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Hero Duty (Jardin Bay) by [Schwartz, Jenny]
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Length: 280 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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She can buy anything she wants…except the courage to stand up to her family. That's where he comes in.

Jessica Trove is a billionaire Cinderella, bullied by her family, and terrified of the responsibilities crashing down on her shoulders. She knows what she needs to do — she just needs to find the courage to do it.

That's where Brodie Carlton comes in. Jessica is used to buying anything she wants, and what she wants right now is a hero. She's going to make Brodie Carlton an offer he can't refuse: be her emotional bodyguard, and she'll make him rich. The only question is who will guard their hearts?

Praise for HERO DUTY:

'It is literally unputdownable – a sweet romance with beautiful settings and a cracking plot.' — Sam Still Reading

'This is my first Jenny Schwartz novel and I have to be honest and say I’ll be buying some more.' — Scentual Flame Fiction

'The romance of the main characters is sweet, sexy and very well developed' — Housewife Blues

'This is a very emotional and heartwarming story that I read in one sitting I could not put it down' — ARRA Inc

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 703 KB
  • Print Length: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Escape Publishing - Harlequin Enterprises, Australia Pty Ltd (1 June 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00K0Z7WD8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #149,718 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Not everyone is strong on the inside and especally if they have been put down repeatedly ! Jessica seeked that innerstrength from Brodie ,ex army sargent .Everyone wants to minipulate her when they discovery she has been the heir of the Numbat billion dollar company since her granfather and founder of the company died . Everyone had assumed her father was the heir untiil his death the truths is learned .That is when the claws come out ,money doesn't always bring happiness.I loved that Brodie was so protective of her ! Also very hot was the romance and love scenes in this book ! Way to go Jenny Schwartz ! Your storywas refreshingly wonderful !
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By Lily Malone TOP 100 REVIEWER on 11 October 2015
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Having read It's Love, Dude by Jenny Schwartz last year, and rating it in my top 5 most enjoyable reads, I was very happy to take up the offer of reading an ARC of Hero Duty. Plus, the retro cover is so very cute!
Hero Duty involves the story of Brodie (surfer Zane's brother from It's Love, Dude) and it starts out in Jardin Bay, where lovely Molly and Zane's book is also largely set. In some respects, Jardin Bay is such a beautiful West Australian fictional setting, I was a little sad to leave the town for the big smoke of Sydney, where most of Hero Duty is set.
Jessica enlists Brodie to be her 'hero' as he has previously assisted a friend who was subject to discrimination in the armed forces. Brodie was a sergeant in the army and in the act of supporting his female army colleague, found himself on the outer in that most-male of environments. So he has quit the armed forces and is trying to establish a business rebuilding vintage cars. (The opening scene that establishes all this is one of my favourites).
Brodie makes a great hero. He is protective, supportive, encouraging of Jessica and he has a hellish set of abs (which always helps a hero).
The heroine is dubbed billionaire Cinderella. She doesn't like confrontation and all her life after her mother and pop's deaths, she has been ridiculed/humiliated by her step family and also her father. Jessica believes she is the cause of the accident at sea that killed her beloved mother and Pops, and she is unaware through most of her adulthood, that the billions of dollars in the family's company has been bequeathed to her (not the step side of the family as they've had her believe).
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Really fits the current climate of family issues - interesting way of handling the situation that the heroine finds herself in - good read. Enjoyable escapism. Thumbs up!
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By lara on 18 February 2015
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Loved the story of Brodric and Jess
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Reluctant Hero - The Best Kind 6 August 2014
By Anna Clifton - Published on
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`Hero Duty' - I loved the premise in this title. Jessica Trove's outnumbered, intimidated and desperately in need of a `hero' by her side as she faces her `enemies' in the family business - Sergeant Brodie Carlton is the guy to fill that `hero' role. The problem is that Brodie and Jessica are a mismatch from the start. Brodie's a laid back, down-to-earth, surfer type who takes life as it comes. Jessica is his polar opposite: somewhat highly-strung, academically gifted and a reluctant captain of industry. Yet right from the beginning, Brodie is the one who you sense has it all. Although he's asset poor, he knows exactly who he is and what he wants out of life - he needs no one to define him. Jessica, on the other hand, is lost; torn between wanting to hide away from her responsibilities within the family business and her need to do the right thing for the mother and grandfather she lost years before.

