Imposing, temperamental Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital and can't remember how he got there. He holds it together, taking comfort in the fact that the man he has loved since childhood is on the way. But when his one and only finally arrives, Noah is horrified to discover that he doesn't remember anything from the past three years.
Loyal, serious Clark Lehman built a life around the person who insisted from their first meeting that they were meant to be together. Now, years later, two men whose love has never faltered must relive their most treasured and most painful moments in order to recover lost memories and secure their future.
©2013 Cardeno C. (P)2016 Cardeno C.
Avid drinker of tea and reader of all things, romance is best.
Alexander Collins' narration has made a book I thoroughly enjoyed even more special. His characterisation was heartfelt and in line with the men I had seen in my mind's eye as I read the original.
When Noah graduates high school and comes home to Clarke. Clarke hasn't seen the grown up version of the boy he fell in love with and the emotional connection and sexy fulfilment of the longing is so moving!
As the book moves from past to present repeatedly, the narration actually made this transition more smooth. It can be a difficult writing style to follow and Cardeno C does it with great skill, and Collins delivers a seamless but easy to follow narration.
When Clarke rescued Noah from the drug fuelled party house and Noah curls up on him and surrenders to Clarke's care, I cried.
A superb, not to be missed coming of age and 'finding home' love story.
"It's a kind of magic..."
There's some kind of magic to Cardeno C.'s stories. With every re-read I find a new angle, or a new understanding of the story, which makes it all fresh and new.
The story spans from 1996 to January, 2011 and grabbed me from the first page. This romance takes the reader on a journey along with the characters from the first moment Noah and Clark meet, what they go through to be with one another, to the moment it all went wrong, and how they make their way back to one another. There's a lot of sex, a lot of growly "MINE!", and a lot of love.
There's a moment in the story, I'm not going to give it away, when I felt like killing Noah. I couldn't believe his reasoning for such stupidity. Then Clark not only forgives him, but he APOLOGIZES. I. Lose. My. Mind. Seriously - lose it every time...screaming, wanting to grab up Clark and shake him and then punt Noah right in the 'nads and make him grovel and crawl.
THIS. This is what Cardeno's writing does to me. It drags me in and makes me think these characters are real. It sucks me down every time, and every time I find something new to appreciate about it.
I love Alexander Collins' narration of this series. Collins purring out "Angel" to Clark is endearing, and hearing him growl out Noah's possessiveness of Clark is just hot. The audio is a great way to experience this story. If you are looking for a romance with great narration, charismatic characters, lots of mind-meltingly hot sex, and a lot of emotion - make sure to grab this up.
"Home Again-Emotional and Angsty"
The Home series is a favorite of mine, primarily due to the strong underlying theme of destined couples. Home Again is a perfect example of this, with a large dash of angst and uncertainty thrown in due to Noah's accident and resulting loss of memory.
I'm not normally a fan of stories that flip back and forth from present to past, but in the context of this story this works well as each flip to the past helps build memories of Noah and Clark as the meet and fall for each other. Those memories are doled out slowly while we see the two men interacting present-day as Noah and Clark are together again...and it's that "again" aspect that provides the uncertainty as readers know there is more to the story, though we're not sure what happened until near the end.
Clark has always had a protective, caring streak for Noah right from the moment the two meet when Clark is 17 and Noah is 13. This continues to build over time, and is still evident when Clark comes to Noah in the hospital-even though it is quite clear to the reader that their relationship is not at the place Noah thinks it is when he finally awakens after the accident. The unsure feelings this provoked in me had me totally drawn in to the story as I was desperate to know what the REAL story between the two of them is present day.
While I wasn't too thrilled with what Noah had done 3 years prior (the part he doesn't remember until near the end), the final resolution made up for it...mostly. It still made me want to slap him silly for the reasoning behind what he did (sorry, can't tell you more as it would spoil it for you). Suffice it to say that this did cause me to remove a full star from my rating-which says a lot since this was a 4-star read for me.
