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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!
Miles Kydd and his BFF Tobin have finally returned home after several deployments as Marines but both friends have memories of a tragic death to deal with. However, Miles is returning because his father is dying of cancer. But when he meets his dad's hospice nurse, Zoe will Miles be able to resist their immediate attraction for each other? Zoe has her own demon from her previous marriage she saw that in order to get beyond her pain seeking help was what she needed most. Her focus is on Walter and making what time he has left more comfortable for him and his son.
Both of them are trying to heal from tragedies and when they finally give in there will be a lot of fireworks and sparks flying. Can Miles get the PTSD counseling he needs so desperately before he hurt the one person he loves? Is Zoe his true soul mate just like his parents were for each other? Miles hated what he had to do while deployed but his heart is lost when he realizes that in order to keep Zoe he needs to go for counseling. When his father makes the first appointment telling him that even with the love of his wife, Violet, talking about his experiences made him the man he is now.
Yes, there is a happy ending but not everyone gets help in time, so remember please if you are in need of talking to someone about your time in the service please call or make an appointment, and Thank You for keeping our country safe you can stand down now because we have your six now. I loved this book and the author did a wonderful job touching on a subject that affects everyone's family today who has a military member.
Sarah Robinson introduces us to Miles Kydd, A Small town guy, A Marine coming home from Afghanistan. A Man who is not the same person as when he left but a man who is determined to make his life as normal as possible spending time with his sick father.
Zoe Brooke, A Nurse and A Good Friend but a woman who also is trying to pick up the pieces from a scarred past.
When Miles & Zoe meet the circumstances draw them together but can things in both their pasts keep them apart. The two of them will have many hurdles and hurts to overcome but what you find with each page turn is that you are cheering this couple in to find that HEA.
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Heartbreak and love and brokenness and strength and hurt and healing. And... a lot of heat.
This book is everything.
There is no doubt that Miles has PTSD, even if he doesn't want to admit it and isn't ready to accept help when he returns from Afghanistan.Read more