Although the time frame in this story is quite short, the depth of Jessica's transformation and slow fall into love with Brodie feels unhurried and authentic. His character dominates the story because it's only through his strength that Jessica will find her place in the world and her own sense of identity. In fact, the title of this book seems almost a bit tongue in cheek, initially conjuring up an image of Sir Galahad carrying a helpless damsel in distress off into the sunset. The irony is that Brodie has little to no `Sir Galahad' male ego invested in his role as Jessica's hero and he has no interest in seeing her remain helpless. He also knows that empowering Jessica means that he might lose her, and yet he does it anyway. For me, this was the essence of Brodie's `hero duty': right up until the end, it was all about him being all about her - loved it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable characters. Lovely romance! 18 June 2014
By Louise Forster - Published on
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I thoroughly enjoyed Hero Duty! Jenny Schwartz characters, Jessica and Brodie, walk off the page. I so related to Jessica’s emotional journey past and present, but she’s brave and taking steps to take control. Which made me want to cry out, ‘Yay, go Jess!’ But to do what she needed to, someone had to be in her corner. And she found that someone in Brodie. His background is army; his broad shoulders, and deep calm strength was up for the challenge of Hero Duty. And boy does he do that well. He’s Hot! I could see that once he met the opposing characters, his stature, his baring, his quick thinking, would have them second guessing their strategies.

There are a few twists and turns that keep you guessing who, in this high-flying corporate world, is trying to vilify Jessica.

Dialogue is my passion and I loved the banter between Jessica and Brodie. Having said that, I also enjoy descriptive narrative, and I was there at the beach, then in Sydney and Jessica’s mansion. Wonderful.
Jenny’s smooth writing style and depth of all her characters made Hero Duty like watching a lovely romance movie.
5.0 out of 5 stars A hero to sigh about. 3 June 2014
By Dr Elizabeth Reid Boyd - Published on
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What a great read!
A Cinderella story with a twist. In this romance, the heroine is the one with the fortune - so she needs a hero on duty. Luckily, there's one at hand...
A true Aussie romance from one of Australia's best romance writers. For pure emotion, turn the page to Jenny Schwartz.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sign me up for some Hero Duty! 5 June 2014
By Lea O'Connor - Published on
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I really enjoyed this book! I have not read anything else by Jenny Schwartz but I will be looking for her other works now. This is a great book about finding your own strength and taking back your own power and how sometimes all you need is just one person who has your back.

Jessica considers herself a “poor little rich girl” she inherited a billion dollar company from her grandfather but didn't know until after her father’s death years later. Her self confidence is low and she has no sense of power, her family (dad, step mom & step brother) saw to that. They wanted her kept under their thumb. When she finds out it's all hers she knows it's going to get ugly and she's going to need back up. Enter Brodie. OH MY GOD, BRODIE! I loved him. Totally alpha and absolutely take charge but he didn't do everything for Jessica, he just supported her. He gave her the space away from her family to get her thoughts straight, he had her back in confrontations and his presence gave her the courage to do what needed to be done. These two had great chemistry and there is plenty of sexual tension in this book. As great as that is though I think the best part is the growth exhibited by all the characters in this book. It seems like everybody learned something (even the villains) which I thought was really cool.

This is a great, quick, emotional read with a nice amount of heat. If you are a fan of romance you should give this book a try. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hero Duty 25 October 2015
By Nikyta - Published on
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Jessica’s felt like an outcast in her family ever since her mom died and her dad remarried. Now her father’s just died and she’s learned some shocking truths… such as the company her father ran and the money he lived off of were really hers all along. Now she has to fight her stepmother and stepbrother for what’s rightfully hers… but the problem is she hates confrontation and she’s too scared to make waves. But when she hears from a friend about a guy who left the military because of doing what’s right, she gathers the courage to ask the man to be her emotional bodyguard against her family. With Brodie’s help, will she finally be able to stick up for herself and gain back the courage she lost years ago?

On one hand, this book is a bit sad. Seeing the way years of verbal abuse has affect someone like Jessica, who’s a beautiful and bright woman, was very sad. She has no self-respect or courage when it comes to her family. But when Brodie comes into the picture, I loved that she finally had a bit of spine on her and FINALLY made it known that she’s not going to be meek and agreeable anymore, she’s going to FIGHT. I really loved that about the book because it was all about “this may be what you’ve made me into but I’m done being that way”. Granted, she needed help getting there but who doesn’t when it comes to something like this? On the other hand, it was sweet how much Brodie came to care for her so quickly and how he supported and encouraged her to show her claws.

I really enjoyed this one but I had two major problems. For one, the beginning made me feel like I was missing a HUGE part of the story, almost like there should have been two or three chapters before it or like this was a sequel where all of Brodie’s past was brought up. Which, it might have been considering the story before this one, It’s Love, Dude, is about Brodie’s brother. My other issue is that I didn’t like how the ending was handled. It was too ‘tame’ for all the issues that Jessica has been through. I expected more to it, something more or for Jessica to really assert herself. As it was, while Jessica did grow during the story, I felt the ending almost reverted some of that growth.

All in all, though, I really liked this one. Brodie might be the war hero but Jessica was the one with the emotional scars and I loved that Brodie was there for her even if he was ‘hired’ to be there at first. It was interesting to see the development between them and also see how things played out with her inheritance. If you’re looking for something that has a little bit of angst with an emotionally damaged woman and the ‘hero’ who helps her find herself, definitely give this one a go.

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