- File Size: 1037 KB
- Print Length: 335 pages
- Publisher: Carnage Entertainment (January 10, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 10, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00332F4YE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ricky is an *ultra-urbanized* white underground rapper who can't seem to get a break into mainstream, probably more due to his skin color than his undeniable lyricism (PS - I'm amazed by the author's writing skills for creating some of the rhymes and quick-paced lines for the rap battle and also sprinkled through the story. Wow.). Carolyn is a mixed race newly discovered author whose main difficulty is trusting her own heart. Both of them have been touched by heartache, Ricky more so - his back stories are touching, adds a hidden layer to the hard exterior he feels it necessary to wear, and gives a greater depth to this unique romance hero - yes, he does play a hero - a roughneck one at times, but he can't seem to think of Carolyn as anything other than his woman, even from that very first day. The best part about this story is that Ricky doesn't think he's chasing Carolyn's heart, but he is, and at a sprinting pace like a man running across the desert for fresh oasis he spots in the distance. And Carolyn thinks she fleeing from Ricky, but not really, and if she does give an effort to throw a half wall up between them, she knocks it done with her bare hands and raspy breath within the next few minutes right after.
At first, the story was difficult to sync into, then I realized that I had to shed some pretty lousy thinking on my part - due, in part, to lessons learned from some of the stock of IR contemporary romances that I had previously read (most of which I never bothered rating, because they didn't deserve the time or effort). I had to shed the notion of a "white knight" - the rich Caucasion male, confident, powerful, overly articulate, who would ride up in his limo, flash some cash and a perfect smile and make all the desperate heroine's problems go away. She, of course, should then feel overly-honored that he had given her the time of day and suddenly realize how wonderful, exotic, and desirable her ethnicity is - even if she is already a confident, successful, beautiful, and educated woman, the writer must make sure we, the audience, realize this is one of her many reasons for breaking her own rules and dating a white man. None of that happens in this story - Thank God! The touches on race are quick and have nothing to do with self-discovery. Carolyn and Ricky know who they are and how people from both of their inner and outer circles see them. Also, I quickly realized that the author is writing in a style that is more natural to how people interact - the dialogue and inner thoughts are broken and choppy - but this is a brilliant risk and works to her advantage. Most people don't speak or think in long full sentences - to themselves or others. Falling in love and losing yourself to another person can be scary, and this realistic writing style helped me to envision Rick and Carolyn as two real people, and a true-to-life couple, struggling with the fear of giving in to their undeniable love and attraction for each other, not as two flat characters on a page reciting chunks of cliche dialogue back and forth across a room.
As I said, very unique story line, refreshing presentation, and a wonderful emotional roller-coaster make this a great contemporary romance. One that this genre is sorely in need of. Cheers to the author...I do hope that she will right more (PPS...I liked the new-take on the Epilogue style, but I would have absolutely loved one more parting scene with Ricky smiling at Carolyn and her getting all heated when he gets too close!)
Grade A. To be read...many more times!
Nobody's Hero is a sweet, hearwarming love story. Bi-racial author Carolyn Coffman is on the David Letterman show promoting her book "Fighting The Pheromone Factor"; a book that warns women to avoid falling for the "wrong" guy by being swayed by chemistry. White underground rapper Rick Raniere - or Ricky Rain - is also making a special guest appearance. Not that he warrants a Letterman spot, but Guillotine his old friend and successful rapper is appearing and is having Ricky on with him for a duet. Rick and Carolyn meet in the Green room. Carolyn is a big fan but realizes that Rick is exactly the type of guy she's been making a living telling women to avoid. Rick for his part is smitten with Carolyn. What happens next is a very realistic and believable connection is forged over the next week while they are both still in New York on business.
You can feel the connection between Carolyn and Rick. The dialogue is witty; and you can believe that you are watching them fall in love. Both characters, especially that of Rick; are well developed. They are both really likeable people. Unfortunately, It was sometimes hard to figure out exactly what was going on; and some passages required re-reading several times, and sometimes I still wasn't sure but gave up. When it was confusing, it felt like getting on an elevator and eavesdropping on an interesting conversation. The problem being, the 2 people talking are referencing all sorts of backstory and inside baseball trivia that you aren't privy to - and you can't exactly interrupt and ask them to explain. It may also not have helped that I know next to nothing about the rap industry.
The inevitable conflict comes about when Carolyn and Rick get outed by the media and of course nothing can end a feminist author's career quicker than a romantic entanglement with a misogynistic rapper. (Of course, Rick really isn't a misogynist - there's just that one song - when he poured out his hurt and anger - and of course that's the song that gets the most attention). Then it's time for damage control, sex lies and videotape and misunderstandings all the way around; lots of "let me do what's best for you without actually talking to you and agreeing on what's best" and then we can both misconstrue each other's motives some more.
There's a HEA and a short epilogue.