The Hometown Hoax by Heather ThurmeierThe Hometown Hoax by Heather Thurmeier
Published November 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
three-stars
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
 

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Leaving was hard, but staying away might be impossible.

Tessa Cutter escaped her tiny hometown and chased her artistic dreams straight to Manhattan. Now she’s home for a camping trip with her family. To keep them off her back, she makes up the perfect pretend boyfriend—successful, important, and most of all, permanently located in New York.

Logan Ridley lost everything when his Manhattan-based personal training studio shut down. Luckily, a friend got him a position as a gym teacher in the small town of Cutter’s Creek. He’s heard a lot about the infamous Tessa, but she’s even better than he imagined. Except, she seems to hate everything about the small town he’s growing to love.

The chemistry sparking between them is impossible to ignore, but falling for Logan will trap Tessa in the small town she worked so hard to escape. If they have any hope of a future together, he’ll have to convince her that everything she wants has been in Cutter’s Creek all along…

I was granted The Hometown Hoax as an ARC via Netgalley, and read this quite some time ago so apologies if the review is rather succinct.

The Hometown Hoax is the story of Tessa Cutter, a New York transplant needing to return to her “beloathed” hometown of Cutter’s Creek for a family gathering in the cabins. That’s where she meets Logan Ridley – a friend of her brother – who seems to be her complete opposite: while she is a starving artist who believes that NYC is the only place she can succeed, Logan has always lived in the city, but couldn’t wait to get to West Virginia to escape the big city life and leave behind the gym that he was forced to close down.

Of course, Tessa and Logan get off on the wrong foot, and entertain a wonderful hate relationship over the course of the week they spend together (of course the family made them share a cabin), until mutual attraction takes its toll on them, and Tessa starts wondering if the city really is the place to be…

“He’d touched her bare ass with his large, strong, spider-hunting hand. Just another day at the cabin, right?”

I loved the interaction between the two, and the humour that came out of the author’s writing. The book was written in third person, from Tessa’s POV only, and she was wonderfully sarcastic and funny. I really had a good time reading this book and enjoying the banter and discussions between the main characters.

“If personal training didn’t work out, the man should work for UPS because he knew how to carry a package.”

However, I was a bit disappointed in the ending of this book, because I found it just a tad over-the-top and cheesy. Looking back, The Hometown Hoax feels like a lesser and cheesier version of Nuts by Alice Clayton, although the latter was published slightly later. The main character in Nuts also reluctantly returns to her hometown, and can’t wait to leave again until she meets someone who might just make her stay.

All in all, it was a good read, but nothing overly mindblowing either.

Detailed Rating
Storyline
3 Stars
Characters
4 Stars
Writing
4 Stars
All the feels
3 Stars
Overall: three-stars