Title: A Tucker Springs Novel: Never a Hero
Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Riptide Publishing
Characters: Owen Meade, Nick Reynolds
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance
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.
Wow! I’ve only read a few books by Marie Sexton, but after reading this one, I suddenly have the desire to go back and read her entire back-lists of stories. Never a Hero is also the first Tucker Springs novel I’ve had the privilege to read. I will confess, that after I read it, I went back and ordered the others in this series and read them too. Each story is really special, but I will say that Never a Hero is definitely one of my favorites in the series.
What I liked about this book was the relationship between Owen and Nick. Both men have their own personal issues they must work through. Each man has been hurt and betrayed in his own way. I liked how their relationship evolved from friendship into something truly special between them. I found myself really rooting for this couple. Both Owen and Nick are easy to like, love and hope that they have their happy ending together.
We see early on that Owen has some baggage, but what was refreshing was the problem that Nick had. At first glance, Nick looks like he’s got it all going on for him. He’s successful, smart, funny and sexy as all get out! I liked how patient and kind he was to Owen and loved how Owen literally grew into a more confident man because of him. I also loved how Owen’s love for Nick also gave the ability to give his heart to him as well as forgive himself of his past.
As I mentioned earlier, this is a Tucker Springs novel. I’ve read each book and I highly recommend them. There has a home town feel to them and I love the camaraderie between all of the characters. Highly Recommended!
The Tucker Springs novels are:
Where Nerves End by LA Witt
Second Hand by Marie Sexton and Heidi Cullinan
Dirty Laundry by Cullinan
Covet Thy Neighbor by LA Witt
Never a Hero by Marie Sexton
Reviewed By: Gabbi