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Not A Hero: A Bad Boy Marine Romance by [Robinson, Sarah]
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Length: 289 pages Word Wise: Enabled Language: English

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From the bestselling author of the Kavanagh Legends MMA series, Sarah Robinson's Not A Hero is an emotional standalone military romance where love battles trauma, and there can only be one victor.

Former Marine, Miles Kydd, is trying to readjust to civilian life after ending his career and returning to his small home town when he learned his father was diagnosed with a terminal illness. Once the town hero and star quarterback, Miles no longer feels like the man he was, or who he’s expected to be—possibly because his demons have followed him home from Afghanistan.

Meeting Zoe Brooke, his father’s live-in nurse, gives Miles the slightest glimmer of hope that he can still find happiness despite the dark secrets he holds inside. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and together they are explosive—in more ways than one.

A helper at her core, Zoe is more than willing to care for Miles’s heart, but not at the expense of her own, and she’s not afraid to tell him that. She knows what having a painful past is like, and she wants to help him with his, if he’ll let her.

Things get complicated fast when Miles realizes burying his secrets isn’t actually the same as healing from them and if he wants the girl, he’s going to have to tell her the truth—the one thing he can’t do.

This book is suggested for 18+ years of age, contains graphic content, sensitive subject matters, and sexually explicit material.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2444 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01L4XZ858
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This story is truly lifelike. It's like being a fly on the wall watching real members of this household go through all this story entails. Tragic and so sad but beautiful at the same time. PTSD is a terrible thing to go through. Luckily Walter was there for Miles with his understanding and unconditional love. The story is great and it was Walter who made it so, in my opinion.

This is a wonderful "coming home from deployment" story with fantastic well developed characters. This is my first book by Sarah Robinson but it will definitely NOT be my last.

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By raylz on 4 January 2017
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Ok this book was a good read the characters are strong, they have all been through tough times and those tough times bring them together. I nedded a box of tissues.....i did put the book down a few times out of frustration but im glad i finished it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A difficult story beautifully told. 7 October 2016
By Malissa Coy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Wow, this book is a truly emotional journey. Don't even start it with out a tissue in hand and if you have any tigger warnings involved around PTSD or Cancer take a deep breath before going in. It's a beautiful story but it can be heart breaking at times.

Not a Hero is a departure from Sarah's Kavanaugh men and women...the lightness that you find in their stories you won't find here. The everyday struggles that you find the Kavanaugh's dealing with you will find here but it's almost as if in Not a Hero it's in a fish bowl, a microcosm, instead of this big encompassing thing you see in the Kavanaugh series. What you will find that is similar is her men and women. Miles is hurting, deep with in his heart, he's strong and he's trying to prove that he can be the strong man, that he doesn't need anyone. He's tough but he's got that sweet side to him that Sarah is so good at writing. Zoe, like most of Sarah's heroines is a tough girl. She doesn't need a man to take care of her, but she is willing to let just the right one in. She's been through a lot but has pulled herself (appropriately) by her boot straps and will keep moving on. I love that about Sarah's heroine, they are different than her heroes but they are just as strong if not stronger some times. Why am I comparing the two? Because, this book is quite the departure from what we've come to know in the Kavanaugh series and yet it isn't so different that you won't want to pick it up. If you have fallen in love with Sarah's writing style, her characters, and their development you will love this book as well.

I don't like sitting here reaching what the book is about, you can see that in the description and I know you don't want me to give anything away so I won't. I want to tell you how wonderfully Sarah wrote this book. I want to tell you how carefully she wrote this book. She is tackling a huge issue in this story, one that is affecting more and more people and more than just the Soldiers that live with the actual trauma. Talking about PTSD can be a slippery slope for an author. They have to condense into a few hundred pages a story that introduces the issue, create an environment that will bring the issue to life on the pages, find a way to work through or begin to work through the issue, and wrap it all up as neatly as possible. I think the thing that impressed me more that the fact that Sarah not only tackled the subject head on and gracefully is that she didn't solve Miles and Zoe's problems. She created an environment for them where they can live with the challenges, where they can work them out, but she doesn't magically make everything better...she leaves them open to fight through, she recognizes that PTSD doesn't go away with a visit to a psychologist or even after many visits. She recognizes that the Soldier can't just push it back and not allow it to affect anyone but them. She knows that PTSD affects everyone, the person suffering, their friends, their family, their jobs...

I loved the relationship between Zoe and Miles, it isn't an insta love at all. They have know each other for years (although I wish they had known each other better as teens, but that's just my romantic heart getting in the way) but just as acquaintances. They are separated for years and when they come back together there is definitely insta lust but it takes time and a whole lot of faith and fight before they work past the lust and into a love relationship. I loved the strength of this couple (together and individually) especially when they are at their weakest. Yes, one can be weak and strong all at the same time and it is nice to see that portrayed so honestly on the pages of a book.

