Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Season Publishing
Release Date: October 4, 2016
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.
So I’m a big fan of Sarah Robinson’s Kavanagh Legends series and it was curiosity that had me picking up Not a Hero. It was definitely something different. The story is about Miles Kydd, a Marine trying to adjust to civilian life after spending years in a war zone. When he comes home Miles feels less like himself but he stays because his father has been diagnosed with a terminal illness. Miles meets his father’s nurse Zoe Banks and there’s a lot of serious undercurrents between the two, but with the war still fresh in Miles’ mind he doesn’t think there’s any hope for him and Zoe to have anything permanent.
I think Not a Hero is the most emotional read I’ve had all year. Miles and Zoe really had to fight hard for that happy ending and it was not easy. Miles, along with his lifelong best friend Tobin experienced all the horrors of war and both struggle to adjust to home life again. Sarah Robinson didn’t shy away from showing Miles in a less than heroic light and that’s what made the story a bit more realistic for me. Miles didn’t always look like a good guy. Sometimes he said and did things with the right intentions but the execution was less than heroic. Still, it cannot be overlooked that this was a war hero with severe PTSD who wasn’t seeking treatment.
Zoe was the light to Miles’ dark. She was the one who brought the softer emotions out in him while still giving him the butt kicking he needed to get his crap together. I liked her because she had a terrible thing happen to her in the past but she still managed to get back on her feet and move forward. I’m glad that Robinson gave Zoe the personality that she had. If Zoe had had a more dire personality like Miles Not a Hero would have been too much of a depressing story. Zoe represented hope and happiness and balanced out the seriousness of the overall story.
What was interesting about Miles and Zoe’s relationship was that it was in some ways tainted by Miles’ time in the Marines, and a bit by Zoe’s past. Both things made the relationship difficult for the characters, there was a lot of back and forth and while that normally bothers me because I don’t like a huge amount of drama, with these characters it made a lot of sense and the author kept the relationship from becoming a joke or worse, a bore. There was plenty of attraction between Miles and Zoe but also a lot of respect between them. I did enjoy their romance, even when it was almost at a standstill.
There was so much heart in Not a Hero and I could go on and on about it but I want readers to discover it for themselves. I will say that you might need a tissue for this one because Miles’ journey isn’t an easy one and his father is one of those secondary characters that is unforgettable. Along for the ride is Tobin, Miles’ best friend who has his own demons to face. I really hope he gets his own story soon.
Final Verdict: Not a Hero manages to be a real without killing the joy that comes with a happy ending. Definitely an emotional read but well worth the tears. I do need to mention that some readers might be bothered by some of the sensitive subjects that are dealt with in the plot like the murder of an unborn child, a child being killed in a war zone and general PTSD episodes.
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