For 26-year-old rent boy, Chance Matthews, surviving day-to-day in San Francisco is difficult enough. Then an ill-fated road trip to Wyoming to search for his biological father throws his life into a tailspin. When a string of catastrophes leaves him stranded and desperate, help comes from the last person he’d expect. His knight in shining armor is everything he could want and then some, but Chance is sure a man like that would never want someone like him. That’s the stuff of fairy tales, and he stopped believing in those a long time ago.
Coming Home is the ninth book in Alexa Land’s best-selling Firsts and Forever series, but each book can stand alone, so jump in anywhere. Includes graphic sex and explicit language and is intended for adults only.
Chance left home at 14 after being molested by a prominent citizen (and his mother’s boss) in his small town. When nobody – even his mother – stands behind him, he decides to cut his losses and moves to San Francisco. There, like so many runaways, he finds only prostitution to help him pay the bills.
Now, 12 years later, he’s still a rent boy, and figures that’s all he’s good for. When he meets Finn at a party of a mutual friend, nothing strikes up between them. It’s not until Finn hires Chance to be his “first time” that the two really become acquainted and it’s clear from the beginning that they’ll never just be john and rent boy to one another.
Finn is in the closet and on the fence about his sexuality. He’s seen what happens in his house when his brother came out to his parents and he worries about being an out police officer, even in San Francisco. Something about Chance captivates him and he can’t resist both his company and helping him.
Chance has just decided that the relationship that is brewing between Finn and himself is getting too “real” when his life takes a nose-dive. He ends up calling on Finn for help and from that point forward their lives are inextricably entwined.
I’m not sure why they started the audiobook series on book 9, but… It’s a good book and technically you don’t have to have read the series to like and appreciate this story. (Though it’s a great series and I do recommend reading them in order simply for the nuances.)
The hallmark of this series is both humor and usually something of an underdog story. Usually one, if not both MCs have a seriously hard life and the presence of the other MC helps one or both of them to rise above their problems.
In the meantime they usually have lots of hot sex, interact with the crazy Nana, find themselves in love and always in a HEA.
Chance’s and Finn’s story is really lovely. Both have some growing to do and when Chance’s story bleeds into Wyoming, there’s even more healing to be done.
I loved these guys as a couple and always enjoy seeing the previous MCs and catching up with them.
Greg Tremblay does a TREMENDOUS job of voicing all the many, many different male characters in this story – there’s a LOT. I love the southern accent he gives Chance’s brother and his boyfriend as well as the ridiculousness that is Nana.
I highly recommend this series and this audiobook and give it 4.5 of 5 stars.
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