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The Way Back Home

(Homecoming #1.5)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  88 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Everything worth having takes time. In my case, it was taking forever. I met Emma outside her soon-to-be café covered in paint. The minute I saw her, I knew I had to have her. She was all that was good in the world. Always helping others, bright personality, beautiful even if she couldn’t see it herself. She gave me a chance, and I took it for granted. I never intended
Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published September 16th 2019
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Laura John
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Okay so I have wanted this story since it’s not home without you!!!

And C. lymari did not disappoint!!

The chemistry between Dex and Emma is PERFECT!

There are sooo many moments that are going to leave you hot and bothered and others where you are going to be sitting there chugging your wine with tears running down your face.

This book will have you on an amazing emotional rollercoaster! And that’s just how I love my books!
Alley Ciz
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing

God wanted Dex and Emma’s story so bad reading book one and oh man my girl Claudia did not disappoint with this one.

There are so many little things that are like these extras you get if you’ve read book 1 just so so good.

Now I need more. I need all the stories for all my faves in this series
C. Lymari
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Stefanie Jenkins
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The perfect cup of love

When I read my first book by C.Lymari, I was so intrigued by Dex’s character - umm hello sexy cop? Sign up me please. I was also curious as to what lead him and Emma down the path they were at. So I begged and begged and begged... okay so it was just like once 😉 for his story. So y’all are welcome😛

Nothing prepared me for the sweetest love story that is Dex and Emma. You fall in love more with the town and it’s people and learn to hate Abbigail even more. Yep thAt is even p
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding book by this author. A second chance romance that will melt your heart. I can't wait for more! ...more
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Brandy Roberts
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok wow I loved everything about The way Back home it's everything I was looking for and more , this I book 1.5 in the Haco series it can be read as a standalone but I do recommend that you read it's not home without you . C Lymari just made me want to read more by her in the future she just made me fall for the characters along with the story line . Emma is truly incredible and lovable my heart hurt for her through out the book but she was so strong and just amazing . Dex oh oh oh Dex he was a g ...more
Becca Steele
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-or-beta
Welcome back to Sunny Pines, and to Emma's Coffee! I LOVED Dex and Emma's story. Ever since I read It's Not Home Without You I've been dying to know what went down between the two of them, and I was so excited to read this. Dex is swoony and funny, I want Emma to be my BFF, and I just loved them together. Their story was full of humour, tension, heat, and sweetness - all the ingredients to make a coffee of pure happiness (did you see what I did there with the coffee reference?!).
If I could add a
Mrs Kindle Addict
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Dec's and Emma's story! Ever since I read the first book 'It's Not Home Without You'. I was really intrigued as to find out what went down with these two! and their story did not disappoint!

I loved both of these characters and found they worked really well together! I loved that it was a build up over time and wasn't just feel in love within a month like most books! & I loved the fact that the story run along side the same time as the first book 📙

Honestly my favorite parts of
If y’all haven’t read a book by Ms Claudia Lymari do yourself big by doing so... love her quirky ladies and they’re alpha counterparts. such a swoon worthy easy read. Dex was as awesome as I knew he would be and I loved the easy transition from It’s Not Home Without You between the timelines and the characters.
Mizz Latte
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-grovel
He left her THREE times and there was never any GROVEL. And yes, the spineless heroine took him back each time. but hey, at least these guys didn't cheat like Freya and Max ...more
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Here’s another perfect example why I love working with or reading Debut/ newer Authors. I know, I know you will hear me say this a lot but it is one of my most favorite things to witness.
The growth in writing styles between book 1 and book 2 just shocked me. You can feel the maturity and experience coming through. It just made the story that much more enjoyable, to be able to witness it, and to see that growth.
I read a comment somewhere about our heroin and how they don’t understand why our
Britney Chavez
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is my second time in Sunny Pines! And I am so glad to go back.

I was so happy to see this was Dex and Emma’s story. I loved Emma in the first book and always wondered what their story was. Well NOW I know!

Emma, sweet, sweet, shy Emma. Oh boy did I just love this lady!! Like I said loved her in book 1. Now I love me a sassy and fierce heroine but I also love them very sweet, shy and not out there for the world to see. For as long as she could remember her dream was to open her own coffee shop
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love Dex and Emma!

Well First I want to start by congratulating Claudia in this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G second book. The quotes that Claudia writes throughout the book are phenomenal "Never be afraid to speak what's on your mind". How awesome is that?. When I read The first book in the series "It's Not Home Without You" I felt in love with Dex and Emma's characters and I wanted to know more of their story. Their interactions are super entertaining I was literally laughing so hard in some scenes especially
Kali Brixton
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Find your way back home with this sweet, second chance-esque love story

4.5 stars for this heartwarming tale of mishaps, ill timings, and serendipity working overtime to overcome it all 💖 Miss Claudia's 2nd novel left me deep in love with Dex and Emma's story and hungry for more!

This was so much of what I love in a good contemporary romance: angst, humor, a sweet heroine whose got a little bite to go with soft bark, and an alpha who is relentless in pursuing the girl who grinds his beans in all t
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cute story and great companion to Book 1.

So you really should read Book 1 - It's Not Home Without You first. You will get SO MUCH MORE out of this story as it ties in perfectly. So I wanted to know about Dex and Emma from Book 1 and this one did not disappoint.

