Title: My Hometown
Author: SJD Peterson
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 7th 2015
Genre(s): M/M, Friends-to-Lovers
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: JLoves2Read for Gay Book Reviews and Alpha Book Club
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
I enjoyed this book. There were some smokin’ hot scenes and the characters were well established and there was a sprinkle of angst, great combination. This was a friends-to-lovers trope and I appreciate how SJD Peterson set up the reunion and the “getting-to-know you phase” of the book. This was not an insta-love story which I am grateful for as it made it more realistic to me.
This book starts with Jimmy coming back to his hometown with his flamboyant boyfriend, Oliver. Jimmy is your typical country boy raised to respect his mamma and obey his father. He is returning to his home to takeover the farm so his parents can retire to Florida. His plan is to not only take care of the farm but also work as a doctor and for him and his boyfriend to make a life together.
Plans change when Oliver shows his true colors and Jimmy is reunited with his best friend Eric. Eric and Jimmy have always had a platonic relationship however now that Jimmy has returned Eric can’t help but be drawn to Jimmy in a way that is anything but platonic. While Jimmy and Eric are trying to figure out their relationship status, Oliver is having to learn that hard way that actions have consequences.