Author ~ SJD Peterson
Publisher ~ Dreamspinner Press
Published ~ 7 December 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
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.
4 “Country Boy Loving” Stars!
My Hometown by SJD Peterson is a stand-alone MM contemporary romance. This book also marks my first venture into books by this author and I admit that I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this read. This is a heartwarming story about two men who find the courage to finally open up and admit what they mean to one another despite the obstacles that may stand in their way.
Jimmy Brink wanted more in life than to simply settle and take-over his family’s land. He moved to Chicago to pursue medicine. Now with his parents’ retirement officially occurring, Jimmy has decided to return home to help out and finish up his last year of residency at a local hospital. He’s brought his flamboyant boyfriend, Oliver, with him as well not really knowing how the small town will react to his flashy persona. The one thing Jimmy is looking forward to is seeing his best friend who hasn’t really done a great job of keeping in touch with. For as long as he can remember Jimmy has harbored significant feelings, ones that far surpass those of a simple friendship, for his best friend and now that he is back in his hometown there is no way he will ever reveal just how deeply he feels. There is too much at stake.
Eric Halter grew up with Jimmy, but unlike his old friend he has always been content living a rancher’s life. Eric has never held the fact that Jimmy wanted more to life than working the land against his friend; however, he is hurt that Jimmy never kept in touch regularly and let their relationship take a back seat to everything else in his life. When Eric finally does see Jimmy in town for the first time, he can’t help but let the animosity he feels show particularly given the fact that he immediately dislikes Jimmy’s boyfriend. Eric is also conflicted as feelings for his best-friend that are anything but platonic emerge leaving him uncomfortable and confused.
Jimmy is determined to salvage the friendship he has with Eric and as they spend more and more time together, things slowly go back to where they once were. When Jimmy discovers that his good-for-nothing boyfriend is also a cheating rat bastard, he sends him packing without so much as a second glance. But, Oliver is not going to go away quietly and he sets out to prove that to Jimmy. Despite the somewhat annoying antics from Oliver, Jimmy slowly discovers that Eric may feel the same way about him that he does for him. Can he really throw caution to the wind and take a chance on exploring “more” with Eric? Is Eric even ready for something like that?
Once our two protagonists reveal how they truly feel about one another the progression of their relationship is natural and sweet. Eric may be having a hard time coming to terms with these new revelations regarding his sexuality, but he is certain about how he feels about Jimmy. Both men no longer want to waste any more time and want to explore what they share between them. Eric is so inexperienced and I simply loved how supportive Jimmy was. The pair have a few obstacles to overcome and have a bit to work out and their happy forever is not going to come super easy; however, they both know real when they see it and what they share is worth the fight.
I did enjoy this sweet tale despite some minor issues. When I first read the synopsis I was expecting a lot of drama from Oliver, the crazy boyfriend turned ex. I was a little disappointed at how anti-climactic the whole situation turned out to be. Sure, Oliver did pull some stupid stunts wanting back into Jimmy’s life; but, it was nothing crazy like the synopsis eluded to. I did love the slow and organic progression of Jimmy and Eric’s relationship. Nothing was rushed as the two men gave into the pull between them. They both grew up with one another and there was already a strong bond that they shared. Adding the element of attraction made their blooming romantic love all the more tender and powerful.
All in all, My Hometown is a sweet and touching novel that I wholeheartedly recommend.