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Choosing Home

(The Call of Home #1)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  31 reviews
You can never escape from yourself.

Zac McKenzie is an ex-professional footballer with a secret he gave up his career to protect. Several years ago, he fled to his home in the North East of Scotland to avoid being outed as gay. Now, he owns a successful hotel and restaurant, but is it time to finally come out into the open?

Seth Pritchard feels he is damaged goods. He comes
ebook, 187 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Pride Publishing
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
DNF at 62%

I tried with this one, but I really couldn't finish. This will be just a mini review because I don't have many positive comments to make about this story.

I'm really tired of books showing all emotions instead of telling. Showing is such a WEAK way to make readers feel something, and I'm WAY past falling for those tricks anymore. If you combine that with almost no chemistry between the MCs, you get a very dull read.

On top of that, I found the writing to be awkward and forced-feeling.
showing not telling
"Show, don't tell" is one of those written in stone creative writing guidelines, right up there with "avoid cliches like the plague" ... or ... okay, using "written in stone." It's the difference between evoking emotions and informing the reader. The blurb for this book really captured my interest; unfortunately, I finished the book feeling I was being told a story from a great distance, rather than one where you could see the characters in your mind, feel their emotions or wonder what happens
BWT (Belen)
Jun 09, 2016 marked it as no-or-probably-never
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JoAnna G
Jun 14, 2016 rated it liked it
Title: Choosing Home
Author:Alexa Milne
Series:The Call of Home
Publisher:Pride Publishing
Release Date:July 12, 2016
Page Count:181
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

You can never escape from yourself.
Zac McKenzie is an ex-professional footballer with a secret he gave up his career to protect. Several years ago, he fled to his home in the North East of Scotland to avoid being outed as gay. Now, he owns a successful hotel and restaurant, but is
Jodi Ciorciari-marinich
Alexa has written a story about 2 men who are both hiding but for different reasons. Zac is a x athlete who retired due to the fact that he was gay and had broken up with someone who he had a relationship with. Seth is a man who has denied his feelings for so long due to family drama and a bad accident. Both men are scarred and try to work out their issues with each others help. I enjoyed how Alexa set the scenes for this story and found myself wanting to visit Scotland. I wanted more about Seth ...more
Mandie Foxylutely
I really loved the blurb on this one and then when I started reading it I wanted to be there in that beautiful part of the World in Scotland.

Full review to follow.
No rating. Didn't work for me.
Chris, the Dalek King
After a car accident that cost him the proper use of his leg and his relationship with his girlfriend, Seth needs a bit of space from the world. Not only to help him get used to the limitations of his leg, but to help find himself. Luckily there is an opening in a hotel/resort in the Scottish countryside, run by Zac. Zac who ran from his profession as a celebrity football star for Scotland, when he feared he was going to be outed as gay, knows all about needing to get away in order to find peace ...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bgirls, ebook, mm

3.5 star review by The Blogger Girls.

This is the story of two guys basically hiding out from life but after finding each other, realize they don’t need to hide anymore.

Zac is an ex-professional football player who was all but forced to leave the sport he loved after he was caught with his lover of five years, a fellow player. After the resulting breakup of their relationship, Zac decided to leave and keep their relationship a secret. He made a new life for himself running an inn/resort which kee
Joyfully Jay
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kenna
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.75 stars

This was a great story. I really…well, I’m not sure if enjoyed is the right word because both men have suffered terrible pasts and have more baggage than an entire airport. However, I had very strong feelings about it, and I fell in love with Zac and Seth and wanted them to be together so badly, and I wanted them to be happy together.

I hate when people feel like they have to hide from their true selves. Both Zac and Seth have been doing it for their entire adult
Erica Chilson
I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

3 Stars.

Alexa Milne is a new-to-me author, and I found the writing style to be about setting a scene, rather than the scene itself.

For a short novella, with very few pages, the characters and story need to be front and center for me. With the scene being set so thoroughly, it cut into allowing me to connect with the story and its characters.

Action of movement: picked my bag up, set my bag down, all the steps it takes to get fr
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bmbr-reads, series, 2016
My favourite thing about this book is the location. I love the countryside of Britain and being half Scottish I love reading about Scotland, especially the rural areas. Beautiful scenery and flavourful characters become a part of the landscape, an essential part of the story.

The first in a series, this book sets up well for stories to follow. While this story centres mainly around the two MC's Zac and Seth, we meet enough of the locals to get an understanding of the community and the tales still
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I liked the story premise, the injured guy and the retired professional sportsman - did feel it was a bit telling the story and feelings at times, rather than them evolving and had it evolved them the result would have been even better.
Despite a lot of the story being about Seth coming to terms with himself, I still didn’t get a big feel for him. Zac felt a larger presence and the thin ice gay professional sportspeople must navigate.
But overall I did enjoy the range of characters, plot and l
Apr 07, 2020 marked it as dnf-not-for-me
I’m sorry but this too clinical and boring.
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Book: Choosing Home
Author: Alexa Milne
Rating: 3.75 Stars

Ahhh secrets. Those pesky things that we all keep even though we know secrets have a way of finding the light of day when we least want them too. If we are part of the lucky few we are allowed to work through the reason why were are keeping them before someone else decides to out them for us.

