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Television production manager Starlene White has spent her life trying to overcome what she calls her white trash childhood. Born to a mother that changed husbands like most people change their toothbrushes, and after having raised her three younger siblings, shes made a vow to never marry, or have children. For Star, family is overratedbig time. When Star receives a letter Television production manager Starlene White has spent her life trying to overcome what she calls her “white trash” childhood. Born to a mother that changed husbands like most people change their toothbrushes, and after having raised her three younger siblings, she’s made a vow to never marry, or have children. For Star, family is overrated—big time. When Star receives a letter from her childhood nemesis, Cade O’Brien, asking her to come to Alaska to remove her deceased aunt’s possessions from her mobile home, a mobile home that sits on O’Brien land, Star’s first thought is to refuse. Cade made her childhood a living hell. She never understood why he disliked her so much, and the last thing she wants is to comply with his wishes. However, business takes her to Seward when her television show Update This! begins a series of home makeovers, using the homes of single Alaska men. Hoping to kill two birds with one stone, Star heads home. Cade O’Brien has always wanted a big family. A widower, struggling to raise his three kids while running a bed and breakfast/charter fishing business, he has his hands full. When he sends Star a letter, asking her to empty out her aunt’s place, he’s surprised when she shows up. And he’s even more surprised by the guilt and regret he feels at the way he treated her when they were kids. Cade sets out to make amends with Star. But old hurts die hard, and Star is slow to warm to Cade, and even slower to warm to his kids. Yet, Cade refuses to give up, especially when he knows in his heart that this hometown girl is the girl of his dreams.


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Television production manager Starlene White has spent her life trying to overcome what she calls her white trash childhood. Born to a mother that changed husbands like most people change their toothbrushes, and after having raised her three younger siblings, shes made a vow to never marry, or have children. For Star, family is overratedbig time. When Star receives a letter Television production manager Starlene White has spent her life trying to overcome what she calls her “white trash” childhood. Born to a mother that changed husbands like most people change their toothbrushes, and after having raised her three younger siblings, she’s made a vow to never marry, or have children. For Star, family is overrated—big time. When Star receives a letter from her childhood nemesis, Cade O’Brien, asking her to come to Alaska to remove her deceased aunt’s possessions from her mobile home, a mobile home that sits on O’Brien land, Star’s first thought is to refuse. Cade made her childhood a living hell. She never understood why he disliked her so much, and the last thing she wants is to comply with his wishes. However, business takes her to Seward when her television show Update This! begins a series of home makeovers, using the homes of single Alaska men. Hoping to kill two birds with one stone, Star heads home. Cade O’Brien has always wanted a big family. A widower, struggling to raise his three kids while running a bed and breakfast/charter fishing business, he has his hands full. When he sends Star a letter, asking her to empty out her aunt’s place, he’s surprised when she shows up. And he’s even more surprised by the guilt and regret he feels at the way he treated her when they were kids. Cade sets out to make amends with Star. But old hurts die hard, and Star is slow to warm to Cade, and even slower to warm to his kids. Yet, Cade refuses to give up, especially when he knows in his heart that this hometown girl is the girl of his dreams.

30 review for Hometown Star

  1. 5 out of 5

    Coco.V

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  2. 4 out of 5

    Karla

    3.5 Stars! Nicely priced, quick read for a lazy afternoon! After reading and enjoying Falling For Nick by this author, I figured I give this one a try. It was only $0.99, so why not?! For the most part, it was enjoyable. It had a few unexpected turns, and I enjoyed the chemistry between Star and Cade. The author had me guessing as why Cade was so ambivalent towards Star, but the reasoning that was laid out made sense. Cade's kids added a little something extra to the story and the fact that he 3.5 Stars! Nicely priced, quick read for a lazy afternoon! After reading and enjoying Falling For Nick by this author, I figured I give this one a try. It was only $0.99, so why not?! For the most part, it was enjoyable. It had a few unexpected turns, and I enjoyed the chemistry between Star and Cade. The author had me guessing as why Cade was so ambivalent towards Star, but the reasoning that was laid out made sense. Cade's kids added a little something extra to the story and the fact that he was a widower raising them on his own, really touched my heart. What I didn't care for was the appearance of Star's mother, Destiny and her trampy ways. She added nothing to the overall plot and the added drama with giving her flavor of the moment a heart attack in the sack, well...it was a bit much. I could have done without all that. I would have appreciated a little more in the end by way of an epilogue. I like this author's writing enough that I will continue to read her books, they're very reasonable, and sometimes even offered for free. You can't beat a decent read at a great price!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    This book is great! 4 stars for the lovely Star and the hot hunk Cade Star has lives in Seattle and works for a TV Cable show "Update this" originally she comes from Seward Alaska and has to travel up there because of the show and also because her Aunt Patsy passed away and needs to clear out her trailer. She meets the boy (now a grown man) who bullied her Cade O'Brien. Cade is a changed man and regrets everything he put Star through. Cade now has a 16 year old "Brad" and the twins "Finn and This book is great! 4 stars for the lovely Star and the hot hunk Cade Star has lives in Seattle and works for a TV Cable show "Update this" originally she comes from Seward Alaska and has to travel up there because of the show and also because her Aunt Patsy passed away and needs to clear out her trailer. She meets the boy (now a grown man) who bullied her Cade O'Brien. Cade is a changed man and regrets everything he put Star through. Cade now has a 16 year old "Brad" and the twins "Finn and Emma" Slowly Cade and Star get closer and have a fling. They both get more than they bargained for. I really loved this book and I would have given it 5 stars if Star hadn't annoyed me so much. She was so adamant that she didn't want a family or get married to the point where I thought God, you are so stupid. There is always a compromise between career and family. I understand Star's apprehension as she raised her sisters as her mother Dhestiny wasn't mother material. Also the mother really did give them white trash names Starlene, Ruby Sue, Tawney and Brandi. What I also didn't like is that the author has to give me a epilogue, the ending was good just not enough.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julianna

