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Friday, October 9, 2015

ARC Review: I Need a Hero by Codi Gary

I’m slowly gaining a new appreciation for novellas. When they’re done right, they can be A LOT of fun!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Release Date: October 22, 2015

Sergeant Oliver Martinez joined the military to serve his country—not plan parties. But after a run-in with his commanding officer, Oliver is suddenly responsible for the Alpha Dogs Training Program's upcoming charity event. Worse, he's got to work with the bossiest, sexiest woman he's ever met—who just happens to be the general's daughter.

When it comes to military men, Evelyn Reynolds is not interested. And with the opportunity to launch her new PR firm at the charity event, she doesn't have time for some sexy, arrogant jerk with a hero complex. Evelyn is determined to keep things professional—if only she can ignore how Oliver's muscles fill out a t-shirt and the infuriating way he makes her heart pound.

But when tempers flare and a scorching kiss turns into so much more, Oliver and Evelyn will have to decide if this attraction is forever…or just for now.

Pairing two strong willed characters like Oliver and Evelyn was bound to cause some serious tension but I wasn’t counting on it being so delicious!

Basically a teaser for a new series by Codi Gary, I Need a Hero uses Oliver and Evelyn to introduce readers to a new setting and new characters, all while telling a sweet but sexy love story.

I had to wonder how Oliver, who seemed to be a bit of a hot head, decided the military would be a good fit for him. He struck me as a man who didn’t do well taking orders when they went against his own personal code. Since Oliver is a Sergeant, I would LOVE to see where he is a few books from now and if he’s grown into his role as a military man and if he’s been promoted.

Then there’s Evelyn. I had trouble connecting with her at first. A military brat, she seemed to have this blind adoration of her father. I get that she loved her dad but she was a grown woman who should know that the man she adored was NOT the same man in front of others. I appreciated her determination to succeed on her own though. She didn’t take advantage of her father’s status but it seemed to work against her when it came to men.

I Need a Hero doesn’t waste time with introducing conflicts. Evelyn is the general’s daughter and she has hang ups about being in a relationship with a man who is in the military and bound to put his career before her. I liked this conflict because it’s a real conflict that military wives and girlfriends have to deal with every day. It gave Oliver and Evelyn’s relationship a bit more depth than I would have expected in a novella. Codi Gary made the story feel longer without dragging the conflict on and on and on to the point of boredom.

The set up for this series was impressive. As an animal lover I can’t complain about the backdrop being the Alpha Dog Training Program. Nor can I complain about Oliver’s very sexy, very single friends. RAWR. My favorite scene was the actual charity event. All those sexy men in uniforms with adoptable dogs? So totally sold.

Men + Dogs = Love.

Final Verdict: Codi Gary has my attention with I Need a Hero, now I can’t wait to see what’s next.

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