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The Hometown Hazard

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  20 reviews
Jules Coronado has been away from her hometown for almost a decade but when an intruder breaks in to her childhood home, she finds herself coming back. Changes evidently took place in her small town, including her childhood best friend’s younger brother, Kip – now tall, slightly scruffed, all grown up and caught climbing into their garden wall.

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Published January 29th 2016 by Indie Sisiw Books
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!


Yep. That's just me the whole time. Dawn Lanuza brings out the romantic side of me from my icy and snarky exterior. Well played Dawn! Well played!

"You ever felt like there are two versions of you, and they dont exist in the same place."


I have bee a fan of Dawn Lanuza ever since I read her first book, The Boyfriend Backtrack, which by the way is a great life choice because not only did I enjoy that smart and sweet story but I also got the chance to meet our main character in The Hometown Hazard which is Jules.played!
The Hometown Hazard was sensational!

It is filled with suspense on both the romantic plot and the mysterious intruder binding in the plot amazingly.

Jules received a call from her parents’ house that their home has been intruded. And things in their home was said nothing is missing. Worried Jules comes home and visits her parents. On her first night, trouble seems to spark immediately. Someone broke into to her old room. Leaps out of the window, Jules trailing downstair to
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
This one is so cute! A perfect read after Infini. It's like the romantic adult version of Trouble is a Friend of Mine except this book isn't problematic. Trope: childhood friends to lovers slash reconnecting. Also, the heroine is older than the love interest by three years.

I like how Dawn Lanuza writes, I intend to read the rest of her backlist this year. Review to come.
Nicka (Read by Nicka)
Aug 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5/5 stars! Review to be posted later :)
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Karla (leersucks)
Aug 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't like it as much as I hoped but it was okay, it was good.

...Not gonna lie, I'm really annoyed that I didn't like it as much as everyone else and I also feel a little bad.

Why didn't it work for me? Mostly because I didn't feel the chemistry between the characters until like 60% of the book. I felt like they annoyed each other, like they were always on edge. They banter didn't feel friendly or flirty to me.

But it seems everyone else had a different exper
I can‘t believe I stayed up til 3AM to finish this book. I haven‘t done that in such a long time ever since I‘ve been in a reading slump beginning of last year. But man, was I hooked to the story! The beginning was a little bit slow, but everything after more than made up for that. I love Jules & Kip so much, omg??????!!!!!!!
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Copy of book provided by for review! Thank you :)

Juliana Coronado is back in her hometown, albeit reluctantly, and what was supposed to be a quick visit has turned into a throwback of sorts when she and her childhood best friend's younger brother, Kip, team up to solve a mystery. As Juliana and Kip follow the clues, they lead to things Juliana would rather forget. Unfortunately, Kip is determined, and Juliana is realizing that there are things that refuse to be buried, like th
Jun 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Hometown Hazard is a book shrouded with mystery and sprinkled with a bit of romance. It has character development, mystery that will keep you flipping the pages and an easy going pace. I love that the author went out of her comfort zone to write this book. It’s completely different compared to her previous work.

If you have read Ms. Dawn’s debut novel then you’ll be familiar with the protagonist in this book. Jules is the no-nonsense friend of Regina. She’s very serious and she’s
Ailla Magcamit
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
edited: Feb. 11, 2016
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

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I don't really know how to put my thoughts into words because two weeks after finishing it, I believe I'm still a little bit [book] hungover. To say that it was 'okay' would be an understatement.

I'll try to get the mystery part out of the way first. I always love a good mystery and this one proved to be something worthwhile. Yes, I might have guessed a thing or two from the overall plot twists in the story but the author still managed to pul
So good that it goes straight to my Favorites of the Year and of All-Time.

That a little too drastic? Pfft, not at all.

Dawn Lanuza maps this story out at just the right pace, with all the right detours and signs. I loved the plot, the characters, the conflict, the resolution—every major aspect, I found to be on point. Kip and Jules, when together, are like electricity; it's all ssszzznap from start to finish,

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J.V. Mariano
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
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I’ve always admired Dawn Lanuza’s snappy and straightforward storytelling. She also has the ability to create remarkable characters. Readers will surely love “The Hometown Hazard”.

Jules and Kip have this crazy chemistry going on between them. They’re opposites—Jules is shielded and careful while Kip is reckless and daring. All their bickering and “bonding” while trying to solve a mystery that involves the most important people in their lives made their situation easier to follow.

Towards the mi
This has been the second book I’ve read from Dawn and I’m really happy to say that this doesn’t disappoint. If I may say so, The Hometown Hazard is better in terms of dynamics and depth of the story compared to her debut, The Boyfriend Backtrack, which is actually related to this book. The MCs are friends.

This book really went beyond the usual Filipino Chick-lit formula. It has different elements that added and built up the story in an excellent way. The story hits close to me since
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. So much.

It’s a new adult romance book but it’s not our typical romance novel. It has a hint of mystery and it made the book more interesting! It’ll leave you flipping through the pages! I came up with several theories in my head only to find out that I was wrong. Although, I did realize it later on, but it was still shocking.

I have known the MC from the author’s previous book, The Boyfriend Backtrack. And I get to see a different side of Jules! I also l
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
- Dawn writes relaxing, beautiful words. I felt myself being wrapped in a cocoon while reading this book.
- "If I hadn't forgiven myself, I wouldn't be strong enough to love someone this much."
- The mystery elements did not overpower the romance, as it should.
- In short, this is another Dawn Lanuza book that I will forever recommend.
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intense, suspenseful and beautiful

I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into when I read The Hometown Hazard. But I must admit my heart fell for that charming, funny and thoughtful Kip just a few chapters in.
H. Bentham
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
When I started reading this, I was actually expecting for Jules to track down her exes for breaking in her parent’s house. By Chapter 4, still no past relationships were being mentioned so I checked the synopsis and realized I confused this with another Dawn Lanuza book, The Boyfriend Backtrack. For three chapters, I was in a limbo where I was enjoying the story and the flow of Dawn’s writing, while at the same time getting utterly bewildered because I was waiting for something else entirely! &g ...more
Bianca Mori
Oct 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Super satisfying buildup, a lot of kilig moments and smart, refreshing banter. Some issues with consistent tense usage and odd word choices would pull me out of the story. It's made up for it by the big reveal and the resolution - a sweet and satisfying ending.
Myke Clarisse
Jun 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review to come!!
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The past few months I have only been reading #romanceclass books (not that this is a problem) and every book takes me to a different world, to a different adventure. Reading The Boyfriend Backtrack reminded me of my love for this kind of stories, the ones that made you think, made you speculate, the ones that awaken your inner Detective. The road to unfolding piece by piece of the puzzle is amazing in itself but with Kip and Jules along the way, it only made it better. And oh, Kip is super cute! ...more
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Dawn Lanuza writes contemporary romance, young adult fiction and prose poetry. She has two first loves – music and writing – and is lucky enough to surround herself with them. She currently lives with her family and a very loved cream toy poodle.

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