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    Blog Tour & Review | A lot Like Home by Kat Cantrell

    Today we have the blog tour for A LOT LIKE HOME by Kat Cantrell! Check it out and get your copy now!

    About A Lot Like Home

    From USA Today best seller Kat Cantrell, comes a small-town romance series with a touch of magic.

    Welcome to Superstition Springs, town in progress.

    After being kicked out of the Navy, ex-SEAL Caleb Hardy needs a new mission, and rebuilding an old Texas mining town into a tourist attraction is it. If he does it right, Superstition Springs will become a new home for his band of world-weary teammates… and maybe a place to atone for the horrific mistake they’d made in the line of duty.

    Havana Nixon has other plans for the quirky dot on the map she never could quite call home. The town is falling apart. Struggling. Solution: convince the folks to sell out. Except she didn’t count on the infuriating (and gorgeous, not that she’d ever tell him that) obstacle who plunks down in the middle of her land deal and acts like the careful barriers she’s erected against the world don’t exist. Thank goodness she’s arrived armed with a fiancé in tow, never mind that it’s all a sham designed to keep one of her aunt’s famous love predictions from coming true.

    But in a mystical place like Superstition Springs, nothing ever goes as expected, least of all a head-to-head between two people with opposing plans, who spark every time they get in each other’s way. If they could just unbend long enough to compromise, they might figure out they both want the same thing–forever.

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    Review

    Not going to lie, I was expecting some sort of the fantasy element to happen in A lot Like Home, but this is a contemporary read, true and true. It wasn’t quite what I was hoping for, but I still found it to be a rather enjoyable read.

    My favorite character besides one of the side characters would have to be Caleb, the hero. I found his character to be rather genuine and someone who seems so real. However, the reality he faced with a mission gone wrong during his last military assignment was definitely downplayed quite a bit. I imagined it to be more scarring and taking a lot of time to work through, mentally.

    I appreciated his at most honesty when it came to something or well, someone, he likes. And that would be Havana. When it came to her, he had no problem letting her know how he felt about her. My kind of man, to go after what he wants even though she had this little game of pretending to be engaged. No one likes games, lady.

    Unfortunately, Havana was probably my least favorite character. I understood that she was burned from an ex and that had her building up steel walls. But I couldn’t quite understand her need to be in control of EVERYTHING. I wasn’t a fan towards her attitude towards her hometown, which she has been away from for years, and then reappearing in hopes to build some upscale place that doesn’t seem necessary in Superstition Springs. Her way of getting everyone to like her was in poor effort.

    Even if it didn’t quite hit the mark for me, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing the growth of not only these two characters, but this town as well. Caleb came to Superstition Springs with his team, so it looks like all of them will find love in this quaint town.

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    Excerpt

    The moment Havana slid into the passenger seat, Caleb discovered that sin did indeed have a scent and she’d taken a bath in it. The punch took his breath, and his eyes crossed with the effort to keep her effect on him from being broadcast in a very graphic way. Never had he had such a physical reaction to the way a woman smelled. Maybe it was a simple matter of replacing Rowe in that seat, who had called shotgun for the entire drive from the base in Coronado. The lady constituted a class A upgrade over his brother, that was for sure.

    he wheezed and cleared his throat as he started the engine.

    “Just over the hill. Drive down Potter’s and take a left.” When he cocked a brow at her, she laughed. “You’re going to want to learn your way around if you aim to stay, city boy. All our roads are named after the family who owns the house built on it.”

    “Let me know when we get to an actual road then, okay?” he said tongue in cheek as the Yukon bounced over three deep ruts in a row. Improvements to the thoroughfares wouldn’t be out of line before anyone did a thing to the town itself.

    Caleb headed north, opposite how he’d driven into town, so this was new terrain. Though it looked pretty much the same. As he took the curve in the road and the SUV rolled over a hill, the land spread out beneath the road, shimmering in the sun. A ribbon of dark blue water snaked through a bed of earth, and as he got closer, the water got clearer.

    Not the same. Not the same at all.

    “That’s the Colorado,” Havana murmured. “Not the Grand Canyon one. The Texas one, but it has some pretty cool things about it too. Park over there and I’ll show you.”

    The landscape grew greener and denser the closer to the water they got, popping with color against the blue sky that stretched in all directions for a million miles. A rock formation the color of sand jutted out of the ground, and without hesitation, she clambered up onto the smallest one, then the next until she’d almost scaled it. No fear in that one. Not to be outdone, he followed her easily, drawing up next to her where she had perched on the tallest rock.

    A large, clear pool had formed where the river had cut away limestone, creating a perfect, well-hidden swimming hole. The water was a gorgeous color, almost the blue of the Caribbean or Thailand, and with sunlight glinting off the surface, it wasn’t hard to imagine you’d been transported to someplace else. As if you’d been cut off from the real world and sent to a… a fairy realm. Or something that sounded less dumb.

    The light breeze caught a lock of Havana’s bright red hair and flung it over his arm, binding them together as they surveyed the outcropping from their high vantage point.

    Something grabbed him by the throat, and it got hard to swallow.

    Beyond the pool, the landscape sloped away to become slightly hilly but also stark in a way that made you think about your place in the world. Some areas in the Middle East were like that too, but Caleb had always felt like an outsider there. Here the land welcomed him, embracing him in a way he couldn’t quite put into words.

    There was something… extra. Something he couldn’t deny.

    That mystical element he hadn’t wanted to believe existed—this was it. He could feel it seeping from the stone through his soles and up into his bones. From the moment the teams had decided they were done with a few extraneous SEALs who’d become a liability, he’d needed a place to land where he could believe again. Havana had unwittingly given that to him.

    “Welcome to Superstition Springs,” she said and spread her hands wide to encompass the entire pool.

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    About Kat Cantrell

    USA Today Bestselling Author Kat Cantrell read her first Harlequin novel in third grade and has been scribbling in notebooks since she learned to spell. What else would she write but romance? When she’s not writing about characters on the journey to happily ever after, she can be found at a taekwondo tournament, watching Big Bang Theory or dancing with her kids to Duran Duran and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

    Kat, her husband and their two boys live in North Texas. She was a former Harlequin So You Think You Can Write winner and a former RWA® Golden Heart® finalist for best unpublished series contemporary manuscript.

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