Lacey Baker launches the sexy new Sweetland series with Homecoming, a romance set in a small Maryland resort town.It introduces the Cantrell siblings, six driven adults, and six adorable Labrador puppies, a gift to bring them home.
When Mary Janet Cantrell died, she left her bed-and-breakfast, The Silver Spoon, to her six grandchildren. Her oldest granddaughter, Michelle, was the only one who had stayed in Sweetland. She cooked at the restaurant while Nikki Brockington handled the office. But, Nikki hadn't been able to handle the one problem Mary Janet handed on to her grandchildren. She passed on a tax bill of over $50,000. Quinn, Parker, Preston, Michelle, Raine, and Savannah inherited a B&B that owed back taxes, a Labrador mother, and her six puppies. Although most of them had fled Sweetland as soon as they could, they were stuck in town while they made business decisions.
Dr. Quinn Cantrell had fled to Seattle. His heart had been broken when his high school sweetheart had died of cancer. The subsequent death of his father, also to cancer, set him on his path as a successful oncologist. However, he was a workaholic with not much in his life. And, the time he spent in Sweetland, watching Nikki work, playing with the puppy he planned to leave behind, made him realize he might be missing something. He could still return to the clinic in Seattle, "To his pristine, expensive, coveted, empty-as-sin town house."
Nikki Brockington has been Savannah Cantrell's best friend when they were younger. She had always had a crush on Quinn. But, both Nikki and Quinn are haunted by the past. And, it's quite possible that Quinn's past might be too painful to bring him home to Sweetland.
Homecoming is a sexy contemporary novel, a little steamy in parts, with an interesting set of characters. The first one is a perfect set up for a series in which each of the Cantrells will fall in love, and return to Sweetland, just as their grandmother hoped. And, of course, there are all those charming Labrador pups with their own personalities, pups that will keep those big city residents back in the small town. Fans of Mariah Stewart's Chesapeake Diaries series, who don't mind a couple hot sex scenes, might appreciate Lacey Baker's entertaining contemporary romances.
Lacey Baker's website is www.laceybakerbooks.com
Homecoming by Lacey Baker. St. Martin's. 2013. ISBN 9781250019226 (paperback), 352p.
FTC Full Disclosure - The publisher sent a copy of the book, hoping I would review it.