Series: The Hero #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Publication Date: 10/20/12
Source: Received from publisher for review.
He wants just one night…
After growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father, Army Special Forces Sgt. Brady Scott vowed never to marry or have kids. Sent stateside to get his head on straight—and his anger in check—Brady’s looking for a distraction. He finds it in his beautiful new neighbor’s one-night-only offer for hot sex, but her ability to make him forget is addictive. Suddenly, Brady’s not so sure he can stay away.
…what they need is each other.
Orphaned as a child, community center director Joss Daniels swore she’d never put herself in a position to be left behind again, but she can’t deny herself one sizzling night with the sexy soldier who makes her laugh and kisses her senseless. When Joss discovers she’s pregnant, Brady’s rejection leaves her feeling abandoned. Now, they must overcome their fears before they lose the love and security they’ve found in each other, but can they let go of the past to create a future together?
With its two broken, but strong souls who look for the courage to love with all their hearts, One Night with a Hero is an emotional story that will leave you breathless.
So...I finally know why everyone loves Laura Kaye's books. When I ask for adult romance recommendations, she is always at the top of the list. I've taken that advice and have bought several of her books, but had never sat down to give one a try. I'm clearly an idiot.
In short, One Night with a Hero was perfect. By perfect, I mean that I wouldn't change one scene, one moment, one word of this book. This is a story that won me over within the first few paragraphs. And it wasn't that the opening was this huge, shocking spectacle that made my jaw drop. It was just...a feeling? I can't even name what it was about Kaye's writing that I love, I only know that it suits me. Suits me so well that I went back and bought any of her books that I didn't already own.
Brady and Joss. I loved them, so much. I really enjoy a book with emotionally damaged characters. They've had it rough most of their lives. Joss, who grew up an orphan, had abandonment issue. Brady was the son of an abusive alcoholic. He, being the protective older brother, focused primarily on his sister's safety and happiness and never took care of himself. What we have is a woman who is so cautious over her heart that she won't Brady in, and a man who doesn't see himself worthy of a true love. Never, no matter how stubborn they acted, did these two ever get on my nerves or make me think "Oh, come on!" That is a testament to how beautifully thorough Laura Kay was in establishing these characters. I loved them. I loved them together.
As for the plot of One Night with a Hero, I really don't feel I can go into it too much because I feel that to really go in-depth with the plot, I will spoil it. I truly expected it to be a light-hearted romance with some touching moments. It was a fun, sweet, and sexy story, but it was so much more. I thought a few times that Brady's story, his immense pain, was going to break my heart. I cried so hard a few times that I actually had to clutch my chest. It was so beautiful and honest and raw.
One Night with a Hero is a book that I can guarantee fans of adult contemporary romance will absolutely fall in love with. And though it was my first Laura Kaye book, it certainly won't be my last.
His breath ghosted over her ear, erupting ticklish chills on her neck and arms. "I'm going to kiss you here, Joss." The tip of his finger skimmed her cheek.
Heart in her throat, she nodded.
Brady pressed a lingering kiss to her cheekbone. Her hands fisted as she struggled not to turn her head and offer her lips. She was already throwing her no-touching admonition out the window.
"Here," he said, touching her jaw.
"Here, too." His finger pressed against the soft spot right in front of her ear. (eARC, 8%)
There were so many amazing moments in this story. This one broke my heart...
"I'll go," he said in a low voice. "But I'm here. Do you hear me? All you have to do is knock, and I'll be here for you, Joss. All you have to do is knock." (eARC, 68%)
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