Monday, May 13, 2013

Never a Hero by Marie Sexton

Title: Never a Hero
Author: Marie Sexton
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Tucker Springs  #5
Main Characters: Owen and Nick
Release Date: May 2013
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
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Sexual Intensity: spicy

Story Overview:
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.

My Review:
*happy sigh* This was just a fabulous book about acceptance, mainly accepting yourself, and it was such a good read. 

Owen had a birth defect that he was born with. Unfortunately, his mother spent his entire life tearing him down over it, and his stutter, and his sexual orientation when it seemed to deviate from the norm. As a result, Owen has huge problems with self-confidence to the point where he truly doesn't leave the house anymore. He's become a hermit. He wants and hopes for more, but never does anything to change his circumstance.

What does change in his life is that veterinarian Nick moves into the apartment below his and Nick is a guy who doesn't take no for an answer. What Nick really has going for him, besides being outgoing and good-looking, is that he has a sister with the same birth defect that Owen has so he knows a healthy way to deal with it and works to show Owen that there are other ways that he can deal. BUT for some reason, Nick is reluctant to get involved with Owen. As a reader, you can see that he is drawn to Owen and definitely wants Owen, but something is holding him back. When that comes out, it changes everything. 

What isn't obvious is that Nick has something in his life that he needs to accept too. He's been punishing himself over something he  stupidly did five years ago and it takes the two of them working together to work their way through their issues.

I loved this book. I lived Owen. I loved Nick. I even really loved both of their issues....really creative writing to make all this work and work really well. Kudos to Marie Sexton for taking on some really tough issues. This book was great and the glimpses of some of the other characters from the series made it all the better. I also loved that we got to see more of this quirky wonderful little town of Tucker Springs....loved the lights and the visual ambience it added to the book. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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