by Sarah Robinson
From the bestselling author of the Kavanagh Legends MMA series, Sarah Robinson’s Not A Hero is an emotional standalone military romance where love battles trauma, and there can only be one victor. Former Marine, Miles Kydd, is trying to readjust to civilian life after ending his career and returning to his small home town when he learned his father was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Once the town hero and star quarterback, Miles no longer feels like the man he was, or who he’s expected to be–possibly because his demons have followed him home from Afghanistan.
Meeting Zoe Brooke, his father’s live-in nurse, gives Miles the slightest glimmer of hope that he can still find happiness despite the dark secrets he holds inside. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and together they are explosive–in more ways than one.
A helper at her core, Zoe is more than willing to care for Miles’s heart, but not at the expense of her own, and she’s not afraid to tell him that. She knows what having a painful past is like, and she wants to help him with his, if he’ll let her.
Things get complicated fast when Miles realizes burying his secrets isn’t actually the same as healing from them and if he wants the girl, he’s going to have to tell her the truth–the one thing he can’t do.
This book is suggested for 18+ years of age, contains graphic content, sensitive subject matters, and sexually explicit material.
While there is a disclaimer on this book, I’ll be honest that I didn’t find it to be any more … well, just more, than any of the other more hard-hitting romances I’d read lately. Miles does come back with PTSD and has some issues coming to terms with it. And Zoe’s first marriage was horrible, but she seems to have come out of it a much stronger person. They are hot together, though, so you have to be OK with some steamy love scenes. Nothing unusual or especially kinky, just detailed … and delicious 🙂
I think that Robinson does a great job of showing Miles’s conflict at coming home and feeling like he doesn’t deserve the title of hero that everyone keeps throwing at him. His emotions are all over the place and you get that feeling of conflict. She also has him realize he needs help and that’s a nice moment of believability for me.
I did have a little issue with how easily Zoe forgives him for his hot and cold routine. It makes sense as we get to know him and she seems to have a special understanding of his troubles, but he does make things hard on her. She’s a strong, centered person and I would have expected her to be a little more hesitant … but maybe that strength and insight has her seeing things better than me.
My favorite part was the relationships that deepen between Miles, Zone and Miles’s dad. There’s so much love and acceptance and true liking amongst them that it just warms you from the inside.
Emotional, humorous, scorching and sweet, Not A Hero is great for those who love their heroes flawed and their women ready to take them on.