Hoosier Daddy by Ann McMan and Salem West

What was the book about?
Jill Fryman (Friday to her friends) is a line supervisor at a truck manufacturing plant in a small southern Indiana town. Life on the assembly line is almost as predictable as her love life. When it comes to matters of the heart, Friday always seems to be making the wrong choices. Things go from bad to worse when El, a sultry labour organizer from the UAW, sweeps into town to unionize the plant right after it’s been bought out by a Japanese firm. Sparks fly on and off the line as Jill and El fight their growing attraction for each other against a backdrop of monster trucks, catfish dinners, Pork Day USA, and a bar called Hoosier Daddy.

Featured Tropes: Enemies to lovers, Angst, Humour, Romance, small town, factory worker/union rep

Book Strengths:
It is a very good story; the plot and subplot are well developed. It is written in first person, through the point of view of Jill Fryman (Friday). The main characters are two fascinating, charismatic, cultivated women who often find themselves sharing unusual, humorous situations together. The side characters are very amusing and a bit crazy, but very interesting. The dialogues are something to look forward in this book; they are witty, brilliant and sharp.

Book weaknesses:
Not a weakness per se, but maybe some readers outside of the US could struggle at the beginning with the local terminology. But once you get the feel of the terminology, it’s easier to get used to it and just enjoy the story.

Character Chemistry:
The chemistry and instant attraction between Friday and El are palpable from the beginning. Their dialogues are engaging and very flirtatious. Their building relationship it’s a challenge, to say the least. Being on opposite sides in the work field brings us a mix of deep conversations and funny banters. The secondary characters are essential to the story; they add a very important factor to build the story.  

Heat Rating: 2.5    

Wrap up:  
It is a very good book. Ann McMan has the ability to get us involved in the story enjoying it greatly as well the characters. This is a book with very exhilarating individuals, clever dialogues, humour, an intriguing plot and a wonderfully developed romance.

Star Rating: 4

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