    it was a good story, just didn't love it. I understand some of where she was coming from, but want a huge fan of how she handled certain things, but wasn't a huge fan of his either.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Margarida

    If you're looking for a nice light Romance to read, this is a great choice. Like all romances it has it's ups and downs, but turns out with a nice ending. Loved it and looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lenna Wright-Berry

    Some parts were predictable but it was a great story but the ending came and left quickly, duel p.o.v. And a HFN ending not a HEA in my opinion. Since Star pretty McGhee raised her 3 younger sisters and herself since she was 10 and the youngest Brandi was a baby. Now 15 + years later family phobic Star is back in Seward, Alaska her home that felt more home then anywhere else (due to her deadbeat of a mother, youll read about) but it might be home and perfect but there was a by that made her life Some parts were predictable but it was a great story but the ending came and left quickly, duel p.o.v. And a HFN ending not a HEA in my opinion. Since Star pretty McGhee raised her 3 younger sisters and herself since she was 10 and the youngest Brandi was a baby. Now 15 + years later family phobic Star is back in Seward, Alaska her home that felt more home then anywhere else (due to her deadbeat of a mother, you’ll read about) but it might be home and perfect but there was a by that made her life hell. Cade. His bullied her for duel reasons, his anger towards her for her great aunt Patsy and for his feelings for Star. She’s in town cleaning out Patsy’s things and Star still feels the anger after all these years and the hurt at how Cade humiliated Star and she doesn’t even want to acknowledge of the other feeling she never had for anyone. Cade might be hot and manly for Star but their past will affect her, her never been with a man and the worse thing that is against Cade s kids. Star don’t want to ever be pregnant nor be a mother because t Cade has 3 kids, 16 year old Brad and 8 year old twins Emma and Finn from his disasterious marriage.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    Hometown Star This is the first book in this series. Here you find out that the bully was not the true bad guy. He had issues with her family and took it out on her. She didn't live there all the time. Just when her mom couldn't be found. Her and her sister lived there with their beloved aunt. She is back after sixteen years to clean out her aunts double wide. She reconnects with him and finds out about his children. She has sworn she was never going to be a mother. Can these two have a chance of Hometown Star This is the first book in this series. Here you find out that the bully was not the true bad guy. He had issues with her family and took it out on her. She didn't live there all the time. Just when her mom couldn't be found. Her and her sister lived there with their beloved aunt. She is back after sixteen years to clean out her aunts double wide. She reconnects with him and finds out about his children. She has sworn she was never going to be a mother. Can these two have a chance of a lifetime together?

  8. 4 out of 5

    Guy's Girl

    Must Read! I loved this story! It was good to finally read a story where the hero was the family man and the heroine was married to her career. I loved all the characters in this story and look forward to experiencing more of their lives throughout the rest of the series. I will recommend this book to my friends!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Star has made a name for herself in the television industry. When her great aunt passes, she comes back to clear the trailer out before it is demolished. A boy who teased her in school lives next door with his three kids, she never wanted to marry after raising her siblings. Her focus is on a career and getting out of Alaska. Okay to read, some of the plot, like her mother, seemed not to fit in.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Geraldine

    A nice, if a bit drawn out, second chance love story. Not a second chance because they had been in love previously but because they have history from their much younger years. Cade and his family are lovely but I did find Star to be a bit wishy-washy and weak for me.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mary Stockwell

