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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Heart of a Hero by Celia Yeary

Heart of a Hero by Celia Yeary
Publisher: Whimsical Publications
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (213 pages)
Heat Level: sensual
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sunflower

Matt Carrington escapes a terrorists’ prison while in the Army, but he has difficulty escaping the trappings of a demanding fiancé and his own parents. To get away to think, he meets pretty, girl-next-door Lauren Delaney, the kind of woman he desires. But his fiancé and his parents have other plans. They determine to have their way—no matter what Matt wants.

Lauren Delaney is an independent young woman who quickly befriends the soldier hero who comes to town. Knowing he has another life in Dallas, she holds a secret, too. But she pretends neither have a problem in order to have the summer with him.

During the long hot months, a hurricane almost destroys the town. Matt and Lauren work with a team to save as many residents as they can, and in the process fall deeply in love. When the danger is past, the two lovers suffer from their own lies and misunderstandings. Can they find peace and happiness without hurting others?

High expectations can send any sane person running. Wouldn't you? Put yourself in Matt Carrington's shoes. His family expects so much from him. He's to be the perfect, obedient son and do as he's told, even when he's a grown man and can make his own decisions. Even after coming back from the war, his parents want him to feel this, or be that. Matt is an misunderstood man. How many people feel exactly that way? I can sure relate. Heart of a Hero is about a man who doesn't see himself as a hero, trying to make his own way in life.

Most of this story is in Matt's point of view, which is different in a romance, but I liked it. There are many times where I feel so bad for him, when it comes to his parents and the woman he once called his fiancée. Oh, she drives me nuts with her attitude and then when she doesn't get her way she throws fits....and some of them are ridiculously stupid and cries for attention. Matt is an upstanding man and doesn't want any recognition as a hero, though he continues to get it.

Lauren is a young woman working in a diner when Matt shows up. She takes an immediate liking to him. Both Lauren and Matt can't be together in the beginning because they have commitments elsewhere, but it doesn't stop them from being friends and doing things together. Lauren has some secrets of her own, which when I found out, surprised me. Matt had a strange reaction to Lauren's secret, though he really has no room to talk because seems to always be at Stephanie's beck and call.

Emotional, riveting and well written, Heart of a Hero is a story that delivers great characterization, beatitude setting, and a plot that keeps the story interesting. I enjoyed Ms. Yeary's Texas setting, and there are characters that readers will either love or hate. The author does a great job conveying the characters and what they stand for. All around this is a great book.

If you're a fan of contemporary romances, then why not check out Heart of A Hero and fall in love with Matt and Lauren?


Celia Yeary said...

Sunflower--thanks so very much for the lovely review. You had the plot and characters down so well, which is what I look for in a review. I was surprised to get this--the book has been out a little over a year. This was an unexpected little gift, and I will treasure your words.
My love is Western Historical Romance, but I have written four contemporary romances. They never seem to get as much attention, so I'm doubly happy! Thank you and LASR.

Jenny Twist said...

Hi Celia. It's a lovely review and what a nice surprise. Well done!