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RETURN (Coming Home #1)

RETURN (Coming Home #1)

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by Meli Raine

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On a dark, rainy night I drove my overstuffed junker car back to a town I never expected to see again.

And when I needed a rescue by the side of the road, a six-foot tall piece of hot, unfinished business named Mark was what the universe sent me.

Three years earlier I’d



On a dark, rainy night I drove my overstuffed junker car back to a town I never expected to see again.

And when I needed a rescue by the side of the road, a six-foot tall piece of hot, unfinished business named Mark was what the universe sent me.

Three years earlier I’d fled town (and Mark) to follow my wrongly-convicted father to his federal prison, working crappy jobs to stay afloat and visit him every second I could. But now Dad’s dead and I’m mysteriously offered the best job of my life at the college where his life blew up when he was accused of a crime he didn’t commit.

Someone wants me here. Desperately.

I’m hoping it’s Mark.

Because if it’s not, I’m in more danger than I ever imagined.

And if it is?

Mark may be the most dangerous choice of all.

RETURN is book 1 in the Coming Home romantic suspense trilogy by Meli Raine.

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Meli Raine
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RETURN (Coming Home #1) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Lynn4604 More than 1 year ago
Carrie is returning to her home town. After years away and to many bad memories, she was offered a job at the university and it was to good to pass up. Wouldn't you know it the first person she runs into is her ex Officer Mark Paulson. She wonders if he has forgiven her for leaving without a word. Yet does it really matter since her father was arrested and sent to prison. He never even warned her. So much has changed and yet stayed the same. The man her father said set him up is now Carrie's boss. Women are going missing and it just seems as if no body is who think they are. I loved this story. So much going on. I don't know who to trust or what the truth is. Carrie is strong, but in the short time she has been home. So much has happened. Mark I am not sure about. There is something about him that seems off. I hope it is nothing bad. On one hand I think I would be running back out of town. Not looking for justice. What a fantastic start to the series. I couldn't put the book down and then a major cliffhanger. I am hoping I don't have to wait to long for the next book. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Pegje More than 1 year ago
Complimentary copy provided by author for an honest review and OMG again an amazing start of a new series. I had trouble putting it down and then in the end you get this BIG cliffhanger. I can't wait for the next books. It all starts when Carrie returns after 3 years to her hometown after her father was wrongly convicted for drug dealing. What she didn't expected was to run into her HOT ex-boyfriend Officer Mark Paulson right after she experienced a flat tire. She wants to find out the truth because she knows her father was innocent. But nothing goes like it should be, her best friend gets kidnapped, there's a strange behaving assistant professor. And not to mention the one who's accused her father is now the new Dean and her newest employer. So if you love all these intrigues get your copy and start reading. Did I mention I CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT BOOK!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is starting so great. I can't wait for more. Carrie returns home after three years of being gone to get justice for her father. When she gets there everything goes wrong. Not only is she fighting her feeling for her ex. Then her best friend is abducted. This book ends with a cliff hanger so your being warned. You will be begging for more.
cutiephinphin More than 1 year ago
The story starts off with Carrie coming back home after being away for 3 years. She left to be closer to her dad who was put in prison and whom she believes was wrongly convicted of the crime. His death in prison, even though it was ruled as suicide, was one of the red flags that things were not what it seemed. After accepting a job offer at the university, she makes her return, along with plans to seek the truth out. She hit a flat tire and unexpected help came in the form of Mark, her ex boyfriend. There was quite a lot of tension and suspense in this story with Carrie being back in town, the attraction between Mark and Carrie, the girls who had gone missing and things that she was uncovering while working in the university. Mark definitely knows more that he is revealing and the suspense is killing. Not forgetting to mention, I was totally engrossed and had forgotten that this story was in parts so the cliffhanger caught me unaware and it was frustrating! Mind you that the cliffhanger is a MAJOR one and I am anxiously and impatiently waiting for the next instalment. I was given an advance copy of this book by the author in exchange for a honest review.
nbunch More than 1 year ago
Wow. I did not expect that at all! I have been super busy and in a total reading funk that nothing has kept my attenion. This book had everything I needed and more. Holy hotness mixed in with mystery and suspense. Carrie has quite the story, she is moving back to her hometown she left three years ago to follow her wrongfully accused father in prison. Now her father is dead and she was offered a job that she couldn't turn down. When Carrie left town she left Mark behind. Oh Mark, please be good.
Lisa022 More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful start to another great series. Carrie is returning home after three years away. She wants justice in the worst way for so many things. She wants it heart, for her dad, and for the lives that were ruined by lies and betrayal. What she doesn't expect is what is just the beginning of many twist. She doesn't want to see the one person that is the first person she sees when returning. Mark. her police officer ex-boyfriend who betrayed her. She doesn't want to want him but she cant help feeling what her body wants. Mark was just trying to do his job when he had to arrest Carrie's father. But when she left without word he was hurt. It still doesn't change how he feels for her. But when he sees her he knows something but cant say anything. He wants to protect Carrie but how can he without revealing what he knows. But just what is it that he knows. Things change when Carrie's best friend is kidnapped. How will Mark protect her now?