    Good but needs an update I liked this book. It is romantic and entertaining. There isn't any excitement or intrigue but it has a good plot with good story building. Just a little updating needed. Nobody has BlackBerry phones, if they even still make them.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Diane Bleyer

    Hometown Star I picked this book because I was looking for a love story set in Alaska. Unfortunately, it was simply too unrealistic.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cc

    Idea was good, writing was not.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Pretty good. I enjoyed it

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sassy Southern Book Affair

    4.25 Second Chance Stars Review: I can be a little bit of a sucker for second chance stories, especially when it involves childhood bullying turned into teenage lust turned into adult love! This was one of those books that I came across when it was free, but I was kind of in the mood for a sweet story after reading a few heavy things recently, so I gave it a shot. The writing is done very well, in my opinion. I don't think I caught any errors, which seems to be rare these days, so I like to point 4.25 Second Chance Stars Review: I can be a little bit of a sucker for second chance stories, especially when it involves childhood bullying turned into teenage lust turned into adult love! This was one of those books that I came across when it was free, but I was kind of in the mood for a sweet story after reading a few heavy things recently, so I gave it a shot. The writing is done very well, in my opinion. I don't think I caught any errors, which seems to be rare these days, so I like to point that out early on. There was also consistency throughout the story, and the characters stayed true to who they were. We have Starlene, or Star, who had to grow up very fast, as she was the oldest of four girls whose mother was never reliable. The only reliable adult in Star's life was her Aunt Patsy, who lived in Seward, Alaska. Star and her sisters would often visit Patsy, who lived on the O'Brien's land and worked at their Bed and Breakfast. Along with the O'Brien family came Cade O'Brien. He gave Star a very difficult time, as children, although it was never out of not being attracted to her. I am often very curious about what the motive will be in these bullying turned love stories, and, in this book, I felt that it was actually a very believable plot. Cade was responding to something difficult in his life at that time, but he lets Star know very quickly that he regrets how he treated her. As and adult, he is very attracted to Star and wants to get to know her. They begin to talk with one another and develop feelings for one another, but Star has many demons from her past that she must fight if she wants to be there for Cade and his three children, as she has sworn off having children after having to raise her three sisters - and take care of her adult mother. The irony in the story is that several women in the book are pregnant and having babies while Star is visiting. It becomes clear to everyone but Star that she does well with children. Cade and Star have many things to work out in this book - her aversion to family and children, their separate locations, and learning to forgive and forget the past. If you are looking for a sweet story that seems like it could be a somewhat realistic story, which I like occasionally, this is a good one to try out. Did I mention that Cade is a hot, wild, Alaska man? I will let your mind wander from there... Jess

  16. 4 out of 5

    JBro

    4.25 Stars I can be a little bit of a sucker for second chance stories, especially when it involves childhood bullying turned into teenage lust turned into adult love! This was one of those books that I came across when it was free, but I was kind of in the mood for a sweet story after reading a few heavy things recently, so I gave it a shot. The writing is done very well, in my opinion. I don't think I caught any errors, which seems to be rare these days, so I like to point that out early on. 4.25 Stars I can be a little bit of a sucker for second chance stories, especially when it involves childhood bullying turned into teenage lust turned into adult love! This was one of those books that I came across when it was free, but I was kind of in the mood for a sweet story after reading a few heavy things recently, so I gave it a shot. The writing is done very well, in my opinion. I don't think I caught any errors, which seems to be rare these days, so I like to point that out early on. There was also consistency throughout the story, and the characters stayed true to who they were. We have Starlene, or Star, who had to grow up very fast, as she was the oldest of four girls whose mother was never reliable. The only reliable adult in Star's life was her Aunt Patsy, who lived in Seward, Alaska. Star and her sisters would often visit Patsy, who lived on the O'Brien's land and worked at their Bed and Breakfast. Along with the O'Brien family came Cade O'Brien. He gave Star a very difficult time, as children, although it was never out of not being attracted to her. I am often very curious about what the motive will be in these bullying turned love stories, and, in this book, I felt that it was actually a very believable plot. Cade was responding to something difficult in his life at that time, but he lets Star know very quickly that he regrets how he treated her. As and adult, he is very attracted to Star and wants to get to know her. They begin to talk with one another and develop feelings for one another, but Star has many demons from her past that she must fight if she wants to be there for Cade and his three children, as she has sworn off having children after having to raise her three sisters - and take care of her adult mother. The irony in the story is that several women in the book are pregnant and having babies while Star is visiting. It becomes clear to everyone but Star that she does well with children. Cade and Star have many things to work out in this book - her aversion to family and children, their separate locations, and learning to forgive and forget the past. If you are looking for a sweet story that seems like it could be a somewhat realistic story, which I like occasionally, this is a good one to try out. Did I mention that Cade is a hot, wild, Alaska man? I will let your mind wander from there...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jen_C

