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    Excellent

    Loved this and loved returning to Sanctuary Island! This is a wonderful story of Tessa, a woman who loves her husband with her whole heart. She loves him enough to let him go so he can find a woman who will fill his heart. Johnny is a man who loves deeply but doesn't quite know how to show it. He thinks he's giving his wife what she needs but when he returns from an undercover assignment to find her gone, he has to face the fact that he needs to fight for her and show her exactly what she means to him. Their marriage may have started out unconventionally but anything worth having is worth fighting for. I highly recommend this one.
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    Second chance at something fantastic!

    I love the idea of Tessa finding herself while Johnny’s undercover for the ATF and away from home for almost two years. Granted, I think it is a horrible thing to have just left him but I totally get why that was the only way she could do it. She loves her husband but because of the way they got together, and what she thinks is a lack of romantic interested on his part, she can’t stay. Being face to face with him as the woman she used to be, with her feelings and insecurities, she would never have been able to leave. But Sanctuary Island works its magic and in the year she’s been there she has totally come into her own. She’s a strong woman who is able to stand on her own two feet, support herself, make friends and be confident in what she wants. Then he walks back into her life, looking all sexy and protective … and hurt and wanting her back. He’s going to be hard to resist :) Johnny’s only thought after finishing his latest assignment is to get home to his wife, the one person who can help him center himself in real life. Unfortunately she’s left and he knows he’ll be lost until he gets her back. Luckily he’s got time as his job has mandated some therapy in the same town she’s moved to and he takes the opportunity to convince Tessa to give them a chance to save their marriage. And he’s nothing if not dedicated to his cause. He’s going to take that time to win over the new woman his wife has become. The growth that both of these people undergo thanks to their time on Sanctuary Island, both individually and, luckily, back to each other is awesome. Tessa’s had already happened but thru Johnny getting to know his wife better we get to see what that transformation actually meant. And while Johnny’s journey isn’t quite over, by the end he’s found himself on a path that works for him. It takes a strong man to open up and expose himself to someone else and Johnny does it beautifully and even more so for acknowledging that it’s a process that needs to continue. Close to Home is a heartwarming second chance romance full of the hope for new beginnings. (While this is a good place to start (no real ties to previous books) and Tessa and Johnny’s story is complete (and fabulous), the story doesn’t technically stand on its own. There are whole bits of it that set up the next story, Home at Last. So, you have to ask yourself – am I prepared to read the next book or am I OK with that bit of unfinished business … since Everett is such a fantastic writer I’m pretty sure I know which it is going to be!) *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
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    Great read fast pace and emotional

    What a great plot with some wonderful twists. It must be really hard for anyone living a dangerous live to be married and keep that marriage together even harder when it is in a name only. Tessa has always loved Johnny he was always her hero but in her eyes he never really truly loved her. Ten years of marriage with him either in the military or being undercover hardly seeing him is enough. His heart was never hers and he never was really was a part of their marriage and a marriage for one just won’t do. She has decided to more on and start over. Johnny is on his way home after being gone for two years. Looking forward to being in his own bed and seeing his wife is something he is looking forward to. What he finds has him devastated with no wife to be found and divorce papers there waiting on him. It seems he has spent most of his life protecting her being there for her but that is about to change he isn’t ready to let her go. He is on the hunt again but this time it is for his run away wife. Johnny is in for the surprise of his life. He left a timid mouse scared of her own shadow but what he finds is a self-confidence independent woman who can stand on her own doing what she feels is best. He faces her realizing he does really love her but it might be too late. He isn’t ready to throw in the towel he plans on putting up a fight for the women he needs, loves and wants. Things do not feel right something is off he knows in his gut that something bad is going to happen. Johnny feels Tessa might be in danger he keeps his eyes open looking over his shoulders and around each corner as he does his best to show is love and ask for another chance at making their marriage work. What an emotional read full of tenderness, love and chemistry. Each of Johnny and Tessa story is heartbreaking as the author takes you back when it all began giving you details that fills in the blanks. I really liked both of them but would have liked to have known more about Johnny. He was missing something and didn’t really pull me in. There is suspense and danger along with a sup plot that leads in to the next book in the series. I thought this was a great story at times pulling me and making me hold my breath. I loved the emotion and spice and can’t wait for the next on in the series.
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    Contemporary Romance

    Johnny and Teri/Tessa – I have mixed feelings. The story is sweet and flows but I have trouble believing it could really happen. That said, it is fiction so it may not have to be believable? What I liked: * Tessa’s strength whether as Teri or as she has emerged as Tessa * Johnny’s kindness and caring * The supporting characters * The lead into Quinn and Johnny’s story (hope it is next) What I didn’t like: * The lack of true communication between Johnny & Teri during their eight years of marriage – had trouble believing their relationship could have been as it was for so long * The fact that Johnny was not willing to see that his time undercover impacted his behavior and he had things to work through – he did sort of figure it out, though * The easy resolution to many issues: marriage, where they would live, etc. * The twist that brought danger to Teri All in all this was a sweet second chance at love love story with likable characters and a HEA with a great lead into the next book. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC. This is my honest review. 3.5 Stars
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    So excited to Return to Sanctuary Island

    I was so excited to return to Sanctuary Island, and my visit did not disappoint. A marriage of convenience between Johnny and Tessa has lasted many years. Johnny comes home from assignment to divorce papers, he sets out to find his wife. Tessa is now living on Sanctuary Island, she is willing to give Johnny four weeks to find out it is true love or just a pity marriage. They soon find out their is much love to their marriage. Soon their love is threatened by a mystery man on the island, but once again Johnny steps up to protect Tessa. Loved this story of Tessa and Johnny, follow your heart and it will lead you home. Great characters, along with secondary characters. Can't wait to read Quinn and Marcus's story. Love the town of Sanctuary Island, such fun residents. I was always hoping for more Sanctuary stories!! Thank you Lily Evertt!! I highly recommend this book, it is part of series but can be read as stand alone.
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