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No Place Like Home

(Coming Home #1)

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  25 reviews
"The easiest-and hardest-decision she'll ever make starts with a kiss."

"Coming Home," Book 1

In high school, Bianca Charleston was a nobody. An overweight wallflower, so invisible that Cole, the boy she had a crush on, never even knew she existed.

Things have changed, and she's finally ready to show off her new bombshell look. Sort of. Maybe. After a one-sided pep talk with
ebook, 138 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
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I was really excited to read this one and it was difficult to wait this close to its publishing date but I made it! And I really wish that I had no self control because this was a good one and I'm a bit irritated with myself that I held out.

I'm not usually a big fan of those romance novels where there is this insta-lust (as some people call it) or love at first sight. I don't know why that is. Maybe it's because it took me meeting the man who would become my husband twice before I was just tota
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jd-read
3.5 Stars, 3 Flames
Bianca Charleston aka Charlie was the wallflower in high school who redefines herself and finally loves who she is. However, she isn't ready to show off her new looks in her home town just yet. Her bff, Kia, convinces her to help at the carnival her hospital hosts in order to raise money. Enter Coltrane Johnson, Charlie's secret crush, for over 10 years. He may not remember her from high school but sparks fly when he lays his eyes on her for "the first time".
This was definitel
Erica Chilson
Feb 13, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3 Stars

No Place Like Home is the perfect antidote to a boring afternoon, a few hours of mindless entertainment. This short novella consists of 'Charlie', an insecure teacher, going home to visit during the hospital's carnival, where she encounters the one who got away- Cole.

I will admit, I struggled to continue reading in the first 10%, but knowing the book would take no more than an hour, an hour and a half to read tops, I soldi
Book Gannet
This is a short, very easy, very quick read in which the ugly duckling becomes the hottest swan ever and has an insta-lust relationship with her high school crush. It’s complete fluff and wish-fulfillment stuff, which is no bad thing.

Except everything in this book is pretty shallow – no one seems to care about the person Charlie is or was, or what she went through in order to change. The only thing that matters is that she’s super hot now, so clearly she’s an awesome person.

The character develop
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Bianca was the ugly ducking in High School who 10 years later has become a swan. She returns to her home town to visit her best friend and runs into Cole, her teenage crush. Cole however has no idea who she is and doesn't remember her.

This is a really fun romance. Bianca and Cole fall for each other with lightening speed but I didn't mind a bit. I was swept up in the excitement of their whirlwind romance and watching their s
Feb 16, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review through Wicked Reads.

This book wasn't my typical choice because I don't usually enjoy the "transformation" type of theme, but it turned out better than expected. While it wasn't exactly second chance romance how I'd usually think of it as, it was a second chance for a new, more confident person to show her crush.
I thought this one was short, sweet, and adorable. Perfect for a quick, not too heavy read.
Wicked Reads Review Team
Jenn Cunha
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

I love it when someone who wasn't the coolest in high school gets to go back to their home time and show them how awesome they really are. Charlie had the biggest crush on Cole when they were in high school. As the wallflower, chubby freshman, his too-cool-for-school senior self was her dream. Now, she's lost some weight, but her confidence is still not quite there. Her best friend convinces her to come home for the carnival and throws her dire
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
This is a short, slight, conflict-free book. Much of the banter between h/H and h and her bestie could do with hell of a lot of editing. Story is thus: Ugly duckling turns to a swan. We are introduced to the h post transformation. We learn nothing about what prompted transformation or what she had to go through to achieve it. Terribly unidimensional and since everybody is nice, it's a meh book.
Mariel Hoss
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Short and sassy. Charlie is a no-nonsense, what you see is what you get kinda girl that entertains from page 1. Cole is the perfect foil in that he finds it amusing and quirky. Match made in heaven though with a few false starts.
Jeannie Zelos
Mar 04, 2016 rated it liked it
No Place Like Home,  Jennifer Kacey
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews

Genre:   Romance

 I loved the description of this – I’m a sucker for the turnaround type novel, where people grow up into those they’d never imagined even in their dreams. I was bullied at school for being a small, shapeless, dark skinned glasses wearer. gave a lot of scope for taunts I loved how Charlie has transformed and yet still inside she’s that bullied schoolchild. Kids can be cruel even if they don’t me
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2016, arc
No Place Like Home is the first book in the Coming Home series.

