This book has intrigued me ever since I read the blurb — even more so when I found out that the author’s inspiration for the male character was one of my favourite celebrity crushes (Jared Padalecki). Calling Home is the story of Margo Nolan. She’s led a complicated life with much heartbreak, which has resulted in her becoming a self confessed Ice Queen. She’s incredibly good at her job as a forensic pathologist, and she’s pretty much made the job her life. That is, until her world is turned upside down by the discovery that she’s to become the guardian of 11-year old Emma, the little girl she loved and lost many years ago. Margo has no idea how to deal with a tween, but left with no other choice she must simply get on with it.
Luckily, help is at hand. After moving in next door to hunky village doctor Jamie Gillespie, Margo discovers he’s good with children and he’s more than willing to help out with Emma. Margo’s grateful, but also concerned — the hot young doctor seems to have feelings for her, and she doesn’t have room in her life for a man. Or does she?
Calling Home was a fabulous read. Well written and realistic with lots of sexual tension thrown in, it’s a heart-warming romance, but not the sickly sweet kind — just the kind that makes you grin like an idiot whilst reading. I was totally invested in the characters throughout, and found myself mentally shouting at them when they couldn’t see what was in front of their faces. I enjoyed the book immensely, though I confess I would have been even happier had the sex scenes been included — mainly because of my crush on the delectable Doctor! However, the book lacks nothing and I’d definitely recommend it to romance readers.