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Not A Hero: A Bad Boy Marine Romance Paperback – October 4, 2016
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Not a Hero is a departure from Sarah's Kavanaugh men and women...the lightness that you find in their stories you won't find here. The everyday struggles that you find the Kavanaugh's dealing with you will find here but it's almost as if in Not a Hero it's in a fish bowl, a microcosm, instead of this big encompassing thing you see in the Kavanaugh series. What you will find that is similar is her men and women. Miles is hurting, deep with in his heart, he's strong and he's trying to prove that he can be the strong man, that he doesn't need anyone. He's tough but he's got that sweet side to him that Sarah is so good at writing. Zoe, like most of Sarah's heroines is a tough girl. She doesn't need a man to take care of her, but she is willing to let just the right one in. She's been through a lot but has pulled herself (appropriately) by her boot straps and will keep moving on. I love that about Sarah's heroine, they are different than her heroes but they are just as strong if not stronger some times. Why am I comparing the two? Because, this book is quite the departure from what we've come to know in the Kavanaugh series and yet it isn't so different that you won't want to pick it up. If you have fallen in love with Sarah's writing style, her characters, and their development you will love this book as well.
I don't like sitting here reaching what the book is about, you can see that in the description and I know you don't want me to give anything away so I won't. I want to tell you how wonderfully Sarah wrote this book. I want to tell you how carefully she wrote this book. She is tackling a huge issue in this story, one that is affecting more and more people and more than just the Soldiers that live with the actual trauma. Talking about PTSD can be a slippery slope for an author. They have to condense into a few hundred pages a story that introduces the issue, create an environment that will bring the issue to life on the pages, find a way to work through or begin to work through the issue, and wrap it all up as neatly as possible. I think the thing that impressed me more that the fact that Sarah not only tackled the subject head on and gracefully is that she didn't solve Miles and Zoe's problems. She created an environment for them where they can live with the challenges, where they can work them out, but she doesn't magically make everything better...she leaves them open to fight through, she recognizes that PTSD doesn't go away with a visit to a psychologist or even after many visits. She recognizes that the Soldier can't just push it back and not allow it to affect anyone but them. She knows that PTSD affects everyone, the person suffering, their friends, their family, their jobs...
I loved the relationship between Zoe and Miles, it isn't an insta love at all. They have know each other for years (although I wish they had known each other better as teens, but that's just my romantic heart getting in the way) but just as acquaintances. They are separated for years and when they come back together there is definitely insta lust but it takes time and a whole lot of faith and fight before they work past the lust and into a love relationship. I loved the strength of this couple (together and individually) especially when they are at their weakest. Yes, one can be weak and strong all at the same time and it is nice to see that portrayed so honestly on the pages of a book.
While Not a Hero is about the romance between a particular couple I think in the end it is more about having faith in yourself and in the ones you love. Knowing like I said about that you can be strong even when you feel that you are at your weakest. That even when you are at that weak point you are still loved. I really hope that Sarah will continue this storyline with Tobin, that man needs his story told just as much as Miles if not even more.
Go into this book knowing there is a lot of heartache and a lot of hurt and while everything isn't going to be sunshine and lollipops everything is going to just as it should be and that can be just as wonderful as a....and they lived happily ever after!
Zoe Brooks grew up in Slipwick, remembers her crush on quarterback Myles very well. She is divorced from an abusive man, trying to find her way. Zoe is hired to be Walter Kydd's hospice nurse, he is dying of stage four lymphoma, given up treatments and just wants to be comfortable. She loves him like a father, and does her best to make whatever time he has left peaceful and pain free. She is so happy for him when Miles returns, but he is nothing like the young man she knew. Bigger, harder with an anger he can barely control. He drinks too much, party's too much, but is always there for his Dad. Somehow, Zoe's calm gentle nature has crawled under his skin, and she actually doesn't treat him like the monster he feels he is.
Zoe is also feeling the need to try and comfort Miles, to get him to talk to her or find someone he can talk to. Little by little this attraction turns into more and frightens them both.
This is a contemporary romance with a lot of serious topics. PTSD, cancer, abused women and the impact of war. The characters are real, passionate and feel like they could be someone I know. Despite their differences they are a very believable couple and the romance is hot! A very enjoyable read.
I received this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.
Once together the sparks turn into flames but Miles doesn't think he's good enough for her. The whole town calls him a hero but he doesn't consider himself one. He messed up in Afghanistan and can't forgive himself.
Lots of sex. Miles can't make up his mind whether to be with Zoe or not. A lot "I want her but she's better off without me" going on. I did read this story in one seating and couldn't put it down.
Both H/h have led lives experiencing some horrific traumas. How they're coping and moving forward was a real experience to read. I enjoyed and sympathized with both of them. This author held no punches when it came to unsavory topics. The grit infused into the story made their vulnerabilities shine creating a raw atmosphere to heal and move forward. At times I did feel the angst was forced and some plot situations created for shock but nothing overwhelmingly disconnected me from their story.
Not a Hero was an enjoyable romance; easy to read and on the shorter side so it felt like it read really fast. It's one of those stories that you become invested in the authenticity of the characters even as sometimes the plot doesn't consistently move you through the book. I definitely recommend to military romance readers.
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