Review: Homecoming by Stacey Shannon

Posted August 30, 2016 in Review / 8 Comments

Review: Homecoming by Stacey Shannon


Series: Boys of Fall #3
by Shannon Stacey
Published by Penguin, Jove on August 30th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 304
Format: eARC

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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They were the golden boys of fall: Stewart Mills High School’s legendary championship football team. Fourteen years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the team—and find themselves again . . .

Sam Leavitt has two goals when he returns home to Stewart Mills to fill in for Coach McDonnell: to keep the school from finding a permanent replacement while Coach gets back on his feet, and to reconnect with his mother. As substitute coach for the high school football team, Sam must work hard to keep the boys on track, and that means spending time with the sexy guidance counselor he shared a hot night with months ago.   Jen Cooper knows what she’s looking for, and it’s not Sam—he wasn’t even supposed to come back. She wants a cultured, romantic soul, not some rough-around-the-edges guy with calloused hands—and a hard, muscular body. But seeing him every day forces Jen to question what she really wants out of life. And as Sam begins to deal with his past, Jen discovers there’s more to him than she imagined.


Are you ready for some Football?!?!

It’s getting so very close to that time of the year when you snuggle up on bleacher seats under the lights on Friday nights, or you tailgate Saturday mornings, or you waste away a Sunday on your couch in front of the TV.  Need to get the mood going early with a side of romance?  Here’s a little read for ya…

The Boys of Fall are back with the third book in the series and this time around, one of the boys is coming back into town again but his plans are not to stay permanently.  Sam Leavitt left the small town of Stewart Mills right after High School as fast as he could.  He never, ever wanted to go back to the town that had so many horrible memories.  But after being back once to help the school’s football program, he’s being asked again to fill in for the High School Football Coach while “Coach” recuperates from a heart attack.  Because the coach meant so much to Sam, its impossible for him to refuse the request and he leaves Texas again for the small town in Northern New Hampshire.

Heading back to Stewart Mills also means Sam is going to run into Jen Cooper.  Sam hasn’t been able to get the “mind-blowing” hook-up they shared last time he was in town out of his mind.  It’s such a shame he never said “good-bye” on his way out of town last time (oops!).

Even though Sam was a schmuck for leaving Jen without saying good-bye in the last book, his character wasn’t a bad person.  Ms. Shannon made sure to give the reader enough background information and insight into how Sam thinks, so you know Sam is good guy who comes from a shitty childhood.

I also really liked Jen’s character.  Because this story is told in dual POV, you get inside both of their minds and know them both intimately.  Jen is very altruistic and ready to save the world, one kid at a time.

It just so happens that quite a few of those kids like to play football.  And quite a few of Sam and Jen’s friends from the previous books show up to watch, gossip, and help these two hopeless lovebirds any way they can.

This story, a “kind of” second chances story, is quite the slow burn to a final “are we really doing this?” romance.  I really enjoyed how these two resolved their future plans to get themselves a their happy ever after!  I could completely relate to their ending 😉

For being my first Shannon Stacey read, I’m pretty impressed with her writing.  She’s great if you’re looking for a sweet romance with a side of no funny business.  Just a nice, sweet diversion from the heaviness in your everyday life.

About Shannon Stacey

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Shannon Stacey lives with her husband and two sons in New England, where her two favorite activities are writing stories of happily ever after and riding her four-wheeler. From May to November, the Stacey family spends their weekends on their ATVs, making loads of muddy laundry to keep Shannon busy when she’s not at her computer. She prefers writing to laundry, however, and considers herself lucky she got to be an author when she grew up.



Small-town romance lovers looking for a sweet, timely read.





About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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8 responses to “Review: Homecoming by Stacey Shannon

  1. This book is getting a lot of great reviews so I’m going to have to put it on my TBR list. I have the first two books in the series but haven’t gotten around to reading them.

    Shannon Stacey has been a hit or miss author for me, she’s been a lot more hit than miss but those misses are pretty memorable misses. Ha! Still, thanks for the review.
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    • I can SEE that with Ms. Stacey. She’s a very “light” romance writer. I tend to like my romances a bit “edgier” (see “Four Letter Word” – Oh my!). But at least I tried her!!!

    • Trust me, I squeaked this one in at the last minute!! I really liked this one so 3.5 means I more than just liked it but if I put a 4 on it, that means I LOVE it and I’d read more in the series. Honestly, this one was just a wee bit too “light” for me. I like my adult romance a bit edgier – weird, right?!

    • I don’t know the country song but maybe that’s what Stacey had in mind? I’m so old, I keep accidentally saying “The Boys of Summer” from Don Henley. 🙂