Series: The Morgan Brothers #3
on March 12th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: ARC
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A standalone contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS SERIES from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe. The story of firefighter Colby Morgan that proves heroes come in many forms . . .

The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together.

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively.

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words.

No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit.

When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul.

She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling.

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me.

And I fell in love.

But what I didn’t know... what I couldn’t possibly know... was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

by Lauren Rowe

I’m a first-time reader of Lauren Rowe’s. When I saw the blurb for Hero I really couldn’t wait to get this book on my Kindle and while it wasn’t the winner I expected (my bad) there was still a lot to love.

Our hero is Colby, a firefighter who just survived every firefighter’s nightmare. He’s all banged up but alive when this angel enters his hospital room. Lydia is his PT and while it will take months for him to heal he’s looking forward to spending that time with her.

Three years ago Lydia received the visit no cop’s wife wants to get, ever. Pregnant with two kids she survived but existing isn’t living. Until she meets Colby. A romantic relationship at her workplace isn’t going to happen, it could cost her her licence.

Colby is the material dreams are made of. He’s funny, sweet and when he is committed he really is all in.
Lydia is an admirable woman who went through a lot. I have to admit though that while she was sweet enough she was still a little bland for my taste.

The thing that didn’t work for me were the at times clumsy dialogues and narratives. “Your nipples look amazing” isn’t something I expect a man to say to a woman unless they are in bed. But they weren’t – he’d just kissed her for the first time…
“God, Lydia, I feel high right now. That kiss felt supernatural. Ripping Ramona a new asshole felt incredible. Your nipples look amazing. Your skin. Oh my God, Lydia, I need to kiss you again as soon as humanly possible.”
“Are you trying to torture me, wearing that?”
“God, your nipples look amazing. I’d commit murder to get to suck those things tonight.”
There is a masturbation scene I found a little weird and don’t get me started on the one face-time sex scene.
“So hot. Oh, God. I’m gonna come so hard. Now put the phone right up against your clit. Rub the camera right on your clit so the lens gets kind of smudged.”
There is also this analogy and I admit that it cracked me up:
I spread my legs as wide as they’ll go, arch my back like I’m birthing a baby, and give in to pure ecstasy.
Sexy….(forgive me my sarcasm).
Unfortunately the writing really took me out of the story repeatedly. There is also a little bit of a pacing issue. This storyline seems to run parallel to the ones of Colby’s siblings and there were references that came out of the blue about what had happened off the pages with his brothers. It was worded like I’d know what the author was talking about. When there was a time lapse the author didn’t say so at the beginning of the chapter, I always had to read a while to realize that we were weeks, months later in the story. It left me a little confused and also interrupted the story.

There is also too sweet and sappy stuff being said and that I thought was just a little OTT for my taste. The repetitive I love you declarations started to lose appeal fast. It was just a leeeettle too much.

“But, oh my God, baby, I can’t take my own advice. I love you, Lydia. I’ve loved you from the minute I laid eyes on you. I’ll love you ’til the end of time.” He sighs happily. “Lydia Decker, I love you and I’m one hundred percent sure I’m going to love you ’til the day I die.”
On the plus side there is the Morgan clan, Colby’s brothers and sister who were a riot. I adored their interaction and how they loved each other. They totally made the book worth reading it and actually make me want to read the other books  in this series. There also lovely moments between the hero and the heroine that weren’t too overly sweet. I actually liked the story quite a bit so it’s a bit sad that I just couldn’t get past the a little strange writing. There is also a conflict with Lydia’s mother in law that got never resolved.

If you don’t mind insta-love and love a dirty talking hero who is all kinds of sweet make sure you read other reviews. While this wasn’t a complete win for me it still had a lot of enjoyable moments.


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