Close to Home by Lily Everett (Sanctuary Island #5)

Available: February 7, 2017 Amazon/B&N

Type: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

My copy: NetGalley

Reviewer: Liz

The best journeys take us home…. When Tessa Alexander came to Sanctuary Island, she left behind a marriage to a man who didn’t love her the way she loved him. When she finally found the strength to set them both free, she discovered friendship and self-acceptance in her adopted hometown. Now she’s settled into a quiet life on her own—never expecting to see her husband again.

Johnny spent almost two years deep undercover, unable to let his wife into his cold, dangerous world. He’s shaken to the core when he comes home to find her gone. It’s painfully clear that Tessa is no longer the timid young woman he married—she’s become a force of nature, a brave and determined beauty. Johnny can’t let her go without a fight so he sets out to seduce his own wife. But will passion alone be enough to convince Tessa that her new life should include a second chance at happiness with a man who must learn to believe in love?

Fixing Fate by Anna Brooks was a great read. This story had a little bit of everything. From humor, to romance to suspense and some off the charts chemistry.

Home is where your heart is. What do you do when you realize what matters most is no longer there? Close to Home by Lily Everett is a story about losing what matters most and fighting to get it back.

Tessa Alexander ran away from a home at a young age to save herself. With nowhere to go, she finds a savior when least expected. But after years of longing for her husband and knowing she is not loved as she loves him, she decides to set him free. He helped her when she needed it most and will always be grateful, but now it’s time to move forward.

Tessa starts over on Sanctuary Island. A new name, a new job, a new chance. Wanting to put the woman who was timid and lived in the shadows behind her, she finally finds herself and a new life. Though we do not get to see a lot of Tessa’s past besides memories, I loved the new woman she became. It was very clear she was now a different woman. She was strong, determined and very likable.

Johnny Alexander was a man that always did the right thing. He lives with guilt from the past and promised himself he would do whatever it took to protect the innocent. But how far would he go to protect someone he cared about? I loved Johnny, but he also held himself on such high standards, he missed out on something right in front of him.

Determined to be a good man, he protects the woman he married to save her, even when he desires her more than anything. But does he love her? I found the blurb so interesting, I had to read this one as soon as I saw it and I was not disappointed.

After being undercover for two years, Johnny comes home to discover his wife has left, supposedly to set him free. But it was thoughts of her that helped get him through the dangerous world he was submerged in. He decides he can’t let her go, but he has a fight ahead of him to win her back. The woman he married has changed and has her own wants and desired now.

I loved Johnny and Tessa. They cared for each other, but had to face some obstacles and learn how to communicate. This was not an easy task. Could each of the set aside their desires to find a compromise to finally be happy? Could Johnny see past the girl he saved to the woman that now stood in front of him?

Close to home was an enjoyable read. Two main characters that are easy to like and root for, island residents that kept us laughing, a bit of suspense and look at the next romance. I would definitely recommend this book.

I give Close to Home by Lily Everett 4-stars!


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