Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Bree Archer
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/17/2015
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
Heroes: Book One
Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.
But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.
It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.
I have read a number of novella’s from author Nic Starr. While I have had mixed results with those novellas, I was able to see just enough potential to want to pick up a novel by the author. I missed the initial release of Charlie’s Hero, but the imminent release of the sequel Andrew’s Promise was enough to make me take a second look.
Initial opinion is that Charlie’s Hero is a sweet, low angst and fairly straight-forward romance between an elementary school teacher and a paramedic. It is pretty much love at first sight between Charlie and Josh. The only obstacle is the fact that Josh is not out to his seemingly homophobic brother, Andrew. However, for being in the closet to the man who basically raised him since he was a teen, he acts pretty out and proud in their small town. As a matter of fact, it seems that everyone in town EXCEPT Andrew knows.
There are hints that there is more to Andrew’s story from the beginning, and we know it won’t be as big a deal as Josh is trying to make it. This paradigm leads to a lot of frustration for the reader, and of course for Charlie. It almost becomes manufactured tension that feels unnecessary for the characters and makes the story drag on instead of moving forward.
While I enjoyed Charlie and Josh’s story and am looking forward to finding out more about Andrew and Tanner, I think there were a number of ways this story could have been improved.
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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