Sometimes a book is just so well rounded that it makes the reader feel at home and makes the story come alive and that’s exactly how I feel about Shannon Stacey’s Homecoming. ~ Slick, Guilty Pleasures
They were the golden boys of fall: Stewart Mills High School’s legendary championship football team. Fourteen years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the team—and find themselves again . . .
Sam Leavitt has two goals when he returns home to Stewart Mills to fill in for Coach McDonnell: to keep the school from finding a permanent replacement while Coach gets back on his feet, and to reconnect with his mother. As substitute coach for the high school football team, Sam must work hard to keep the boys on track, and that means spending time with the sexy guidance counselor he shared a hot night with months ago.
Jen Cooper knows what she’s looking for, and it’s not Sam—he wasn’t even supposed to come back. She wants a cultured, romantic soul, not some rough-around-the-edges guy with calloused hands—and a hard, muscular body. But seeing him every day forces Jen to question what she really wants out of life. And as Sam begins to deal with his past, Jen discovers there’s more to him than she imagined.
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Sometimes a book is just so well rounded that it makes the reader feel at home and makes the story come alive and that’s exactly how I feel about Shannon Stacey’s Homecoming. I loved that the former bad boy quarterback was asked to come back to the town that he left behind with little regard and found the home he’d never had before with a woman he always felt was way too good for the likes of him. More than that, I loved that despite how he felt about himself, the heroine, his ex-teammates, the kids he came back to coach, and even long time citizens recognized the man he’d become and everything he had to offer their community. This was a story about change, about acceptance, about forgiveness and about opening yourself up to the possibility of having more in your life than you ever expected.
For only the second time in the 14 years since he left Stewart Mills, Sam Leavitt returns only this time he’s back to coach the high school football team at the request of the man he feels he owes his life to recovers from a heart attack. Being back isn’t easy; the memories of his abusive father, his alcoholic mother and the trouble he got into assail him at every turn as well as the good ones of Coach saving his delinquent self, the state football championship and the night he spent with Jen Cooper wrapped around him on the hood of her car following Eagle Fest.
Working in the same school puts Sam and Jen in close proximity and the fact that as the high school’s guidance counselor Jen spends a lot of time with the boys of the football team. It was obvious that while Jen thoroughly enjoyed her tryst with Sam she is thrown having him back in town and around all the time. It was entertaining watching them fight their growing attraction, watching Sam realize that he was more than his past, and watching Jen realize that despite how much she loves her job and her hometown falling in love is the best of all.
I’ve loved every book in Shannon Stacey’s Boys of Fall series, but there was something just a bit more special about Homecoming making it my favorite of the series.