Snoopyvet More than 1 year ago
Wow but dang I need the next book now. Great storyline. Author does a wonderful job of dragging you into the story and making you feel like you are there with them. Wasn't expecting that last chapter to end quite that way
hyjean More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. The first book totally has me hooked! Carrie has returned home after 3 years following her dads wrongly conviction. She has come home to find jutice for those really committed the crime that her dad lost his life for. Her ex-boyfriend is still hanging around but what does he have to do with the case against her father? And then her best friend gets kidnapped. What I like most about Melis' writing is that her stories tend to bd romances wrapped in mystery. Can't wait to read the next book and see if I can figure it out.
Coyote14223 More than 1 year ago
As you can tell, this is a verified purchase. However, I did receive an ARC in return for a honest review and loved it so much, I bought it immediately! I just finished reading it and the suspense for the next book is already killing me! Meli is an amazing author and I've read everything she's written so far. I don't want to write too much because I'd probably end up spoiling it for everyone. Read Meli's Chasing Allie Series and start reading this one! You don't need to read the other series first, but I promise you will not regret it!
Laurie_bK More than 1 year ago
Meli Raine is doing it again with this first book in the Coming Home trilogy! Her descriptive prose hooks you from the start and then she reels you right into the story and doesn't let go. You can't help but feel every emotion Carrie experiences, whether it's happy or sad, love or hate. There is so much happening in Return, the first volume of the Coming Home series, that to attempt to discuss it all in a short summary will probably make little sense. After her father's death, Carrie Myerson returns to her hometown three years after having abandoned it, and all she knew and loved, to be near her wrongly convicted and imprisoned father. She returns seeking the justice that her father was denied. Her return immediately embroils her into a myriad of mysteries and the emotional upheaval that she had escaped from three years earlier. So many people from her past are involved and, other than her best friend, Amy, she can't be sure who to trust or to determine what she can believe. And to add insult to injury, in the midst of all of this, she is further affected by a series of related kidnappings. Of course there is a cliffhanger at the end of this book. And, of course I am dying to know what will happen next. I received an ARC of this book for an honest review but, of course, I am going to be looking anxiously forward to the rest of this series regardless. And you will be too. Make sure you have a few hours to spare before starting this book because once you start it you, too, will be hooked.
bonjovi01 More than 1 year ago
I was honored to receive this book from Meli Raine for my honest opinion of the book and the first word that come to my mind is WOW and then I did not expect that to happen! I loved her first series which started with "Finding Allie" and I was so very excited to be given the opportunity to read this first book in her new series...with that said I will warn all of you that this is the first of three books in the series and that it ends with a cliff hanger and what a cliff hanger it is...that falls into the category of I didn't see that coming.. we meet Callie and she is going home..after her dad dies in prison for a drug convection that she in her heart knows he didn't have anything to do with! We meet Mark who if you read her first series we know is related to Chase who makes an appearance in this book as well...her return does not start out smooth..she gets flat and the person who comes to help her is Mark her love and the person she just left behind..the attraction is still there and just as strong..we see sparks..Callie is determined to clear her fathers name but in the meantime things are happening with in the area..women are disappearing..and they look like Amy Callie's one and only friend...this book had me turning pages until I found that I was at the end of it..it's passion, suspense along with some tears and some laughs I found myself wanting book 2 right now. This had everything I expected and so much more...bring on the next book as I need my fix!
ckwlofton More than 1 year ago
Oh my! Where do I start? I loved this book! It is full of emotions, questions and suspense from page one. Carrie is emotionally damaged after the arrest, conviction and death of her father. Suddenly she has the opportunity of a lifetime to return to her hometown; the place where everything that was once wonderful turned into a nightmare overnight. In returning, she is met at every turn by her ex-boyfriend, Mark. She has to deal with her unresolved feelings for him and her anger that she still harbors for him. The two very powerful emotions are at constant battle when she is with him. In addition, she has to deal with everything with her new job and the man that she believes is responsible for her father's demise. This book is loaded with twists and turns! The questions keep coming and you are not sure who to trust. The ending is a cliffhanger but the good news is that the next installment is right around the corner! Five big stars and bring on book #2!
april03 More than 1 year ago
*****received an ARC for a honest review***** Just WOW!! This is the first book in a new series by Melissa Raine. This series has the potential to push the limits. I can't wait to see what comes next. Carrie is returning to her hometown after leaving 3 years ago to follow her dad. He was accused and convicted of making and selling Meth. Carrie left everything behind, even Mark. She is returning home to seek justice for her dad. Carrie wants to hate Mark, but the feelings are still there. Mark was her boyfriend and arresting officer. The twists and turns in this book leave you guessing. I can only guess where this story is going. That cliffhanger, I have a guess who it is but with Meli's writing, I will probably be wrong.
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
