Homecoming by Jackie Sexton
Publisher: Moon Flower Press (6/20/2014)
Series: Love Michaelson, book 1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Rating: ★★★★
Ariane Michaelson is always the quiet girl in the room, the one that her kooky mother and three sisters lovingly call the wallflower. After graduating from college she finds it more than a little difficult to find the graphic design job of her dream...or any job, really. She’s more than given up on painting, and a terrible run-in with her twin sister’s fiancé makes each day harder to keep a life altering secret.
Liam Ashdown was just the moody small town nobody, with one friend and a busted pickup—until he moved to LA. Spotted by famous actor and producer Michael Jennings during a late night shift at the bar, Liam is transformed seemingly overnight into Tinsel Town’s hottest bad boy. The life Liam once knew is turned upside down with models and mayhem...and there isn’t much down time in-between.
The only thing that keeps him sane is the paintings. Beautiful ocean portraits that remind him of home, painted years ago by some friend of a friend.
What he wouldn’t give to know her. To tell her that her art saves him everyday.
The engagement of his childhood friend, Todd, brings him back home to Craryville, to deal with a drug-addicted mother and an ailing grandmother. But it also brings him hope—somewhere in the bridal party is the woman who has been his calm and respite in the storm of fame.
The only question is, can she save him?
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Liam is Hollywood's bad boy.... much to his true dismay. It's not what he wants. He accidentally became an actor -- he left Craryville to pursue his dreams of writing screenplays, not acting in them. Coming home for a wedding both makes him happy and terrifies him -- happy to be out of the limelight (or so he hopes), but a bit scared because he left home for a reason.
Ariane is the 'wallflower' daughter, the one no one really expects a whole lot from. Her perfect boyfriend just broke things off with her -- and if he doesn't want her, after years together, surely no one else will.
She loses herself in her paintings, paintings that will never see anything other than the back of her closet -- or so she thinks. One of her sisters has shown them to her fiance, who texts them to Liam. The first one made Liam want to see more; now, everytime one is completed, Todd is sure to send the image to Liam.
While Ariane feels that she has nothing in life, truly she is Liam's lifeline.
He feels she's too good for him, often equating her to a goddess or angel, yet she feels he's way above her; he is an actor and Hollywood's bad boy, after all.
Their romance was semi-fast in my opinion. I get that you can feel emotion from a painting, but to go from that to full-fledge 'I love you' seems a bit quick. So when they go away for the weekend... well, it was just too fast for me in the context of the book.
Putting that aside, the story was cute, which moved it from a heavy 3.5 to a 4.