Author: Mary Calmes
Book Name: Stand in Place
Release Date: July 17, 2019
Overall SPA: 3.5 Stars
Blurb: One summer won’t be enough….
Kaenon Geary was done fighting the small minds in his sleepy Texas town when he made his escape and never looked back. But now, for the first time in more than a decade, he’s returned to Braxton to spend the summer with his beloved grandmother—her final summer—and no longer recognizes the home he’d left behind all those years ago.
Everything has changed.
Everything but the man he’s never stopped wanting.
Brody Scott was the local football hero who became a gridiron champ, but he retired from the fast lane to forge a new life as the Chief Constable of Braxton. He longs to put down roots in the community he is now sworn to protect. Though he’s not at all sure he can protect his heart from the quiet, earnest boy he once knew. The boy who has come back a man.
Starting something would be a mistake. Kaenon plans to fly away at summer’s end, but his love is something Brody desperately wants to have…and to keep. Their days together are numbered. Unless some simple hometown magic can make all the right things bloom and show them the true definition of love.
Main SPA Evaluation Areas:
Characters: 3.5/5 Stars
Believability: 3/5 Stars
Personal Opinion: 4/5 Stars
This was a really sweet and warm read. I loved Kaenon’s character and the allusions to magic and the occult, though it isn’t technically a fantasy. As much as I enjoyed this, there were a few things that I had issues with.
One is more of a personal buttons kind of issue with regards to forgiveness and acceptance of past wrongs. There are some pretty horrific past wrongs in this book that end up just being wiped away as though they were nothing and I really struggled with that.
Slightly tied into that is how quick Kaenon and Brody got together. It just felt like there should have been more there, more discussion or working through some of their past issues.
I was also just a bit thrown with how and where this book ended. It wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t what I was expecting, which left me a little torn on how I felt about it. Again, it felt like there should have been more to it.
This was a really good story and most of my issues with it were more of a personal taste thing than anything.