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Leading Me Home

(Harrington Hills #1)

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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Pretending to date the guy he has a crush on? Kevin’s sure he’s heading for a disaster. A broken heart, at least.

Kevin has been a lone wolf almost his entire life and he’s comfortable with that. Now that he no longer works for the guy he hated, Kevin has only one problem—his crush on his neighbor and best friend.

Taylor is the Alpha’s Son, the heir to the Harrington Pack. H
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ebook, 88 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Pride Publishing
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Ann
I’ve been on a shifter bender lately and have gotten really lucky with my recent reads. They’ve been great and exactly how I like my shifter stories. Leading Me Home is no exception. When I first discovered MM I read some really stereotypical OTT alpha shifter stories and they all ran together pretty quickly which kind of put me off the whole trope for a long time. Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that the whole shifter story theme has gotten so much better and/or I was picking the wrong books. ...more
Ami
An okay friend-to-lovers story with a fake boyfriend theme and a paranormal situation. Despite it being a novella length, things move in a nice-steady pace; Taylor and Kevin didn't immediately jump on their sexual attraction. However, the conflict near the end feels too superficial.
Diverse
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jan2016reads
I happen to love shifter books and I also love the friends to lovers trope and this book was both! I was in heaven. Taylor and Kevin are the best of friends. Kevin is a lone wolf and Taylor is the Alpha’s son of a wonderful, kind, and very large pack. When Taylor is forced to come home for a wedding Kevin agrees to help him out by posing as his boyfriend to stop any of his mom’s attempts to hook him up with someone.
Now, I knew when I read this agreement that this was going to blow up in their f
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Sandra
3.5 stars I really enjoyed this story. The length was perfect, and luckily Ms. Linden didn't fall into the miscommunication or big-fake-plot-twist trope hole. Things move along at the perfect pace, really. BFF's, go home and pretend to be the boyfriend to keep the fam off Taylor's back, start to realize there's more there. There's one argument near the end, not a miscommunication, but an actual argument that needed to happen to prompt a relationship talk and make sure everyone is giving equal pa ...more
Joyfully Jay
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wendy
A Joyfully Jay review.

4 stars


I just love books where the characters pretend that they are in love with each other, only to find out that they weren’t pretending at all. In this story, Kevin has been crushing on Taylor for the past year and a half, but he’s never let on. Meanwhile, Taylor obviously has feelings for Kevin, given that he continuously brags about him when talking to his moms back in Harrington Hills. Despite their mutual feelings for one another, neither has had the courage to push
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Deborah
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, amazon-done, pnr, jd-read
Kevin and Taylor are wolf shifters and best friends. Kevin is a lone wolf with no pack affiliation and has been crushing on Taylor for a long time, but never has crossed that imaginary line. Taylor is the Alpha's son, the heir to the Harrington Pack. There is no question that at some point he will return home and take his rightful place in the pack, but for now, he wants to stay where he is, with Kevin. When Taylor has to attend a wedding back home, his mother is threatening to set him up with a ...more
Tinnean
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I love this trope of friends pretending to be boyfriends and then realizing there's been something there all along. Add shifters to the mix, and this is just about perfect. :-)
Shannon
I enjoyed this story but something seemed to be missing. I didn't really feel the connection between Taylor and Kevin. I loved that the Alpha of Taylor's pack was a woman. Never seen that before. The smexing was okay, nothing great. It was good enough to continue with the series but it was just okay.
Leseparatist
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, owned
I'm not terribly much into werewolf convention. The alpha-beta-epsilon-omega things based on outdated animal sociology pretty much give me eyeroll (especially since there's so much more recent animal sociology and generally animal studies that could make for more interesting takes on shifters). To me, there's just something inherently harmful in the tropes of being "born to be a leader" and in the way "nature" is deployed in such stories.

Which is why I'm very happy to say the werewolf tropes an
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rykaine
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
I'd have liked to have seen the characters fleshed out more. There were times when they just felt flat, especially when they were speaking. The dialogue seemed stilted and lacked a natural flow at times.

Though perhaps not completely out of left field, the fight still seemed a bit random and unnecessary. I suppose there had to be some sort of conflict inserted into the story to ruin the happy couple, but this particular one did not feel organic to the story, or even the characters. It honestly f
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Mike
This novella was fine, a friends-to-lovers tale mixed in with paranormal pack politics. For me, it was only an "o.k." read, as it wasn't overly compelling, but enjoyable enough for fans of m/m shifter stories.
Julesmarie
Okay shifters friends-to-lovers pretend relationship story.

Favorite Quote:
and extend the definitions of 'mine' and 'yours'.
Ericka Walden
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Awww...that was cute!!
The TBR Pile *Book review site*
It’s an easy to read, gentle love story with great main characters and a good plot. http://thetbrpile.weebly.com/reviews/...
Theresa
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
NA feel. Good fake-boyfriend, friends-to-lovers story.
Angela Goodrich
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Your best friend whom you’ve been crushing on for the past few years asks you to accompany him home for two weeks and pretend to be his boyfriend so he can avoid his mother’s matchmaking attempts. What could possibly go wrong? Kevin can’t say no to Taylor when he asks this favor, so Kevin hopes that a broken heart is all the trip will cost him because he really doesn’t want to lose their friendship if he’s unable to keep his
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Lisa The Novel Approach
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From the beginning premise to the satisfying ending, Megan Linden’s Leading Me Home had me hooked. I love paranormal stories because you get to visit worlds where the rules of everyday life don’t apply. While I typically enjoy the world building aspect of these stories, what struck me most in Leading Me Home was the author’s focus on smell and touch. Rather than focusing on the pack politics or the specific protocols which exist within each preternatural community, Ms. Linden centered the passio ...more
Jessie G.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: megan-linden
As a whole, Harrington Hills is the type of welcoming place that makes you think of old Americana. Neighbors who know and look out for each other, and friends who become family. With a pack ruled by two women in a committed relationship, Harrington Hills also fosters a community of inclusiveness that both humans and shifters find solace in.

