Title: Not A Hero
Author: Sarah Robinson
My Rating: B+
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Main Characters: Miles and Zoe
Release Date: October 2016
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Sexual Intensity: hot
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.
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.
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This book is suggested for 18+ years of age, contains graphic content, sensitive subject matters, and sexually explicit material.My Review:
There are a lot of really serious themes running throughout this story. Miles is home as a civilian for the first time in 8 years (?...not sure about that timeframe). His last deployment as a Marine didn't go so well and he has a serious case of PTSD...the kind that alters his reality and sometimes makes him a danger to himself and others. But he's come home to a father who's dying...also not an easy thing.
His father's live-in nurse is Zoe. She's had her own hard road after an abusive alcoholic ex-husband left her with mental scars. The PTSD and Miles' father's situation would be enough stress for her, but Miles is also spending a lot of his time drinking his troubles away. Yeah, that causes some issues between them, too. They went to school together and Zoe always had a crush on him, but he was two years older than her and the star of the football team. Every girl had a crush on him. He had no idea she was alive back then.
But now they're living in the same house, in close quarters, and very attracted to one another. Things move on from there.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. While I hated what they went through in the warzone, I liked the back story of where Miles's nightmares come from with his back story with his best friend, Tobin. (And gah...I'm worried about where Tobin is...his issues seem more serious than even Miles' were.) I liked the setting of the little house on the lake and adored Miles's father...gah, he was an excellent character. But Zoe has a great backstory too. It was just really a good book, and I thought the PTSD issue was handled brilliantly. I'm looking forward to someday getting to read Tobin's story.