Friday, December 21, 2018

Random Review: Homebird by Amy Lane #Review #Giveaway

Author: Amy Lane
Title: Homebird
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publication Date: December 18, 2018
Length: 200 pages

Reviewed by Erin


Crispin Henry isn’t an adventurer. He learned early on that the world is a frightening place and that home is rare and precious. If his friends didn’t drag him to sports games and ill-advised trips to Vegas, he wouldn’t get out at all—and his trip to Munich for Oktoberfest is no exception. But it’s there that he meets Luka Gabriel, and he learns to take a chance.

Luka is a free-spirited world traveler, working at Oktoberfest to feed his enchantment with new places and new people. His only possessions fit in his backpack, and he depends on the kindness of strangers for a place to sleep. Crispin should know better—but he takes Luka’s hand anyway, and together they turn three nights in Munich into the relationship neither of them has been brave enough to risk—and neither can let go of.

When Luka turns up on Crispin’s doorstep before the holiday season, Crispin takes him in on hope alone. Yes, he knows the odds are good Luka will flutter out of his life again and leave him bereft, but isn’t it worth it to see if Luka is a homebird after all?

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Like so, so many of you, my Christmas season just doesn't feel complete until I read an Amy Lane story. There's just something about the way she shows the spirit of the season mixed with hope and joy that just gets me in the mood to celebrate and embrace all the good cheer we're supposed to have this time of year. Homebird this year's feel good story and in quintessential Amy Lane fashion will have you smiling by the end of the first page and that smile won't go anywhere (it might get a little wobbly from time to time though ... this is an Amy Lane book after all!) until you reach the end. 

And yes, while this IS a holiday book, the focus is not on Christmas itself. Rather, it's on the idea of home and that it's the people you choose to have in your life that really makes a house a home. Luka Gabriel doesn't really have a home. He travels from place to place, bringing with him the only things he can carry. On the other hand, Crispin Henry has a house but he's not a big fan of wandering too far from home. When they meet in Germany during Oktoberfest, neither could envision the whirlwind romance they have that lasts three days nor what will follow once Crispin makes his way back home. 

The thing that really made this book for me (besides the endearing and just too sweet for words Crispin and Luka) was Crispin's group of friends. I make no apologies for being a HUGE--and I'm talking the hugest--fan of the bromance. There is just something about this particular dynamic that hits all of my buttons. I love them hard and in Homebird, we've got some major bromances going on and they're fabulous! I love that Crispin didn't really even realize he was in the midst of some hardcore bromancing until he got to the airport with his friends. He's been friends with this group of guys for years, but somehow didn't take the time to consider that these guys were more like family than anything. 

This is a sexy story, too. There is plenty of romance and touching and kissing and whispered words full of passion and heat that will make you swoon. Homebird isn't too over the top fluffy and the angst is short lived and there is just enough emphasis on Christmas to make you really stop and think about the things that are most important this time of year (and, well, all year, but you know what I mean.) Home, family, friendship, love, joy, giving and receiving and I'm not talking about presents here either. For anyone who enjoys an Amy Lane Christmas story, or really anyone who just loves love, be sure to check this out. It'll make you feel good and leave you as warm and gooey feeling as a warm sugar cookie right out of the oven!


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