Book Blast : Windows: Emily Minton

Book one of Coming Home series
Emily Minton
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Released September 25, 2013

Lucas Beck crawled through Melinda James’ window every night. Each time, gaining a piece of her heart and leaving a bit of his behind.

Lucas was in love with the girl next door, but he ruined any chance he had of making her his. So, he moved on without her.

Lindy gave her heart to the boy next door, but he left her humiliated and heartbroken. So, she started a new life without him. 

They both head off to college, leaving the other behind. Lucas finds success then misery on the Football field. Lindy finds new love, but it never feels quite right. 

Years later, Lucas and Lindy find themselves back in their hometown. Will Lindy open her window again and give Lucas another chance?

Lucas Beck crawls through Melinda James' window every night. Each time, he gains a piece of her heart and leaves a bit of his behind. 

Growing up Lindy, Lucas, and Tara were the Three Musketeers. Their parents were best friends. Their Dads were all cops. And when Lindy's father was killed, the other two Dad stepped in to be surrogates. But as they grew up, Lucas got cocky. He was obsessed by his image as a popular football star and he did not treat Lindy well when around others. He would sneak into her window at night and share everything with her. He had feelings for her he never shared. She thought she loved him. But she was a little too smart, overweight, and unpopular to actually hang out with at school. And one night, right he does the unthinkable and hurts her terribly. I am not sure I have ever had a male character piss me off so much from the beginning as Lucas. I wanted to throttle him. Seriously, I knew he would have to work really hard to get back in my good graces. 

"He hurt me, Mom. He hurt me worse than all those stupid high school bullies put together. I loved him, and he broke my heart."

She and Tara left for college and cut him out of their lives. This part is skimmed over and four years later they are back and home and a new, improved Lindy has to face Lucas. He immediately admits he regrets his actions and does everything in his power to convince her that she has always been the only one for him. But he has some issues to deal with his own life as well. 

I found myself softening towards Lucas. He finally wore me down. But with that being said, sometimes I would shake my head at the things coming out of his mouth and some of the stupid things choices he made. Lindy does not hold out too long. And they begin to repair the hurt and try to build on their feelings together. 

"I want everything you are willing to give me.  There is something I have been wanting to tell you since I was twelve years old. I love, Lindy James."

But unfortunately there is a crazy ex, someone attacking women, and danger lurking about. No matter how they try to move on, they keep getting surprised. There are twists and turns, mystery and suspense.  It becomes more about keeping Lindy and those she loves safe. 

I ended up liking Lindy and Lucas together. There was not a huge build up and it seemed a little rushed. But their relationship was based on friendship and history and built from there. And they already knew what it felt like to have lost the other so they were tolerant of minor scuffles and could see the big picture. 

I loved their friend, Tara. She was funny, outspoken and protective. her relationship with her boyfriend had it's own complications and I wonder if they might be the next story in this series. I loved all of the parents. they really did look after all of the kid like their own. It was almost like co-parenting even though the kids were now adults. Sometimes I got a bit confused on whose actual parent was whose.

I thought this book has some unique plot ideas, but not all of them were executed as well as they could have been. I generally liked the characters even despite some stupid, wrong choices. Even though I warmed towards Lucas, I still kind of felt a disconnect with him. Sometimes he was  kind of crass and rude in how he spoke. It was almost like he was trying to be an alpha male but could not quite carry it off. But at other times he could be endearing, sweet, and tender. Lindy was strong, smart, and genuine. But even she made some unwise choices or was a little dense in certain situations. I did not really feel a lot of emotion or chemistry with their love scenes. There was drama, suspense, and some mystery. But I will admit I had figured it out fairly early on. Although there were some things thrown in there to make me doubt myself.  

But sitting here thinking back to the prologue where my heart was broken and I wanted to kick Lucas in the balls, it really was a quite a journey from beginning to end. It was a fast paced, easy read in both points of view. And once I started, I  did not stop. I think it could have used a bit more depth, emotion, and actual relationship drama. But it did keep me entertained for a few hours. 

Thanks to Emily Minton for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review. 

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I am the proud mother of two lovable but irritating teenagers. I have been married for over twenty years, but I would gladly trade my husband for Tatumn Jackson any day!
If you are wondering who that is, you need to read Sweet Dreams by KA now. Kristen Ashley is my queen!
I love to read. I am a complete mommy porn junkie! I have more books on my kindle than most people could read in a lifetime, but I will get to them all eventually!
I am also an avid blogger. I love to share my favorite books and pimp my favorite authors.
I have just finished writing my first book with the amazing Dawn Martens. I hope you all enjoy Whiskey Lullaby! I also just finsihed my first solo book, Windows.


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