He Comes Home

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Rex is finally returning to his hometown after eight years in the Army. He needs to return to his roots to find something concrete to ground himself.

Alannah is leaving, because she needs to stop protecting herself by playing it safe. Now that she’s ended her engagement, there’s nothing keeping her in their small town.

When the two collide, they try to keep things casual, but all too soon, feelings get involved.

Rex needs to be enough to make someone stay. Alannah needs to leave to remember who she is. Can the two of them be together, or will someone’s heart get broken?

Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary romance contains a theme of power exchange.

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“It’s not you; it’s me.”

Alannah’s words circled around her head like the tweeting birds after a cartoon character took a hit. It wasn’t supposed to be like this, was it? When you were the one who ended a relationship, you were supposed to feel free. The dumper wasn’t meant to feel like a dumpee.

Maybe it was the look of horror on Harry’s face, the way he had stared at her like this was the last thing he’d ever expected, like she was tearing out his heart with her words.

“It’s not you; it’s me. It’s us. Harry, it’s… I love you, but I’m not in love with you anymore. I know it sounds crazy—”

He broke in. “Absolutely, it sounds crazy. Allie, where is this coming from? Is this why you didn’t want to plan anything for the wedding? You’ve been planning on breaking it off?”

Al had to swallow her own sob to speak. “Of course not! I haven’t been planning this. I haven’t been working up to it—”

“Then what is going on, Al?”

“It’s not enough!” Her voice was thick with the cry caught in her throat. “I need more than this, okay? I want… I want passion and excitement, and I want to feel needed.”

“Is this about the sex?” Harry’s cheeks went slightly pink, but he forged on. “Maybe we’re in a rut. Allie, when you brought it up, I didn’t realise it was this important to you. We can try new things. We can,” he heaved in a breath, “Alannah, you are needed. I need you.”

“No, you don’t,” Al said softly. “You’re a good man, Harry, and I won’t lead you on. But I can’t be with you anymore.”

She could see the exact moment that he realised he wasn’t getting through to her. His face shut down, closing him off from her; Harry, who had always said she could read him like a book. Harry, who had looked at her like she’d handed him the moon the first time she’d asked him upstairs rather than finishing their goodnight kiss at the door. Harry, who wanted to build a life with her.

“Then, go,” he said eventually. “If you’re going to leave me, then leave.”

She did.

Chest hollow, she closed his front door quietly behind herself and drove away. They had never officially moved in together. She loved her house too much to part with it, but Harry was more comfortable in his own space, so she spent a lot of nights at his place. He’d force himself to box up and return her things, she thought; he was that kind of man. Or maybe he wouldn’t, maybe he’d cut her clothes into pieces or burn them or throw them out, and she couldn’t begrudge him that little act of revenge. So maybe she’d need to replace a few pairs of leggings and the red heels he’d loved so much, he had asked her to keep them on when they went to bed one time. She’d just ended her engagement to a man she’d been dating since the age of nineteen. She could justify buying a new pair of shoes.

When she arrived at work the next morning, Alannah went straight to her boss. Fiona was, as usual, already behind her desk despite the early hour. Sometimes Al wondered if she ever left the office, or if maybe she had a sleeping bag hidden in one of her cabinets and got her tan by dictating to her secretary in front of a floor-to-ceiling window.

“Are you all right, Alannah?” Fiona asked. “You don’t look well.”

“I’m fine,” Al managed. “Do you have a minute?”

She really must have looked like shit, because Fiona actually closed her laptop. “Sure.”

Al sat on the edge of one of the chairs in front of Fiona’s desk, hands twisting in her lap. “It’s about the job in Mansfield. I know I said I couldn’t be onsite every day because of how far away it is, but I’ve changed my mind. I’m prepared to move there if that’s what it takes to get the job. I’m interested.”

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2 reviews for He Comes Home

  1. Marybeth

    This was a fun book to read. There is a role reversal in that Alannah wants to travel and Rex wants to be at home. Rex has come home after 8 years away in the military. Al has recently broken up with her fiance and wants to travel. This is an inopportune time for a romance, but that’s what happens. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

  2. Toni

    I loved this book from beginning to end.  The characters were interesting & individual, the story was different and the setting was charming.  However, the thing that pushed it from good to great, in my opinion, was the insight into the minds of Rex and Alannah.  I loved the quirkiness of Alannah and found my heart melting with Rex.  I don’t think that I’ve read any books from this author before but am  looking to more in the future.  If you’re heavily into spanking with your romance, this may seem a little ‘light’ but it’s an excellent read.

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