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Charlie's Hero (Heroes Book 1) by [Starr, Nic]
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Length: 200 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #58,029 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable love story - 4,5 stars 6 July 2015
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This is a sweet story, with a bit - quite unnecessary - angst.
My objection: some of the difficult parts are bypassed. The reader will not get to know what could have been said. Pity. It could have been interesting.

Charlie is back home, in his hometown. He is a teacher, loving his job and and getting on quite well. Despite having been "expelled from the family" by his parents, he thrives with his life. He has his childhood friend Greg at his side. The only thing missing is a man to love. Charlie is not into casual hook-ups, he longs for a long-term relationship.

Josh who catches Charlie's eye, is a paramedic. His older brother Andrew is his only family, after they lost their father to aneurysm. Something that Andrew has said all those years ago, made Josh believe that coming out to his brother would be painful, that it could even rip them apart. Believing that, as the relationship deepens, Josh is a bit unsure what to do, when and how to tell his brother. Of course, Josh should have had more trust in his brother and his love for Josh.

Why is Josh Charlie's hero? Among other things because he spoke up to Charlie's parents on his behalf. Not that it helped much. It sounds unbelievable that parents could treat their only child, the one they were supposed to love, this way, but as it has been said before - there is still too much hatred around. So it could have happened.

But the story is simple, the friends - on both sides - are nice and come together well. Even the classical consert experience is believable. There is a cliffhanger in this story, but not directly associated with these two main characters. A cliffhanger that I have sort of expected from about halfway through the story.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dealing With Closeted Angst Patiently 3 November 2016
By Bo - Published on
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If you read the blurb, you'll get the gist of the story--but not the depth of the characters nor the complexity of their situations. That's because author Starr has taken the time to get you acquainted with Charlie and Josh, and the other characters who spill into their paths along their way to love triumphing over lust and fear.

I loved the tempo and the depth here, and even though Josh's fear of what his brother Andrew might do if he comes out to him is a bit overdone--and Andrew's reaction is a dead giveaway along the way--you'll find this to be a lovely read that will prepare you for the sequel, in which Andrew comes back as an MC.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars True Love Can't Be Hidden Long!!! 26 June 2015
By pamkaymmbloggers - Published on
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This is a beautiful MM Love story of Charlie, a school teacher, and Josh, a paramedic. The two are immediately attracted to each other with their jobs minimizes the time they spend with each other, but they make it work. Charlie is totally out, but Josh is out other than to his brother, Andrew, who has raised him since he was his mid teens. Josh was afraid what his brother might think or do because of an incident Andrew had with his best friend Tanner years ago about Tanner being gay. Charlie is patient with him because he wants so much more with Josh. As time goes on, Andrew is in a car accident, and the two end up showing their feelings right in front of Andrew. The story only gets better and you will definitely love the ending... A Great Read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, simple love story 4 December 2015
By nrevvy - Published on
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<strong>Simple, sweet love story</strong>

There wasn't anything really exciting to this book. It was about two men who start dating and end up falling in love. Very normal, little angst, no drama. Josh was all concerned about coming out to his brother. Charlie expressed some impatience with it but it never turned into an "or else" drama. Charlie had been rejected by his parents years before. They meet again in the book and the parents are still a**wipes. So it's just a nice story. There's sex right away but no insta-love. A lot of details could have been trimmed down. I really didn't need to know every detail of how the guy shaved his face, among other things. But it was light and enjoyable. A good antidote for some overly emotional read.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sweet love story with likeable MCs 14 July 2015
By K. S. Haaland - Published on
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A sweet love story with likeable MCs. The start was slow for me as I typically find insta-love stories a little twee, but then the book takes off and it's a delightful read.