Title: Charlie’s Hero (Heroes #1)
Author Name & Publisher: Nic Starr (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: June 17, 2015 – 200 pgs
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.
Charlie has a great life. He’s created a family for himself. I love that about his character. That, no matter what happened in his life, he was able to make it.
He has a shyness about him that I found very likable. Sometimes, when a character is written shy, they come off so shy that you do not truly get to know them, however, Charlie is written beautifully.
Josh- now he is a totally different story. Confident, smart, family man, loving brother, devoted friend and hot EMT. What more could a guy ask for? The connection that Tanner feels with Charlie is great! I was a little put off by how he viewed his brother – how he let his brother dictate so much of how he felt.
While I did love how devoted Tanner was to his family – despite how misguided it was, I truly loved, loved his EMT family. Those people were always there for him and I really liked how both characters were able to show themselves with them.
The melding of their lives was seamless and I really enjoyed this story. I can’t wait for the next one!
Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!
When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family–an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters–and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.