For the narration, Alexander Collins does a terrific job at voicing the characters, and the warm tone of his voice made the story soothing to listen to for the majority of the story.
I'd recommend this story to M/M romance fans 18+ for adult language and M/M sexual content.
I wouldn't say that it's better just different. I love being able to hear the emotions in Noah and Clark's voices in the audio.
How Clark wouldn't give up on Noah and did everything he could to bring back Noah's memory of their love and lives together.
Just as amazing as any other.
Clark because he believed in his ability to bring Noah back to him.
Another great story by one of my favourite M/M authors.
""Always have been. Always will be.""
This story turned out to be a bit unique, somewhat gruff, and incredibly sweet.
I definitely need a story for Noah's brother now. Good entertaining listen.
Couple points to make boys and girls:
1. If your partner who you no longer wear condoms with cheats on you,
DO NOT APOLOGIZE for that crap! I don't care if you feel you didn't do enough to ensure
their sexual needs weren't being met by YOU. It's call COMMUNICATION!!!! If your
partner chose to cheat rather than talk to you, IT'S THEIR FAULT!!!!!! PERIOD! You
deserve better and you're worth not being cheated on!!!!!!!
2. People who have an issue with you because of the color of your skin, sexual orientation,
etc., are NOT GOOD PEOPLE! No matter how you try and make them good in your
mind, someone who shows that type of hate are NOT GOOD PEOPLE!!!!! PERIOD!!!!!
"Great addition to the series"
Told in a series of flashbacks, shifting from Noah to Clark’s perspectives, this is the story of both how Noah and Clark first met and then how they got back together after a very major misunderstanding.
Noah was a troubled teen-ager when he first met Clark, but from that moment on, he knew he was meant to be with Clark.
Clark didn’t formally identify as gay but leaned that way after meeting Noah. Clark makes Noah wait til he’s 18 before starting anything up with him, but from that moment forward there is nobody for the other. Until…
When we meet Noah and Clark in the present it is after a car wreck that leaves Noah in the hospital with amnesia, unable to remember the last 3 years. Clark knows why he’s forgotten those years.
Fortunately, after they air out all their secrets, the two childhood lovers re-connect and we get a very satisfying HEA.
This is the beginning of Cardeno’s Home series and in it we meet many of the series’ MCs. This is one of the very first m/m books I ever read and I have since read/listened to it many, many times. It is VERY sentimental and VERY sweet. There are some who may think it overly so, but not me!
I adore how frank and open Noah and Clark are with one another and how touching their re-union is. I love when Clark finally “calls a spade a spade” and calls out Noah’s needs to him plainly. I also respect how, though it may seem silly, the big misunderstanding is actually kind of justified if you look at it from both of their perspectives.
We get some background on Ben, Noah’s brother, who has his own book later on in the series, as well as meeting Aaron, Zach, Caleb, Eli and Seth.
The sex is plentiful and hot. The emotions are high and sweet. The “I love yous” plentiful.
This story (and the whole series) is a warm blanket on a cold day and definitely gives you the feeling of coming home after a long trip away.
(The bonus material is very cute as well, and helps to wrap up this, and each of the other stories so nicely!)
I highly recommend it and give it 4.5 of 5 stars
4.5 stars – I loved it
This is the second time this has been an audiobook, and Jeff Gelder did the first narration. Alexander Collins has been re-doing the entire collection and I think he does a tremendous job with all his work. He always adds in variations to his voice to make the person feel like they are part of the story – for example muffling his voice when it calls for it, changing it up for phone calls, really adding in the emotion when someone is upset, etc. I love his version of Noah, he makes him really rough and growly while not making Clark sound like a limpet. I really love this story and this narration only added to my overall enjoyment.
(With this narration we get the bonus chapter too, which is awesome!)
4.5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.5 of 5 stars highly recommended
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