    3.5 rounded up. This one was pretty good. I enjoyed the characters and, for the most part, the story. I felt there should have been a bit more interaction with Star and the children for them all to love each other. I really thought she and Brad would have a meaningful discussion bonding over their crazy moms, but that never happened. I also could have done without so much detail about (view spoiler)[ her possible pregnancy. They discussed it, her nausea & tiredness were mentioned, then more 3.5 rounded up. This one was pretty good. I enjoyed the characters and, for the most part, the story. I felt there should have been a bit more interaction with Star and the children for them all to love each other. I really thought she and Brad would have a meaningful discussion bonding over their crazy moms, but that never happened. I also could have done without so much detail about (view spoiler)[ her possible pregnancy. They discussed it, her nausea & tiredness were mentioned, then more discussion, cramps, we actually had to read about her sitting on the toilet checking for her period (? really), the pregnancy test and then again her on the toilet when the period comes, AFTER she already had the negative test. BTW, when she lost her virginity... OMG. Seriously - on the side of the road. (hide spoiler)] I just thought it could have been condensed a bit and other things written about. The ending was also rushed after all that drawn-out drama. I would have preferred to see more detail of Cade & Star's plans and life. An epilogue would have been great. Overall, a good story of hard childhoods, crappy moms, finding strength, adjusting your dreams, forgiveness, love and hope. Enjoy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    JadeShea

    Hometown Star starts with Star going back to her aunt's house to get rid of her things after she passed away. Her old tormentor from school owns the land and wants her stuff gone. But things change when they meet again, because Cade is very sorry for the way he treated her. And now he has a major attraction to her, and Star him. But Star doesn't want anything to do with children, and Cade has three of them. Not only that she wants to be a city girl, and focus only on her career. But Cade will do Hometown Star starts with Star going back to her aunt's house to get rid of her things after she passed away. Her old tormentor from school owns the land and wants her stuff gone. But things change when they meet again, because Cade is very sorry for the way he treated her. And now he has a major attraction to her, and Star him. But Star doesn't want anything to do with children, and Cade has three of them. Not only that she wants to be a city girl, and focus only on her career. But Cade will do everything in his power to change her mind. Over all the book was okay. I liked the story. And I really liked Cade. I think he made up for all of the things he did, and he was willing to fight for Star. I did not like Star though. I thought she was a major coward, and I just didn't like her. Other than that, I did enjoy reading the book. It was a nice easy read, with a whole lot of angst, or drama.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Janey

    Oh I liked this, really good engaging story, not your run of the mill romance, great characters, loved Cade, his story was so sad, but so was Star's which meant they were perfect for each other, Cade's kids were adorable! her mum though, blimey what a nightmare, didn't like her at all!, you gotta have someone to hate... this is definitely worth a read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Renee J.

    good book, I had trouble with the h through a lot of the book, understood where she was coming from as far as no kids and all about career, but she repeated it so much it was really irritating. did like the H and his kids though. the sex scenes were good.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Charnell

    4 stars for Star and O'brien. It was a cute story. Star went through a lot as a child but everyone deserve a chance at a HEA! I loved Emma & Finn they were too cute. I'm glad Star finally came to get senses lol. It was a good read though.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jenica

    Nice quick read of a heroine with a bad childhood trying to convince herself of what she thinks she wants in adulthood. I just wish there was an epilogue and we got to see more of Stars growth with Cade, his family, and more! But overall a good, cute read!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jacek

    i loved this book. a lot!!! couldn't stop thinking about it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    3.5 stars I really enjoyed this story the characters were great my only complaint would be that the ending seemed a bit rushed in comparison to the rest of the story.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kym

    This was a very good short story Star was a little stubborn but a great character I truly fell in love Fade and Starlene wish it was more

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    This is the second book I read by Joleen James and it was great!! The first book was Falling For Nick also great!! I will be reading all her books!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Theresa Henderson

    Sweet story nice story!!! liked the characters and story line. hope there's a sequel..would enjoy reading it as well...Will be looking and hoping

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rose helg

    Good Book This is a good. Book. But, I would of like, if she put in what happen 2 or 3 years, later.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan Groves

    Pleasantly surprised. This was a really good story. Good characters that intertwined well. Thanks! Looking forward to Tawney's story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Renee Lee

    The romantic ideas are well done. but this book is chopped full of cliches. there was no like original to this story. it was just your usual beach read.

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