Zac McKenzie is an ex-footballer who retired to keep his secret from coming out, in part for himself, but mainly for the man he loved. He moved back h
Lisa The Novel Approach
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
This series of Alexa Milne’s is about so much more than being true to yourself. It is about persons with disabilities and how they cope with that, written in a brutal and honest way; it’s a look through their eyes into what they deal with every day.

Zac McKenzie is an ex-professional footballer. A back injury, a failed marriage, and a closeted relationship are all in his past. The marriage gave him his kids, and the money from soccer gave him Moray Lodge (his hotel located in his home country of
Jul 06, 2016 rated it liked it
There is a fantastic sense of place in this story set on the Scottish Coast. I enjoyed the characters and sense of community, but this didn’t entirely work as a romance for me.

I enjoyed Zac’s story - the closeted footballer returned home to set up a holiday lodge. His family, his kids, his friends and employees all contribute to the wonderful sense of family and community surrounding the man. The details of Seth’s life are less clear through the book and because there is so much mystery surroun
Cee Brown
3.5 Stars❥❥**´¨)
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(¸.•´ (¸.•`* The heart wants what the heart wants...

Yet, sometimes it just takes the mind a while to catch up.

What happens when you take an ex-footballer who's deeply closeted and a man who refuses to believe a closet exists? You get Zac McKenzie and Seth Pritchard and a whole lot of secrets.

These two characters were so complex I sigh multiple times. I yelled, "come out already!!", "be true to yourself!!" But how can one do so when society and nature says it's
Natosha Wilson
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such a great story but it also one of those stories where your breaks for one of the characters.

Seth just broke my heart. His life growing up with his step brothers was nothing short of tramatic they way they treated him and the cruel things they said and did to him. They left him pretty much hating himself for being gay out of fear of what others thought of him. Not only just that, but he was also left not being able to be intimate with anyone after everything his step brothers did to h
Mari  Cardenas
Jul 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie in exchange for a fair and honest review. ***

Zac retired from playing professional football (soccer) to avoid coming out, retiring to Scotland to run his own hotel and restaurant. He's not in a hurry to come out, but perhaps their new guest might help him change his mind.

Seth has gone through several traumatic events, including the accident that left him having to use a cane to walk. He's used to denying who he really is, but when he meets Zac, the attracti
Molly Lolly
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Original review on Molly Lolly
Three and a half stars!
The premise of this story got me excited. However the story didn’t deliver the way I had hoped it would. Seth and Zac were fascinating characters with wonderful backstories. But they seemed a bit wooden. I would have liked being shown more emotion from them opposed to just saying what they felt. The feelings between Zac and Seth felt both rushed and a little forced. I had trouble believing their love for each other. They both had very differen
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
In the first book of the Call of Home series, we meet Zac - an ex-football player and now hotel owner, and Seth - a man of mystery who is recovering from an accident and works from home. These two both of have secrets, from each other and from the world. Will they find what it takes to explain everything, or will they continue hiding?

This is a well-written and smooth story. The plot flows along, with no major angst or heartbreak throughout, apart from Seth's descriptions of the bullying he had t
Andrea Goodell
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Healing,accepting, loving.

What a perfect tale. Seth is such a broken man. From a young age, his step family has beat him down emotionally and physically. To the point he can’t and won’t do or look at certain things. He just can’t. Then the horrific accident happens and now it’s time to heal.

Zac, an ex-footie, is also a broken man, hiding who he really is from most everyone in his life. Both have ran away to Scotland, one for months of healing and one started a fresh life.

Together and with outsid
Lynnette Hartwig
3.5 Stars

This is my first book by this author. I had high hopes for the story, as I love stories about sports, but it was at times difficult to relate to Sean (one of the MC’s). The other MC, Zac I was totally able to relate to. We never got much of the background story about Sean, only bits and pieces, whereas Zac we got lots of background info. The plot was excellent and I was really hoping to get more from the book then I did. The author definitely has a way with describing a scene and I love
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, romance
I received a free copy from Embrace the Rainbow in exchange for an honest review. To start I should say sorry to Embrace The Rainbow for this review being a little late (was supposed to have posted it during the blog tour) but I just couldn't get in the story and kept putting it down. Partly this wass because both characters had painful pasts but mostly it was just that I couldn't sink into the story as I usually do. A lot of the time I felt like I was being told the story rather than living ...more
Dawn Reid
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Firstly, no spoilers - you need to read it yourself!
What I really love about Alexa's books are the details about the people and places - she creates a picture in my head so I'm there with them rather than an onlooker. These characters become people I can empathise with, laugh and cry with...
The human condition is what draws us in and I find myself leaning closer to the screen as if that would help reveal the secret demons which each man has to face up to! Seth is definitely a man with a past..
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-2017-read
Wanted to like it more than I did

2 Stars
I was really looking forward to this one after reading the blurb, but unfortunately this one didn't work for me.
I like the idea and overall plot, but I never really connected with either character.
May 17, 2016 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this blog in connection with the first two novels in the series. The title is
Mobility, my characters and me.
Jul 22, 2016 rated it liked it
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Originally from South Wales, Alexa has lived for over thirty years in the North West of England. Now retired, after a long career in teaching, she devotes her time to her obsessions.

Alexa began writing when her favourite character was killed in her favourite show. After producing a lot of fanfiction she ventured into original writing.

She is currently owned by a mad cat and spends her time writing

Other books in the series

The Call of Home (3 books)
  • Returning Home (The Call of Home, #2)
  • Staying Home (The Call of Home #3)

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