Coming Home (Friends & Lovers Series Book 2) by PE Kavanagh

Home means many things to Ramona Barrett and none of them are good.
A family mired in politics and ample amounts of bad behavior have kept her happily far away. Even after her enraged mother escapes, her drunk father sobers up, and her tyrannical grandfather dies, she has no interest in re-connecting to those rotten roots.

A steamy encounter with her childhood friend leaves her swooning like a schoolgirl. He’s become a man who dissolves her logic, foils her plans, and buckles her knees. Too bad he’s engaged to someone else.
And that’s not even the full extent of his secrets.
Can the home she fled be where her new future begins?
If you’re looking for smart, sexy characters in a layered, emotionally-gripping story, Coming Home will take you there. This steamy, standalone contemporary romance has no cliffhanger but includes characters you will meet throughout the series.

 

A little about PE first:

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I believe that everything we experience exists as a story within us.
My journey as a writer includes the award-winning poem I penned at the ripe old age of seven, decades of hiding and doubt, and then finally… finally!… realizing that art needs to be shared. Storytelling is part of my heritage, even though I denied it for so long. The stories I created – true and imaginary – have saved me numerous times.
My characters come to me, like old friends excited to tell me what’s new.
They represent the world I see and the world I want to see.
More than anything, I care about recovery from life’s setbacks… getting back on your feet afterlife has brought you to your knees… and my characters fight the hard fight for the lives they know are waiting for them.
I’ve drawn my inspiration from the many flavors of my life experience. Once a sad, shy girl, I’ve also been an MIT-trained engineer, biotech executive, professional dancer, yoga teacher and business owner, school founder, spiritual counselor, entrepreneur, and author.
And I own a magic wand that I’m certain will work one day.
When I’m not typing, furiously trying to capture the stories that pour from me, you can find me loving my people to excess, globe-trotting to the next great adventure, and sporting bright red lips as a tango diva. And of course on my digital homes: pekavanagh.com and boldsoulcoaching.com

RA Winter’s Review: 5-Stars

Coming Home is a stand-alone book in the Friends & Lover Series of P.E.’s. I like her books, you can dive right in at any time and get absorbed in her world. This book starts out with Ramona Barrett, as she comes home for her grandfather’s funeral. Her first stop is to Luke’s restaurant, a childhood crush. There’s more on the table than just great grilled cheese, she’s dessert, and loves every moment of it.

This sets off a series of mysteries and intrigue.  He’s engaged?  Seriously, to that woman?  But things aren’t always as they seem.

I listened to this from start to finish on my phone, with a voice app. I have to say that it was the easiest book to listen to that I’ve had to review in a while. Some books just aren’t made for audio. This one is. It’s very easy to follow and kept me occupied while cleaning the garage. I love books like this, the writing is engaging, the plot intertwined with bits and pieces of a lifestyle that I know nothing about. It was as if the Kennedy’s gave you an insight into their daily jet-setting lives.

Money, sex, jets, family, and love.

This story was more involved than just the ‘coming back to a childhood crush’. The characters are multifaceted, and the plot keeps you interested. There are a lot of twists and turns all the way until the end.

The female MC, Ramona, changes and evolves before our eyes and we meet a varied cast of characters.

A very enjoyable read.

Highly recommended. Pick up PE’s books today and dive in.

Elkin Hardcoves’ Review: 4.9-Stars

Coming Home: book II in the Friends & Lovers series
By Pascale Kavanagh

Let me begin by saying that it is perfectly all right if you read this book before the first one in the Friends & Lovers series. Let me follow up by saying that I absolutely loved this book. Now, that’s really saying something, since this work has a number of sex scenes, and I usually skip sex scenes — they don’t do anything for me and I usually find them rather dull — Pascale does rather well in the sex scene area, have no doubt, but this book is much more than just steamy. It is heartwarming, and tear-jerking, and all highly emotional.

Just like life.

Without spoiling too much of the work, we have two people that grew up in not the best of home environments, who were the closest of friends as kids, reconnect after spending years apart, over a funeral. Lucas Winston, AKA Baloo is a well-renowned chef with a heart of gold, who in many ways was the rock in young Connor & Ramona Barrett’s lives, far more than their actual parents were.

Ramona Barrett, AKA Mowgli, is a highly-motivated, intelligent, and highly caring woman, who has used her childhood issues to go into philanthropic work. Spending more time on the go than in any one place her coming home to attend her grandfather’s funeral, leads her to reconnect with Lucas & begins an unexpected roller coaster ride of emotions and circumstances, which leads her to gain more than she ever dreamed of at the end.

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  1. I give Coming Home Friends & Lovers Series Book 2 by PE Kavanagh 5-Stars
    This is one of my favorite reads this year. This book has all the elements I love in a good romance/erotica. Hot sex, believably flawed characters that pull you into their world, and great descriptive storytelling. The cover is good, I like the color scheme, and it speaks of romance. This author has a way with pen and paper as the writing is very well done, strong and captivating.
    I love the way PE Kavanagh put the first chapter together, not telling me why the main character Ramona returns home at first. I was so curious to know why she came back to do “something”, that I had to keep reading to find out. The opening scene in a restaurant, after hours with her eating a grilled cheese sandwich, was so wonderfully descriptive, I wanted a grilled cheese. The fast and hot, steamy sex scene brings the opening home to keep you turning the pages.
    Most of everything I want to talk about with Coming Home will give away spoilers, and I don’t want to do that. I see many other reviewers talked about the plots and intrigue and betrayal and family dynamics so all I’m going to say is – everything is fantastically written and surprises with twists and turns you won’t find in a typical romance story.
    The sexy scenes are hot and intense, very well written. Coming Home is full of wonderful emotions and heartbreaking discoveries.
    I love this book, I enjoyed discovering this author, and I will be reading more of her work in the future.

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