Leading Me Home by Megan Linden
Book 1 Harrington Hills Series
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (86 pages)
Other: M/M, anal intercourse
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Honeysuckle
Pretending to date the guy he has a crush on? Kevin’s sure he’s heading for a disaster. A broken heart, at least.
Kevin has been a lone wolf almost his entire life and he’s comfortable with that. Now that he no longer works for the guy he hated, Kevin has only one problem—his crush on his neighbor and best friend.
Taylor is the Alpha’s Son, the heir to the Harrington Pack. He left his hometown and moved to San Francisco as a rite of passage, but it was always temporary, since his place is in Harrington Hills with his pack. Now Taylor is heading back home for a wedding and since his mother is threatening to set him up if he comes alone, he needs a date. Asking Kevin to be his pretend boyfriend sounds like a perfect solution.
What happens when they arrive in Harrington Hills and learn to see each other in a different light? With their relationship changing, can they drop the act and realize that what they have is real?
When a little lie turns into a big reality it can be overwhelming in more ways than one.
I love a good “fake date” story. I know going in that there’s going to be uncomfortable moments, funny situations, expected PDA and then that dawning realization on one or both parts. This is a fun little twist since it’s a shifter story. Their sense of smell is so keen that deception isn’t easy. The fun part of this story is that it’s only deception from one of the men and then only because he’s a little slow. But sweet, so he’s forgiven.
I love little intimate gestures in romance books. Touching. Snuggling. Kissing, of course. But with wolves there’s scent marking. Oh man! When Taylor and Kevin exchange shirts so they can mingle their smells and then Taylor focuses on Kevin’s smell to calm his nerves, I was totally hooked! I think what made it all the more special is that he didn’t realize at the time the significance of that comforting/home feeling he felt around Kevin. It was a true light bulb moment for sure when he did.
Really only one minor-ish issue. When people speak to each other they don’t generally say stuff like “I will” they say “I’ll”. I mentally kept changing some words, while in dialogue, to the contractions more commonly used. Not a story killer. I just tend to notice the stutter in tempo. Also, there’s this whole backstory about Taylor’s parents. The death of his father and grandparents. How his mothers got together. This is the first in the series so, depending on who stars in the next book (s), maybe we’ll find out more about the Harrington Pack. Then the Beta comes and talks to Kevin and some of it started to fall in to place. I still had questions but, she shed some light on a few question marks.
This is a quick read with some fun, lighthearted moments but, there’s some intensity here as well. Kevin’s lone wolf had to work through his issues and Taylor had to recognize what his wolf knew all along. Home comes in many forms. I enjoyed this short and look forward to seeing who comes next in the Harrington Hills series.