Saturday, December 14, 2013

Hometown Secrets

Author: Dawn Flemington
Publisher: Loose Id
Publishers URL: http://www.loose-id.com
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62300-556-6
Genre: {M/M}, Western, Contemporary
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymph Reviewer: Critter Nymph

Pete comes from a long line of farmers and ranchers and his family has always put God, country and family before all else.  While he loves them, he is worried about what will happen should they ever find out he is gay.  Although he never plans on them knowing, he also never planned on losing his heart.  When he meets Asher, that is exactly what happens.  Now Pete has some major decisions to make.

Hometown Secrets is my first book by author Dawn Flemington, but it will not be the last.  This is a story that is strongly written, with both the characters and plot pulling the readers in from the first page.  Both Pete and Asher are easy to like and readers will find themselves rooting for the two to find their happily ever after, however, there are also times when I found myself wanting to smack Pete.  It is easy to understand why he needs to keep his feelings for Asher a secret, however, the excuses only work for so long before the reader will start seeing things from Asher’s point of view.  As for Asher, once the readers learn more about his past, they will not be able to help but hope that Pete comes to his senses and starts treating the younger man better. 

While the connection between the two men is strong and when they come together they heat up the pages, their relationship is full of angst.  A lot of the problems the two men face are due to the strong homophobic thread that runs through the town and unfortunately, Pete’s family.  I was surprised by the way this part of the story played out.  While the actions of some of the secondary characters are predictable, others will surprise you.  I could not believe how some of these people behaved, or the lengths they went to in the name of hate.  The author does a wonderful job wrapping this story up in a way that will satisfy the readers. 

I am sure Hometown Secrets will bring the author many new fans and I can’t wait to see what she has planned next.

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