Lead Me Home (Home is Where the Heat Is #2) by Candi Wall

Lead Me Home He knows just how to tame this filly, but it’ll be one wild ride.

Home Is Where the Heat Is, Book 2

As far as Chloe Garrison is concerned, Nick Westing was carved by the gods. Her one and only plan while visiting her best friend in Texas: get that sexy cowboy into her bed as often as possible until it’s time to return to New York.

After a whirlwind week she slips away, thinking it best to make a clean break. Exceptshe can’t get Nick out of her head. And when he unexpectedly walks into her office, her first instinct is to find her defenses before she loses her panties.

Nick jumped at the chance to accompany his brother to New York for a photo shoot,but now that he’s here, he’s pissed. Seems Chloe is doing everything in her power to ignore him. The tender part of him understands her need for space.

The wilder side of him teases and torments her until she finally admits she’s missed him. Even though she walks away, in his book it’s a win. Because one way or another, he’s going to convince her they belong together.

Warning: Contains a commitment-phobic city girl who wants her cowboy—and hates that she wants him. And a hot, sweet-as-sin Texan with the patience and skill to show her she belongs by his side, in his world, and in his bed.goodreads

 Having met Chloe and Nick in the first book in the series, Bring Me Home, I was looking forward to reading their story in Lead Me Home. The pleasant surprise I discovered when I began reading the book is that it takes place after Bring Me Home rather than during the same time period. Chloe has returned to Dead End, Texas to spend a few days with her best friend Miya and hopefully get a fresh perspective for the magazine she works for. While there, she and Nick agree upon a no-strings attached weekend – each of their personal preference for “relationships” – and all goes well until Nick decides that once might not be enough. Chloe might be used to a man getting more attached than agreed upon, but what she isn’t used to is wanting more herself and realizing that she might be feeling more for Nick than sexual attraction sends her back to New York lickety-split. But Nick isn’t going to let a couple thousand miles come between him and the first woman who has ever made him want more than a night or two, so when the opportunity to face Chloe on her home turf arises, he’s on his way to New York to show her just how good cowboy lovin’ can be.


I loved the banter between Chloe and Nick. Their competitive nature made for one of the more amusing book openers I’ve ever read and while Lead Me Home is not a romantic comedy, it has plenty of laugh-inducing scenes throughout. While this is the second book in the Home is Where the Heat Is series and can be read as a standalone, I recommend reading Bring Me Home first because you’ll not only get a better picture of Dead End, Texas, you’ll also get a better picture of who Chloe is in her interactions with Miya and Shawn. It also helps prevent the insta-love feel the book may have for someone who hasn’t read book one first as Chloe and Nick met in that book and their attraction was immediate. The sexual chemistry between Chloe and Nick is intense and this makes for some seriously steamy sex scenes. One of the things that I really enjoyed was that Nick didn’t take Chloe’s rejection at face value and persisted in his pursuit of her. He realized that she was a lot like him when it came to relationships and kept at her until she admitted why she was so resistant to “more.” Lead Me Home was a great addition to the series and I look forward to the next book to see what else Dead End, Texas has to offer.


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