While Not a Hero is about the romance between a particular couple I think in the end it is more about having faith in yourself and in the ones you love. Knowing like I said about that you can be strong even when you feel that you are at your weakest. That even when you are at that weak point you are still loved. I really hope that Sarah will continue this storyline with Tobin, that man needs his story told just as much as Miles if not even more.

Go into this book knowing there is a lot of heartache and a lot of hurt and while everything isn't going to be sunshine and lollipops everything is going to just as it should be and that can be just as wonderful as a....and they lived happily ever after!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Grabs your heart! 5 October 2016
By Pat Fordyce - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A local boy, Miles Kydd returns to his hometown, Slipwick, Pennsylvania after eight years in the Marines. His best friend from childhood Tobin, his brother in arms returns also. Each with the burden of what they saw and what they did. Myles saved Tobin's life, but a tragedy occurred he can't get past. They each react to being home, very differently.

Zoe Brooks grew up in Slipwick, remembers her crush on quarterback Myles very well. She is divorced from an abusive man, trying to find her way. Zoe is hired to be Walter Kydd's hospice nurse, he is dying of stage four lymphoma, given up treatments and just wants to be comfortable. She loves him like a father, and does her best to make whatever time he has left peaceful and pain free. She is so happy for him when Miles returns, but he is nothing like the young man she knew. Bigger, harder with an anger he can barely control. He drinks too much, party's too much, but is always there for his Dad. Somehow, Zoe's calm gentle nature has crawled under his skin, and she actually doesn't treat him like the monster he feels he is.
Zoe is also feeling the need to try and comfort Miles, to get him to talk to her or find someone he can talk to. Little by little this attraction turns into more and frightens them both.

This is a contemporary romance with a lot of serious topics. PTSD, cancer, abused women and the impact of war. The characters are real, passionate and feel like they could be someone I know. Despite their differences they are a very believable couple and the romance is hot! A very enjoyable read.

I received this ARC from Netgalley and the publisher for an honest review.
Pat Fordyce
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars B+ rating... 23 November 2016
By Smitten with Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
My Review:
There are a lot of really serious themes running throughout this story. Miles is home as a civilian for the first time in 8 years (?...not sure about that timeframe). His last deployment as a Marine didn't go so well and he has a serious case of PTSD...the kind that alters his reality and sometimes makes him a danger to himself and others. But he's come home to a father who's dying...also not an easy thing.

His father's live-in nurse is Zoe. She's had her own hard road after an abusive alcoholic ex-husband left her with mental scars. The PTSD and Miles' father's situation would be enough stress for her, but Miles is also spending a lot of his time drinking his troubles away. Yeah, that causes some issues between them, too. They went to school together and Zoe always had a crush on him, but he was two years older than her and the star of the football team. Every girl had a crush on him. He had no idea she was alive back then.

But now they're living in the same house, in close quarters, and very attracted to one another. Things move on from there.

Overall, I enjoyed this story. While I hated what they went through in the warzone, I liked the back story of where Miles's nightmares come from with his back story with his best friend, Tobin. (And gah...I'm worried about where Tobin is...his issues seem more serious than even Miles' were.) I liked the setting of the little house on the lake and adored Miles's father...gah, he was an excellent character. But Zoe has a great backstory too. It was just really a good book, and I thought the PTSD issue was handled brilliantly. I'm looking forward to someday getting to read Tobin's story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Emotional story 4 April 2017
By WFTM (cntryrox) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Miles is home after serving eight years as a Marine. He's angry and has PTSD but won't admit it. Zoe is his fathers nurse and lives with him. She has had a rough couple of years and is just getting back on her feet.
Once together the sparks turn into flames but Miles doesn't think he's good enough for her. The whole town calls him a hero but he doesn't consider himself one. He messed up in Afghanistan and can't forgive himself.
Lots of sex. Miles can't make up his mind whether to be with Zoe or not. A lot "I want her but she's better off without me" going on. I did read this story in one seating and couldn't put it down.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved, Loved, Loved this Book!!! 5 October 2016
By Rhonda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Not a Hero by Sarah Robinson....This is my favorite book of 2016, so far. Oh my goodness, Sarah puts us on a beautiful emotional roller coaster ride. Make sure you have tissues handy, you will cry happy and sad tears. Miles a Marine comes home with PTSD and he was the poplar high school quarterback that all the girls had a crushed on. Zoe is a beautiful nurse taking care of Miles's dying father. These two had instant attraction to each other and Zoe was two years behind Miles in high school and crushed on Miles as well. Can these two get past the obstacles in both of their lives to make a relationship work. Sarah Robinson has a way of connecting reader to the characters and story, love her writing style. I voluntarily read an Advance Review Copy of this book.

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