HER HOMETOWN HERO
Unexpected Heroes #2
by Melody Ann
Published by Tantor Media
Narrated by Rebecca Estrella
Publication date Jan 26, 2016
Running time 8 hrs 10 min
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
In the bestselling books The Billionaire Wins the Game, Hidden Treasure, and The Billionaire’s Marriage Proposal, among others, we met the Andersons. Matchmaking patriarchs Joseph and George took matters into their own hands to get their sons to marry and settle down. But now that Dr. Spence Whitman sees how happy his Anderson friends are in married life, he’s itching to get hitched too. But how will he find the One?
After his wealthy dad adopted him and his two brothers at a young age, Spence grew up learning that there are more important things in life than money. He wants to find a girl who shares that philosophy, and it wouldn’t hurt to have some similar interests, too. Now if he could just stop getting distracted by his gorgeous surgical resident, he could start looking for the perfect wife . . . https://tantor.com/her-hometown-hero-elody-anne.html
This is a medical romance. If you are as old as I am, you will recall the heartthrobs like Dr. Kildare, and the romanticizing of the medical profession on TV, at least continues with popular programs like ER and Gray’s Anatomy.
Male doctors still seem to have a particular cache to them. Despite the impression given in the publisher’s blurb, the male doctor in this piece, Spencer, doesn’t really see himself looking for a committed relationship. Yet, when he meets an old acquaintance, Sage at the beginning of the book he finds himself almost compulsively attracted to her.
for her part, Sage was in love with Spense when she was a girl. She was humiliated by his rejection and put romance aside in pursuit of her studies. But, then she meets him again in a way that puts them at odds.
There are really a few aspects of the story that I find important:
1. The allure of family. Sage and Spense both value their family connections in Montana. Spense and his foster brothers were adopted by a wonderful wealthy man. Sage was raised by her grandmother after her parents died. Because of the unusual circumstances of both upbringings, Sage and Spense both feel a particularly strong family bond.
2. Spense becomes Sage’s supervisor, as the blurb mentions — she is his resident. This adds all kinds of complications to a potential relationship. I am pretty sure Spense would have to have taken workshops on harassment. You’ll have to read the book and let me know how you would feel about how they get together.
The relationship does offer some emotional moments as Spense mentors Sage through some devastating medical experiences. I liked how he helped her work through it by herself and is there to support her afterward.
3. Spense’s bet with his brothers and friends. Well I thought this would be important but,…
4. There are a few people in this series conspiring to get their children hitched — and that gives the series a contrived feel. A series by Marie Force (The Green Mountain Series) offers a similar elders matchmaking theme. I have enjoyed the depth of that series more, partly because it feels less contrived. This one feels a little creepy with the extent to which the elders go to in manipulating careers and, thus life, to get the kids together. It kind of makes the morality of the supervisor/resident relationship the lesser issue.
And Rebecca Estrella delivers the story with an unassuming air, if with slightly unusual phrasing and delivery.
I enjoy the books by themselves as a “guilty pleasure:” they are fairly well written genre fiction and are the perfect antidote to a boring afternoon.