No Place Like Home is about a woman named Bianca Charleston (a.k.a. Charlie) who was considered a nobody in high school. After things have changed, Charlie flies home to help with the annual hospital carnival. Only when she arrives she encounters Cole Johnson, her high school crush that never noticed her. Cole Johnson, now FBI field agent, can't ignore the attraction he has for this blonde bombshell. Will they have their HEA or will
Swanangel15's Book Review
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a very nice novella that will make you have a warm fuzzy feeling throughout your body.

Bianca Charleston was the fat kid in her high school. The one no one noticed, the wallflower.

Now things have changed, she's changed and Bianca has transformed herself into a bombshell. But even with her new transformation, Bianca has not been back to her hometown.

That is until her best friend begs her to come back home to help with the town's annual hospital carnival. It does not hurt that she would b
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If there were a rainbow and guy like Cole at the end of it, I would have gone home a long time ago. I loved how super sexy Charlie was and didn’t even know it. She totally left behind all of the of high school baggage and blossomed into a great person. Charlie kept her great friendship with Kia and it’s the only reason she is going back home.

Home… the place where you start, is also where you leave your high school crush Cole. It turns out that Cole had a much similar growing experience. Now whe
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of 'No Place Like Home' from Jennifer Kacey, in exchange for an honest review.

Being my second book from Jennifer Kacey & of a different genre than the first (which I loved), I went into 'No Place Like Home' excited. 'No Place Like Home' is book 1 in Jennifer's new series "Coming Home".

Finally becoming the person who she's always wanted to be Charlie, still finds it astonishing when a man even looks her way. No longer being the wall flower she was during High School, her best f
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
I had a hard time finding the story in this one, to be honest. No Place Like Home felt like the resolution after all the conflict has happened. I liked the characters well enough, but I wonder if that was because I was not given enough to not like them. The storyline of Charlie being the outcast and Cole being the jock in high school had potential, and is what interested me at first. But not much was done with that, either. It was a happy ending, at least. I was disappointed, though, that there ...more
Jaclyn Roche
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Jennifer Kacey delivers a steamy romance with her first book in the coming home series. I was able to read this book in about an hour and if it were beach weather it would have been the perfect beach read. It was a fun story of Charlie coming home for the annual fundraiser and she is nothing like she was in high school. Don't we all dream of being a bombshell returning home for an event and seeing everyone from High School? Well, at least, the wallflowers and unpopular girls do. This story fulfi ...more
Treena Beavers
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs-first-reads
No place Like Home - A lovely easy read romance with a Magical Twist.

Bianca (Charlie) returns to her home town to help a friend out with a school carnival. Bringing her straight back into Cole's life, her high school crush. Back then she was a shy, awkward feeling wallflower.
Now she turns heads all over town as she and her new found curves return to have a little fun.
Cole is knocked off his feet, when a gorgeous woman stands in his office. In less than day Charlie has him in a spin. The fun wee
Feb 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
No Place Like Home is a sweet, light-hearted story of new beginnings. Charlie has grown from the overweight wallflower she was in high school. She has dropped the weight and made a life for herself. When her best friend convinces her to come back home to help with a charity fund raiser despite the fact that the kids that bullied her in high school will be there all grown up, including Cole, the guy she had a crush on she is scared out of her mind. But when nobody recognizes her she is tickled pi ...more
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it

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Growing up Bianca ‘Charlie’ Charleston was the girl most likely to win the title of ‘becoming a real wallflower’. However, since then, she’s totally changed and could now snag the attention of any man if she tried. When her friend asks her to return to her hometown to help with the hospital charity event, she’s reluctant –at first. Until she realizes just how good it would feel to finally make everyone see how she’s turned her life around from the shy girl she
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
The thing about No Place Like Home is that it was too short and underdeveloped which led to me not caring about the characters. I mean it was okay but fairly basic. I would recommend it if you like short straightforward romance. Many thanks to Netgalley and Samhain Publishing for the ARC.
Quick and cute, with very little to the story other than the main characters and their "support staff". A best friend and a plus one are really all this story needs, however. The chemistry was good and the characters likeable.
Mar 07, 2016 marked it as to-read
recommended by Jayne.
Debbie Watson
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you like protective and caring alphas then you definitely need to read Cole and Bianca's (Charlie) story. The first in a new series I loved it!
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Really cute quick read...loved the Oz references.
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“Charlie followed where they were looking and stopped dead in her tracks. Other people walked around her, grumbling and grouchy. She was bumped several times and none of it mattered. Because past the row of seats in the center aisle, right there at her gate, stood Cole, holding a sign with a rainbow on it that said “Charlie”.
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