The Summer He Came Home

The Summer He Came Home

by Juliana Stone
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JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read on January 24, 2013 BOOK SYNOPSIS Sometimes the best place to find love is right back where you started… Falling asleep in a different bed every night has made it easy for Cain Black to forget his past. It’s been ten years since he packed his guitar and left Crystal Lake to chase his dreams. Now tragedy has forced him home again. And though Cain relishes the freedom of the road, one stolen moment with Maggie O’Rourke makes him wonder if he’s missing out on something bigger than fame. For Maggie—single mother and newly settled in Crystal Lake—love is a luxury she just can’t afford. Sure, she appreciates the tall, dark and handsome looks of prodigal son Cain Black. But how long can she expect the notorious hellion to stay? The last thing either of them wants is something complicated. But sometimes love has its own plans. My Thoughts Complex fully rounded characters make this a fast easy read and the complications posed by both Cain and Maggie's pasts add spice, drama and realism to their story. A young man who leaves home to make his way in the rock and roll world is back ten years later to bury a childhood friend who has died serving his country. The tragedy is the reason why Cain comes home but the reason for staying is embodied in a woman and her son that fill a hole that he did not know was even in his heart. I feel like every time I read a contemporary romance there is a little piece of the story that resonates deep in my heart and makes me feel like the characters portrayed could be people that are friends, loved ones, neighbors or family and this helps me to connect with their story that much more strongly. In this particular book that is very true. The fact that Cain and his friends Mac and Jake were once like brothers, along with Jake's deceased twin Jesse, makes the story even stronger as these characters once again reign supreme as the reunited force they were as boys in the town of Crystal Lake Michigan. Friends but the bond goes deeper than that and when Cain finds himself falling deeper and deeper for Maggie and her son Michael the other two men do everything within their power to make sure she and Michael are part of their group. There is lots of humor sprinkled throughout the drama and intensity in this story, just finding out more about Cain Jake and Mac lends the reader an eagerness to know more as these three men are each in their own way fascinating characters whose charm comes through loud and clear off the written page. While it is true that this is Cain's story the book also holds so much more as it allows us to meet other townspeople like his mother and some of the people who the boys went to school with or worked for. What I really enjoyed was the dynamics between Cain, Maggie and her son Michael.The three made a family unit that filled the need in each their hearts and gave the reader a warm feeling as the characters worked their way towards overcoming a multitude of obstacles in the path of lasting happiness with each other!  I love happy endings, rock and roll and small towns where friends are family! This is my first read by author Juliana Stone , it will not be my last! [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]
shirley_frances More than 1 year ago
Maggie is trying to move on with her life by starting from the ground up in Crystal Lake with her son Michael. While working an event she caught the eye of Cain Black, one of the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake. Cain left his hometown to pursue his dream of being a rock star but has returned home for the funeral of one of his closest friends and to gain some peace of mind after experiencing some problems in his personal and professional life. Neither of them is looking for a relationship or to fall in love, but when they met their attraction is undeniable. Life a moth to a fire they are drawn to each other until they succumb to the overwhelming desire each ignite in each other. Although I have read many books with the same concept of girl runs away, starts a relationship and her past catches up with her, I feel that the author, Juliana Stone, did a great job of taking it a step further so that this story didn't feel like something I have read countless times before. There were some real struggles and emotions thrown in the mix that made Maggie and Cain's story different. Add to that a great cast of secondary characters, a bad boy rocker and an adorable little boy and I was a goner. I appreciated the way the author made the characters face their attraction to each other, both clear on their expectations and respecting each others situations. I liked how supportive Cain was of Maggie's situation even when he felt that she was keeping things from him. I especially admired his integrity and honesty when, even though he knew what the true situation was, he gave Maggie the space she needed and the time to sort through her feelings. I have to say that although Maggie and Cain's chemistry was off the charts HOT, it was the way that they took the time to get to know each other and the way they related to the other characters - showing their caring sides - that truly endeared them to me and made me cheer them on to get together. The Summer He Came Home is the first book in the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series and the author did a great job of introducing the reader to the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake. I got to know some great characters and their stories interest me enough that I know with certainty that I will be reading the next books in the series. All in all, an enjoyable, sexy read. I received this title from Sourcebooks through NetGalley in exchange of my honest opinion.
DComfort More than 1 year ago
ABOUT THE BOOK: Falling asleep in a different bed every night has made it easy for Cain Black to forget his past. It’s been ten years since he packed his guitar and left Crystal Lake to chase his dreams. Now tragedy has forced him home again. And though Cain relishes the freedom of the road, one stolen moment with Maggie O’Rourke makes him wonder if he’s missing out on something bigger than fame. For Maggie—single mother and newly settled in Crystal Lake—love is a luxury she just can’t afford. Sure, she appreciates the tall, dark and handsome looks of prodigal son Cain Black. But how long can she expect the notorious hellion to stay? The last thing either of them wants is something complicated. But sometimes love has its own plans. REVIEW: OMG, this was such a nice treat! I had a hard time putting it down and got wrapped up in every word written, until long after I put it down, I was still thinking of these two characters. What a nice story and a nice way to build up anticipation. I loved everything about this piece and definitely think Ms. Stone has done a fabulous job with this. It had it all, romance, sexy scene, suspense, action that shocks you to the core when it happens, sweet words, and a great sense of broody men you just want to cherish. The story has it all. If you want a great read, and a book you won’t be able to tear yourself away from, pick this one up…now. Five out of five stars for an awesome job!
