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Charlie's Hero (Heroes Book 1) by [Starr, Nic]
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Heroes: Book One

Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.

But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.

It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 982 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 1 edition (17 June 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ZM6GLRS
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,437 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Nic Starr's debut novel Charlie's Hero is a heartwarming story of love, friendship, loyalty and family, at its best and worst. Charlie and Josh each face their own battles dealing with being gay in their home town. Charlie has returned to teach in the town where he grew up, knowing his parents will probably never accept their gay son in their lives. Josh has to deal with whether or not his only surviving relative, his burly mechanic brother Andrew, will accept him for who he is. After Andrew's total rejection of his best friend, Tanner, years before when he came out as gay, Josh feels justified in fearing the loss of his brother. Charlie and Josh find they are stronger together than they were apart, and finding their HEA may be possible with, or without, family support. Charlie's Hero is a great first novel and can be read as a stand alone but Nic promises more in this series. I can't wait to read them!
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By CM on 8 November 2015
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This is a well written and very enjoyable read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Love Story!!! 25 June 2015
By Paul Berry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Charlie's Hero (Book One-Heroes) by Nic Starr

Charlie is a schoolteacher and is returning home looking to settle down and find himself. Then one day the beautiful paramedic, Josh arrives at the school for an accident that just occurred and it's true love at first glance. The problem that faces them is that Josh is not sure how to come out to his brother who just so happens to have raised him and this is adding friction to their new and fragile relationship. Charlie is trying to be patient but he came out a long time ago and his patience is growing thin. Charlie starts to realize what Josh is going through as he confronts his own parents rejection when he came out years ago.

I completely empathized with Josh as his older brother Andrew raised him after their father died. Andrew had to grow up very fast and lost out on his own youth so he's all the family that Josh has. It was a very different story for Charlie as he had to come to terms with the rejection he received when he came out to his parents years ago. Now back in his hometown those feelings of rejection have resurfaced as he hasn't dealt with the rejection as much as he thought he had.

I really enjoyed the sub-character of Greg who is Charlie's childhood friend and I think he adds a great element to the story. My heart completely broke for Charlie with his meetings with his extremely prejudiced and hurtful parents. Unfortunately this is a very realistic component of a lot of gay men and their families. I love how Josh faced Charlie's parents and this is why he's Charlie's Hero! This is a beautiful love story filled with loyalty, trust, acceptance, love, forgiveness and beautiful hearts. I recommend this to anyone who desires a good love story as you won't be disappointed at all!!!

"Complimentary copy provided by author/publisher for an honest review."

Reviewed by Paul at Gay Media Reviews!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a series 20 June 2015
By DiverseReader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Nic Starr is new to me. I'm no stranger to the name but I just never got the opportunity to read any of her books until now. I am SO thrilled this was the first one I got to read. Charlie's Hero is a wonderful read. Charlie blew my mind. He's so strong, brave, and smart. He's vulnerable because of his past but I LOVED how, even though thinking of the rejection he faced from his parents, it didn't dictate WHO he was. I giggled with the opening as Charlie laid eyes on Josh for the first time. How many of us don't see a hot paramedic and suddenly start mapping out our future? LOL. Nic did a great job with character building here. Josh and his relationship with his brother was a beautiful thing to see unfold. Josh, strong and heroic was terrified to step out of his comfortable closet. But it took the love of Charlie to make him say, THIS IS WHO I AM, and I adored it so much. This will be a great series I can tell and I look forward to more from this author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Review by Lucy 20 June 2015
By Hearts On Fire Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Charlie is a schoolteacher who lived in the big city but misses the connections you get in a small town. He wants to settle down and have roots and that’s exactly what he gets in his hometown. The added bonus? He is near to his best friend, Greg, again and that alone is worth the move. Greg is a wonderful character who has been there for Charlie since early childhood.
Josh is a paramedic who responds to a call at Charlie’s school when a young girl breaks her leg. Josh has it all, gentleness and calm in the face of crisis, gorgeous face, hot body and he’s nice besides. The man has it going on and Charlie definitely takes notice. They have a bit of a “is he or isn’t he” moment go on and then dating commences happily. We have a bit of a rocky road, of course. Josh lives with his brother, who has made his views on gay known in the past and it wasn’t a positive thing. So despite how close they are becoming, Josh is reluctant to put his true self out there for Andrew to reject. There are times when Josh is kind of a jerk about it all, such as when he throws Charlie’s parents response in his face. But Josh is driven by fear of losing Andrew, the only family he has.

