Author: Janae Keyes
Genre: Contemporary Second Chance Romance
Publication Date: August 1, 2018
Bethany Cross was avoiding her hometown like the plague. It was all due to one person in the population, the one who broke her heart, her ex-boyfriend and high school sweetheart Liam. When Bethany’s dad dies, and she’s left with the pieces of his life, including his popular downtown bar, Crossroads. She’s forced to return home to the scars of her childhood and her broken heart.
Liam is pissed. He’s angry that the girl who somehow still held his heart wasn’t there for her dad in his time of need. When she returns to take care of her father’s homegoing service and possibly close the bar he’s known his entire life. He realizes that Bethany is more broken than he could have ever known.
Can one homegoing bring home two hearts that have always belonged together?
There’s nothing like a second chance romance to get me really excited about the time I can curl up with my Kindle and dig into a good book, but when you throw in a small town, well I’m pretty much guaranteed a good time. And Homegoing was definitely an engaging read. Bethany and Liam are former high school sweethearts who haven’t seen each other in ten years, but when Bethany’s father dies they’re forced to deal with each other.
From the start it was clear they both were still attracted to one another but both of them were angry. Really angry and rightfully so. Mostly. I liked both characters…individually, but it took some time for me to warm up to them together even though they did have solid chemistry from the beginning. I just didn’t see it at first but Janae Keyes did a good job of slowly showing them fall for each other as adults. And I appreciated that it was a deep and caring love brought about by small gestures. The ‘everyday stuff’.
The one thing I didn’t like and it is the reason I dropped a star was…Liam’s reluctance to leave their small town. It was totally unrealistic to expect that Beth should have to give up her career when he could just as easily do his job anywhere. And let’s not forget that he could have used some distance from his own baby mama drama. It was frustrating and I felt kind of disrespectful towards Beth and her accomplishments.
Other than that little problem, I really had a good time reading Homegoing.
Janae was born and raised in the California Bay Area. She grew up a very creative only child and has been writing for as long as she can remember.
Janae accidentally met her now husband online, and a whirlwind romance began because of their mutual love of Harry Potter. After dating long distance, Janae picked up her life in California and moved halfway around the world to Belgium to be with him, all in the life of a hopeless romantic.
When Janae isn’t chasing around her active toddler, she is working on new ideas and working to improve her craft. Janae is currently living in a suburb of Brussels, Belgium with her husband and daughter.