His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock
Released: March 1, 2014
Genre: Contemporary romance
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: He'd always managed to best her…
Jodi Chapman will do whatever it takes to get top care for her autistic son. If that means going home and convincing local farmers to sell their land, so be it. Even if her biggest opponent, childhood rival Daniel Gleason, is equally determined to convince farmers to buy into his co-op plan. And he's not playing fair.
Facing off against Daniel is the last thing Jodi wants. The attraction that's always fueled their competitiveness is as strong as ever and just as distracting. But with both their futures on the line, and years of distrust between them, how can they ever be on the same side?
After being left by her husband, Jodi Chapman now has to raise her toddler on her own. To complicate things, he’s autistic and needs much attention. She was able to secure a spot for Tyler in a specialized school known for its progressive behavioral fixes. Now she just has to buy a large amount of acreage buys for her farming company, Midland to get the promotion and raise needed to pay the tuition. Unfortunately, her assignment is to go back to her hometown which she abandoned a decade earlier.
Daniel Gleason, a native of Cedar Bay, left to go to college and has returned to run the family homestead. What was once an unprofitable and struggling dairy farm, he is modernizing and upgrading into an organic agriculturalist’s dream. He knows Midland is interested in a local takeover, but Daniel is determined to form a co-operative to save the locals and even the livestock from an unfeeling corporate and robotic agribusiness.
Daniel and Jodi were always competitors growing up even when they became more. After of series of incidences and miscommunications in high school, she left town without looking back. Now she has returned and the two pick up the intense rivalry but this time the stakes are much higher, their livelihoods.
Initially the writing style was a bit different and it took a couple of chapters to adjust. The flow of the story seems to come and go. At times, it is quick paced while others it drags. I feel like the romance was truly secondary to the premise of raising a special needs child. I can imagine the difficulty of the scenario but it did detract from the overall plot. At times I found Jodi’s stubbornness to me a little much; I became frustrated by her lack of flexibility or her refusal to see the bigger picture because her focus was so single-minded. While this is by far the tamest romance I have ever read, it’s also one of the sweetest.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.