But sometimes love has its own plan.

Characters:

Cain returns home for the first time in a really long time for the funeral of one of his best friends, fellow “Bad Boy” Jesse, who was killed in action in Afghanistan  Cain is just coming off of a world tour with his rock band, BlackRock and is recovering from a divorce from his Hollywood actress wife. The last thing he wants is to be back in Crystal Lake where everyone remembers him and his friends being troublemakers.

Maggie is the local housekeeper.  She cleans the houses of most of the people in Crystal Lake, including Cain’s mother, who once held the title.  Maggie’s just trying to stay under the radar, make a good, simple life for her son, and just get on with her life after arriving in Crystal Lake a year ago under mysterious circumstances.

Conflict:

Cain is immediately attracted to Maggie, but is warned off by his mother who knows that Cain doesn’t plan on sticking around for long.  That doesn’t deter Cain, though, and he makes it his business to get all up in hers (he he).  Maggie is very attracted, too. How could she not be attracted to a hot rock star?  But Cain is known for being a bit of a ladies man, plus he was married to a freaking world-famous ACTRESS, so how can she compare?  Maggie would really just prefer to quietly go about her life, of which her son is a main focal point. Maggie is also running from something, something that not only has her looking over her shoulder, but also has her wary of relationships.  But then she does become entangled, as does her son.

Overall Thoughts:

I liked Cain, though I thought he was a little bit entitled (but then again, what Alpha-male isn’t?). He turned out to be a better guy than I would have expected from a Rock Star, but maybe I’m just prejudiced against famous people. Especially those who could have any woman they want. To be fair, Cain didn’t seem the type to be a player.  But he definitely went after Maggie, despite her trying to keep her distance. In the end, there seemed to be a lot of growth on his part.  Maggie’s issues, which were real and scary, didn’t allow her the option of being lovestruck and Cain’s fame was actually a hindrance to their eventual relationship. When they were together, though, it was sweet and hot.

This is the beginning of a series of the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake.  The other two heroes, Mac and Jake, we meet in this book. And both have me very anxious to get to know them. I think they’re more interesting than Cain, whose only real issue is his fame hurting his chance for finding real love.  Mac is an adult, returning to the town he grew up after leaving his abusive father.  His issues are many and varied. He seems broken in a way that is often insurmountable. Jake, Jesse’s twin brother, is also an Afghanistan veteran, who’s decided not to re-up after his brother’s death.  He’s also in love with his brother’s widow, Raine, who has a big presence in the book as Maggie’s best friend. I am very interested in their story.

I definitely recommend The Summer He Came Home. It was a nice surprise from an author I’d never read before. I would even go so far as to say I’m going to get started on her backlist.

Pecans: 3.5/5

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One thought on “The Summer He Came Home by Juliana Stone (Bad Boys of Crystal Lake #1)

  1. […] as passionate as they are.  Jake and Raine were the best thing about the first book in the series, The Summer He Came Home, because their chemistry was obvious, even in the background of another couple’s story.  […]

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