Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also by this author: Breaking a Legend (Kavanagh Legends, #1), Saving a Legend, Becoming a Legend
From the bestselling author of the Kavanagh Legends MMA series, Sarah Robinson’s Not A Hero is an emotional standalone Marine romance where love battles trauma, and there can only be one victor.
Former Marine, Miles Kydd, is trying to readjust to civilian life after ending his career and returning to his small home town when he learned his father was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Once the town hero and star quarterback, Miles no longer feels like the man he was, or who he’s expected to be—possibly because his demons have followed him home from Afghanistan.
Meeting Zoe Brooke, his father’s live-in nurse, gives Miles the slightest glimmer of hope that he can still find happiness despite the dark secrets he holds inside. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and together they are explosive—in more ways than one.
A helper at her core, Zoe is more than willing to care for Miles’s heart, but not at the expense of her own, and she’s not afraid to tell him that. She knows what having a painful past is like, and she wants to help him with his, if he’ll let her.
Things get complicated fast when Miles realizes burying his secrets isn’t actually the same as healing from them and if he wants the girl, he’s going to have to tell her the truth—the one thing he can’t do.
This book is suggested for 18+ years of age, contains graphic content, sensitive subject matters, and sexually explicit material.
Not a Hero is the story of a soldier who has returned from war with PTSD and a young woman who left an abusive husband. Zoe is a nurse who is caring for Miles’ father. Miles comes home from the Marines because his father is sick. After a few tours of duty, Miles has some PTSD issues that he isn’t dealing with. His readjustment into civilian life doesn’t quite go well. He drinks too much, gets fired from a job, and is just generally not doing well. Zoe’s ex was a mean drunk, so she is not happy with Miles even though she wants him.
The story is as much about Miles’ readjustment as it is about the budding relationship between Zoe and Miles. Not a Hero is well written and the struggle of Miles’ PTSD is real. Zoe’s past is tragic as well. But, while the story is deep, real, and well written, I struggled with it. I didn’t feel really connected to either character. I wasn’t sure I felt their relationship was believable. However, the story is still good overall. The main tension of the plot comes from the will they/won’t they aspect of Zoe and Miles relationship.
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: none
- Trope: military
- Triggers: View Spoiler »Zoe’s husband was abusive and the abuse is described at one point; Miles also has severe PTSD « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »none « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler