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Hometown Girl: A Penguin Special from Signet Eclipse (Bad Boys of Red Hook) by [Kaye, Robin]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 803 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Publisher: Signet (3 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008XNY7SM
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #324,449 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By EmmaG on 9 April 2013
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I've read a few of Robin Kaye's books and this does'nt dissappoint. I loved it. Cant wait till next book in series is available on kindle.
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It's funny and heartwarming. The basic idea may be a little far-fetched, but it really works and you feel for the characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Under The Covers Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
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Reviewed by ANGELA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog


Hometown Girl is the prequel in Bad Boys of Red Hook Series and what a wonderful start. Set in Brooklyn but with a small town feel, this novella is fun, sexy, romantic and nothing but enthralling. I can't be believed Ms. Kaye hooked me with this six chapter story. Elyse Fitzgerald had set her mind in losing her virginity to a date she hardly knows. But luck is on her side when she sees her long time crush Simon Sprague. She has been in love with him as long as she can remember but all he saw was his little sister's best friend. Will he get passed that image of her and finally give her the time of day?

Simon is a sexy bartender and artist extraordinaire. Taking his art serious he works at night so he can paint and sculpt during the day leaving no room for any kind of commitments. Well, a blast from the past will most definitely change his views where relationships are concerned.

I was blown away by Simon and Elyse's romance. Though it happened in a short period of time, they had a connection that rooted from their past making their romance believable and realistic. Ms. Kaye did a great job pulling this couple together without feeling like there was an insta-love between them. No, the only thing instant was their attraction for each other. Yeah, these two made some steamy scenes together. And Simon's image had definitely made a permanent imprint
in my brain. *image of rock hard body, with low hung pants, shirtless walking across his loft is playing in my mind*

The only thing that bothered me was Elyse's decision to finally lose her virginity. Seems a bit irresponsible for someone who has worked hard to keep her virginity then just lose it to someone she barely knows. Don't get me wrong this bit of annoyance did not deter me from loving this book.

Any author that can deliver a gratifyingly good story in only few chapters deserves a good round of pimping. So here goes...I can tell you right now, you will not be disappointed by picking up this book. With very little commitment, you can get a good dose of sweet and sexy in your system and maybe even get you hooked enough to pick up Back to You (Book 1) which I also enjoyed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Be warned- this is a short story! 2 Jan. 2013
By Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm a fan of Robin Kaye and enjoyed this story. However, there is no indication on this site that it is a short story (not even novella length). That info should be availlable to buyers. As a short story, the $2.99 price is too high!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Robin Kaye does it again!! 27 Dec. 2012
By Slick Reads - Published on Amazon.com
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My review from Guilty Pleasures book reviews.com
Robin Kaye has done it again, in just 6 chapters she has taken me down hook, line and sinker! Not only that she has me wanting to visit Brooklyn, something I can honestly say I've never had any interest in doing before. Hometown Girl is the first novella in her Bad Boys of Red Hook series and it's the start of something great.

Elyse Fitzgerald is on a mission. She's ready to hand in her "v-card" she's held on to for 24 years. However, the guy her friend set her up with on a blind date, the guy her friend has heard is a stud in bed is a dud in person and the only thing she finds herself wanting to do it ditch him. When they walk into the third bar for the evening, she realizes her luck has just changed. Her adolescent crush (her best friend's brother) is tending bar and she decides it must be fate.

Simon Sprague hates working on full moon nights but when he spots a familiar looking beautiful woman walking towards his bar, he decides maybe this one will be different. It's killing him that he can't place her but he knows it will come to him eventually. In the meantime though, he doesn't plan on wasting any time getting to know her better.

This is an amusing and engaging story and I couldn't help but feel for Simon's plight. From the minute Elyse sits down he's instantly attracted and conflicted. Once Elyse realizes he doesn't know who she is, she's afraid that if she tells him he'll back off and she's worried about his reaction once he does realize who she is. The one thing that's hard to ignore is the undeniable chemistry between these two. They move and breakneck speed and when Simon realizes he's taken Elyse's "innocence" he begins to have all sorts of feelings for her. Elyse has a definite advantage over Simon because she knows all of his history and their history together. When the truth comes out Simon feels betrayed and things unravel as quickly as they started. Thankfully, they both have friends who are there for them and help them move past the hurt. I must say Simon apologizes in style!

Even though this is a short novella, I enjoyed it immensely and I didn't feel cheated in the story or the character development. Robin did a great job filling us in on their pre-relationship lives. In Hometown Girl, Robin Kaye has given us interesting characters, a memorable story set in a colorful area, and built a strong foundation for this new series. I can't wait to see what happens next!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short but Sweet 13 Jan. 2013
By CM - Published on Amazon.com
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This story is short but very sweet. Elyse and Simon are childhood friends (through his sister) and they meet up years after last seeing each other. She recognizes him, he can't place her but the sparks ignite into a conflagration. Being a short book (hence, the #0.5 in the title), all the action happens quickly and we move from sizzle to catching fire to the hose putting things out in record time. Robin Kaye is a great writer and, given some time, this plot could have been developed into a full book (hmmm, fan fiction could take it there, this is sometimes how I drift off to sleep).

I like Ms. Kaye's writing and this book/novella lives up to her standard. It's short, sweet and worth reading as an intro to the Bad Boys of Red Hook series. It's a little expensive ($2.99, Kindle) when you compare the length to others at that price level but I didn't mind so much given that I like the author.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Start to a New Series 14 Jan. 2013
By Lisa M. Filipe - Published on Amazon.com
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Funny thing is...I think the blurb pretty much covered the whole novella...haha. Robin Kaye write a fun, heartwarming novella to kick off her new series, The Bad Boys of Red Hook , and oh...are they BAD, especially Simon...naughty, naughty, naughty...taking a girl home and pretending to remember who she is...yeah...that will just bite you in the ass!

My poor Fitz...ya go home with a guy, give him a night he will never forget and then it all goes to s***...I wouldn't have expected anything different, haha! Elyse was a great heroine, flirty, a little spunky and she knows what she wants...sounds like my kinda girl! Simon, just handsome, but oh...just like a man...sticks his foot in his mouth. Oh to see a man grovel..and yes...he is very cute while doing it!

This was a really great opening to the series. I enjoyed not just the two main characters, but the secondary characters, who I assume will all have a story. I enjoyed how real the story felt, hanging at a bar, seeing someone you recognize but can't put your finger on it, hoping that someone will say their name to refresh your memory, or at least make you look less of a fool. Especially coming from New York, it was fun to just be back in the atmosphere, which Robin does a phenomenal job at describing. I just had fun and I know that you all will enjoy this little start to what is shaping up to be a great series for 2013!

Definitely worth the $2.99...Grab your copy today!! (Only E-book Available)

Enjoy and Happy Reading!
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