TWO 5, ONE 4 Stars, and ONE 4.5 stars for My Hometown by S.J.D. Peterson #MM #Romance @SJDPeterson

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Title: My Hometown
Author Name & Publisher: S.J.D. Peterson (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: December 7, 2015 – 200 pgs

Synopsis

Jimmy Brink and Eric Halter grew up together in a small country town. While Eric has always been content with life as a rancher, Jimmy wanted more and moved to Chicago early on to pursue a medical career.

Life has a way of coming back around. When Jimmy’s parents decide to retire in Florida, Jimmy returns to his hometown to finish his residency at a local hospital. Flamboyant boyfriend Oliver in tow, Jimmy bumps into his old friend. Eric quickly takes a disliking to Oliver though, and for good reason. Oliver proves he’s not only self-centered but also a cheater.

When Jimmy finds out, he sends Oliver packing, not knowing Oliver is vengeful and maybe even teetering toward insane. Soon Jimmy and Eric are fighting to take back their hometown, while Eric finds it more and more difficult to hide his attraction to his best friend.

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Review

FiveStars

This is a touching and poignant look at growing up and coming home. Of friendships and true love.

Newly qualified doctor Jimmy returns to work in his hometown, bringing his delicate Chicago boyfriend with him. Things get a little complicated when he realises Oliver will never fit in – and when he realises he just can’t hide his attraction to his straight best friend any longer.

This is a feel-good celebration of everything country. From tailgate parties to waterhole swimming to beers on the porch – Jimmy comes back to his hometown from Chicago and enjoys everything the country has to offer. This is a story about solid families, nosy neighbours and strong friendships. At times this feels like one long bro-country trucks and beer music video.

Jimmy and Eric have wonderful chemistry. Even the gay-for-you plot seems to work well here. Inseparable as boys, their relationship is hurt when Jimmy leaves town for college. When Jimmy returns, putting the friendship back together isn’t easy for either man. The gulf between the one who stayed to work his family ranch and the one who left to get a fancy degree made the men feel incredibly real. I loved them both.

My only niggle with the book was the Oliver subplot. There was too much judging of the man for being slight and camp. At times, the message seemed to be that gay was fine – as long as a guy could pass for straight and be one of the guys. I know the author is trying for realistic small town views, but I found it a little disturbing. When Oliver does finally destroy Jimmy’s trust, the fallout from the broken relationship just doesn’t ring true.

If you love country music and if you’ve ever fancied yourself a cowboy, this book serves up an idyllic helping of country life and some wonderful country men.

Sarah

FiveStars

Jimmy and Eric have been friends for along time but Jimmy went away to school to be a doctor and they lost touch for awhile. Well Jimmy comes back home to run things after his father retires so his parents can move. Well he brings his boyfriend with him which causes Eric to be jealous and realize that his feelings might run deeper then he realized.

I can not even say how much I loved the way this author wrote this story and these characters. It was just so sweet when these two men finally admit to their feelings for each other. I really did not like Jimmy’s boyfriend he was such a jerk and I was really glad to see him gone. I also really loved that Eric did not hide anything after what happened with Jimmy that was really awesome to see too.

I really do not want to give away any spoilers because you really need to read this book for yourself because it was just so sweet! So I will leave this review with I 100% loved this book and would definitely recommend it!

Kara

FourStars

This is a sweet story about two friends who grow up together, drift apart and find their way back.  I loved how Eric was able to still see the Jimmy that used to come over to the farm and hang out, help out with chores, swim in the pond with.  Despite the fact that Jimmy was less than a great friend, with true friendship and love, there are those out there that can come back in to your life and it feels like they never left.
I really didn’t understand Oliver’s role – it seemed that he took up quite a bit of the story and then just kind of dropped off the story. While I can see what Peterson was trying to do, it just didn’t work well for me.
Jimmy and Eric had great chemistry, love and friendship brewing throughout this whole story.  I loved how they had a history that led to their developing a future.
I would say this book was more about rekindling a long lost friendship which turned to romance, rather than a romance, but it was still a sweet story.
~AvidReader
FourandHalfStarsI definitely enjoyed this story though It didn’t have the wow factor for me.  The story of Eric and Jimmy starts when they were kids and I loved that.  They were best friends growing up and when Jimmy came back from school they had to work at getting their friendship back.  It was a nice twist to the story that all wasn’t right with them.  Plus they had to deal with Jimmy’s boyfriend.

I thought the characters were well developed and worked well in the story. I sure didn’t like Oliver, but I’m sure that was the authors intent.  Jimmy and Eric worked well as a couple.

It was a sweet heartwarming story of friends to lovers.

~Sherry

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AuthorBio

It’s been an amazing journey since DSP first contracted Lorcan’s Desire in January 2011. I’ve published 2 free reads with the M/M Romance group, my back list is growing, met some great people and have made some amazing friends.
I’m still in shock that I’m listed among the many talented authors at Dreamspinner Press! The little voice in the back of my head is screaming, “You are so out of your league.”
Shhhhh I won’t tell them if you don’t 🙂

You can call me Jo, everyone does 🙂

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