When would-be heir Taylor reaches a certain age, he leaves his pack temporarily to learn how to stand on his own. This coming of age ritual brings him in cont
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Molly Lolly
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
Original review on Molly Lolly
Four stars!
This story was short and sweet and definitely worth the read. This is a bit predictable in the whole pretend boyfriend turns to more trope. But it certainly kept my interest. I really liked that Ms. Linden didn’t have some of the other typical elements to the trope so it was a bit fresh at the same time. I enjoyed how these two talked about their feelings and what they wanted before either of them got to the point of a needless break up or “miscommunicati
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Jacki
Feb 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through Wicked Reads.

When I picked this book, I knew it would probably appeal to me with it's nice, typical sort of plot and I am happy to say that I did enjoy it.
It was a short, sweet, and easy read that I had no problem getting in to and finishing. Taylor and Kevin were already best friends, but when they get a little pushing from Taylor's mother, things getting interesting, steamy, and sweet pretty quickly.
I liked that the a
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Ariel
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really loved this story. The plot I've read before: best friends become lovers become boyfriends. This time the author through in a werewolf twist and not just a werewolf but the son of an alpha. I loved her spin on things.

Best friends, Kevin and Taylor, come up with a scheme to fool Taylor's parents into thinking that Kevin is his boyfriend when they're just friends. Kevin, though, really likes Taylor and would like to be more than friends. They take a trip back to Taylors hometown and pack t
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Tina
Apr 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Harrington Hills series starts off with Leading Me Home by Megan Linden. I love stories where best friends fall in love. I personally think those are the best kinds of lovers, someone who knows you inside and out but loves you anyways.
That would be Kevin and Taylor. Taylor lives next to Kevin in the city. Taylor is a lone wolf. Always been that way. He really prefers it that way. He is best friends with Kevin, Kevin in a lot of ways is the opposite of Taylor. He comes from a loving pack, he
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Andrea Goodell
Apr 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a sweet simple tale from an author I’m not sure I’ve read before but will be on the look out for more in the future.

We’ve got two mid twenty guys living in the same building who both happen to be wolves. One is the son of an Alpha and the other is what they are calling a lone wolf. Over the months both develop a best friendship. Problem is one of the guys fell in love along the way.

I really enjoyed ‘watching’ these two learn each other during the two weeks prior to the wedding and then a
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
This is a real friends-to-lovers story, complete with hidden feelings on one side. However, what made this story exceptional to me is the way in which it is written and the believable, likeable characters that Megan Linden gives us. Told from dual points of view, you hear from both Tyler and Kevin as they realise how deep their feelings for each other are, and what this means as one is an Alpha's Son, whilst the other is a lone wolf.

I loved how it was Mom B, the Beta, who spoke to Kevin and gave
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El
Feb 18, 2016 rated it really liked it


Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
4-of-5

This was a really enjoyable novella, with a lot in it to love!

- The characters. Both Kevin and Taylor were rich, complex characters, and I loved seeing the way their personalities worked together (and sometimes clashed a bit).
- Gorgeous relationship!
- Wants, needs, and responsibility.

Things I'm on the fence about:

- The world-building.

And the not-so-fond moments:

- The dialogue. Sometimes the language was stilted.
- Taylor's emotions.

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CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
I usually do not care for best friends become lovers stories, but Leading Me Home is so much more than that. This story has ended up on my keeper and re-read list now because the author just did such a stellar and emotional job on crafting this story. I loved the themes of being led home, of finding a place to call home, and of finding love where you least expect it. Both Taylor and Kevin are complex characters and watching them navigate what it means to be both a couple and part of a larger fam ...more
Brandilyn
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm, read-2016
Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance®

I can't say the Leading Me Home is the most original story I have ever read. As a matter of fact, it had many elements that could appear in almost any other romance novel. Friends to lovers, fake relationship, returning home to find your boyfriend, and an unrequited crush on the best friend -- just to name a few. However, they come together to make a sweet, heart-warming story that will keep a smile on your face and make you want to come back to Harrington Hill

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Liz (Bugetta)
3.5* Good start to a new shifter series with bonus friends to lovers story. :)
Mrsgeo
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Easy, enjoyable friends-to-lovers read. Good start to the series.
Tiferet
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cute contemporary romance with best-friends-pining themes, clothed in shifter trappings.
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Harrington Hills (5 books)
  • Building a Home (Harrington Hills #2)
  • Coming Back Home (Harrington Hills #3)
  • Redefining Home (Harrington Hills, #4)
  • Searching for Home (Harrington Hills, #5)