Mike's Way Back

Mike's Way Back

by Amy Gregory

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ISBN-13: 9781493526024
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/06/2014
Pages: 154
Sales rank: 910,586
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Amy Gregory leads an incredibly active lifestyle in Kansas City with her husband and their three fantastic kids who keep them running in three very different directions. Amy is known for her snarky, off the cuff sense of humor, which you'll find shining through in the characters she's created.

I've spent my whole life trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, and now I've finally found it. - Amy Gregory

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Mike's Way Back 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Mike’s returned to live and work in his home town after a shoot out nearly killed him, she’s escaping her cop family and neither think getting together is a good idea - but their hearts disagree! Detective Michael Sterling worked in Chicago until a shoot out left him having lifesaving emergency surgery. He’s pretending that he’s returning to work in his hometown of Renland, Kansas, to stop his Mum worrying but his dreams know otherwise…. Taryn Watts is in Renland as an interior designer, working on a client’s new cookery school and stops into a local cafe for a meal . . . that’s where she and Mike first meet. The attraction is mutual but past experiences make both wary. She’s very aware of the potential for this becoming a long distance relationship as she’s not going to be in town for long, is it worth the potential heartbreak? Can their love find a way? Is any of it worth the risk? Despite this being a novella, it has well developed, complex characters throughout - including many of the secondary ones. The writing style makes this an easy story to escape into, with easy to empathise with range of characters, an engaging, fast paced plot and, whilst this story is complete in its own right, the potential for future stories in the series is high because of the brilliant secondary characters and setting in this one. I hadn’t read anything by this author in the past but I’ll certainly be looking out for more by her in future! This is a well crafted story, with brilliant banter between the characters making it a highly entertaining read and one I have no hesitation in highly recommending to anyone who enjoys escaping into a delightful small town romance. Thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley, too, for letting me read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, an honest review.
NPNowlin More than 1 year ago
Somehow in less than 125 pages, Amy Gregory builds a full fledged romance complete with complex characters with issues to work through - alone and together. The supporting characters also have depth and bring a rich relationship to the story. It is a novella worth reading, especially for the few tear-welling moments. Copy received in exchange for honest review.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
Mike's Way Back is the story of Mike Sterling and how he found his way back home after a devastating professional loss in Chicago. He returns to Renland, Kansas to become a small town officer. He see a beautiful woman across the room while eating at a bar and is instantly smitten. Taryn is a big city designer who is in and out of town for 2-3 months while she coordinates the restoration/design of an old Victorian house for a wealthy client. She isn't looking to hook up with a hot policeman, but can't deny her attraction for Mike. Will they be able to find a way to be happy or will distance dampen their romance? I really enjoyed this book. As a native Kansan, Ms. Gregory was able to capture the feeling of a small town in Kansas. I look forward to reading the rest in the series and had a great time reading the book. I was given a free copy for and honest review by netgalley.com
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Mike Sterling left his job as a Detective with the police force in Chicago for his hometown in Renland, Kansas and he did so to set his mother’s mind at ease. One day while eating at the local bar his eye was caught by Taryn Watts, they became acquainted, and it changed both of their lives. Both of them have issues to overcome and can help one another to do so. With their abodes so far apart in miles will they be able to deal with a long distance relationship and/or come up with a solution that will make them both happy? There was an introduction to Gabby who will star with Shane in the second book in this series and a few other people that may appear in future books were also introduced. This was a quick easy read that left me feeling good when I finished. Thank you to NetGalley and Barclay Publicity for the copy of this book to read and review. 3.5 Stars
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
Mike had the perfect job. He was working in Chicago as a detective. If it hadn't been for his promise to his mother, he'd still be there. She wanted him home where she could keep an eye on him. The troubles Mike was dealing with didn't stay behind, they still haunt him. The characters are strong and the writing solid in this book. I enjoyed the basic story very much. Being able to see the author drag Mike and Taryn out of their shells was terrific. I was right there with them as the romance grew. You'll enjoy this easy read. I did find issues. The pacing of this book is a little too quick. I can't imagine things happening as quickly as the author said they did. The other problem is the characters are too perfect. No flaws. Nothing to have you rooting for the couple. I gave this one 4 cheers out of 5 because of the issues stated. ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~
