Book Reviews

Homebird by Amy Lane at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Erotic Romance / Holiday
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 19-December-2018

Book Blurb

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?


Book Review

“That’s it? You just travel? You have no home?” A faint sadness crossed Luka’s face then, a lightly bitten lip, eyes that darted when they had been so steady. “The world is my home.” And a giant void opened up in Crispin’s chest. “The world is really big,” he said, leaning back from the emptiness at his feet. “And I am really small. I need something smaller to call home. A little corner to hide in.” A spasm of regret made his stomach clench. “A tiny life,” he finished apologetically, lifting his tankard and finding it empty.”

The fact that the author’s inspiration for this story came from her husband and his friends’ trip to Germany basically hit me right in the heart. I mean, don’t tell her or anything, but I have a wee crush on her husband after years of hearing stories about him. I’m pretty sure she knows though *grins*. I was entranced with the idea of these straight engineers with wives and kids, texting pictures to Amy and begging her to write this guy a story. It helped to remind me that wonderful, kind and caring men still exist out there in this world of chaos right now.

Crispin and Luka had me – right in the gut, in the feels – from the moment I first met them. Crispin grabbed me from the instant I realized he’d been so grateful to have these men at work befriend him that he learned about sports, drank beer, watched action movies, and saw a strip show without ever telling them he was gay for fear of losing these relationships he’d never had before. Of course, his friends had me falling in love with them (each of them) when they casually threw it out there – in the TSA line for the trip – that they knew he was gay and couldn’t care less. Crispin was their friend and that was that, although they did apologize for the strip show which had me laughing.

Crispin and Luka share some similar pain that has made them into the people they are today. Crispin’s parents died when he was young but then he was lucky enough to become the foster son (and eventual adopted son) of two amazing people who found out they were having a baby just when they took him in. A lot of people would have returned him but not the Henrys; he became their son and older brother to their daughter. They were killed in a car accident when his sister was still in high school so Crispin transferred to a college back home to care for her and keep his small family alive. Luka’s parents were travelers who loved seeing new things and taking him with until they settled in New Zealand where they died while gone on a short trip, leaving Luka alone. Now Luka travels because it’s what he knows and what he imagines they would want for him. One man holds tightly to home to give him hope and ground him. The other man relinquished home so as not to feel the pain of loneliness.

“Text me when you’re lonely,” he ordered. “Even if that means you’re texting me all day.”
“I’ll come to you,” Luka vowed, and Crispin shut his eyes. “You’d better. Even if it’s just to visit. This can’t be the end.”
“I promise very little, Crispin, but I promise that.”

Oh Amy, you gutted me with these two men. Watching Crispin work so hard not to make Luka feel like he “had” to stay with him and Luka struggling to deny that not only did he want to stay, but he could stay, he could be loved and welcomed here, and have a home. Crispin’s friends continued to amaze me and I fell harder for each of them as the book continued. ‘Homebird’ is exactly what I needed this holiday season to remind me of what it means to love and to be loved. It’s a gift, an unrivaled gift from Fate or the gods or whomever/whatever you believe in, but trust me when I say that if you’re lucky enough to find your person, regardless of how long you have him/her, revel in it for not everyone is so blessed.

“Suddenly they were completely sober. “We can travel,” Crispin promised. “We can hold hands and wander as much as you want.” “I want to come back home,” Luka said. “Every time. As long as you are there, it will be my home.”





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 200 pages/61139 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-December-2018
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback, $14.99 bundle
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