Monday, October 13, 2014

BOOK TOUR - His Road Home by Anna Richland

His Road Home
By: Anna Richland
Releasing October 13th, 2014
Carina Press

Special Forces medic Rey Cruz needs to find a fiancée, fast, to avoid insulting a matchmaking Afghan warlord. Finding a picture online of a girl he barely knew back home, he fakes an engagement photo, thinking no one else will see it. But when Rey is injured while rescuing a local boy, the image no one was supposed to see goes viral.

Seattle marine biologist Grace Kim is shocked to find out she's engaged. When she's offered a plane ticket to visit her "fiancé," she takes it, looking for the answer to one question: Why did he lie? A traumatic brain injury means Rey can’t tell her, until they figure out how to communicate. Touched by Rey's funny texts and determination, Grace offers friendship—a big step for someone who prefers whales to most company.

And when Rey is finally sent home, Grace agrees to help him drive his classic car cross-country over Thanksgiving—a once-in-a-lifetime road trip that leads to what feels like real love. In front of his friends and family, she plays the caring fiancée, but what place will Grace have in Rey's new life once he's ready to be on his own again?

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Author Info
Anna lives with her quietly funny Canadian husband and two less quiet children in a century-old house in Seattle. Like the heroine of her debut paranormal romantic suspense novel, First to Burn, Anna joined the army to pay tuition, a decision that led to a career on four continents.
She donates a portion of her book proceeds to two charities: the Fisher House Foundation, which provides free accommodations near military hospitals for families of wounded soldiers in the US and Great Britain, and Doctors Without Borders, which delivers emergency medical care in more than sixty crisis zones world-wide.
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I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this book a few months back when I was asked for my opinion on a particular scene's dialogue, but I got so wrapped up in the story that this has become one of my all-time favorite books. This is one of the more unconventional romance stories I've had the privilege to read.

I found it easy to just fall into the story and empathize with the emotions of both Rey and Grace; I also thought that Ms. Richland did an excellent job with the result of the TBI that Rey was left with. I'm a veteran of the US military and have worked and visited with several members of the military who have been injured over the last 13 years.

I loved watching Rey, who was initially portrayed as a ladies man in First to Burn, as he fell in love with Grace. I think a big part of what helped this story move forward was that Rey accepted the fact that he was injured and knew he wouldn't be returning to duty; the hard part for him to deal with was the speech issue. But even with his limited and stilted speech, he and Grace really did fall in love and the story ends with a great HEA. I would definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a good romance that doesn't begin in the best of circumstances, but love happens in spite of the characters meeting for the first time.
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.


  1. Thanks Nicole for the great review! I'm thrilled that Rey and Grace's story is out there in the world now - the wait has been soooo long. I'm trying to remember when you read the beta version. It was after First to Burn was released, because you were an early reviewer for that book, so that must mean February or March. I hope the nice format from Carina is easier on readers than the word or pdf I sent way back then. And I love the cover.