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EMAReads More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic read!  Friendship that turns into love- yay! Mike and Taryn have an instant attraction.  But both have their demons and secrets.  And quite a bit of distance.  So they talk, A LOT.  And flirt:)  All the while falling for each other.  It is a sexy love story.  Before they even have sex! Steam factor- WOW! They also both have great backup-he has his family and friends and she has the family she has made in Andrew and Scott. And a surprise friend in the grumpy book store owner Gabby- who also has an incredible story! HEA story that makes you root for them and love the ending.  Cannot wait for more stories from AG- Gabby and Andrew and Scott!
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
From the moment I saw this cover I knew I had to read it and was ultimately drawn to the protagonists as they were likable and easy to relate to. The storyline itself is nothing special but the characters easily drew me in as they tried to work through issues in their pasts while forging an unexpectedly sweet and sexy relationship. Mike has moved back home after a traumatic life-altering event has left him with guilt and doubt. He's not looking for a relationship but finds himself immediately drawn to Taryn with no promises of a future. Theirs is a romance that evolves slowly with two very equal people that made for an entertaining journey full of sexual tension. Mike is a delightful hero as he's strong-willed and willing to go after what he wants. He's an unexpected romantic in a muscular package. Taryn is in town for a short period of time and not looking for a relationship, especially with a cop as her father was one and she swore never to enter that dangerous kind of life again. Instead of fear though he inspires safety and comfort in her and she's more than a match for him. She's equally strong-willed with a supportive group of friends surrounding her that enhances the heartwarming aspects of this story. From its likable main characters to an entertaining cast of secondary characters this story told an enjoyable journey to HEA. This is the kind of story where you know what you're going to get and with Ms. Gregory at the helm you get just that and more!
JillianReadLoveBlog More than 1 year ago
Mike’s Way Back is the first book in author Amy Gregory’s Finding Perfect Series and was an enjoyable kick-off! Detective Mike Sterling is back in his hometown after leaving the police force in Detroit.  Now, if he could just leave the horrible memories that went along with it.  He’s settling into life with a quieter pace even if the nightmares haunt him at night.  Things are looking up and start looking even better when a beautiful stranger shows up at his favorite pub.  Determined to find out more about her, he shares a meal with her and is thrilled at the prospect that she may be spending a bit of time here and with any luck, he’ll be spending that time with her…. Designer Taryn Watts is at the top of her field and loves every minute of her success.  She has worked damn hard to get here and is finally at a good place in her life.  It’s this award-winning career that has brought her to this charming little town and into this charming local pub.  Another charming thing about this town is the gorgeous blond detective sharing her table with her.  Yep, she could really learn to like this place.  It’s a crying shame she didn’t call this place her home because a gal could really get used to this town and this guy…. Mike’s Way Back was a sweet and beautiful romance with a very real feel to it.  Taryn is smart and talented with a fantastic job and some amazing friends.  She was an enjoyable character to read with reservations that are very relatable.  The uncertainty of new feelings and what it could mean for the life she’s worked hard for.  Mike is a delicious, smart and respectable man also with a great career and a close knit family.  He is also very real and thoughtful with his relationship with Taryn.  I think that’s one of the things I enjoyed most about this book….that Mike and Taryn are more adult in how they proceed with their feelings and ultimately their relationship.  The secondary cast of characters is also terrific.  Taryn’s business partners and close friends are the best! A fabulous addition to the story, indeed. Overall this was a great true-blue romance with an ending that I adored.  Thank you, Amy!
LittleRedsBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of Mike's Way Back-Finding Perfect by Amy Gregory in exchange of an honest review.  I really enjoyed this.  Mike a single guy is at his friends Tavern when he saw this beautiful woman who he was later introduce to as Taryn.  "Watching" Mike getting beat in his own game is really funny. Mike being jealous over someone Taryn was talking to and he just met her was really funny when he found out that it was Andrew someone Taryn worked with.  Mike hadn't thought of his ex wife in so long it was hard to remember he was married.  When he looked at Taryn he pushed his thoughts of his ex wife out of this mind like the theme song of "The Wizard of Oz"  That part was funny to me cause it reminded me of a lady that used to ride her bike and looked just like the lady in the Wizard of Oz.    When Mike took Tayrn on a tour through the town the author Amy Gregory made it all sound like HEAVEN. To Taryn it was Paradise.  I also like how Amy puts in "Don't judge a book by its cover. In the bookstore of all places."  I laughed at that.  I really enjoyed this book.  Kept me interested from beginning to the end.  
Jen_Cant-beat-a-good-book More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC for an honest review. This was a really sweet, romantic read. I enjoyed the storyline that flowed brilliantly, I fell in love with the characters and I adored the hot sexual tension between Mike and Taryn that is present throughout the book. I picked up Mike's Way Back and was glued to it until the finish, I could not put it down! If there is something I love it's when a book can make me laugh and this one certainly did. It had me laughing out loud several times at Mike and Taryn's banter. If you like a good love story with a bit of raunchiness that will leave you feeling a mixture of warm and fuzzy and hot and bothered than this is a must read for you! So to sum up, would I recommend it? Hell yeah I would! I give this book 4 very well deserved stars ****
MelissaByrnes More than 1 year ago
Mike's way back is probably my new favorite short. I can't give it enough stars to relay my love for this book. Lol Is 132 pages really enough for me? I don't know... I think I need to pull an Annie Wilkes and INSIST that Amy Gregory revisit Michael and Taryn. Okay, so maybe that is a little over the top for a short, but I seriously feel like we haven't even begun to hear their story. This book was like an amazing trailer for a movie that I know will be epic but I doubt we will ever get to see. *sad face * I couldn't love this book more if I had written it myself and had a deep devotion to the characters. I LOVE these characters and this whole storyline. PLEASE bring back Mike and Taryn! I'll give you oatmeal cookies with chocolate chips thrown in the mix. ;) We need more.... you know, like MORE. Lol No pressure! :P *uber Le sigh* It was witty, sexy, funny, relate able, and who doesn't love two gay best friends? You really don't even know how much I loved this book. My husband will tell you behind a lot of teeth gritting, that I am over the friggin moon ecstatic over this book. Maybe if I shut up about it, he will throw me over the kitchen table and interrogate me like a saucy little minx too. drool Start to finish it was all there. The beginning was solid, the middle was solid and the end was a grand slam. GO RED SOX!! There were a couple of places that I was sad that there wasn't a little more detail and I wish it hadn't cut into a mysterious phone call to gabby, but it's not anything that I would criticize the book for. There were no major inconsistencies and everything flowed just wonderfully. If you want.... hot and steamy √ sarcastic and funny √ A little tears and some warm fuzzies √ √ a book to make you squirm in your seat √ √ √ to feel like YOU could be the heroine and actually want to be √ x10 Now go forth and buy this book! You won't regret it. Much love Amy Gregory and thanks for allowing me to fall in love with your fictional family. ♥
ReneeEntress More than 1 year ago
4.5 Star Review - Mike's Way Back I recommend this book. I enjoyed this book by Amy. You may have met Mike during "Racing to Love" but you get to know him better in this story. Mike is working through issues with his past during this book. Taryn hates to be controlled and is worried that is what Mike wants to do to her like her family. Can they both trust each other and built a relationship together. Does she want to help him fight demons in order to be with him? Fell in love with Mike in this story he is sweet and loving. Taryn is tough but can Mike soften her harder edges. Can he trust her to help him fight his own demons. Totally love this story and can't wait for the next one in this series.
Kmettner1 More than 1 year ago
Amy Gregory is back and hotter than ever with her Finding Perfect Series! The first in the series, Mike's Way Back, will be familiar to all of you Racing To Love fans! Detective Mike Sterling gets his own book after he saves Molly in Carter's Treasure! I settled in with Mike's story and read it in one sitting and fell in love all over again with Detective Mike Sterling. Mike wants nothing more to change the day that changed his life, take it back, and stop seeing it every time he closes his eyes. He tries to outrun his demons, but even his sleep hometown in Kansas isn't far enough. Taryn Watts comes to Kansas for a simple interior design job, but what she finds instead is a man torn apart by something she already has too much experience with. Without knowing it Taryn may be trying to outrun her own demons day after day. When they both discover its a losing battle the steaminess that ensues will leave you looking for a glass of cold water! Mike's Way Back is a sweet, tender story of redemption wrapped up in a sheen of steamy heat every romance reader loves. There is no doubt I'll be back for the second in the Finding Perfect Series!