Series: I Remember You #2
Published by Self-Published on July 31, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Things for Lance and Samantha have been picture perfect since they reunited four years ago. They are happily married with a little girl and another baby on the way. Lance's career with the Forbidden Gods is stronger than ever. Samantha has some best selling books to her name and her writing career is taking off.
In just a few short months, that perfect world starts to shatter. Lance has to go on tour without Sam. He has creative differences with management over the band's latest album that have left him frustrated. He suffers loss after loss, not knowing if he can take much more. He turns to alcohol to numb the pain just like he did all those years ago when Sam left him.
Sam tries to be strong for her family when tragedy threatens to pull them apart but when Lance isn't there for her when she needs him the most, she questions everything she ever believed about them and their love.
Lance is lost and hanging by a thread. Can Sam save him? Or is it too late? Will Lance be able to find his way back home?
Home Sweet Home occurs four years after I Remember You where Sam and Lance are given a second chance at love. It took them about fourteen years – let me repeat that 14 YEARS to get to where they are now and life could not be anymore perfect.
In Home Sweet Home they have it all. Both are successful and passionate about their chosen careers. Samantha is a successful writer and Forbidden Gods (Lance’s band) is about to headline a major tour. They also have a picturesque family life – a comfortable home in the suburbs of Wisconsin, family and friends nearby and most especially the light of their life, Emma.
Samantha always manages to go on tour with them but because of her own tour schedule and another child on the way she isn’t able to do so this time around. The distance isn’t something that they are used to since they’ve reconciled but they vow to be strong and maintain good communication.
Not everything goes as they planned. The album that Lance is working on has its setbacks, he receives bad news from a loved one and an old flame also reintroduces herself back into the picture. The stress of it all comes down hard on Lance and he falls back on old vices. He just isn’t as strong as they both thought he could be and is about to risk it all.
*To fully understand this story I recommend reading I Remember You before reading this one. The first is a short novella that shouldn’t take you more than two hours to read. And it goes over the history of Lance and Samantha and what they had to endure to get to where they are now.*
I may have mentioned this before in another review but it is rare that I find good stories about the trials and tribulations that married couple face in their relationship. This is what I found most alluring about this story.
Home Sweet Home is about Samantha and Lance going through such challenge. Most couple have the issue of “falling out of love” but with them that isn’t the problem. If anything it seems to be the opposite. Distance is their issue.
Their relationship is so profound that they seem unable to fully function without each other. And I appreciated how the author was able to capture the intensity of these emotions in a novella. The only thing about this story was it just was a tad predictable ( the title gives it away!). With all that they have been through especially in I Remember You these two definitely deserved their HEA.
If you are looking for something emotionally charged yet short and sweet then I would recommend this series for you.
Later that night, Samantha was in the bathroom getting ready for bed while Lance was performing his nightly ritual of checking on Emma before coming to bed. She was going to miss these little routines their family had.
She glanced at herself in the mirror. She’d managed to slip on the sheer, lacy black teddy Lance had bought her in Vegas when they got married. He had a thing for lingerie despite the fact he couldn’t keep it on her for longer than a few minutes. Tonight would probably be no exception.
She turned off the bathroom light and climbed onto their king size bed to wait for him. They had designed their bedroom to be a sanctuary, a place to relax after long months on the road or in LA while he was recording. There was a fireplace and a small sitting area and Lance had to have a big screen TV. There were times when they would get home from LA and they’d spend days in this room. She loved it, but it would be empty without Lance.
“Must’ve worn her out at the park today; she’s out cold,” Lance said as he walked into the room. He shut the door behind him and his eyes widened when he saw her. “Holy shit, Sam. What are you trying to do to me?”
A shiver went down her spine; the teddy had its desired effect. Lust and desire were written all over Lance’s face. “Oh nothing, just getting ready for bed,” she stated nonchalantly.
“What-the-fuck-ever, woman,” he mumbled, pulling his t-shirt over his head and tossing it across the room. He undid his belt and had his jeans and boxers off in record time. He hopped onto the bed by her and pulled her under him. His erection was hard against her thigh. That didn’t take long.
“You know I love that thing on you,” he growled into her ear. “And I’ve been semi-hard since earlier this afternoon. I’m not going to play around right now, Sam. I need to be inside you.”
His words sent a spark of desire straight to her womb. She reached up and cupped his face in her hands, looking deep into his blue eyes. “Then take me, Lance. Make love to me,” she whispered. She didn’t need foreplay tonight either; she needed to feel him inside her. She needed to be close to him tonight.
He made a sound deep in his throat and kept his eyes on hers as he thrust inside her. She moaned softly and arched beneath him, savoring the feel of him filling her. She wrapped her legs around him and ran her nails down his back.
They made love the rest of the night, dozing on and off in between sessions. They touched and kissed each other all over, sometimes taking their time, sometimes with a sense of urgency.
“Home Sweet Home” – Motley Crue
“I Remember You” – Skid Row
“Faithfully” – Journey
“Here Without You” – 3 Doors Down
“Stay” – Rihanna
“All or Nothing” – Theory of a Deadman
“Good Morning Beautiful” – Luke McMaster
“Believe” – Staind
“Highway Don’t Care” – Tim McGraw
Book 1: I Remember You
Lance never got over his teenage love despite years of trying to forget her with alcohol, music, and other women.
Samantha dated lots of different guys after Lance, guys most girls would love to have even a chance with. No one can make her happy though; she compares them all to Lance.
Fate brings them together when Lance is in town for some family business. They end up spending a passionate night together but can they be more? Can they finally find their happily ever after?