Release Date: Jul 7, 2020
Series: Silverlake Ranch
Heat Level: Sensual
Publisher: Penguin Group
Hometown Hero is Liza Kendall’s third book in the Silverlake Ranch series, and my first book by the author. This book can be read as a standalone, there were lots of characters from the previous two books that were in the story and because this was my first book I felt like I did not appreciate them as much without that history that others who have read the series would have.
Hometown Hero starts with Andrew (Ace) Braddock, one of the stars of the Austin Lone Stars, taking the blame for his friend’s mistakes which results in a broken ankle and being sent to lay low on his family’s ranch. Meanwhile, on the periphery of said ranch, Mia Adams is running around with three jobs and trying her best to stay afloat from the massive amount of debt left by her missing ex-husband. She decides to take a nursing job to be Ace’s “sober companion” during his time in Silverlake and is responsible for making she that he stays out of trouble. The only problem is that Mia has always resented Ace in the past for taking up so much of her dad’s time and attention away from her when they grew up. When Ace and Mia meet for the first time since their high school years, they are both surprised by the attraction they feel towards each other and cannot seem to stay away from one another.
I found this book to be a little bit slow but there was so much development of both Mia and Ace that I still enjoyed it. I find sometimes with contemporary romances that the “playboy” character type undergoes this very rapid transformation into a one-woman man, and I was worried that this would be the case here as well. But, to my surprise I actually believed it when it happened to Ace. He had gone through a lot in his life that he was pushing away until he couldn’t any more, and was forced to come to terms with it. I also liked that even though Mia and Ace had that immediate initial chemistry, they both were real adults and did not act on it right away. It just made the story seem more real and kept me rooting for them to work through their problems individually and together in order to come together in a healthy way. Mia also went through a big change throughout the book as well, she started off with a hectic life and no real plans and worked through all of those issues as well.
Overall, I did really enjoy this book. I do wish the pace of it was a bit faster, but I understand why it moved at the speed that it did. I recommend reading the first two books in order to gain a better understanding of the secondary characters. I think I will be going back now to read those as well.