Book Reviews

Welcome Home by Lina Langley

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 18-April-2019

Book Blurb

Milo Anscombe is back home after ten years. Everything about him has changed--his name, his appearance and his wealth. In hopes to restore his crumbling hometown, Milo begins a secret real estate project. He wants to get in and out, without revealing that he’s back, all while saving the decrepit city from a long road of poverty.

 

The operation does not come without risks, though. His current life, his billion-dollar fortune... it’s all built on avoiding Danville, on leaving the life he had as a child behind. When Gabriel Villalobos, a long-forgotten high school classmate, recognizes Milo as little Dylan Culpepper, the chubby-cheeked boy who lived in the trailer park behind the hospital...

 

Milo knows he needs to do something to stop the word from spreading around town.


Giving Gabriel a job might not be enough, though. The man is chatty and excited to be around him... and a lot more interesting than Milo remembers.

 

Suddenly, Milo might have a reason to stay home. But he can’t, not when people might discover who he really is. Not when he’s only just discovering it himself... all because of Gabriel.

 

Book Review

“If you don't know who you truly are, you'll never know what you really want.” ― Roy T. Bennett

Does your outward appearance truly change who you are? Milo Anscombe thinks so. After his mother dies, he is forced to go live with his father to whom he is more of a nuisance than anything else. Mostly, his dad takes him in because he thinks he’ll get his hands on Milo’s mom’s money, but he is wrong. She put it all in a trust fund for Milo to inherit when he turns twenty-one. Although Milo isn’t abused, he isn’t loved either. As soon as he can, Milo intends to leave his hometown and his past behind him.

Even though Milo wasn’t particularly happy there, he is sad seeing that the town is falling apart. Now that he is a millionaire, he’s in a position to help. Secretly Milo plans a housing project to aid in growing the town’s economy. He hopes to get in, get the project started, and get out before anyone notices. However, during a pit stop at the local Walmart, Gabriel, someone he went to high school with, recognizes him. It’s awkward at best. They talk for a while; Gabriel tells Milo he’s a designer, gives Milo his card, not really expecting to hear from him. Milo thinks his cover is blown, that Gabriel is sure to tell everyone in town that he has seen him.

Gabriel is surprised to see Milo back in town after all these years, especially looking like he does. Gabriel is happy for Milo, but he is not envious. Gabriel had a big crush on him and seeing Milo just makes him realize that the attraction is still there. Gabriel is surprised when Milo calls and proposes that they meet. During their meal, Milo asks him to help design the housing project he is planning. Gabriel accepts, but from the start, it is clear that things are not going to go smoothly.

This is a short love story between two very unlikely men who, in spite of their pasts, are brought back together by fate. It also emphasizes the fact that, while you may never be able to go home again, who you were when you lived there stays with you forever. Thanks, Lina, for the endearing tale.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 78 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-March-2019
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Welcome-Home-Lina-Langley-ebook/dp/B07PDV3XC5