Monday, July 10, 2017

Home to Stay by Kate James {Blog Tour Review + Giveaway}

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Home to Stay
by Kate James
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 312 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She's bringing his son home

A missing little boy triggers San Diego K-9 officer Shannon Clemens and her canine search-and-rescue partner into instant action. For the rookie cop haunted by a childhood tragedy, bringing Sawyer Evans's son safely home is more than a job. It's a mission she can't fail… But forging a friendship with the father is a tactical error that could compromise her first solo assignment. Yet the deepening bond between them is almost impossible to resist…

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My Review: 4 Stars

I love this San Diego K-9 Unit series. The bonds that each officer has with their dog is so endearing and I can't help but to love these furry critters as well. In HOME TO STAY, Shannon and her four-legged partner, Darwin, are called to find a missing boy, but the situation hits too close to home for her.

Sawyer is a single parent since his wife disappeared a few years earlier and I had a few issues with this. He is ready to move on with life and I didn't like the fact that he made that jump so quickly and in the midst of a crisis with his son. I guess when love hits, it hits, but I felt like it made him seem a little selfish at times. And I'm not a big fan of a yo-yo relationship.

However, I loved seeing characters from previous books show up and to catch up on their lives. Just like in the earlier books of the series, the action and suspense happens right from the beginning and it doesn't ease up until it's all over. It was almost over-the-top, crazy drama--the kind that you wonder if it ever happens in real life. There's a mystery angle that really kept me reading because I couldn't figure out the who-done-it and what the motive was. I devoured the story and came away feeling a little emotionally exhausted and heart wrenched, yet satisfied with how the events finalized.

Content: mild language; mild romance; mild violence.

*I received a copy through the tour host, which didn't affect my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Other Books in the Series


About the Author

Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word.

Kate's goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors, with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by email, through her website, her Facebook pageTwitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.
Tour Giveaway

Prize Pack:
· A gorgeous aqua cross-body bag;
· "Dreamer Extraordinaire" charm bookmark;
· signed copy of When Love Matters Most, the second book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series);
· signed copy of When I Found You, the third book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series;
· an assortment of bookmarks and bookplates; and
· a $20 Amazon gift card.
· (US/CAN - if winner lives elsewhere, will receive ebooks & gift card instead)

Signed Books:
· Six winners who comment on any of the blog posts, will receive a signed book (US/CAN) of their choice from the first three books in the San Diego K-9 Unit series, When the Right One Comes Along, When Love Matters Most, or When I Found You.

Ends July 18th


  1. Katie, thank you letting me visit your blog again, to celebrate the release of HOME TO STAY, and thank you for taking the time to read and review the book!

  2. Sounds like my kind of book--romance and pets!!

    1. I'm glad to hear that, Linda. If you have a chance to read HOME TO STAY, I would love to hear from you to know how you liked it.

      Good luck with the giveaway!

  3. Great review--I love when animals are featured characters and when people and animals have strong bonds. I'm not a fan of quick turnarounds either, but this book does seem like I'd enjoy it very much.

    1. Thank you, Danielle. There is a considerable passage of time from when Sawyer's wife disappeared and when the story takes place. He'd not dated for a long time, because he was grieving the loss of his wife and focusing on their young son. If you get a chance to read the book, I hope you'll like it!

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

  4. I guess some of these relationships do seem to move too fast but hey...the book's only so long.

    1. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Richard.

  5. The book sounds interesting. Thanks.

  6. I'm a sucker for any book with animal! This books sounds great

    1. Thank you, Liz! I hope you'll get the chance to read it!

  7. Thank you, once again, Katie, for welcoming me to your blog to help me celebrate the release of HOME TO STAY!

    Happy reading!