Reviewed by Ami
Title: Hometown Hero
Author: Cate Cameron
Series: Lake Sullivan #2
Heroine/Hero: Zara Hale/Cal Montgomery
Genre: MF Contemporary
Length: 294 Pages
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Available at: Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Zara Hale escaped Lake Sullivan, Vermont, as a teenager and never planned to return. But a decade later, when her brother Zane is released from prison, she leaves her life as a Mixed Martial Arts champion and heads north, both to support him and to lend her golden-girl status to the opening of a new community center.
Cal Montgomery knows he let down the Hale family ten years ago, but this is his chance to make it up to them. Zane is his best friend. And Zara? She’s stubborn, frustrating, strong, beautiful—irresistible. Once she’s back in town, it isn’t long before their professional relationship turns into something much more intimate.
Though Zara’s hometown celebrity is as surprising as her feelings for Cal, she’s only there for the center and for her family. But as she soon discovers, Cal’s not that easy to leave, and neither are the unexpected comforts of Lake Sullivan.
Review: While I liked the idea of Zara as a female MMA fighter (we don’t have a lot of that, do we?) but somehow the fact that she was pretty much on the side line, due to her head injury and then coming back to Lake Sullivan to work on the community center with her brother just made her … well, ordinary (for lack of the better word). It didn’t say in the blurb that there wasn’t going to be any action on Zara’s part. I thought that she being a Mixed Martial Arts champion promised some good fights, her kicking ass of her opponents, with the love interest cheering for her and everything. But it didn’t … and I was quite disappointed at that. Somehow it didn’t meet my expectations.
As for Cal … I realized reading this book that I had developed a dislike towards characters coming from privileged families, especially if the family members were looking down on the ‘lesser’ family. So yeah, I was annoyed with Cal’s father and brother … although at least Cal was able to stand up for what he believed in, and I applauded him for that. However, I didn’t like Cal much in the end, something related to his reaction to Zara’s injury.
So, the ending was predictable and didn’t satisfy me much.
Overall Impression: It was okay
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*