*I received a free copy of Homecoming Heartbreaker from Harlequin Desire via BookSprout. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Homecoming Heartbreaker by Joss Wood
Series: Moonlight Ridge #1
Published by Harlequin Desire on July 27, 2021
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
These ex-lovers are enemies hiding secrets that could change everything…in this explosive Moonlight Ridge romance by Joss Wood.
“You’re the one who left, remember?” How could he ever forget?
Celebrated entrepreneur Mack Holloway has come home to Moonlight Ridge to care for his foster dad and save his family’s once-luxurious resort. But to accomplish either he must face his past—the woman he left without a word, resort manager Molly Haskell. He’s never admitted what drove him away, and he’s not ready to confess now, even when working in close quarters ignites a fiery passion that burns away everything else. But Molly is keeping secrets of her own that could bring them to the brink…
I quite enjoyed my initial visit to Moonlight Ridge with Homecoming Heartbreaker. I love the setup for the entire series and look forward to seeing how these brothers, and their dad, end up ensnared by just the right woman. 😉
Homecoming Heartbreaker focuses on Mack, the oldest Holloway brother, and Molly Haskell, the girl he left behind. With Mack’s dad being ill, he’s back to run the business (a luxury resort) for a while. He’s determined to clear the air with Molly so they can move on, leave the past in the past, and work together amicably (she stayed on a Moonlight Ridge and is an integral part of the business.) However, Mack’s willpower to stay away from Molly is tested almost immediately.
I was instantly invested in the characters. I admired that Papa Holloway adopted 3 boys – all POC – and gave them love as well as taught them to love. Circumstances and certain events led these boys off track but they still love their dad. Therefore, with their dad falling ill, they’re all coming back to pitch in. And if they each find love, a reason to come back together and stay? All the better.
Mack has become a successful businessman, working in craft beer and gastro-pubs. Molly worked her way through business school and has ensured her place at Moonlight Ridge. They’ve had little interaction after an event forced Mack to leave 15 years ago, without an explanation, but when they’re in close contact the air sizzles with their chemistry. It shouldn’t be so hard to set things right with Moonlight Ridge OR between them. I enjoyed the interactions and the banter between these two as well as learning of their past together. Papa Holloway and his meddling added to the fun.
What Could Have Worked Better:
Yep. Angst. As in, there wasn’t enough of it. LOL I would have liked a bit more angst, a little more back and forth. More of a battle. Mack and Molly were so adamant they wouldn’t fall back into each other’s arms. Yet they did – which wasn’t unexpected – but they did so rather quickly and easily.
Reading this book contributed to these challenges: