Title: Charlie’s Hero
Author: Nic Starr
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Charlie Matthews, Josh Campbell
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
Heroes: Book One
Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.
But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.
It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.
After reading Charlie’s Hero, Nic Starr has become an author I will actively look for when I’m in the mood for a thought-provoking, well-written romance. Charlie’s Hero is one of those books I know I’ll reach for again and again when I’m in the mood to read something special.
One of the reasons why I loved this book was the characters. I absolutely loved Charlie and Josh. Both men are likeable, humanly-flawed men that lived and breathed off of the written page. I loved that not only did they love one another, they genuinely liked one another too. They shared a mutual respect between them and I truly believe they fit together like a glove.
But even with their heated chemistry, they have problems. Josh is afraid to come out to his brother and this puts a strain on their relationship. Also, Charlie has his own issues with his family that made this a very interesting read.
All in all I really loved this book. It’s heavy on romance without being overly sweet and there is just enough angst in the story to make is a smooth and highly enjoyable read. Charlie’s Hero is the first book in the Heroes series and I can’t wait to read what Ms. Starr has in store for us next!
Reviewed By: Gabbi
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