*I received a free copy of Holding Out for a Hero from Avon Impulse via Edelweiss. This has in no way influenced my voluntary review, which is honest and unbiased *Holding Out for a Hero by Codi Gary
Series: Men in Uniform #3
Published by Avon Impulse on 8 November 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Reading Challenges: 17 Summer COYER, 2017 Blogger Shame
He wasn’t looking for love...
Two years after the death of his wife, Sergeant Blake Kline is still hurting. He isn’t ready to date, but whenever he stops by his local diner and sees the friendly smile of his favorite waitress, he feels a spark of true happiness again. And when her life is unexpectedly threatened, Blake discovers his feelings for her might not be as platonic as he thought.
She was holding out for the hero of her dreams...
Bookworm Hannah York has always been a hopeless romantic—preferring book boyfriends to blind dates—and she’s been day-dreaming about Blake since the moment he came into her diner. She’s convinced they’ll never be more than friends... until Blake kisses her and “weak in the knees” becomes more than just a line from her favorite romance novel. The closer Blake and Hannah get, however, the harder he fights to keep her at a distance.
But forever has a way of sneaking up on you...
When their blossoming relationship takes a complicated turn, Blake will have to face his past… or risk losing Hannah forever.
Holding Out for a Hero is a sweet story, but a little cheesy for my taste at times. I enjoyed Hannah and Blake, however, I felt like the book could have been slightly shorter and still told the full story.
Ex navy-SEAL and cute waitress dance around each other without much interactions outside of the café where Hannah works. Until one day when there’s a hold-up at the café. And Hannah plays the hero. Bringing a lot of memories back to Blake – memories he didn’t really want to resurface.
Holding Out for a Hero includes dogs and good friends, too. Blake works at a training center where they train dogs, but they also help keep troubled youth out of prison.
Hannah is my kind of quirky heroine. She is shy in some ways, but there is something about Blake that makes her braver. Blake on the other hand has a lot of baggage, and he hasn’t dealt with it the correct way up until now. Holding Out for a Hero also includes several of Blake’s friends – all former military – and all having their own load of problems to deal with. Hanna’s parents were hysterical, both retired, and spending way too much time watching true crime shows and sharing everything that could go wrong in her life with Hannah.
Writing style :
Third person past tense, with both Hannah and Blake sharing their point of view. The dialogues are well done, with some humor and hard truths.
I felt the romance Hannah yearned for, and also the hopelessness Blake was dealing with.
“You know I love you guys, but next time, if I don’t answer, please don’t just drop by.”
“But what if there was something wrong? On ID…”
Her mom huffed. “Oh, all right, we won’t just drop by anymore, but if you’re killed by a sadistic serial killer who eats livers, don’t come crying to me.”