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Home Is Where You Are

(Alphas' Homestead #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  560 ratings  ·  145 reviews
By the winter of 1870, Caleb Fletcher has carved out a sheltered existence for himself in a simple cabin, outside a small town in the backwaters of Nebraska, resigned to living out his days as a solitary wolf. But his quiet life is interrupted when another werewolf lands on his doorstep on the eve of a snowstorm, brutalized almost beyond repair, with nowhere else to turn.

ebook, 185 pages
Published June 10th 2016 by Alex Jane (first published June 8th 2016)
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Oh.... How I loved this story!!


Very slow paced in the beginning. We really get to see into Caleb's thoughts, what he was living with. His guilt and shame for being who he was. It hurt him so much, he left his pack, went to war and has been an alone wolf ever since.

But one day another werewolf is delivered at his home, severly injured, no other place to come and recover from his injuries. Caleb tends to Jacob's injuries and Caleb's wolf is overjoyed he has found his mate. But Caleb fights his wo
* A Reader Obsessed *
4 Stars!

This here is great shifter goodness with an interesting and different slant to the world building. (view spoiler)

Caleb is an alpha and is alone on purpose. Having left his pack due to his secret shame, he resigns himself to his self imposed exile, seemingly thinking he deserves it. However, when the sheriff brings a severely injured alpha to his door, he can’t help but notice his inner w
Nov 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: shifters, mm
I normally don’t like historicals much, but since this had shifters I wanted to try it anyway.

Caleb is an Alpha who has chosen to live alone in a cabin in the woods. The townspeople know he is a wolf, but mostly leave him alone. Then all of a sudden the sheriff brings over a young man. The young man is nearly beaten to death, but because he is a wolf, he survived the brutal attack. Caleb takes him in because he sees no other way the young wolf will survive the harsh winter that’s coming.

Caleb st
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
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Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So every so often I find a book that I really want to recommend to everyone. This is that book for me at the moment. A shifter book, but not, and you'll see what I mean when you read it. There are very few cliches in this book, more a whole new look at the shifter trope. Add in the alphas, and a suspicious town, and heroes... oh and children... my heart...

Give this book a try, a new author, and a gorgeous world she has created.

May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shifters, historical
Ok, that was rather lovely. An interesting mixture of brutality, healing, courting, learning to trust, excitement, a growing family, and love. Well written but needs an editor.

Feb 6, 2018: Reread and still a strong contender for one of the best shifter stories in our MM romance genre. Bumping it up to 4.5 stars and rounding it up.
Kaje Harper
Caleb is a werewolf, but he lives a solitary existence far from his home pack. He's isolated himself, because ever since he was a teen, he's been attracted to other male Alpha wolves. And that's forbidden. He left home abruptly, and went off to the Civil War, not following the man he wanted, but in some kind of hopeless echo. He still has nightmares from it. The man he might have loved died there, not in his arms, but on some other battlefield, already the wife of a woman back home. And what Cal ...more
Really really enjoyed this lovely book.
It's got this atmosphere of historical/fantasy that, if written well, I can hardly put down.
It reminded me a bit of Kim Fielding fantasy books (Treasure, Guarded, Brute) that I like a lot.
I also really like books that tell a story that begins with one of the MCs being badly hurt, and the other MC is taking care of him, helping him to heal, and in the proces the two fall in love.
(If the MC that takes care of the wounded one is a reclute, a misunderstood outc
3 stars in the true Goodreads meaning: I liked it.
There was something clunky, for lack of a better word, in the relationship development and the book could’ve used a second round of editing (lots of misplaced commas and misspelled or missing words), but I really liked the worldbuilding and I enjoyed the quiet atmosphere of the story.
Ula'ndi Hart
Overall book rating: 4.25
Audio Book: N/A
Book Cover: 4

Yap. I Liked it!

I know this is a really lazy review but I feel there has been plenty of good ones. Go read them.

The story is touching and emotional and really great. Worth the read in so many ways.

Loved the characters, the feel of it all and even some of the side characters.

Warm and cozy.
Nile Princess
Re-read 4/28/18. Still absolutely love!


Absolutely loved!! This author has a beautiful writing style that draws you in right from the start, and keeps you hooked till the last page. Love how descriptive she is without rambling, and how she manages to make the story both tender and sexual, romantic but with a bit of violence too. This story had generous helpings of tropes I love - winter/cabin, hurt/comfort, alpha pairing, m/m, shifter/wolves, ranch life, horses and kids. Combine all of
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A werewolf romance. Who thought I'd ever become a fan of those?!

I absolutely loved the story of Caleb, the lonely alpha wolf living in a homestead in the woods of Nebraska, and Jacob, the injured wolf who stays with him and eventually becomes his mate.


