Reviewed by Dee England
TITLE: Her Hometown Girl
SERIES: Belladonna Ink #3
AUTHOR: Lorelie Brown
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 245 pages
RELEASE DATE: September 4, 2017
I had doubts before the Big Day—doesn’t everyone?—but I didn’t expect to find my fiancée banging the caterer’s assistant right before the ceremony. Especially because he’s a guy. And we’re lesbians. The proper sort of Southern Californian lesbians who invest in hedge funds and wear bedazzled wedding dresses and wouldn’t be caught dead in a Subaru. But then I became a runaway bride, headed straight for Belladonna Ink to get the kind of tattoo I always wanted and my ex always called trashy. She didn’t approve of a lot of things I did. I think maybe she didn’t approve of who I am. So I’m determined to be as much of myself as I can manage. Dating my tattoo artist? I’m in. Cai is smart, sexy, and mysterious. Exactly what I need for a rebound. She keeps herself guarded, but I understand—I’m holding on to secrets too. The kind of secrets that make a girl want to run home to Mom, even if home is Idaho. Maybe especially then. I just didn’t expect Cai to come with me. I wonder what it would take to get her to stay forever
This story is told in first person, present tense, and from the point of view of both protagonists. This allows readers to become intimately acquainted with both leads, Cai and Tansy. While this worked for the most part, I had a difficult time reconciling the character’s actions with their thoughts. For example, Cai goes all Daddy Dom on Tansy, calling her little one and taking the lead but then she states, “I haven’t gone so far as BDSM.” Well it’s my understanding power-exchange, Dominance and Submission, (D/S) falls under the umbrella of BDSM. There were other inconsistencies on that front which stopped me from loving the adult content. A shame really as on more than one occasion, I’ve been known to state there aren’t enough well written lesfic books with BDSM elements.
Moving on, and this could be seen as a spoiler, but I don’t think so considering the tags. This story is tagged as sexual abuse, something that doesn’t come to light until around the 90% mark. Again, it felt so left field, I had a hard time buying into it. Seriously, I didn’t get it.
The story starts with Tansy jilting her lover, Jody, when she finds her banging a dude. But, hello, she was going to marry Jody despite being emotionally and sexually abused by the woman? I guess it happens, we all have different priorities in love and life, but for me it didn’t work.
Considering how it all started, I would have thought Tansy would be wary of giving away her heart especially to the extent that she did. It would be fair to say, I found the ending far too clichéd and convoluted to enjoy it.
Please take my review for what it is, one readers opinion. Because make no mistake about it, Lorelie has the gist of the gab! Go grab a copy and experience that for yourself.