Anonymous 11 months ago
Enjoyed the book so much.
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RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by JoAnne Book provided by the NetGalley for review Review originally posted at Romancing the Book Wow – what a great read with great complex characters. The Bad Boys all had their own lives now that they are grown but reunited at a funeral back in their hometown of Crystal Lake when one of them was killed in Afghanistan. Seeing their sorrow, anguish and anger but also them dealing with their life the way it is now was often gut wrenching and dark but there were moments of lightness as they reminisced about their lives growing up, their life at school and on the football team, the girls they scored with and/or dated and the pranks they played and often times got in trouble for. The chemistry between Maggie and Cain was powerful no matter how often they originally fought it and tried to ignore it – especially Maggie. Watching Cain get through her defenses and find out about what she was running from plus give her son Michael the father figure he needed was heartwarming. Also seeing how the townspeople interacted with each other and brought back Cain into their fold is to me the epitome of small town life. There was sorrow, hate, tears, laughter, happiness, love, romance, music and camaraderie. The descriptions of the lake, the town, the homes and cottages made me wish I could be there. There was wonderful closure but I knew we’d be meeting up with the Bad Boys and their families and friends again since there is so much more story to tell. When I went to the author’s webpage I was oh so right since book two in the series will be out in October and I for one can’t wait to read it! Stone will definitely be added to my ever growing TBR pile. Favorite Quote: Like the previous night, she’d tossed and turned, mumbled things he couldn’t understand. He knew she was holding back the part of her that was scared, and even though he wanted her to let him in, he was afraid to push. She need to come around on her own. She needed to learn to trust him with her secrets.
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linnier314 More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book.  It's the first book by this author that I've read and I really liked her writing style.  I really enjoyed the story line and love the characters.  Looking forward to the next in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Charming story about second chances. Maggie is warm and caring as is Cain though most don't see it. This book pulls you in all the way to the end.
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jeniNY More than 1 year ago
Cain left home 10 years ago to follow his dreams and get away from small town life. Tragedy brings him back love makes him stay. I really enjoyed this book, I am a Juliana Stone fan and I love all her work. She is really great at writing romantic, emotional stories that drag you in, you just can't help it. Maggie is running from an abusive relationship and finds peace in the small town of Crystal Lake with her son Michael. Until Cain returns home and turns her quite life upside down. I was rooting for this couple the whole time and fell in love with Cain from the first chapter. On to reading about the second Bad Boy of Crystal Lake - Jake looking forward to his story. 
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Sexy sweet and real
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews The Summer He Came Home is the first book I've read from Juliana Stone. The book is full of characters you will fall in love with. You gotta love a story about close friends. That's what you get with this book. The Summer He Came Home is the first book in the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series. The book centers on Cain Black, who now is the frontman for the band BlackRock. (To make Cain even more irresistible, he was inspired by Jon Bon Jovi and Nikki Sixx.) Awww. Sorry.. Back on point. Ten years ago, Cain was known as one of the "Bad Boys of Crystal Lake, Michigan". The other guys making up the group included: Luke Jansen, now a paramedic; Mackenzie "Mac" Draper, now an architect; and twins Jacob "Jake" Edwards and Jesse Edwards, both of whom went on to serve in the Marines. After being gone for ten years, Cain and the guys return to Crystal Lake for the funeral of Jesse, who was killed in Afghanistan. Upon returning, the first people Cain encounters are seven-year-old Michael and his mother Maggie O'Rourke. Maggie is a single mother who has recently moved into town. For Cain, the attraction for Maggie was pretty close to immediate. The same can't be said for Maggie. She has a past that she's trying to hide from. One that she is doing her best to protect. She needs to stay under the radar and not draw attention to herself. Of course, for a guy like Cain, this isn't going to work. You gotta love a guy who does whatever he can to make you fall for him, like taking care of your child so you can get some rest. And doing whatever is necessary to protect you and your son. There are so many things to like about this book, I don't know where to start. You have friendship and love; people who have each other's backs without any questions being asked. I will however, say that I wasn't prepared for Maggie's secret. And when that secret came to a head, it had me wanting to skip over a couple of pages. But I managed to get through, even though I forgot to breathe. I'm MORE than glad I survived. I loved the swoon worthy ending.... Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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SharonRedfern More than 1 year ago
Juliana Stones’ series, the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake, starts off with a winner. The Summer He Came Home tells the story of Cain Black, a rock star who has come home to attend the funeral of his childhood friend. His marriage has broken up and he has just found out his band mate was screwing his ex-wife. After an on-stage fight, Cain finds out about his friend’s death and heads home. Suffice it to say, he is not at his charming best when he arrives. Then he sees Maggie O’Rourke and his life takes a turn for the better. Maggie O’Rourke is a newcomer in town who works as a cleaning lady. She supports herself and her young son and pretty much keeps to herself. When she meets Cain, she is attracted but wary. She is keeping a secret about her child’s father and has no interest in complicating her life. Although the story is a romantic classic, bad boy meets downtrodden woman with a secret, it feels fresh in this book. There are several plots going on at once, some with Cain, some with Maggie, and others with the secondary characters. The romantic tension between the two main characters is pretty hot and Maggie fights it pretty hard. I liked that she put her son first before finally letting herself get involved. I also liked the fact that Cain kept his grouchy, “I’m an island” persona for most of the book. It just made the ending so much more satisfying! There were plenty of hints of the stories that will work into the later books and that just made the anticipation that much more.