Growing up with the knowledge of being different isn't easy for Caleb. As a teenager he experiences the strong urge to mate for the first time, but not only is the object of his desire another boy, it's also a soon-to-be alpha wolf, just like Caleb
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What a peach [cobbler] of a story this was, and big hugs to JR for his review that made me want to read it. Another UK author to follow [congrats Alex!!], and a delightful story about love, family and friends...ooh and werewolves set in Nebraska after the American Civil War. There were a few little niggles as far as editing and typos are concerned, but the sequel is already locked and loaded on my kindle and the baddies got what they deserved, woot!!
BWT (Belen)
3.5 Stars

Interesting world building, well fleshed out characters, all in all I found it to be an engrossing and entertaining read.

Single POV, which was a little disappointing, but Caleb was such a strong character, it didn't hurt the story.

I'll definitely check out the next book in the series.

This review has been cross-posted at Gay Book Reviews.
Jul 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
This was a lovely story about a lonely Alpha who gave up his family and pack thinking it was wrong to want a male as his partner. He lived isolation, keeping to himself until a seriously injured wolf was brought to him to recover. Caleb was confused by Jacob and couldn't reconcile his feelings especially as Jacob was also an Alpha. Time heals all pain and as new pups were slowly left in Caleb's care he came to realize that he truly was an Alpha of his own pack. This was a sweet easy read ❤️ ...more
Emily Seelye
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful shifter story. Well written, interesting world building, nice, believable romance.

1870s shifter society seems to be a lot more progressive than our world today, particularly when it comes to gay mates. Caleb's older brother leads him to believe otherwise, so he runs away from home at the first opportunity to fight in the Civil War. Years later, he's living alone in Nebraska when a younger shifter male is brought to him practically on his deathbed. Jacob is his mate and came looking fo
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Albeit it being fantasy this book has silent sorrow about it that is simply mesmerizing to behold as it's characters flounder towards the golden glow of happiness.It echoes with a subtle realism even though it's about two blue eyed alphas meeting under horrendous circumstances in a world where men are aware that preternatural predators hunt amongst them.Set in the old west it resonates with the theme that mankind is somehow more violent in nature than any beast ever found in nature.

If you in the
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm surprised I didn't write a review for this back when I read it. I really, really liked this book and the sequel. ...more
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really dug this book. I had never heard of this book or author before but it caught my eye in that big group of free books that came out recently. I am SO glad I gave it a try.

The story is historical and is set post Civil War era. Caleb is a shifter who fought in the war and has isolated himself due to PTSD and some other issues (which I'm being vague on cuz....spoilers). He desperately misses having a pack but has resigned himself to being alone for the rest of his life. One day the local she
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Caleb is a wolf shifter and an Alpha, who settled all alone, away from his pack after the Civil War. Jacob is an Alpha as well and when he is brought to Caleb after being severely injured, they quickly connect. But Caleb thinks that there can never be more between them because they are both Alphas.
Very often I am not completely enjoying shifter stories because some of the rules and assumptions seem to have the sole purpose to explain the story or even make a story possible. This happened here a
Ah, family of choice *starry eyes*. I love this theme. Despite it started rather sad with Jacob arriving at Caleb's house -- well, Sheriff John brought him, to be exact -- after being beaten to a pulp but the rest was a feel-good, heartwarming, making a family, kind of story.

I love Caleb, Jacob, and then later on the children that comes into their homestead: Ephraim and Martha. I love the dynamic of this family. I love that it's expanding into even bigger family with the addition of the animals
Jun 07, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Broke down and bought it! Just might read it next.
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I like the premise of this one, but the execution was lacking as it was beginning to put me to sleep a little more than halfway through.
3.75 stars

Shifter tale with a warm, homely family vibe—once past the quite dramatic start. I really enjoyed reading about Caleb & Jacob and their world. Both were pleasant characters to spend my reading time with, and how their respective pasts were gratually revealed was well done.

During the last third of the book the story took a new turn. While I found the plot twist enjoyable, I was frustrated that Jacob was pushed into little more than a background character role from that point on. For m
Leta Blake
Mar 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: freebie
3.5 stars. Pleasant. All the really hard stuff happens before the story starts, so it's not angsty or tragic or anything like that. Also, no crazy Alpha shenanigans, which was a nice surprise. I'll probably read the next book. ...more
2- 3* rounding up. Probably being generous as reviewing a time after reading.

It's good, the characters are likeable, but it lost a lot from being all telling which kept it distant, can't muster up much enthusiasm for the book when with a little more effort it could be an easy favourite. Unfortunately there's very little conversation in the book at all.

The Were aspect seemed an unnecessary addition in fact the stress on being Alpha often confused me with it's significance. Maybe if Alpha/Omega st
3.75 stars
Nice little historical shifter story. I didn't really know what to expect from this at all but it was actually really enjoyable - I hadn't anticipated the family feelz we got either, so that was quite a nice surprise.

I will def pick up the sequel at some point but you can just read this as a standalone too and it would still provide enough of a HEA.
3.9 Stars

Pleasant, sweetly romantic & low angst historical shifter story.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Holy crap I adore this book!
What a fun, sad and hilarious ride
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