Published: February 19th, 2013
Home to Montana
By: Charlotte Carter
Staying in one place was never Nick Carbini's plan. When his troubled past leads him to Bear Lake, Montana, single mom Alisa Machak makes him consider putting down roots. Alisa doesn't have a problem letting Nick work in her diner, but when he starts edging his way into her heart, she has to draw the line. He reminds her too much of her son's father, another drifter who abandoned them both. Nick wishes he could be there for them, but believes he's not fit to be a husband. When his worst fears come true one night, it's up to Alisa to show him the perfect recipe for a forever romance.
Single Mom Alisa Machak has been burned before, and she's not eager to repeat the experience. So she stays away from men who present any danger of upsetting her life in any way - in other words, she avoids true love like the plague. Nick Carbini has become a drifter, with no place to truly call home since he was a kid and his Mom was alive. So he returns to the only place he can get that feeling - Bear Lake, Montana. Working in Alisa's family diner, Nick and Alisa immediately feel sparks fly. But not willing to risk her heart or her son's Alisa hardens herself against the new-found possibility of a relationship. Especially with a man who reminds her of her son's Father, a deadbeat drifter. Can Nick move away from the demons of his past and convince Alisa that they have a future together? Or will both of them end up with a broken heart? Not realizing this book was Love Inspired and not a Harlequin Super Romance, I requested it from NetGalley. I wish that I hadn't. While the characters are relatable and fairly well written, this book was downright depressing. Alisa is a woman who loves her son, her Mom and her town. But she is a complete shrew and not a very interesting character to me. Oh poor baby, had a bad experience in love. So now she treats this veteran with major issues like he's Jeffery Dahmer reincarnated or something! And every time he shows any interest in her son (who is starved for male companionship of any kind at all, as he has no Dad or Grandpa in his life) she freaks out and acts like Nick's trying to kidnap him from her. Any excuse not to be nice to Nick and Alisa will take it, no hesitation. I loved Alisa's Mother, who was an absolute gem of a woman, especially dealing with such a bitter daughter. Nick had issues, but he saw the shades of grey in the world order which endeared him to me a LOT more than Alisa as a character and romantic interest. While being a Christian romance, it managed to avoid the preachy overtones for the most part, until the second half of the book which was saturated in religion. I got extremely annoyed with having it shoved in my face and was glad when the book was over. My overall opinion is that people who like a predictable bland romance will like this one. If you're not super religious avoid it like the plague.
VERDICT: 2/5 Stars
*I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money or favors were exchanged for this review. This book was published February 19th, 2013.*