ARC Review: Close to Home by Lily Everett

Posted February 10, 2017 by Francesca in Reviews / 3 Comments

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ARC Review: Close to Home by Lily Everett
Close to Home
by Lily Everett

3 Stars


Released: February 7, 2017
Series: Sanctuary Island #5
Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks
Format: eARC

“…nice and easy reads…”
~ Under the Covers

I jumped out of order in this series to read this book, so I’m not sure if I should’ve known the heroine better at this point or not.  One thing that I was super excited about going in was the fact this is about a married couple.  I think there should be more books with the marriage in trouble trope!

Although I love the feel of this series, the writing and the vibe, I didn’t quite buy some of the roadblocks these two had put up in their relationship.  Especially with Johnny’s thinking.  I had a REAL hard time wrapping my brain around the reason why he was married to Tessa for so many years, and even long after the traumatic events that led to their marriage, he never touched her!  I was kind of expecting this monumental explanation and …. that’s not how I felt about the reasoning.  So that’s my one big complaint about this story.

I did like the characters a lot.  There are two stories going on side by side.   Tessa and Johnny’s which actually has a resolution in this book, and Marcus and Quinn, who I’m hoping to get to their book SOON.  I loved the fact that both of these men were a little broken and damaged.  They’ve led hard lives and it’s left a mark.  But deep down, under the bit of asshole surface, they are kind and sweet men.

The small town vibe as always brings this book to life.  I was hoping to see a bit more of that, but I was still glad for the glimpses we got.  These two had to face the issues in their marriage head on in this book and I was happy there wasn’t a whole lot of other unnecessary angst.  The added suspense with a bad guy lurking was a nice touch to the story without bringing over the top complications between them as a couple.  So that was nicely done.

Overall, I find these stories to be nice and easy reads.  They are sweet and closer to womens fiction in feel and heat level.




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About Lily Everett

Lily Everett grew up in a small town in central Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Although she’s lived many other places since, from college in Philadelphia to her first publishing job in New York City and her current home in Austin, Texas, she never forgot the beauty and warmth of her little hometown. She is thrilled to be writing the Sanctuary Island series full time because it allows her to combine her longstanding love of romance with the memories of her childhood home.
Lily’s alter ego is Louisa Edwards. Under that name, she is the author of the Recipe for Love series, sexy contemporary romances with hot chef heroes set in the high-stakes, fast-paced world of professional restaurants.


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Thanks for the review.


I agree…there aren’t enough married couple books


Thanks Francesca for the review