Title: Sailor’s Knot book 3: A Hero of His Own
Author: Susan Laine
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Characters: Dan West, Patrick Prescott
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, Series
Dan West is on his way to his friends’ place for some R & R from the Navy. But before he makes it to the small fishing town in Maine, a car accident changes his destination.
The injured young man, Patrick Prescott, turns out to be the mayor’s troubled son. He needs help, and Dan offers it. As a result, the lives of the two men become entwined. The old adage of saving someone’s life giving you responsibility over them seems to hold water.
Patrick is haunted by inner demons. His closeted life pushes him to recklessly pursue Dan at all costs, as though he actively sought his own ruin. But Dan has his own reasons for coming to meet his former CO, and that does not include getting in bed with Patrick, since he’s not in town to stay.
When two different worlds collide, even two men who are oceans apart in every sense must find a way to cope—together.
If you follow our site, you’ve probably noticed I’m a big fan of Susan Laine’s writing. I discovered her books last year and since then, she’s become one of those authors on my automatically read list. The Sailor’s Knot is a favorite series of mine, so I was very excited to read the next book in the series, A Hero of his Own.
I remember when I read the first book in the series; I thought that the secondary character, Dan West, stood out to me. In many ways he’s like the main character, David, in Ms. Laine’s first book in the series. Both men are serious about their futures, thoughtful and all around likeable men. Unlike David, Dan does not want to be the captain of his own submarine. Since David left the Navy, this is what Dan’s had to do, and he’s not enjoying it. Dan has never wanted to have a career at sea, so he’s conflicted as to what he needs to do about his life. Knowing he has to make a hard decision about his future, Dan is taking a long vacation at his friends, David and Hunter’s, house. When he witnesses a car accident, Dan immediately goes to the victim’s rescue and quickly finds himself in a sticky situation.
The victim, Patrick, is the mayor’s son who has been living life on the edge. He’s an alcoholic playboy who is very unhappy and conflicted from what’s expected from him versus who he wants to be. When Dan comes to his rescue, there is something about him that Patrick finds himself drawn too, and Dan becomes a light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel for Patrick. They form an immediate kinship and bond between them, and Dan finds himself doing what he can to help Patrick out.
Soon, both men can’t escape the heated attraction between them and they find themselves in each others’ arms. Even though there is also a stronger emotional connection between them, they both realize they must work out their own conflicts within themselves if they want to try and have something special between them in the future.
I loved this book. I liked that both Dan and Patrick realized they must work through their own issues before they could ever be happy together. Even though they are good for each other, they both know if they want something long term together, they must be happy within their own skin. As a reader, I appreciated this and liked how determined both men were to get their own life settled before they could have a commitment to each other. This made the story ring true and realistic to me, because we all know we must be content with ourselves and can’t expect our own partner in life to be responsible for our own happiness.
I also liked how there was a true friendship that developed between them. It was obvious these two men really cared for one another and also respected each others’ dreams and wishes. Both men are bisexual, and I enjoyed watching them explore the intense attraction they had for one another. The chemistry they had between them really sizzled up my computer screen! My only gripe about the story is: I wish it had been longer. I would have really liked seeing how Dan and Patrick really fit each other into their lives, but since this is a series, I hope we’ll get to read more about them in the future.
A Hero of His Own is a fast-paced, thought provoking and romantic story with characters that really live and breathe off of the written page. I enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book and highly anticipate the next book in the series. Highly Recommended!
This is the third book in the Sailor’s Knot series. Although it could probably be read as a stand-alone book, I highly recommend reading the books in series order. All of the characters play a big part in all of the books and it’s really great to watch how their lives are evolving as the series progresses.
The Sailor’s Knot books in series order are:
A Hero of His Own
Reviewed By: Gabbi