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Homecoming: (A New Adult Romance) (Love Michaelson Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jackie Sexton
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Book Description

I need you, Ariane. You are the reason I could breathe when I thought nothing was worth living for in this damn world.

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?

Editorial Reviews


Praise for Homecoming:

"This book has a depth and is a really easy read. It shows us the journey two people take to find the people they're meant to be."--All Night Books

"Jackie Sexton has created realistic characters...Ariane is quiet, shy, a wallflower really (I know all about that, haha), so it made it really easy for people to fall in love with her."--Reading Shy with Ally

From the Author

Writing my first contemporary romance was so much fun! I love Ariane so much, and creating her journey was a true pleasure, from start to finish. But of course, the other Michaelson girls need to find a way to break the gypsy cures that keeps them from love! So I can't wait to write all of their journeys through heartbreak and HEA!
What's this about a gypsy curse, you say? I guess you'll just have to read to find out ;)

Product Details

  • File Size: 908 KB
  • Print Length: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Moon Flower Press (June 20, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L5X94SK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing Is Hotter Than A Rekindling July 24, 2014
By CeeCee
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book it’s got a great story to begin with an interesting premise and one that I have not read before so kudos for originality. I liked the way the author created the dynamic between the two main characters.

A lot of times I find in an adult romance many times the heroine if you will is very one dimensional and wispy not our Ariane loved her. She is strong, and engaging and funny and irreverent and what she really needs is to find the chick in her inner soul and beat the curse.

That is about all I’m going to say about her mission in the book because I don’t like to spoil things for new readers. Part of the joy, is the surprises the author leaves like bread crumbs along the plot line.

When you follow author Jackie Sextons bread crumbs you dive into a world that is part glamour part mouse. When she combines the two worlds a romantic, passionate and low burning attraction burns steadily. Then bam it is an inferno. I liked the way her pacing went it was different but that is not bad that just makes the author an original.

In my opinion why Indie authors are so interesting to read they don’t play it safe as they have nothing to lose. What that does is give the reader an abundance of new and different plots and characters from standard publishers. This is one of those books the characters are so unique I just adored the read from cover to cover.

I am also signing up for the email announcement located at the upper right so that I’m notified when the other Michaelson girls get their close up. I’m gave this five stars because the author deserved them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Feasted On: Love Michaelson Series, Book 1 August 13, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
4 out of 5 stars!! This was a dynamically intense novel! About two people who are at impasses in their lives, meeting again after years apart and finding out what their true dreams are while getting to know one another. I really enjoyed this novel. Even though it seems more fantastical then anything with there being a family curse and someone falling in love while not ever meeting the other person, but it was also because of that "imaginary stuff" that made me fall into Liam & Ariane's worlds and like them as a couple. In some ways Liam reminded me of Travis from Jamie McGuire's "Beautiful Disaster" because of both of their intense and possessive nature's, also because they both seem to fall instantly in love with their "girls."

I found Liam & Ariane to really balance each other out, which--in turn--made me root for their relationship no matter what they ended up doing. It also make me curious as to what will come next in this series, as this novel was written (it seemed) like a stand-alone.

I do recommend this novel to those who enjoy contemporary NA romances that have a little fantasy thrown in! =0)

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2.0 out of 5 stars not for me November 5, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Homecoming, Jackie Sexton
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews
Genre: Romance,
Sadly one of those reads that just did nothing for me. I didn’t like ( or dislike) Ariane, she was so bland there seemed to be nothing of her, or Liam. I couldn’t believe in the insta love, or their actions that followed. There were so many plots that it was a kind of blunderbuss effect, throw everything and hope something hits...the characters too – there seemed to be every stereotype possible there, addicts, alcoholics, adulterers, brash loud girls, quiet shy girls, bullies, sick family memebers – you name it and someone was it. As a popular actor he was papped at the airport and yet able to stay without security or problems in the tiny family home...and go into town unmolested?
I couldn’t get over the painting part either – she hasn’t painted for months, yet he gets sent pics of new ones (why? he doesn’t seem to be an art fan otherwise and what's the other guy doing snooping in the cupboards of someone else home anyway?) , she paints in thick oils yet is able to hide them in a cupboard the moment they are finished. as an artist I can tell you categorically thick oils stay tacky for months, weeks at least when used with a quick drying agent. It was so many little things like that which irritated me, so added to the fact I really didn’t care what happened to them both it’s a fail for me. Sorry. but there it is, not everyone likes everything.
Stars: One and a half, I didn’t totally hate it, its an interesting premise and could have been good if treated differently. Sadly it wasn’t .
ARC supplied via Netgalley and publishers
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Ariane is the wallflower of her family, especially when it comes to her sisters and she has never had much luck with guys - in fact it is said that the women in her family due to a decision her grandmother made when she was younger were cursed by a gypsy to have bad luck in the romance department and that only when someone in the line could be loved completely and vice versa with an ancestor from the family line that the grandmother rejected would the curse be broken. Ariane's latest love interest has just broken her heart over the internet as he's in Brazil lapping it up with several beach hotties and now it's just in time for her sister's wedding to her high school sweetheart Todd. Liam is a big star attraction in Hollywood but his heart isn't there and he wants to settle down and make serious films, scripts he actually cares about rather than the continious action puff pieces. When Todd announces his marriage to Liam, it's time for Liam to head home and get away from Hollywood . He has an ulterior motive though as Todd has been sending Liam pictures of Ariane's paintings and he has fallen for her. When the pair meet , he can see her wariness of him but can Liam show her the real "him" beneath the Hollywood star ? Also a twist of fate could see the love curse finally broken with Liam and Ariane.
This was a lovely New Adult Romance and had a hint of supernatural and ancestry history mixed in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Charming New Adult Read
*ARC provided through Netgalley*

Rating: 3.5
I felt it was a charmimg, but passionate new adult read. The character development of both characters were beautiful. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Keanna Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars New Adult Genre
This one just wasn't for me. The characters were too young and seemed to lack layers. I had a hard time making any emotional connection and I just wasn't feeling the love. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good read
Published 5 months ago by Carleen A Stewart
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring, not for me.
Boooooring and little strange if you Ask me. Diden bother to finish it to the end 1 star.
Published 6 months ago by Bella
4.0 out of 5 stars Love can be colorful...and art can sometimes be how you meet that...
Sweet story about 2 people from the same small town, who went very separate ways find themselves meeting at a wedding of a mutual friend. Read more
Published 6 months ago by 2kasmom
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all hopefuls!
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was a page turner and keep me wanting more. The author pulls you into the story as if you Re the main character. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Addicted2Reading
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Ariane is the shy, quiet sister of the family, she is called the wallflower by them. She's a little awkward and her boyfriend of five months has just dumped her. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Catherine Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars I could really relate to Ariane
This is a Cinderella story of sorts. Although I think the author could have added more to this story, it was an easy enjoyable read.

I could really relate to Ariane. Read more
Published 9 months ago by SiK Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good sit down and cuddle kinda book
I liked the book, really like the characters. A sweet love story that does have some very emotional times in it. But you wont be wasting your time if you read it.
Published 9 months ago by edfan89
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Extremely enjoyable read. I loved both Ariane and Liam from the very beginning. Fantastic story and great characters. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Carrie Fox -Midwest Book Lover blog
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Jackie Sexton is an avid reader and writer of steamy, paranormal romance. She loves dreaming up new worlds about brave (and slightly neurotic) heroines, and hunky, lovable heroes. She also loves dark chocolate and Chihuahua pups like nobody's business!

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