Review: Long Road Home by Kate Stacy

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☆☆➹⁀☆ 3.5 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆

 

What It’s About:

For a man that has almost everything he’s ever wanted, meeting someone unexpected might change everything.

Drake Evans lives his life mile by mile. A troubled childhood made him crave freedom and the ability to live life on his terms. On eighteen wheels, he left his past behind him. Downside? Life on the road can be long and lonely. Relationships are difficult when you’re constantly moving. But something happens when Drake lays eyes on Hailee for the first time. Life on the road becomes less appealing when he starts to crave something entirely different.

When a girl leads a simple life in a small town, what does she do when everything falls apart?

Hailee Miller hasn’t had a horrible life. Sure, she’s been unlucky in love, but she has a loving family, an incredible group of friends, and the love of one little boy that stole her heart. Her misfortune spreads after a night of distraction turns to a night of devastation, leaving her feeling hopeless. Hailee’s luck changes when Drake comes into her life at just the right time. He gives her hope and has her questioning everything, especially her feelings.

Friendship was a given.
A relationship seemed inevitable.

But the road ahead is long.
Twists and turns.
Roadblocks and detours.
Navigating isn’t going to be easy.
Will their road come to an end…
Or will they find their way home?

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My Thoughts:

I loved the organic feel to this contemporary romance. From the characters to the situations, the entire story feels realistic.

The characters are likable and engaging, making it easy to get hooked on their story. Hailee lacks self-assurance but she is a strong, single mom. Her dedication to improving herself and her situation is admirable.  I loved that she wasn’t looking for a handout from either the state or a wealthy boyfriend. Drake is a good-looking guy and a loyal friend. His compass points true north.  He is portrayed as an atypical trucker, and Ms. Stacy really makes her readers feel like they can trust Drake.

The dialogue is realistic and the relationship develops <i>mostly</i> organically with the help of friends pushing them together after Hailee has a tragic loss.  I didn’t care for Drake’s insta-protectiveness, but that has become de rigueur for contemporary romance.  Fortunately, he also sees that Hailee is a strong woman who can take care of herself, which allows him to graciously offer assistance without acting like a Neanderthal.

Long Road Home is sweet and to the point.  The descriptive sex scenes neither added nor detracted from the story.  The little angst in the story was created by a crazy ex-girlfriend.  Further development of that storyline would have beefed up the content and tension leading to the zenith.  However, it is easy for the reader to discern that the conflict will not lead to much, and the resolution is a bit anticlimactic.

Read Long Road Home for the engaging characters, a sweet love story and a realistic happily-ever-after ending.

 

About the author: Kate Stacy is an independent author and mother to three sarcastic kids who are the perfect mix of her and her husband. Born and raised in northern Virginia, she now resides in a small town in North Carolina with her family and her cat.

Kate loves music, mermaids, tequila, and knee-high socks. She enjoys baking, cake decorating, and photography. She lives and breathes books, so rather than use her business degree, she decided to take a chance and write books.

She stays up too late, swears too much, and loves hard.

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