"Simply put there is nothing like high school football."
Reviewed by Sandra Wurman
Posted January 4, 2017
Romance Contemporary | Romance Sports
Sometimes kids need a savior -- they come in all types and
sizes. For Sam Leavitt the school football coach turned
out to be his savior. Coaches have the reputation for
being tough and demanding -- expectations rather high which
only means they expect their guys to do their best -- bring
their A game and along the way learn respect, teamwork and
the value of hard work. In HOMECOMING as well as in the
boys of falls series Shannon Stacey tackles the subject of
new beginnings. HOMECOMING is the third book that takes
place in a small town facing difficult problems forcing it
to make difficult decisions. Shannon Stacey's forte is
contemporary romance and HOMECOMING is a wonderful example
of her talent.
Sam grew up understanding that especially in his life
there was nobody to turn to. When his drunk father was set
to beat mode -- his mother beat her own retreat into a
bottle. No one to rely on and certainly no role models to
emulate until Coach McDonnell.
Sam's now back in Stewart Hills New Hampshire far from
Texas currently home. Being completely honest it wasn't
exactly home but a good job and place to live -- and most
important away from Stewart Hills. Sam was beckoned home
for the second time in a few years. The first to help
raise money to prevent the town from losing its high
school football program. May not sound important but in
small town America you'd be surprised. Stewart Hills was a
town in crisis plain and simple. But now it was truly
personal. The Coach had a heart attack and Sam was
recruited by his mentor to take on the job of coach. Big
huge shoes to fill and yet everyone seems to believe Sam
can do it. The Coach, team, town, friends and most
important Jen Cooper believes in him.
Jen the girl he left without any word. Sam is surprised in
Jen's albeit reluctant willingness to work with him. Their
lives are worlds apart especially in Sam's eyes so no
future there. Coming from a very dysfunctional abusive
family Sam was always dubious concerning his future. For
Sam Stewart Hills held no future for him and his
attraction to Jen was equally a dead end.
Returning to Stewart Hills Sam is swamped with difficult
memories, mistakes and doubts. But in his mind this was
temporary -- he could do temporary. But when temporary
started to feel less imperative Sam question whether what
he stood to gain by staying was worth dealing with old
issues he had planned to leave in the past-- on a perhaps
There just may be some opportunities back home. But it's
going to take a big man to take that leap of faith and put
his heart on the line. Going for a touchdown with a bunch
of big guys blocking the way to the goal post is nothing
compared to chasing a dream that he never dared to dream.
Jen is way too good for the likes of Sam. But isn't that
the way love works. The heart doesn't judge on your past
or parentage. If it's real than all bets are off the table
as to whether it will work or not. But not trying. Well I
don't see Sam throwing in the towel that easy.
Shannon Stacey continues the story of this group of
friends who somehow manage to find their way back home
despite of the many roadblocks. It's a great little series
that absolutely reads like independent stories. HOMECOMING
reminds me why I rarely if ever pass up anything by
The New York Times bestselling author of Defending
Hearts returns to small-town New Hampshire where a
substitute football coach and a guidance counselor tackle love.
They were the golden boys of fall: Stewart Mills High
School’s legendary championship football team. Fourteen
years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the
team—and find themselves again . . .
Sam Leavitt has two goals when he returns home to Stewart
Mills to fill in for Coach McDonnell: to keep the school
from finding a permanent replacement while Coach gets back
on his feet, and to reconnect with his mother. As substitute
coach for the high school football team, Sam must work hard
to keep the boys on track, and that means spending time with
the sexy guidance counselor he shared a hot night with
Jen Cooper knows what she’s looking for, and it’s not Sam—he
wasn’t even supposed to come back. She wants a cultured,
romantic soul, not some rough-around-the-edges guy with
calloused hands—and a hard, muscular body. But seeing him
every day forces Jen to question what she really wants out
of life. And as Sam begins to deal with his past, Jen
discovers there’s more to him than she imagined.
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