Add in that Charlie now lives in the same town as his extremely homophobic, judgmental, throw you in the street parents. His run ins with them are heartbreaking. I wish this were fiction but it too often happens in real life. It made me want to slap them. When Josh faces the parents for Charlie, well, yes sir, hero fits.
This is the second book I’ve read from this author and I can see how she is improving her craft. The writing is smooth and I found no obvious editing errors. The story ends on a beginning, with Andrew’s story, and I can’t wait to read that one.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Readers, that ending! OMG! That ending. 17 June 2015
By johanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Nic Starr's books always make me smile. They are light hearted and no matter the angst, there is nothing heavy or uber dramatic about the treatment of the different situations. However, never have stomped my feet like a boxer (think Ali and Pacquaio the way they dance around in the ring) when I read that ending. I mean, I was kinda expecting it but to actually see it unfold, oh lordy lordy lordy I just jumped and acted silly. So excited was I, the excerpt at the end, I refused to read on the grounds that I may no longer be able to sleep tonight and I have a super busy day tomorrow.

So where to start. We have Charlie whose history is a sad one but he overcame them and lived to tell the tale. He went back home and is now a school teacher there for grade school students who sound adorable on print but are tiny little tyrants all. When one of them fell and broke her leg, the paramedic came and that was when Charlie's heart stopped. He saw the rescuer so beautiful and gentle and he just stopped breathing. True, the man was in uniform and gorgeous in Charlie's eyes but his actions made him more than what he actually was.

Josh is a paramedic and lives with his older brother, Andrew, who gave up everything when their dad died. He became older brother, father, sole provider to himself and Josh so he matured early and lost out a lot in life. Josh owed everything to big brother and the angst in this story is how he comes out to him with Charlie in his life. Charlie, whose presence is the main rival to the affections of Josh.

This is not a complicated story. It is really quite simple. The story is well developed, the characters grew and the friends around Josh and Charlie added to the spice that was their life. This is so uncomplicated, it took a few three hours for me to finish and wanted more. I had to stop myself, though, because of that ending.

Readers, that ending! OMG! That ending.

Nic Starr is naughty and nice but truly sweet to give us this light read of romance and loving.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great beginning, a wonderful story throughout, but OH MY GOSH THAT ENDING! No peeking. Read and enjoy. 24 June 2015
By Becky C - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Charlie’s Hero is one of those books that is sweet but angsty, tells a story but has a message, and gives the character a hero but also gives the reader heroes.
Charlie has come back to his hometown to be a school teacher. He’s tired of being lonely and set apart so back home he comes. When a little girl is injured on the playground the paramedic who attends to her catches Charlie’s eye immediately and he begins to spin a fantasy in his head. Josh is not only drop dead gorgeous, he’s kind and gentle, all of the traits that Charlie wants in a boyfriend. The question is, is he gay?
Josh lives with his older brother Andrew. When their parents died Andrew put his own life aside to raise Josh and Josh doesn’t want to do anything that would make Andrew think less of him. Even after Josh and Charlie get together, and although Charlie is out to anyone who wants to know, Josh is unable to come out to Andrew for fear this would somehow make Andrew stop loving him.
There is an HEA at the end but there is also quite a surprise that made this good book absolutely excellent. I loved the finale and the turn of events that made my heart happy. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! Can. Not. Wait!