Review: When You Make It Home by Claire Ashby

Title: When You Make It Home Author: Claire Ashby Format: Paperback, 320 pages Published: July 2014 by Red Adept Publishing ISBN: 1940215315
Title: When You Make It Home
Author: Claire Ashby
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Published: July 2014 by Red Adept Publishing
ISBN: 1940215315

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Synopsis: 

Meg Michaels, a bookstore owner, has already walked away from two cheating exes. She’s learned her lesson and has her mind set on success—until she gets knocked up. Embarrassed and unwilling to discuss her situation with friends and family, she wears layers to hide the pregnancy.

When Meg gets sick at a party, she’s mortified. Even worse, Theo Taylor, the guest of honor, discovers her secret. Theo, an Army medic wounded in the war, agrees not to reveal her condition, and the two forge a bond of friendship that blossoms into love.

Theo is soon filling all of Meg’s late-night cravings—and not just the pregnancy-induced ones. But can their love overcome all the obstacles that stand between them and creating a happy family?

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My Rating: 4/5 stars

My Review:

Meg Michaels never, in a million years saw herself knocked up and unmarried at just 24 years old.  Even more humiliating is the fact that Meg’s baby is not the result of a happy, romantic and, solid relationship but the result of a sweaty, mistake filled weekend with her ex whose BS she fell for, yet again.  The cherry on top of the crap sundae is the fact that the baby doesn’t even belong to her ex-fiancé but to her still-married ex-boyfriend.  Can it really get any more complicated? Oh yes, it can.  Humiliated by her situation and terrified of what her family and friends will think, Meg is trying her hardest to hide the pregnancy and deal with the fact that she is going to be a single mother.

Between hiding her burgeoning bump, fighting morning sickness and, helping her twin brother run their highly successful bookstore, Meg is stretched to the limit.  Her charade is as exhausting and her pregnancy and though she knows she can only keep the secret for so long, she is determined to hide until the very moment that she can’t.  That moment was meant to be weeks away until returned from war Army medic Theo Taylor accidentally discovers her secret.  Though it is probably very bad form to ask an injured veteran to take on yet another burden, Meg asks Theo to keep her secret. 

Theo Taylor has been through hell and come out the other side.  He saw many, many atrocities in combat and patched up those that he could and said goodbye to those that he couldn’t.  When Theo loses his leg and is sent back home, he comes home in very bad shape.  Though he makes it through each day and mostly appears to be fine, Theo is falling apart on the inside.  When Theo meets Meg, a little bit of hope comes back into his life.  Meg is smart, frustrating, funny, stubborn and, in desperate need of a little help.  Once Meg’s secret finally comes out, things get even more fun and the two set the tongues a wagging when Theo moves in with Meg.  Theo needs to get out of his mother’s house if he is ever going to learn how to live again and with his considerable skills, he can help Meg get her home set up and ready for the arrival of her baby.  The plan seems crazy on so many levels but Theo and Meg get along well and are able to help one another at a time when they both desperately need it.

As the weeks go by, Meg and Theo grow closer and a relationship begins to develop.  Meg feels more stable than she has in months with Theo by her side and though Theo tends to run hot and cold, he is there for Meg when he can be.  When Theo is hot, he is smoking and he is desperately attracted to Meg.  Against her better judgment (really, she has two exes that suck!) Meg begins to fall for Theo and the more she around him, the more she wants to save him, to protect him and, help him overcome the demons he is plagued by.  But demons are hard to overcome and just when Meg needs Theo the most, he bails on her. 

The Bottom Line: When You Make It Home is a sweet romantic read that brings together two moderately to highly broken souls who are looking for their mate.  Meg has a terrible track record with men and an inability to let go of the past; until she resolve her issues moving forward is going to be very, very hard to do.  Theo’s issues are much more dramatic and just as damaging as Meg’s.  Theo’s demons haunt him relentlessly and if he is ever going to be who Meg needs him to be and who he wants to be, he has to get right with himself.  The struggle between the two is sweet and sad with moments of steaminess and pure joy.  In the end, I very much enjoyed Meg and Theo but had some issues with some of the minor characters.  Even with the couple of minor characters who rubbed me the wrong way, When You Make It Home is still a solid read that will certainly appeal to lovers of difficult romances with an HEA.

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About the author: 

Claire Ashby was born and raised in the heart of Atlanta. At a young age, she began keeping journals and over time embellished the details of her quiet days. Eventually, she let go of reality altogether and delved completely into the world of fiction.  When she’s not reading or writing, she spends her time watching extreme survival shows and taking long walks after nightfall. She has an unnatural love of high places, but still regrets the time she skydived solo. She believes some things are better left to the imagination. She resides in Austin with her family and a pack of wild dogs.

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