Monday, October 7, 2013

Romance Book Review: Marie Sexton's Never A Hero

Author: Marie Sexton
Series Connection: Tucker Springs
ISBN: 978-1-937551-94-0
Print ISBN: 978-1-937551-95-7
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Male-Male Romance, LBGT Romance
Publisher: Riptide Publishing

Purchase Link: Riptide | Amazon

When the new neighbor moves in downstairs, Owen's life completely changes. For some time Owen has made his life by keeping to himself. Slowly staying in his apartment so he wouldn't have to deal with the embarrassment of his handicap had taken over his life. When he meets Nick and Nick's sister June he realizes that that what he's done with his life. 

As time goes by and spends more time with Nick and June, Owen begins to gain confidence, however things aren't as easy going in Nick's life and he makes it seem and soon not only does Owen have to deal with his own shortcomings in starting a relationship with Nick as he does his own. 

I don't want to give too much of the story away. Reading the book, you get a real feel of who these two men are. You can see that they need each other. Dealing with have only one arm, a lot of Owen's personality is brought out, especially since the story is written in the first person from Owen's point of view. It makes it harder, however, to really deal head on with where Nick is coming from, although you do see a lot of his emotions coming through.

If I could change anything in this story it would be for it to be in third person and pull in a share of thoughts to understand the characters better. 

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.

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