Review: A Crazy Homecoming by Cate Baylor
Date Published: 8/1/2013
Getting fired over a workplace meltdown was bad enough, but getting dumped at the exact same time by her boyfriend-slash-boss was the ultimate humiliation. With no real friends in L.A. and perennially absent parents, Daphne Simms has no one to turn to. To heal her heart, she runs to the only true home she’s ever known—her grandmother’s rural Texas ranch, called Crazy. She knows ranch folks will be a far cry from those she’s known in L.A., but she certainly doesn’t expect to be greeted by a cranky cowboy shoving a shotgun in her face.
Mick Williams has lived and worked on Crazy for twenty years. Though he’s utterly devoted to Daphne’s grandmother, he’ll be damned if he’s gonna let a city slicker like Daphne sashay in and disrupt his nice, quiet life. When the future of Crazy is threatened, Mick and Daphne must join forces to keep the ranch afloat, but the heat of their attraction makes working together more complicated than either of them imagines.
When their physical and emotional connection deepens, Mick tries to turn away from the woman he’s convinced he doesn’t deserve, so Daphne has to pull out all the stops to convince him that the heart of Crazy is big enough for the both of them.
A Crazy Homecoming is a good story that takes place in one of my favorite places in the world – Texas. This is very much a contemporary, small town, cowboy romance.
Daphne has had a rough life growing up. Now her boss has not only fired her but has broken up with her as well. So she heads to the only place she has ever felt that was like a home to her, her grandmother’s ranch called Crazy.
There she is greeted by Mick and his shotgun. Mick is very protective of Crazy as well as Daphne’s Nana who is the one woman who has ever taken care of him. So he doesn’t like the disruption that Daphne brings to his life.
The plot is very predictable with no surprises. Most of the time I knew what was going to happen before it did. That doesn’t make it less of an enjoyable book to read, it is a nice way to escape for the afternoon. The story moves at a fairly good speed so this does make for a quick read.
Cate Baylor has been a technical communicator for over fifteen years. When she’s not writing, she suffers from hobby addiction, which includes (but is not limited to!) reading, jewelry making, crochet, knitting, scrapbooking, cross stitching, and home DIY. She lives in Houston with her geeky husband, three neurotic cats, and precocious Yellow Lab named Tex. She comes from a long line of Texan farmers who are likely rolling over in their graves knowing she’d much rather stay blissfully air-conditioned than suffer outside in the Texas heat. She’s a die-hard Texans fan but hasn’t decided whether she’s willing to embrace the Astros as an American League team.