Nobody’s Hero by J. Leigh Bailey ~ Book Review by Brandilyn

J Leigh Bailey is a new-to-me author.  I will, however, be eager to read her next offerings.

Nobody's Hero Cover Title: Nobody’s Hero

Author: J. Leigh Bailey

Publisher: Carina Press

Cover Artist:

Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars


Bradley Greene’s family all but discarded him when his brother caught him fooling around with another boy. Now Bradley has seventeen dollars and a gas card, and he’s sleeping in his car. He’s an emotional mess and if he doesn’t land a job soon, he’s up the proverbial creek.

Danny Ortega can take care of himself…most of the time. When what started as a date turns into sexual assault in a dark parking lot, he’s grateful for Brad’s help—and an instant admirer of Brad’s military school-honed muscles. He certainly doesn’t expect to see him again, and definitely not as the newest hire at Ortega Construction.

As Brad and Danny’s quiet attraction turns into more, things start to go sour before they’ve even started. Danny grows frustrated that Brad won’t open up emotionally. And Brad is terrified of being responsible for someone else’s feelings. When Brad’s family makes one last attempt to turn him into an “acceptable” son, all bets are off—he and Danny will need to decide if they’re in this together…or apart.

Brandilyn’s View:

Nobody’s Hero is the story of two men who have taken very different paths to end up in the same place.  Danny is the gay son of a Mexican-American family in a small town Minnesota.  His family is large, boisterous, loving, and accepting of him.   His parents have worked hard for everything they have and take nothing for granted.  Danny has had it easy, however.  He still lives at home and doesn’t even do his own laundry.

Brad comes from money.  Old money. He has a trust fund.  However, his gay revelation was met with violence and military school.  He hasn’t known the unconditional love a family should offer.  He knows what it is like to sleep in your car and wonder about the source of your next meal.  He also knows that being gay is not to be tolerated and is to be kept secret.

Danny and Brad are exactly what the other one needs to be whole, but their path from initial meeting, to happily ever after is not an easy one.  Brad has to get past the demons his family has instilled in him.  Danny has to learn compromise and compassion in order to stick it out with Brad.  They both have to learn not to jump to conclusions and to think before they act.

They are on the cusp of manhood, and they have lessons to learn.  They learn them together.  They mess up and come back together time and again.  They know what they have to do and do it… eventually. They learn when to stand up and when to come clean.  They learn when to leap and when to hide.

Brad and Danny are sweet together.  They are fumbling and genuine.  I would love to see how the navigate Brad’s first year of freedom.

Buy Links

Carina Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
iTunes / iBooks
Barnes & Noble
Kobo US

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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