Hello and thanks to LeAnn’s Book Reviews for letting me be here today!
I’m Z.A. Maxfield, coming at you from lovely sunny southern California where I’m blogging about my latest release, Home The Hard Way.
I’m doing a giveaway and there are a couple different ways to win! At each tour stop, one lucky winner will get to choose any book from my backlist, so if you’re new to Z.A. Maxfield, this is a great way to find out if you want to dive in! At the end of the tour, I’ll be giving away a Riptide gift certificate, so you’re going to want to follow along the whole blog tour HERE for your best chance at a prize!
Here’s the blurb for Home the Hard Way: Dare Buckley has come home—or at least, he’s come back to Palladian, the small town he left as a teenager. After a major lapse in judgment forced him to resign from the Seattle PD, Palladian is the only place that’ll hire him. There’s one benefit to hitting rock bottom, though: the chance to investigate the mystery of his father’s suicide.
Dare also gets to reacquaint himself with Finn Fowler, whose childhood hero worship ended in uncomfortable silence when Dare moved away. But Finn isn’t the same little kid Dare once protected. He’s grown into an attractive, enigmatic stranger who neither wants nor needs what Dare has to offer.
In fact, Dare soon realizes that Finn’s keeping secrets—his own and the town’s. And he doesn’t seem to care that Dare needs answers. The atmosphere in Palladian, like its namesake river, appears placid, but dark currents churn underneath. When danger closes in, Dare must pit his ingenuity against his heart, and find his way home the hard way.
Read more about Home The Hard Way HERE
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Dare is not happy returning to Palladian but it’s his best option career-wise. Ghosts from his past are soon haunting him, but none of them compare to Finn Fowler. As childhood friends, Finn looked up to Dare and he thrived under Finn’s worship. But now after years being apart, Dare doesn’t recognize Finn. As Dare struggles to piece together his life in his hometown he must try to keep a clear mind in regards to the events that are happening in Palladian. But things get even more complicated as he gets to know more about Finn and the case he’s working on.
From the moment Dare stood up for Finn in grade school, Finn never left his side–until Dare left after tragedy struck his family. Finn’s past is filled with hurt and judgement, but that hasn’t stopped him from making a life for himself in the town that hurt him. But as things spiral out of control in Palladian, Finn finds himself in the middle of a situation where accusations are thrown haphazardly and secrets are being revealed.
I was intrigued from the very beginning, which is a good thing when starting a book. Especially one packed-full of details to follow through.
Initially I was intrigued by Dare. I wanted to know what was his story, why he left town when he was 15 and why he came back if he was so unhappy to be there. Of course, as the story progressed and other characters and facts starting surfacing I was more than a little invested in how it would all turn out.
I have to say that there was never a dull moment as the story continued to develop. Especially once Finn came into the picture.
Z.A. Maxfield sure didn’t pull any punches when telling his story. My heart went out to him immediately when I first learned about his childhood and my admiration for who he became increased as I saw how far he had gotten in life. I loved his sensitive and caring side, not only when it came to his aunt, but with how he cared for Dare. Sure, there were misunderstandings, but he did care about him in a deeper level and it showed in how he struggled to come to terms with his emotions towards Dare and how it conflicted with the secret he kept.
The author’s writing was superb. I found myself riveted in the story, analyzing facts and anticipating what was to come next. She did a great job in introducing all sorts of characters that helped to move the story along and paired it with little details of town-life that added to the thrill of the events that were happening. Gossip, secrets and betrayals were just a couple of elements thrown into an already complicated situation and I devoured it all.
I could say more, but I enjoyed the little surprises thrown at me too much to spoil the experience for you. All in all, an intriguin read packed-full of suspense and emotions.
*I received a copy of this title in exchange of my honest opinion.
About the Author
Z. A. Maxfield started writing in 2007 on a dare from her children and never looked back. Pathologically disorganized, and perennially optimistic, she writes as much as she can, reads as much as she dares, and enjoys her time with family and friends. Three things reverberate throughout all her stories: Unconditional love, redemption, and the belief that miracles happen when we least expect them.
If anyone asks her how a wife and mother of four can find time for a writing career, she’ll answer, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you give up housework.”