Author: Sloan Parker
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Loose Id (December 13, 2011)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥5Hearts
Blurb: Aspiring television writer Evan Walker has been in love with his best friend since high school, but Kyle doesn’t do boyfriends. Never has. Never will. Evan knows it’s a bad idea to give in to desire when he wants more than a friend with benefits. He has a new dream job. Now all he needs is the dream partner.
Kyle Bennett is a mystery novelist with a severe case of writer’s block. He needs a change. He has three days on their cross-country train trip home for the holidays to figure out how to tell Evan he’s staying there for good. He also has to write the overdue pages for his editor. Only, he’s a little too distracted by the close quarters in their sleeper compartment—and Evan’s ass—to get much done.
The sparks that fly between them are hotter than ever. Good thing they have a real-life mystery to focus on: why people all around them, including Evan’s new boss, want to get their hands on a journal that once belonged to Kyle’s grandfather.
When a blizzard traps them in the mountains, Kyle and Evan steam up the train’s windows and must finally face their true desires.
Product Link: http://www.loose-id.com/Take-Me-Home.aspx
Review: It’s not often that I anticipate a book. When you read for a living, it’s hard to get excited about every book that lands on your desk. But, I’ve been waiting for a new Sloan Parker, for what seems like forever. Breathe has been one of my favorite books since the beginning.
So, when I started Take Me Home, I was a little let down…for a minute. I had to pause and tell myself, Lincoln and Jay weren’t coming back; this was Kyle and Evan’s story. When I stopped comparing, my interest level rose and I could enjoy Take Me Home as the standalone it is.
The romantic build up was really gradual. Knowing Sloan is a romantic, I was pretty sure Kyle and Evan would end up together, but there are several moments when I couldn’t be sure either would let down his guard enough to risk falling in love.
But, to be honest, it’s the sub-plot concerning Kyle’s grandfather’s journal that really had me turning pages. This is listed as a contemporary romance, but could easily have been dubbed a romantic suspense. (Now listed as LGBT Suspense)
The mystery unfolds brilliantly, as Kyle and Evan take their romance to the next level. There were enough plot twist and turns to keep me guessing and as I am a card-carrying mysteryholic…that’s saying a lot.
Breathe is still my favorite Sloan Parker novel, but Take Me Home is already on my list of books to read again. There’s something hot about the instant love of paranormal mates. Love at first sight can be so sweet. But, nothing beats a Friends-to-lovers romance for me. And Sloan Parker mixed just the right amount of angst and sensuality to make this a very entertaining read. Highly recommend.