Monday, February 28
Title: Everyone Loves a Hero...and that's the problem*
Author: Marie Force
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Format: mass market paperback, digital e-book
Date/Year: February 1, 2011
Reviewed by: Booklover1335
*This book was provided to me by the publisher for review
Summary from the publisher:
Fame has its perks…
This book sparked what I fondly now refer to my “Force”ful reading binge as well as a gushing email to the author. The only morning after awkwardness I had was in restraining my enthusiasm and considering how I might adequately express my love for this romance novel. Let there be no doubt, I LOVED LOVED LOVED Everyone Loves a Hero and for one very big reason...the Hero. I mean how can you not love a hero who does whatever it takes to make you dreams come true and thinks that everyday with you feels like Christmas?
Olivia is a woman who hasn’t had an easy life and has had to work very hard for every thing that she has while sacrificing her personal life in order to help care for her mother with whom she has a strained relationship. You see, Olivia is so busy treading water and putting the needs of others before her own, that she has lost site of who she is. She is so used to surviving and feeling unworthy of the love of her parents that she suppresses her dreams and true desires.
That is until she meets the man of her dreams in one very delectable and more than swoon worthy Cole Langston. Except that Cole is the one that swooned at Olivia’s feet after being punched by an irate customer in a checkout line at the airport in which Olivia works. It’s pretty much love at first site for these two, and they meet whenever they can despite living in different cities and having demanding schedules to work around.
Cole immediately knows that Olivia is someone special for him and begins making changes in his previous playboy life because Olivia is the “one”. He know it very early on in their relationship. He comes on strong and is relentless in his pursuit. He’s a man who knows what he wants, and what he wants is Olivia, so he goes after it.
Olivia on the other hand has a hard time believing and understanding that Cole would reform and become a one woman man instead a one woman in every city man. She’s not used to the attention and is most definitely not used to being first in anyone’s life. She’s insecure in not only who she is as a sexual woman (Cole is her first), but as a person and she is constantly questioning if what she is feeling for Cole is too good to be true. And therein lies their problem as a couple. I think Olivia’s views of herself, her history of denying and suppressing her needs and wants so as not to be a burden, as well as her self-worth are best illustrated with this passage from the book:
“ ...Watching him, her heart ached. She wanted him. Not just physically, but that was definitely part of it. No, she wanted him. She wanted to know him, wanted to know he was hers and that she could come home to him, depend on him, be there for him.
All her life she had kept a tight rein on what she allowed herself to hope for. As a child, her Christmas and birthday lists would consist of the one item she couldn’t live without, knowing her father would find a way to get it for her. By putting more on the list, she feared not getting the one thing she desired above all of the others. She never risked asking for more than she felt she deserved.
So it was reckless of her to want this man the way she did, to place him first on the list without knowing anything more than his name, his passion for flying, and a few random facts about his family and his life. What she wanted most, though, was to always feel the way he made her feel just by lying there on the bed, humming softly to himself. Safe. Content. Alive. Finally, finally alive.”
Cole is everyone’s dream romance hero. He’s handsome, sexy, great in bed...and did I mention that he is a hero (as in saved someone’s life), and he goes to great lengths to make Olivia’s dreams come true by encouraging her to follow her passion to become an artist. With his love and support Olivia becomes the person she’s always wanted to be, but never had the courage to pursue or feel worthy of. I think that is what really resonated with me so strongly because I truly believe that the love of the right person will help you become the best version of yourself that you can be. Someone who will support your dreams and love you despite your faults. Cole is that man for Olivia. Yes they have their problems and misunderstandings most of which stem from Olivia’s insecurities (and one seriously mental ex-girlfriend), but she grows as a heroine and learns to trust in their love which ultimately leads to their happy ending.
I can’t recommend Everyone Loves a Hero highly enough. It pushed all of the right romance buttons for me. A to die for hero. A heroine who grows into someone that not only the hero can love, but that she can love too. Romance. Passion (lots and lots of passion). And Love. I hope that you read Everyone Loves a Hero and love it as much as I did because for me it was perfection! LOVE LOVE LOVE...yeah I kinda really loved this story :)
Overall: 5 stars!
Sensuality level: 3.75 (about as hot as you can get without being an erotic romance IMO)
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