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Never a Hero by Marie Sexton

This is book 5 in the Tucker Springs Series.

  • Where Nerves End (book #1) by L.A. Witt
  • Second Hand (book #2) by Marie Sexton
  • Dirty Laundry (book #3) by Heidi Cullinan
  • Covet Thy Neighbor (book #4) by L.A. Witt
  • Never A Hero (book #5) by Marie Sexton

Never a Hero (Tucker Springs, #5)Never a Hero by Marie Sexton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Everyone deserves a hero.

Owen Meade is desperately in need of a hero. Raised by a mother who made him ashamed of his stutter, his sexual orientation, and his congenitally amputated arm, Owen lives like a hermit in his Tucker Springs apartment. But then hunky veterinarian Nick Reynolds moves in downstairs.

Nick is sexy and confident, and makes Owen comfortable with himself in a way nobody ever has. He also introduces Owen to his firecracker of a little sister, who was born with a similar congenital amputation but never let it stand in her way. When she signs the two of them up for piano lessons—and insists that they play together in a recital—Owen can’t find a way to say no. Especially since it gives him a good excuse to spend more time with Nick.

Owen knows he’s falling hard for his neighbor, but every time he gets close, Nick inexplicably pulls away. Battling his mother’s scorn and Nick’s secrets, Owen soon realizes that instead of waiting for a hero, it’s time to be one—for himself and for Nick.

So what did I think?

It was nice to revisit Tucker Springs and disappear into the lives of Owen and Nick.

This is the story of Owen, a young man who is hugely self-conscious of his physical disability and has hidden himself away from the world. He has felt like a disappointment his whole life and being gay is only another reason to disappoint his mother. So he is not going to be gay! That’s working pretty well until Nick moves in downstairs.

The plot is slightly predictable – I was able to determine the reason for Nick’s reluctance to start a relationship long before he announced it – but it was still an enjoyable albeit frustrating journey.

It was great to see Owen’s character develop through the book, from a stuttering man who did not want to leave his home, to a man confident enough to fight for what he wanted. He was able to acknowledge that his missing arm did not define him and that his own fear and actions were resulting in his life not moving forward. He could see through Nick’s stubbornness and finally understand the reasons for his behaviour. Owen developed the strength to make his own decisions and take control of his life.

3.5 stars (rounded to 4 :))

4 Stars

For my review of  Covet Thy Neighbor

For more information on Marie Sexton and her books, visit her website.

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Leaving Home by T.A. Chase

 

This series has a really strong message about family. “..the best families were the ones they built for themselves.” and this continues in this book.

  • No Going Home (book 1)
  • Home of His Own (book 2)
  • Wishing for a Home (book 3)
  • Leaving Home (book 4)
  • Home Sweet Home (book 5)

Leaving Home (Home, #4)Leaving Home by T.A. Chase

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Blurb…

Chaz struggles with his addiction, while continuing to do his job of saving bull riders, but it’s all getting out of control.

Charles ‘Chaz’ O’Brien has been at the top of his profession for many years, enduring injuries that would have crushed a lesser man. Yet the top bullfighter isn’t calling it quits any time soon. He does his job with a fierce joy, all the while he’s hiding a terrible secret. One that could get him suspended, and could end up killing the very men he protects.

Peter Skinner loves working for Les Hardin and Randy Hersch. His bosses are amazing men, but seeing how in love they are every day makes Peter’s heart ache. He wishes he could find a man to love him like that, but he knows they’re hard to come by in Wyoming where he lives.

Until one day, Peter finds a man strung-out in an alley, and Peter is the only one around to deal with it. When Peter and Chaz meet, their worlds collide in a way that could be the best thing in the world for them both, or the worst experience of their lives.

So what did I think?

The story focuses very much on Peter, who has been rejected by his family, and now lives at the Hardin ranch and works as an accountant for Les. The story starts with Peter collecting his belongings but more importantly being ready to start over in a new home. “It might not be the family he’d been born with, but it was the one he’d chosen, and, to be honest, the men and women Peter was going to see in a few minutes were the people he felt the most real with. They had opened their hearts and homes to him, even when his grandfather had treated Les so poorly.”

Peter and his friends, are all good people. They go out of their way to give people a second chance and are not judgmental. It was nice to see the introduction of a character who had flaws, someone who was battling demons and making wrong decisions.

Peter finds Chaz in a alley – collapsed, dirty and strung out. He rescues him (he’s one of the good guys) and takes him home to the ranch. Peter actually feels an immediate attraction to Chaz which has him puzzled. “He needed to get a handle on this weird attraction. There was no way in hell Peter could want a dirty druggie who was more than likely homeless.”

The story follows the development of a relationship between Peter and Chaz. They face obstacles, including Peter’s friends protectiveness and of course, Chaz’s dependence on pills. However, it is easy to feel sympathatic towards Chaz (while at the same time wanting to shake some sense into him). He desperately wants to do the right thing by Peter “He was a good man who saw something worthwhile in Chaz, and Chaz wanted to live up to Peter’s expectations. but doesn’t not have the faith in himself “He’d screwed up enough times in his life that he wasn’t the kind of guy to make vows to people.”

This story was well-paced, the characters were fabulous and there was some great drama. Les’ interference at the end of the book annoyed me slightly as it delayed the happy ending I was hoping for, but there was a level of realism to the conclusion of the book that gave confidence that Peter and Chaz were definitely destined for happy ever after!

4 Stars

See my review of book 3, Wishing for a Home.

For more information on T.A. Chase and her books, visit the website.

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