Noah Forman wakes up in a hospital and can’t remember how he got there. He holds it together, taking comfort in the fact that the man he has loved since childhood, his partner, Clark Lehman, is on his way. But when Clark finally arrives, Noah is horrified to discover that he doesn’t remember anything from the past three years, and he simply can’t understand why. It will take some painful confrontations if Noah’s going to figure out why he’s lost all memories of his recent past… and secure the future he’s dreamed of having with Clark.
I loved this book.
Home Again takes an alternating past/present approach to tell two story lines — how Noah and Clark met and became a couple (past sections) and Noah waking up in the hospital with no memory of the past three years and an exploration into what he can’t remember (present sections). These two sections were beautifully interwoven, with the present told from Noah’s POV and the past from Clark’s.
I felt the relationship was real and the love was true. I’ve found this can be a hard thing to do in M/M fiction, as there are many romantic pairings that I just don’t buy 100%, but with Noah and Clark, there’s no doubt that they are meant to be together forever. I found their intimate scenes to be steamy and they contained a nice variety so that each sex scene had it’s own energy and urgency.
I loved the character development of Noah and Clark, as well as some of the minor characters. All of it was tastefully and excellently done. The only minor hitch in the entire thing was a scene in which Noah and Clark go out for an evening with friends — it was just a few too many people all at once and it stood out as being different from the rest of the book. (This is common in a lot of books that kick off series, I’ve found, where there are scenes with extra characters that don’t do much for this present book, but introduce readers to characters who will be integral to future books — indeed, after reading a few of the reviews online, the characters introduced in that scene are later main characters in future entries to the series.) Though I didn’t really enjoy that scene, it did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book.
As I mentioned above, I took a look at some of the other reviews on Goodreads and I was surprised by what I found there. I rated this book 5/5 because I loved it so much, but there are a handful of 1-star reviews. Some readers found it confusing — whereas I totally did not. Some readers found the chemistry between the characters lacking — whereas I totally did not. Some readers found the sex unrealistic — whereas I totally did not. I understand that different readers have different reactions to books — hell, I’ve got a range from 1-star to 5-stars on my own stuff — but I found it surprising that a book I thought was damn-near perfect could be so disliked by other readers.
For me, I loved getting to know the characters, seeing how they fell in love, uncovering the emotional pain that is the source of Noah’s missing memory, and going along with them as they try to heal from that pain and move forward in life. I loved reading their sex scenes, the variety of them, the urgency, the lust, and overpowering ecstasy of release. And I loved the duality, the story of how they met and the story of how they repair their relationship, the past and present, Noah and Clark.
To each their own, I guess. Me, though? I freaking loved Home Again.