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars  REVIEW: THE SUMMER HE CAME HOME is the first storyline in Juliana Stone's new Bad Boys of Crystal Lake contemporary romance series focusing on a small town group of childhood friends who are brought back together at the funeral of one of their own. Future storyline heroes are introduced, each with a haunted past, but The Summer He Came Home is Cain Black's story. Cain is the epitome of a rock and roll star: tattoos, sexy starlet for a wife, and a lifestyle conducive to tabloid rumors and innuendo. But the day he returned to Crystal Lake for his friend's funeral, all bets are off. Reeling from a double betrayal at the hands of his wife and a fellow band mate, Cain is instantly drawn to Maggie O'Rourke-a beautiful single mother who works hard and keeps to herself in the small Michigan town. But Maggie's move to Crystal Lake comes with a few secrets, and if her whereabouts ever become public, Maggie will lose more than her freedom-she could lose her son as well. The Summer He Came Home has the usual romantic storyline push and pull of the forbidden attraction. Juliana Stone writes a story with a build-up of the relationship, not jumping too quickly into the sex and morning after regrets. But if you are looking for the bad boy of rock and roll image, Cain's character (back home) is nothing like what fuels the tabloid pages. There are a few unanswered questions regarding Cain's future and music career, especially as it pertains to his relationship with Maggie and her son, but perhaps these issues will be resolved in a future storyline when one of his childhood friends has his story told. There is also the fact that Maggie and Cain's ex-spouses are still very much in the picture-hopefully there is some resolution on the horizon. The Summer He Came Home is a storyline of betrayal and loss, finding yourself and being able to love again despite a history of failure in the relationship department. Juliana Stone introduces a cast of characters right from the pages of Small Town, USA and forges a bond between the reader and her hero/heroine and friends. I am looking forward to reading the next installment in The Bad Boys of Crystal Lake series. see all of my reviews at : thereadingcafe(dot)com
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RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
The Summer He Came Home  For those looking for irresistible bad boys and the sizzling passion that moves them, Stone is guaranteed to deliver.  Full review available at BookTribdotcom or RomanticReadsandSuch on wordpress
FranJessca More than 1 year ago
This is my first book from author, Juliana Stone and now I must check out her other books she has written because if her writing style is like this book...then I know I will definitely have to start auto-buying her.  =)  I had a hard time putting down "The Summer he came Home". Cain Black is finally back in Crystal Lake after so many years being away.  He's not making a trip for good terms.  His best buddy, Jesse was killed in action and he's attending his friend's funeral.  Cain and his three friends, Jesse, Jake and Mac became the Bad Boys of Crystal Lake...all because of that one incident while pulling a high school prank. Now they are without one of their bad boys.  Cain thought once he attended the funeral, he would be back on the road with his rock band and making more of his music. He never thought he would fall for Maggie O'Rourke, who happens to be not his usual type of girl, but for some reason he is entranced by her. Maggie O'Rourke is not looking to hook up with anyone.  She is just wanting to do her job and take care of her son, while trying to stay hidden from her past.  Unfortunately, the bad boy, Cain will not leave her alone and he will do anything to win her over.  What he does not realize is that Maggie has her own secrets she's trying to hide and he is trying to make her realize she can trust him. I could go on and on...but I will not spoil the best parts and I definitely do not want to do that. I loved both characters in the story, Cain and Maggie because both had their own dilemmas they were working through.   Both Cain and Maggie are complete opposite of each other and that made me love them even more.  Cain being the bad boy rocker and Maggie being the sweet and innocent mom, who will do anything for her son. Juliana knows how to make you go through the tissues a lot in this book.  You will not only cry for Maggie and what she goes through, but you will actually be come close to the secondary characters in the story too.  I want to know more about what is going on with Raine and Jake.  There is something else going on then what is really going on....I just know it. Can I also much I adore Maggie's son, Michael.  He is such a sweetie.  He puts his Mom in her place several times and he may be young, but he knows what is going on.  =) I love every bit of this story and look forward to the next book. I give this book 4.5 full moons and highly recommend it to contemporary romance readers out there. You will fall head over heels for Cain and his charming, sexy ways.  (Oh...some of the sexy things he said to Maggie...made me so jealous and also the things he did for her)  =) I look forward to the next book in the series.  Here's hoping it's Jake's story.  =) I received a complimentary copy of the book from Netgalley from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.