Dex is looking for bigger and better things and doesn't realize what he's got until he leaves town. Emma is pining for the one who got away even if she didn't really have him in the first place. Circumstances bring Dex back and he really h
Sally Mieske
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
YES!!!! Dex and Emma get their book!!! If you have read It’s Not Home Without You, then you already know that Dex has been chasing Emma! He is like the perfect guy: gorgeous, funny, well mannered and persistent. Very persistent! Emma is perfect for him! She is like a little ray of sunshine.

Dex has his work cut out for him, though. Living in a small town, everyone talks. That means that everyone knows what happened when he left town. Now he’s back, and Emma doesn’t know if she will ever be willi
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have found my new addiction! If you aren't reading this series, you are missing out! There is DRAMA! The rich, the poor, the popular and the scorned are all interconnected in this small town.

In The Way Back Home, we get Dex and Emma's story. If you read It's Not Home Without You then you know there is chemistry between them but Emma was reluctant to have a relationship with Dex. Now we get to know what really happened.

These two are fantastic but here's what really grabbed me - this story sho
Sep 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is Emma & Dex's story. Emma returns home to open a cafe on her own, despite her parents misgivings. She meets Dex, the cousin of the snobby Abigail. If you've read the previous book you will know who she is however enough is explained in this story so you're kept abreast of the tale.
Dex wants more with his life & to leave the town & while the chemistry is there the time wasn't right. However when he returns a year later, he doesn't expect the poor reception he gets from Emma & spends most
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok so I love this book and totally identified with the mc Emma, because 1, my name is Emma, 2 like the character I also have blonde curly hair and lastly I also have green eyes! 😂 But seriously Emma is such a great character, she’s sweet, slightly shy but will stick up for herself! She’s a great friend and listener and people are naturally drawn to her despite her quiet demeanour. She meets the very dreamy Dex & despite being attracted to him she keeps him at arms length until she can weigh him ...more
Janet Finley
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the first book ‘It’s Not Home Without You’ in this series and was so excited to find out the author wrote this book to tell the story of Dex and Emma. Emma is a girl who lacks a lot of self confidence but has strength to be jealous of. Dex is very confident but know he needs the sweet Emma in his life. Getting her was harder than he thought😊. This book did not disappoint. This book and author keeps you entertained the entire way, you will not want to put it down.
Brenda Moser
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a sweet love story between Emma and Dex. The author brings a small town romance with strong , well developed characters and fills it with enough drama to keep things interesting , bringing it to life with her vividly painted scenes. It's well written , moves quickly and smoothly and had me hooked throughout. I'm looking forward to the next book.

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book. All opinions in this review are my own and freely given.
Sep 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ng
This is book two and it really needs to be read after the first book It's Not Home Without You it will make for a much better read. I read and just loved the first book so I could not wait to get to this one and it did not disappoint it sucked me in and kept me reading late into the night I just loved Dex and Emma these two are just great characters I really enjoyed their story and I would recommend this series. ...more
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! I was so excited to read about Emma and Dex! Claudia came out with a bang when she gave us book 1 so I had high expectations for this one and I was NOT disappointed! I loved that I got more of Freya and Max too! I am so excited for book 2 in this series! Love Claudia’s writing, everything just flows!
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dex and Emma have known each other before he left for bigger and better things but when he realizes that is not making him happy he goes back in hopes Emma will give him a second chance. Loved both characters for difference reasons and this book is very interesting to read.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Home field advantage! There is no place like home! Remember this. This is book 1.5 in the HOCO series and a story many of us were waiting for! We wanted to know Emma's and Dex's story and learn more about the coffee shop and those quotes so thank you Claudia for writing this novella. If you love small towns, like Sunny Pines you will love it even more with a Coffee shop. Dex and Emma were full of tension from the moment they met, chemistry was hot, they were sweet and the laughter these characte ...more
Sandi Hatt
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book from C.Lymari. I was honoured to read this as part of her ARC team and this is my honest review.
This is a stand alone book however it does flow better if you read the previous book called IT'S NOT HOME WITHOUT YOU first.
C. Lymari has managed to captuture the emotions all the characters are feeling in both books so well that as a reader you feel like you are part of the story.
In both books Emma's Café is the heart of the story as is her wall which holds the quote of the day wh
Deborah  Kimberley
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!!! I wasn’t expecting certain aspects of this novella to be the way they were. It’s so hard to do a review of this book and to not give away any spoilers.
I love Claudia’s style of writing. She has that way of drawing you in, like Alice through the looking glass, you fall down that rabbit hole and find yourselves in Claudia’s world. This author certainly knows how to create hot as scenes, drool worthy main characters and sassy heroines, however late they may find their sass. You just can’t
KL Cassanello
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emma's getting ready to open her coffee shop when she meets Dex. He stands her up and leaves town, but comes back a couple of years later. All he's thought about is her, and he wants her forever. It takes a while for her to stop being mad at him, and to begin to let him in. I just love this book!! Emma and Dex's story is intertwined with Freya and Max's story from It's Not Home Without You. This book takes place at the same time as the first book. There were no inconsistencies between the two st ...more
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Claudia lives in the Chicagoland suburbs, and when she’s not busy chasing after her adorable little spawn, she’s fighting with the characters in her head. After not being able to keep up with them, she decided enough was enough and wrote her first novel. C. Lymari writes both sweet and dark romances that will give you all the feels. Her other talents include binge watching shows on Netflix and eat

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Homecoming (3 books)
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