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Be My Hero (Forbidden Men) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 25, 2014
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Linda grew up on a dairy farm in the Midwest as the youngest of eight children. Now she lives in Kansas with her husband, daughter, and their nine cuckoo clocks. Her life's been blessed with lots of people to learn from and love. Writing's always been a major part her world, and she's so happy to finally share some of her stories with other romance lovers. Please visit her at her website http://www.lindakage.com/
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This is new adult, with the heroine being 19 and the hero 24, and sometimes it had a young feel, but other times the couple seemed older than their years, probably because they've both had a lot of pain in their childhoods. At first, the heroine Eva was selfish and spoiled, but she was also really hurt. Don't want to spoil it for you, why she was the way she was, you'll find out in her prologue, and that might be a trigger for some. And the H, Pick, is damaged too, but is so good and compassionate and works so hard, two jobs, and is so fine and caring. His mother abandoned him, didn't even bother to name him, and he spent his childhood from foster home to foster home.
He's pierced and tatted up, with whole sleeves, and the story behind his tats is so sweet and a little heartbreaking. I just loved him. He's loved Eva forever and was always looking for her. There was no sex, not until about 75% in!, and I normally like it before then, but the real intimacy between this h/H is so nice; like staring at each other, him trying to take care of her, protect her, and her wanting to pamper him and look out for him, and then they are in bed and they just look and touch each other. He'll rest his brow against hers, and it's just that eye contact. The make you sigh stuff. It felt so intimate to me. Sometimes those kind of scenes can be more enjoyable than hot, sexy times. It felt really good.
I was talking to a friend about this book and told her this hero reminded me of Logan Reed, so if you loved that hero, I think you'll love Pick, too. The ending seemed a little rushed, lots of action, and I kept wondering why people just didn't get smarter, but it was fun and fast to read, and the overall romance can't be questioned. That sweet, charming and caring hero makes this story. Romantic hero, romantic love.
5. More Reese and Mason! I loved catching up with this couple from Price of a Kiss plus, we got a lot of time with the men at Forbidden! I can't wait for Quinn and Ten's story! I love these Forbidden men!
4. The storyline was really interesting. There was a little suspense and drama and I didn't know how things were going to turn out - it kept me turning the pages and I didn't want to put this book down.
3. The sexual tension, chemistry between these characters, and the build-up was amazing! I couldn't wait for Pick and Eva to finally get together.
2. Eva - she is nothing like what I was expecting from the previous books. She is strong, smart, and kind. In the prologue, we really get a glimpse into what she's gone through and it was extremely emotional. Her past was nothing at all like I was expecting - it was heart-breaking, uncomfortable and very sad. I really wanted to see her get a HEA.
1. Pick - he is the ultimate book boyfriend. He is sweet, sexy, kind, and loyal. He is tattooed and pierced. He loves kids, respects women, and is a good friend. He is everything a good book boyfriend should be. He is amazing.
I loved this book!!! This has become one of my very favorites series but in my opinion, this particular book was the best in this series so far. I can't wait to read more by this author!
Yet, the day he decides to get married to Tristy for healthcare coverage reasons alone, he meets Eva Mercer and her pregnant belly donning a Tinkerbell t-shirt - and he is convinced she's the girl from his visions. Yet, he can't comprehend how Eva is pregnant with someone else's child when that's not what the glimpses showed. And she doesn't seem to be this wonderful, smiling girl she dreamed of so often...
What I loved about this book:
The great chemistry
The unexpected storyline
What I felt needed improvement:
There was a lot of over-the-top drama
I am such a sucker for "forbidden romances" (the series is called Forbidden Men ) and stories around pregnant ladies needing a hero or surrogate father that I couldn't not resist getting this book. Well, turns out there was nothing forbidden about this romance novel since it is only the name of the bar where the main characters work, but I did get plenty surrogate father, wrapped up in a crazy and refreshing read!
The beginning of the book was rather harsh. Both main characters have gone through a heart-breakingly hard childhood, both on very different levels, with Eva coming from a rich family and Ryan having grown up in foster-care under quite harsh conditions. But regardless of that, both their childhood stories are gut-wrenching and shared at the very beginning of the book, which gave it a really dark and sour start.
And to be honest, there is still some drama as we fast-forward to the "now", but at least both characters have something to look up to: Pick never lost hope that his visions may one day come through, and Eva is looking forward to becoming a better person and a great mother to her daughter.
"Maybe it means nothing. Maybe it means everything. It shows you what your life would look like if you lived it to your heart's content."
Pick spends his life looking for the girl in the glimpses the crazy lady let him have. He is obsessed with the idea of finding his Tinkerbell. I am not a fan of the paranormal-type stories, but I loved the idea that Pick's life is pretty much based on those visions. And unlike what you would expect, they will come true, although not the exact way he saw them in those "glimpses".
"Fate hated me. It figured I’d finally meet my soul mate on my wedding day."
He's the perfect book boyfriend in all instances: he is extremely devoted, caring and protective towards all women, and especially towards his foster-care childhood friend, and then towards Eva as soon as he meets her. Seeing her pregnant and single has his alpha-male protective instincts instantly kicking in.But at the same time, he's the sweetest and most honorable guy ever, who would never let go on a promise - even if this promise involves putting someone else's happiness before his own. It kind of made him a doormat, at least in the beginning of the book, but it turns out that he is not against fighting for himself and the person he loves when he sees fit.
“I wanted it so damn bad I could taste it. I wanted that future and happily-ever-after. And if I never found that girl, if I never found even a portion of those glimpses, the disappointment would probably kill me.”
I liked how Eva was kind of an anti-heroine. What her stepdad did to her broke her and led her to become irresponsible and promiscuous, in the hopes of erasing her past. She really doesn't sound like a great person, and she apparently acts like a real b...ch in the previous book of the Forbidden Men Series. However, finding out that she's pregnant, and having her parents reject her feels like an awakening to her: she knows she has to become a better person for the life that's growing inside her, and makes huge changes instead of mooching off her cousin and her new boyfriend. She morphed into a wonderful and extremely likeable character.
"I was a single, nineteen-year old child with no job, no home, and I was about to bring an innocent little human into the world and be totally responsible for her."
I also loved how Eva and Pick connected in a very natural and realistic way, and how their relationship evolved from one of mistrust to one of complete synergy. They had wonderful chemistry: they completed each other extremely well and therefore helped each other grow.
The writing in this book was wonderful also, with a very engaging 1st person alternating dual-POV, and some wonderfully romantic and steamy scenes.
The only thing i found a bit annoying was that Be My Hero was also very centered on the side characters, who are the main characters of the previous books in the series, and who have obviously have been given a very complex storyline themselves. Having never read the other books in the series, I wasn't exactly "lost" because the author outlined their story enough, but I found it odd that the side characters were constantly in the picture, and that their story very much blended into Eva and Pick's story, adding another layer of (sometimes unnecessary) drama.
And yeah, there was a lot of drama in this book, some of it more than necessary, and some of it was really over-the-top and a tad unrealistic, but it certainly made this book extremely suspenseful, adding many unexpected twists and turns to its storyline.
And hey, I was surprised at how well the author managed to tie all lose ends together and make this story a wonderful albeit drama-laden fairytale. I certainly recommend you give Be My Hero a try, let alone for Pick Ryan!
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