Return is a breathtakingly beautiful journey full of raw emotion and unrealized hope. I unequivocally fell in love with Meli Raine’s The Breaking Away series, so I can only imagine just how incredible this new series will be! This story will keep you on the edge of your seat while slowly ripping your heart to shreds. There is nothing easy about this story, and you will never be able to get it to leave your heart. Once you start this journey, you will be completely committed to seeing lives put back together while hoping that justice will be served. Carrie thought her life was over. She never imagined she would ever be happy again. Leaving her future, her friends, and her life behind was a sure sign that nothing would ever be the same. Like pieces on a chessboard, she feels like things in her are changing and not necessarily for the better. She is drawn back to her hometown to the people she loves and even those she purposely left behind. Being offered her dream job out of the blue has her mind on alert and her heart seeking answers to questions she isn’t sure she really wants to know. Is she walking blindly into a trap, or is perhaps fate is finally smiling down on her? Only time will tell, and she isn’t sure if the sand of her hourglass is at this moment running out. Watching Carrie fall back into the arms of the only family she has left had me on the verge of tears. This amazing woman has in her short live endured more horror and heartache then any person should ever have to. Being offered hope and love has her more skeptical and wary than ever, but at the same time she wants this more than anything. Opening her heart and arms to those she left behind has left her emotionally drained but also given her a quiet strength that she knows she will need to draw from when the time comes. Just when she starts to make progress on unraveling the mystery of her past, she finds herself in even more danger, but she isn’t sure who she can really trust. Meli Raine has created a stunning beginning to what promises to be another brilliant series! I honestly can’t wait to see what happens next. These characters have captured my heart, and they will not let go until they have told me their entire story. If you enjoy stories filled with mystery, suspense, action, and romance all woven together, then this is your next stop on your reading list.
CLPetit1956 More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading Return and all I can say is, this book does not disappoint. Meli Raine has a way with words that lets a reader know that she loves to write. Well-written with an excellent plot, dialogue, and great characters. Return is an amazing story full of suspense, mystery, revenge, heartache, secrets, lies, deceit, attraction, and sexual tension. It will grab you in the prologue and won't let you go until you've read the final page and having you gasping for more. I absolutely loved this book but now my problem is I need more!
Loves2Read More than 1 year ago
I was gifted a copy of this book for review. Holy smokes this book grabs you from the first. It is full of suspense and intrigue. Carrie has returned home after her father's death. Everything she finds is different except for how Mark makes her feel. But with the secrets and lies she knows she needs to stay clear. She finds an unpleasant surprise in her new boss and just days after her return the unthinkable happens. This book is an amazing start and I can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this first installment of Meli Raine's new series. This book has it all: intrigue, mystery, revenge, great characters, and of course romance. Carrie returns to her hometown three years after she left in a hurry to follow her father to a prison out of state, when he is convicted of selling drugs. She immediately encounters Mark, her ex- boyfriend and cop who arrested her father. He wants her back, but can Carrie get passed the betrayal she feels for him? Can Mark protect her from the danger lurking? I can't wait to read the next installment to find out what happens!!! I was given a free ARC From this author in exchange for an honest review.
mary8808 More than 1 year ago
I found Meli Raine in the Breaking Away series and was happy to learn there would be a story about Mark, Chase's brother. This story is filled with love, hate, suspense, heartbreak, lost love and lost family. Carrie left without a word three years ago and Mark wants answers but he will have to give his own answers too. Mark is the officer who arrested her father on drug charges and he was later killed in prison. Now Carrie is back in her home town to see if she can find out the truth. She knows it will not bring her father back but she and the whole town will know the truth. And who is kidnapping all these young ladies? Can Mark keep her safe when all the crazy stuff begins? Will Carrie give Mark the chance to explain what happened three years ago? What does Eric and Claudia have to do when it is all said and done? And don't forget that there is a killer cliffhanger and I need book 2 NOW. **Copy provided by the author in exchange for my honest review**
DebiDG More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! Can anyone blame Carrie for wanting justice, for taking back her life. Unfortunately, something's not quite right. Women are being kidnapped, people are hiding information and others are trying to threaten Carrie. Through it all, sexy police officer, Mark, looks at Carrie with hunger in his eyes. Is this hunk of an ex-boyfriend keeping his own secrets? Does he know more than he should? Does he want Carrie back or is he just trying to protect her? Meli Raine has left me hanging with an enormous cliffhanger but it's going to be worth the wait! A MUST read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gender: she dragon Mate:none Description: a pitch black dragon. Great at hiding in the shadows. Sparkles in her wings and long horns. History: use to be the princess of the tribe of night(made it up not real.) But was tired of how she was being treated. She left and went here. Age:110