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One would have to be living under a rock not to recognize the name RJ Scott. Although she is new to the writing scene, relatively new that is, she has produced a large, yet quality, mass of writing. This is the second of her books I have had the pleasure of reading. The first being Kian: The Fire Trilogy #1.

Back Home is a story right up my alley in terms of its character diriven, emotional, angst-filled plot line. While there is certainly a driving story line behind the main characters which pushes the story forward, the bulk of attentionis spent on our two heroes, Kieran Addison and Jordan Salter.

Jordan comes from a less than stellar home, but the Addisons brought him in as a member of their family from the earliest of ages. Growing up with the two brothers and the one sister, Jordan discovered his sexuality with Brad (Kieran's older brother), became involved with him, and suffered with the Addison family through Brad's tragic death.

When the story begins, we learn that Phil, the father of the Addison family, is ill. Kieran's sister calls him in London, where he is currently living, and begs him to come back home, a place Kieran had fled. Jordan, Brad's former lover and the subject of Kieran's infatuation is not pleased at all when Kieran shows up, since he had been harboring feelings for the younger brother since before Brad's death. Needless to say, this sets the reader up for a story filled with strife, emotional anxiety, and high tension.

What I loved about this book was how Ms. Scott took her time to flesh out each character, what made them tick, their internal struggles. With each action and reaction, I felt as if I was there, with the character, feeling their frustrations, nervousness, elation. The way Jordan and Kieran slowly danced around one another, slowly closing in, until finally the ice was broken and they expressed their feelings for each other was equisite pain/pleasure.

The story itself was also well developed, involving the full cast of characters, but keeping the main focus on our two main interests, the central love interest, Kieran and Jordan. The villain was present enough to give the story a structure that carried through from beginning to end, but, as I stated before, did not serve as the main driver of the plot. It was the relationship that drove the story.

The thing that kept this story from being a 5 star was that it wasn't until half way through the book that Kieran and Jordan finally connect sexually. It was a long wait for them to break through their own barriers and, while the journey was well-written, it did feel like it took a bit too long to get to the hot and heavy action. Once the action started, it was well worth the wait.

All in all, another success for Ms. Scott.

Book Blurb for Back Home

Kieran returns home to save his family. Can he do this without falling in love with Jordan again?

Kieran Addison, in his teens, falls in love with his brother Brad’s boyfriend, and he runs away to another country to bury himself in a career so he can forget. When his brother is killed in a car accident, Kieran comes back briefly for the funeral, but then leaves almost immediately, his emotions too raw to face Jordan Salter.

It's only when his father becomes ill, and his sister begs him to come home, that Kieran returns for good. He finds the family business almost bankrupt and Jordan, the man he loves, broken—a shell of the man he used to be, beaten down by despair over the business and guilt over Brad's death, a death he blames himself for.

The journey Kieran and Jordan take—building a friendship and repairing the business, while exploring how they feel about each other—is a journey filled with decisions and revealed secrets. Can Kieran and Jordan finally see what could be between them after all these years?

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2011 4.50