Friday, March 7, 2014

Blog Tour/Review: His Hometown Girl by Karen Rock

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Welcome to my Book Tour stop for

His Hometown Girl

His Hometown GirlHis Hometown Girl

by Karen Rock

Mass Market Paperback, Large Print, 331 pages

March 1st 2014 by Harlequin

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?

Jodi will always do what is best for her son, Tyler. He's 4 years old and autistic. She needs to get him into an amazing school but needs more money. Her ex-husband walked out on them and now wants to lower his support payments to her. She's given an opportunity to make more money and get a promotion with her job. The catch? She has to return to her hometown in Cedar Bay, Vermont and get the farmers to sell their land to her company, Midland Corp. The reason they haven't been successful in the past? Daniel, the boy she competed and fought with, and then fell in love with. He's also a big part of the reason she left 10 years ago and never returned. The money is too tempting to pass up, though, so she soon finds herself in Cedar Bay reconnecting with a man she had hoped to forget.

This is a fun read! Jodi and Daniel go head to head to get the farmers to commit to each of their plans and some of their tactics were quite entertaining. I enjoyed their banter and watching their relationship progress. Jodi is protective of her heart and her son and isn't about to let just anyone in.

Autism was an interesting aspect of this story. Jodi was willing to do whatever she needed to so she could provide Tyler with the best opportunity for him. When she would find herself waffling on her purpose for being there, the reminder to herself of her ultimate goal got her back on track again. In some ways, she seemed overprotective, but I also understand that part. It would be difficult to have an ex-husband who wouldn't acknowledge his own son because he was less than perfect and she just wanted Tyler to be "normal" so he could have a better life. I like what she was able to learn about him through the course of the book.

This is, indeed, a heartwarming story and a good book to curl up with when you're in the mood for a clean romance!

My Rating=4 Stars

Karen Rock has adored romance since receiving Harlequin Presents books from her grandmother each summer. She formed her Young Adult writing partnership, J.K. Rock- pseudonym for the CAMP BOYFRIEND series, with her sister-in-law and Blaze author, Joanne Rock in 2011. When Karen heard of a call for submissions to Heartwarming, Harlequin’s latest line, she was inspired by the possibilities of writing unforgettable, deeply romantic, tender love stories that mothers would feel comfortable sharing with their daughters. When she’s not writing, Karen loves scouring estate sales for vintage books, cooking her grandmother's family recipes, hiking the ‘high peaks’, and redesigning her gardens. She lives in the Adirondack Mountain region with her husband, daughter, and two Cavalier King cocker spaniels who have yet to understand the concept of “fetch” though they know a lot about love. 

For more information about Karen's upcoming books, check out her website, Facebook page, or follow her on twitter. She’d love to hear from you!

Tour-Wide Giveaway

Grand Prize: Hand-stitched, authentic Amish quilt (uses their overlapping
heart-stitching- pattern), with matching dust ruffle for a king-sized bed, signed copies of 
Wish Me Tomorrow & Camp Boyfriend, and some surprise swag (US Only)

1 - Paperback/ebook copies of Wish Me Tomorrow and Camp Boyfriend (format is winner's choice, paperback for US Only) and $20 Amazon gift card
2 - ebooks of Wish Me Tomorrow and Camp Boyfriend (INT)

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Karen Rock said...

Hi, Melanie! Thank you so much for your gorgeous review!! You brought everything that was important to me about the book! If you haven't already, would you kindly consider posting it on Amazon? It would mean so much. Thanks for considering!

Melanie said...

You're welcome, Karen! And this is the rare time that I did post my review on Amazon and Goodreads prior to today. ;)

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