Title – Home
Author – J.A. Huss
Publication Date – November 5, 2014
Series – Social Media, #6
I just want my Grace back. I want the girl I found sending me dirty tweets on Saint Thomas. I want the girl who reluctantly gave in to my charms and let me boss her around. I want the girl who sent me to my knees and made me imagine what her fairy tale would look likewith me in it.
I just want to move on.I want everything she ever wanted, and I want us to make it happen together. But the media needs more from us. More dirt. More pain. More payment for past transgressions.
You can’t change the past. And even though Grace is ready to put her demons to bed, mine are just starting to get restless. Because when you’ve silenced as many enemies as I have, you know that secret won’t stay buried forever.
Before I encountered the Social media series – which I only picked up because of J.A. Huss – I will be honest and say that I wasn’t a fan of the serials. I didn’t like these short little bursts of being in a world and then having to wait for the next piece. However, with the release of Home, I am extremely glad that I made an exception. From book to book, I felt myself being pulled in further and submerged in whatever events were happening. I anxiously awaited the time until I would get this final piece and to say that I was impressed with both Home, and the Social Media serial as a whole, wouldn’t come close to how I actually feel.
“My love is not conditional on how you acted in the past.”
Home is the sixth and final installment in the Social Media series. After rescuing Grace from her captor and bringing her home, life has returned to anything but normal. Vaughn and Grace are married but he refuses to give her any details, despite the fact that she doesn’t remember. He has begun to tip toe around her, not knowing how to deal with who she is after returning home. Meanwhile, he’s dealing with a paparazzi nightmare and attempting to hide it from his wife. After some time, he decides that he can no longer take the woman Grace is and wants the woman he met on that island, and commits to doing everything he can to get her back.
“Just like your love is not conditional on what happened to me in the past.”
Their story ending isn’t one I expected to unfold the way it did, but it left me intrigued and aching for more. I truly admired the growth of both these characters over the course of the series. Both had evolved and changed so much, yet were attracted to inherent qualities the other had. In the end, they both had to meet on a sort of middle ground. The transformation of Vaughn was something truly spectacular. I loved that he maintained his dominant side, but as the series went on, we saw this whole other sweeter side of him. I think it really showed what being a dominant man means – in a context other than the bedroom. As for Grace, she was just a rollercoaster of emotions and I loved being on the ride for it. She went from hiding to fighting to surviving and embracing her past. She had to truly embrace the lifestyle she wanted, but could only do that when she accepted her past. It was just a beautiful journey of discovery and acceptance.
“This is us, Vaughn. Like it or not. This is us.”
J.A. Huss is honestly a mastermind and deserves the title of game changing writer. The way she is able to hook her readers and carry them on this masterful, twisted journey is such a wonderful talent. She leaves you invested in her characters with the way she burrows them into your heart and mind. Home was the absolute perfect way to end the series with the crossover between flashbacks and recreating in the present. It definitely did the series justice, and I can’t wait for what J.A. Huss brings to the table next!
“Why am I not affected by this, Vaughn? Why doesn’t it bother me that three days ago I shot a man? I killed a man. I think that makes me sick. I’m a sick, sick person.”
“That doesn’t make you sick, Grace. That makes you strong.” He kisses me again and then stands up and walks out of the plunge pool. My body gets heavy and I immediately want nothing more than to get back in the water and hide underneath its soothing surface.
Vaughn walks us over to the edge of the river, grabbing a towel from the little cabana as he goes. He tosses it down on the concrete edge and then places me on top of it. My leg hurts a little now and my clothes are sticking to me. “Lift up your arms.”
I do as I’m told and he peels off the man-sized white t-shirt. My nipples are erect and hard, my breasts firm and taut. I look up at my husband and he’s shirtless too. I watch his fingers as he unbuttons his jeans, kicks off his shoes, and then drops his pants. It takes both hands to get the heavy wet denim to cooperate and when he’s finally standing there naked, he puts his arms out and says, “This is me.”
And then he reaches down for my hand, like he wants to pull me to my feet. I hesitate because of the pain it will take to stand up. But then I decide to trust him and place my hand in his.
He pulls me up and I manage to keep the weight off my bad leg and just balance on the good one. Vaughn holds me steady for a second, and then he takes my hand and places it on his thickly muscled bicep. “Hold tight,” he says.
And then his fingers unbutton my shorts and he tugs on them for several seconds, rocking the sopping wet fabric over my hips until they plop to the ground.
He steps back a little and I let go of his arm.
I put my arms out like he did and say, “This is me.”
I’m pulled back into an embrace and I notice everything about this moment.
The sun is warm. The wind floats past my wet body, making it cool. There’s a bird singing a sweet song on a branch above our heads.
His heart beats fast. Mine beats faster.
His lips touch my ear so softly I shudder.
“This,” he says, “is us.”
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J. A. Huss likes to write new adult books that make you think and keep you guessing. Her favorite genre to read is space opera, but since practically no one reads those books, she writes new adult science fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, urban fantasy, and books about Junco (who refuses to be saddled with a label).
She has an undergraduate degree in horses, (yes, really–Thank you, Colorado State University) and a master’s degree in forensic toxicology from the University of Florida. She used to have a job driving around Colorado doing pretty much nothing but shooting the breeze with farmers, but now she just writes, runs the New Adult Addiction and Clean Teen Reads Book Blogs, and runs an online science classroom for homeschoolers.