Crispin Henry isn’t an adventurer. He learned early on that the world is a frightening place and that home is rare and precious. If his friends didn’t drag him to sports games and ill-advised trips to Vegas, he wouldn’t get out at all—and his trip to Munich for Oktoberfest is no exception. But it’s there that he meets Luka Gabriel, and he learns to take a chance.
Luka is a free-spirited world traveler, working at Oktoberfest to feed his enchantment with new places and new people. His only possessions fit in his backpack, and he depends on the kindness of strangers for a place to sleep. Crispin should know better—but he takes Luka’s hand anyway, and together they turn three nights in Munich into the relationship neither of them has been brave enough to risk—and neither can let go of.
When Luka turns up on Crispin’s doorstep before the holiday season, Crispin takes him in on hope alone. Yes, he knows the odds are good Luka will flutter out of his life again and leave him bereft, but isn’t it worth it to see if Luka is a homebird after all?
I am a sucker for Amy Lane’s books and this is a prime example of why. Homebird is not your typical holiday story. It could easily slip into many other categories. The most important box it fits into for me is the ‘makes me happy‘ tag. Lane has a master’s degree in acute angst, wielding her razor-sharp pen with precision but on the flip side, she can weave pure joy into the pages as few can. Love at first sight isn’t something everyone believes in. I do. And quite frankly, I fell into Luka and Crispin’s adventure with deep contentment after only a few chapters as well.
We discover early on where the inspiration behind this book came from…and I loved it! It gave an extra edge to the illusion and I’m so glad this encounter planted the seed that became this lovely story. I’ve always wanted to visit Germany and had a great time tagging along on their journey. Crispin meets Luka at Oktoberfest and it’s lightning strike attraction. The pages nearly vibrate with the intensity of their chemistry. Crispin ventures away from his norm and accepts the come hither eyes invitation Luka offers. A quick night of passion. That’s all it’s supposed to be. They are worlds apart. They could never…be. Or could they?
Lane always wins me over with her first-rate characters. I adored both Luka and Crispin from the start. However, the rest of Crispin’s circle contributed a great deal to this story as well. A close group of co-workers become friends and then turn into family. I know what it’s like having close-knit friends evolve into a family. Chosen family are true gifts and Crispin hit the jackpot with his. Crispin allows himself to fly, free from his self-made restraints and he soars. He’s never felt so liberated. He has the time of his life. Knowing he has his safety net, or nest, gives him great comfort. Being with Luka changes him. Or maybe releases the real Crispin. Both want more than the three days and ignore the sand slipping through the hourglass. But reality comes knocking and Crispin must go back to California. He leaves his heart and an invitation for Luka to come to him. Which Luka accepts with a short-term clause. He’s a free bird. He can’t settle. Unless he just hasn’t found the right reason to…plant some roots. Maybe he can sail through the heavens and return to a sanctuary. It’s doesn’t have to be a place. Luckily he realizes, a person can be his home too. *sniff* I loved the ending most. I’m hoping I picked up the clues correctly about the possibility of another trek with this gang. I would love to see them again.
A quick fall. Crispin is on vacation and his holiday fling turns into something worth forever and a day. Crispin is also not completely comfortable in his true skin until he realizes his friends care for him all the way through. Luka is young, dazzling and full of life but shields his core to most. Together, they are the perfect counterbalance.
If you are looking for a quick adventure that ends with heartfelt satisfaction, this is what you need.