Next Exit Home~A Review

Next Exit Home by Dena Blake sounded like a great second-chance-at-love romance with a small town setting and an “angsty” theme. I know that Ms. Blake writes angst really well, so I settled down to read this worry-filled love story. The book started off great. The pace of the story was good, the main characters (Harper and Addison) seemed real and mostly likeable, and I connected with them pretty quickly. The romance was progressing nicely too. I really liked where the story was going.

Then I hit the middle of the novel, and everything seemed to fall apart. The pace of the story slowed to almost nothing. Harper and Addison became flighty and changeable. They suddenly seemed unable to make any decisions about themselves or each other. Harper, especially, became quite unlikeable in how she treated those around her. This continued until near the end of the book. I almost quit reading a little over halfway, but kept going, and I’m glad I did. The last part of the book was more like the first half, and Harper and Addison became their “first half” selves again; the ones I had connected with and could see growing together.

I liked the first half and the very end of this novel. Those two sections I could give a rating of four stars, but that middle section and a few unanswered questions at the end pull the rating down to three stars. While I did have trouble with this book, I know Ms. Blake is a very capable romance author, and I will be looking for more of her work in the future.

I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.

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