Review: Ticket Home by Serena Bell


Ticket Home (Strangers on a Train) by Serena Bell
Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (April 2, 2013)

Rating: B+
Heat: Warm

Heroine: Amy Morland – Ex-Girlfriend, Broken Heart 
Hero: Jeff Havers – Ex-Boyfriend, Workaholic 





When things started to fall apart between Amy and Jeff, Amy broke up with him, moved to Connecticut, started a new job, and created a new life for herself. But one morning Jeff shows up on her train as she's commuting to work. Every emotion imaginable rose to surface as Amy took in all of Jeff for the first time in months. And, to her utter shock, Jeff is determined to have her back in his life. However, Amy is unsure if she wants him back. Major things in their relationship must change in order for them to be in a solid and happy relationship again.

Ticket Home is different from the other three short stories in this collection I read. There are several issues between Jeff and Amy that cause quite a bit of angst between them. It’s apparent from the moment Jeff and Amy see each other for the first time, after breaking up six months prior, they still love and miss each other. But Amy is not going to roll over for Jeff, no matter how many times he asks for her back. Amy is not ready to go back into a relationship where she came second to the company he owns. If he wants her back, he is going to have to prove that he is ready to slow down at his job and be in a relationship full-time. But Amy also recognized that running away from Jeff didn’t solve anything. She needed to reevaluate how she handled things in their relationship and not stand in the shadows, ignoring the obvious problems. Will this couple be able to work through their issues and have a second chance at love?

This is a lovely and sexy second chance story. From the moment I met this couple, I rooted for them the entire way. I wanted nothing more than for them to work out their problems. Serena Bell does sexual chemistry well. In the short amount of pages we get, there is a lot of heat and steam. I felt Amy’s temptation to take Jeff back right away, but I was glad that she didn’t succumb to his charm and stood her ground. This is Serena Bell’s debut story, and I’m anxiously waiting to see what she comes up with next.


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