Monday, November 20, 2017

Release Day Review: Unlikely Hero by Sean Michael

Title: Unlikely Hero
Author: Sean Michael
Release Date: November 20, 2017
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 210
When his three-year-old daughter is kidnapped, Eric Wilson doesn’t have many options, and time is running out. With nowhere else to turn, he reaches out to his ex, influential businessman Brock Vencenza, whose money and contacts might be able to save Josie.
Brock never got over Eric’s loss, and he’s more than willing to help when Eric needs him most. Together with law enforcement and private security, they embark on a twisting investigation to find the little girl—and who wants to hurt her and destroy both men in the process. Under the circumstances, confessing he still has feelings for Eric would be inappropriate, but Brock can’t deny what’s in his heart. He doesn’t know if their love can be rekindled or if he can even protect Eric and Josie. But one thing is certain: Brock’s determined to be the hero in reality that he is in Eric’s eyes.

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

Before you decide to read this book, you need to know in advance that if you don't like books that revolve around children, this book is not for you.

Single dad Eric turns to his ex-boyfriend for help when his three-year-old adopted daughter is kidnapped. Eric is a wreck and in desperate need of Brock's help. Neither Eric or Brock have gotten past their love for each other, and Brock doesn't hesitate to pull all his available resources into getting Josie back for Eric. Eric and Brock live two different lives and wanted very different things in their life. But, when rescuing Josie, things go crazy and Eric is shot and hospitalized and Brock is the only person Eric trusts to care for Josie. Learning to care for a three-year-old, taking care of Eric and protecting both of them is more exhausting than Brock could have expected. Plus, taking care of the man he loves but can't have is making Brock rethink his choices.

I liked this book for the most part. I liked the main characters, thought the craziness with the kidnappers and story was surprising, and the ultimate "bad guy" was a shock. This story gives a realistic picture of what dating a single parent would be like, well, at least without all the kidnapping storylines! The story really revolves around Josie, and getting life back to normal for her, with the men trying to fit in conversations and alone time around her care. I really liked watching Eric and Brock reconnect, and their love for each other jumped off the pages from the very beginning. Josie was adorable and I knew there was no way Brock wouldn't love her, I mean, she's three!

I love when stories include children, I think it lets you see a different side of people, but even for me, this was a little too much about Josie and not enough about Eric and Brock. I enjoyed it, but would have just liked a little more about Eric and Brock. The author did a great job with the kidnapping element, and really surprised me with who was behind the whole situation. This was an enjoyable read, and once I picked it up, I couldn't put it down. It kept me engaged, wanting to find out what happens next!

Rating: 4 stars

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