Title: Right Back Where (Welcome to Alvarado #1)
Author Name: C.E. Kilgore
Publication Date & Length: July 27, 2015 – 186 pgs
Sam’s ended up right back where he started – the small Texas town he swore he’d never step foot in again after making fast tracks to SMU. He’s not the young, gay kid he was when he left. He has a music degree now, with no job and is about to lose his dorm room… Shit.
When an old friend has him coming back to where he started, Sam struggles to deal with old memories and an unexpected reality. Things in Alvarado aren’t exactly how he remembers them, and neither is his arch nemesis Cody Greene.
When the two men get stuck together by a promise, the hated memories that Sam’s bitterly held onto for five years begin to unravel. When the dust settles, Sam and Cody have to decide if they can let go of the past to build a future.
Triggers: Violent beating, drunk parent, death
Let me start out by saying that right from the start, I knew this book was going to be a quick pace. I am not sure if that hurt or helped the story, but it is indeed a fast paced book.
You have Sam who has been running from his past with very good reason. He has figured himself out and was never going to look back. But, there was one person whom he wanted to keep in touch with – a teacher who not only inspired him, but loved him like he was her own son. When he gathers enough courage to see his ailing teacher, he has no choice but to go back to Alvarado.
Then you have Cody. And, I don’t now if Kilgore wants your to hate him right away, but I definitely hated him. I wanted him to shrivel up, his mean, juvenile behavior, what was described by Sam – I really disliked Cody. But, Kilgore had a way of slowly changing my opinion of him. Cody was just as scared as Sam back in the day – it just came out in a very hurtful manner.
There is a town who has some forward thinkers and some very backward thinkers.
The secondary characters, Ricky, whom I loved and really hope he gets his own story, then you have the awesome friends of Sam’s, Kyle and Julie. They made the book much more tolerable.
While I do believe that this book was very fast, it also had its tender moments. I wish that this book was alternating perspectives, as I would have loved seeing the story from Cody’s POV too.
There were things I liked about this book and things I did not like. There was a lot of angst in this story and a lot reminiscing. Don’t get me wrong I love stories that have angst in it and the enemies to lovers’ type of story but the constant reminiscing was a bit too much. This was a sweet story and the way the author brought the two together was original. Overall a good story and I probably read the next in the series.
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C.E. Kilgore (1981 – ) is an author without genre, who likes to dabble in several genres from romance to science fiction. She also enjoys pushing the boundaries of those genres, trying new things, venturing outside formulas and turning tropes on their heads. Admittedly a control freak, she is currently a self-published author under the name Tracing The Stars, and hasn’t quite found the publisher who fits all her quirks. Be sure to check out her website, cekilgore.com
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