Carrie Ann Ryan’s Bad Boy Homecoming series entry focuses on the second chance romance between the Valedictorian and the “Dropout”. Sex and spice takes a backseat to emotional connection and empowerment. Greyson’s going, against his will and better judgment, to his ten year high school reunion. He struggled in school working two jobs to support his mother and sisters. Because of a family incident he didn’t walk in the ceremony but he did get his diploma. Greyson fled the judgmental small town, post-graduation, and moved to Denver. Kate’s back in town after her failed marriage to her high school sweetheart. Her future looked bright ten years ago and now she’s living in Hell. Kate’s rivals are relishing the fact that she didn’t succeed as expected. Even her parents aren’t providing the anticipated support to her and her two children. A great storyline that just needs more substance.
“Dropout” is truly lovely in the instant connection that the hero and heroine have. They acknowledge that it existed during high school but wasn’t allowed to see the light of day. I also loved the unexpected connection to Carrie Ann Ryan’s Montgomery Ink series! This novel is engaging and the story is fabulous. Unfortunately if feels fast and loose. I wish more attention was spent on the couple’s intimate details. It would have pushed the book into really great territory. That being said, this book is definitely worthy of reading; with a truly likable hero and heroine. Their romance is poignant and satisfying.
I’m giving “Dropout” 3 Lightning Bolts and a Small Craft Advisory.
This novel was provided, voluntarily read, and honestly reviewed.