Her Homecoming Wish by Jo McNally (Book Review)

Her Homecoming Wish by Jo McNally

A Gallant Lake Story

She’s ready to shed her good-girl ways…

“You’re all about following the rules now?


Mackenzie Wallace hopes there’s still some bad boy lurking beneath single father Danny Adams’s upright exterior. Being the proverbial good girl left her brokenhearted and alone in the past. Now she’s back in town and wants excitement with her high school crush—not love. Dan knows their connection runs deep, despite Mackenzie’s protests. But will their new personas work together—especially when Dan’s secret is exposed?

Mass Market, 288 Pages

Category: Adult

Genre(s): Romance | Contemporary
Tags: single father, cop hero, small-town

Tropes: Reunion romance, best friend’s little sister, reformed bad boy

Publishing imprint: Harlequin Special Edition

Publication date: Jan. 21st, 2020

Book Review


Her Homecoming Wish


4.5 out of 5 stars

One of the first words that comes to mind for Her Homecoming Wish by Jo McNally is nostalgia, followed closely by the age-old adage, ‘people can change’. In a story centered around facing old labels, previous choices, and figuring out where the lines between past and present truly resides, McNally gives readers a small-town romance born of both hope and adjustment. A story where the centerpiece is on who you were, who you are, and who you choose to become.

Filled with passion, longing, hope, family, friendship, understanding, genuineness, and courage, Her Homecoming Wish is everything small town romance readers have come to expect from this author, and from Harlequin Special Edition. It’s a beautiful story about a complex man desperate to escape the labels placed on him and an equally complex woman finally finding the courage to be who she is without the descriptors she’d fallen into as a child, teenager, and later, an adult. They don’t have an easy time of it, but somehow, Mack and Dan understand each other exactly where it counts.

If you’re looking for a medium-paced love story with plenty of charm and piles of feels, Her Homecoming Wish by Jo McNally is an excellent choice to pick up. I loved the read, and I’m so excited to learn more about this charming little town, and its wonderful inhabitants.

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Dan returned, thankfully ending the conversation. He handed her a glass, but it wasn’t beer.

“I thought you might want some water to hydrate yourself from all your…uh…activity.”

“In other words, you agree I’ve had enough beer tonight? You’re right—this is not a typical Friday night for me.” Remembering she was here to start a more fun-loving life, she lifted her chin. “At least it wasn’t before tonight.”

Owen leaned forward to make himself heard over the music. “Hey, Dan, you bike, right? A bunch of us are going to do the loop around the lake Sunday. Wanna join us?”

Mack’s eyes went wide. “Dan, you still have your motorcycle? I used to love the way that thing rumbled…”

Kiara’s eyebrows rose, and Mack realized she sounded gushy. But she hadn’t thought of Dan pulling up behind the liquor store on that dark red Harley of his in a long time. He’d been every teenage girl’s bad-boy

dream—handsome, reckless and restless. She used to run to the back window when she heard him coming, just to watch him pull that helmet off and run his fingers through his hair, wearing those tight jeans.

Was it hot in here, or was it her memories that were heating her up right now? She gulped down the cold water, nearly emptying the glass in one pull. Dan was saying something. Oh, damn. Dan was talking and she wasn’t even listening…

“…think Owen’s referring to bicycles, not motorcycles.” He nodded toward Owen. “I’ve got Chloe this weekend, so I’ll have to pass.” His mouth slanted into a half grin as he turned back to Mack. “But yes, I still have the old Harley. It’s been in mothballs for a few years, but I can’t seem to part with that last vestige of my misspent youth.”

That bad boy might still be in there…

“You know, I’ve never been on a motorcycle. You should give me a ride sometime…”

Dan coughed and the others laughed. That wasn’t the kind of ride she’d meant, of course. Or was it? Rather than apologize, she just met his gaze and shrugged.

There was a spark of something in his eyes. Interest? He closed them and shook his head, as if chasing away whatever thoughts she’d put there.

Copyright © 2020 by Jo McNally

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Jo McNally lives in upstate New York with 100 pounds of dog and 200 pounds of husband – her slice of the bed is very small. When she’s not writing or reading romance novels (or clinging to the edge of the bed…), she can often be found on the back porch sipping wine with friends, listening to an eclectic playlist. If the weather is perfect, she might join her husband on the golf course, where she always feels far more competitive than her actual skill-level would suggest.

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