Reviewed by Morgan
Title: My Hometown
Author: S.J.D. Peterson
Narrator: Ronald Ray Strickland
Heroes: Jimmy Brink/Eric Halter
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 7 Hours, 14 Minutes
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 11, 2016
Available at: Amazon, Audible and iTunes
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: 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.
Review – Book:
This is a very sweet friends to lovers story with a little bit of city boy/country boy thrown in. SJD Peterson is a talented writer and though I don’t read her BDSM works, I’ve always really liked her “lighter” fare.
There’s nothing terribly new in this story – friends who grew up, the gay boy in love with the straight one, the straight one confused about his feelings, the new to gay sex : super hot! – but it’s still a lovely and sweet story. I really liked how the two continued to treat one another as goofy friends right up til the end, even after their relationship shifted.
There were times when I thought the boys were a little too introspective – or at least their thoughts didn’t always match their drawl – sometimes it was a bit incongruous. Especially in audio format, hearing these guys talk about their feelings didn’t always jive with the “hick” sound. But this was a small niggle.
I enjoyed it and found the two of them together both sweet and sexy.
I didn’t really ever see how Jimmy could have POSSIBLY thought Oliver would make it in the country, so – of course – it was no surprise when he exited the picture – and I wish we didn’t have to see him and Jimmy together as much as we did. I think the fact that Eric was jealous of Oliver could have been discovered in a way that didn’t necessitate Oliver’s presence for so long in the story – especially since they’d been together for awhile.
All in all this was a good story with a very HEA ending.
4 of 5 stars
Review – Audio:
Ronald Ray Strickland definitely tries to do all that he can for this narration. He has the country part down pat, though it doesn’t exactly fit at times. Jimmy is in med school and living in Chicago and so I expected his drawl to be tempered a bit but it was just as in full force as everyone else’s. I also thought that the parts not dialog fell a little flat at times. But for the most part this was a very good way to enjoy this story.
3.5 of 5 stars
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*