When I started Home Again by Cardeno C, I had no idea what I treat I was in for. Once I started this book, I was immediately swept up in the fast-paced storyline and captivated by the well-written and unique characters. One thing I was totally unprepared for was the intense rollercoaster of emotions I experienced as I read Home Again. Between the laugh out loud moments and the bittersweet-tearjerker ones, I was highly entertained throughout the book, and I truly hated to see it come to an end.
When Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital bed, he can’t remember what happened or why he’s there. To make matters worse, he’s even more confused why his partner and lover, Clark Lehman isn’t there at his bedside. Instead, his estranged brother, whom he hasn’t had much to do with in years, is making all of his decisions and is keeping him in the dark as to why Clark isn’t there. Finally unable to be separated from Clark any longer, he kicks his brother out and has the hospital employees contact his lover. When Clark arrives Noah immediately feels better, but is confused when he notices a slightly older looking, but gorgeous Clark. Soon, Noah discovers that not only has he been in a coma for weeks, he’s also lost three years of memories from the temporary amnesia he has. Even though Noah has memory loss, he clings to the loving and happy memories he has with his beloved Clark, and they still fit together as amazing as they always have since they first met.
Clark Lehman was surprised when he got the phone call that his former lover, Noah, was in the hospital and had survived a horrible accident. When he arrives, he’s shocked that Noah doesn’t remember that they’ve been separated for years, and he has fallen back into that comfortable, loving place that they couple used to share with one another. Even though that Clark has gone on with his life, he’s been miserable without Noah, and hopes that once Noah is released and he learns the truth of their separation, Noah will still want him in his life forever. As the truth of their past hurts is revealed, will both men fight for the amazing relationship they have or will it be too hurtful to work through it?
I loved this book! The story spans over many years. When Clark and Noah first meet, Clark is a responsible and smart junior in high school and Noah is a wild child in middle school. They immediately feel a strong connection between them, and an unlikely friendship develops. As time progresses, their feelings become an once in a lifetime love that will not be denied between them. Even though they are opposite in many ways, they really fit together and bring out the best in each other. I loved how their relationship developed over the span of years, and I really found myself rallying behind these characters. I truly wanted everything to work out for them because I felt like they were truly made for each other.
Home Again is told with an interesting viewpoint. Even though it’s in first person, we get to know what both characters are thinking because it changes point of view between Noah and Clark at each chapter. Normally, I might be put off by this, but I wasn’t. I thought it flowed quite smoothly and I enjoyed reading what was going in the minds between BOTH characters.
Both Clark and Noah are unique and interesting characters. I loved how they grew into their own man, but also came to rely in the love that they had between them. There were little things they did for one another, and endearments they said to each other that melted my heart. I loved that Clark was Noah’s “Angel” and Noah would always be Clark’s “Sweetheart”. Also, the way they touched, communicated and took care of each other was truly beautiful to read. I loved that these characters were so in love with each other, and that they weren’t afraid to show it, no matter how vulnerable it made them look.
The reason only reason I’m not giving this book 5 stars is because I didn’t think the reason for the separation between them was that realistic. I kind of understood why Noah did what he did, but I didn’t think it was enough for him to go through with the act itself. Also, Noah allowing Clark to disappear from his life for three years after he had fought so hard for them to be together was a stretch for me. Noah was a very determined man and it surprised me that he allowed Clark to be gone for so long. It just didn’t seem like something he would do. (Sorry if I’m being kind of vague here, but I don’t want to spoil it for anyone) Otherwise, I loved Home Again, and it has earned its spot on my keeper shelf as a favorite of mine that I’ll enjoy for many years to come.
Home Again is the first book in the “Home” series. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author and more about these amazing characters.
Imposing, temperamental Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital and can’t remember how he got there. He holds it together, taking comfort in the fact that the man he has loved since childhood is on the way. But when his one and only finally arrives, Noah is horrified to discover that he doesn’t remember anything from the past three years.
Loyal, serious Clark Lehman built a life around the person who insisted from their first meeting that they were meant to be together. Now, years later, two men whose love has never faltered must relive their most treasured and most painful moments in order to recover lost memories and secure their future.