Heroes: Book One
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.
©2015 Nic Starr (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press
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"Sweet, fluffy, low angst romance"
This a sweet, fluffy, low angst romance with a really entertaining narration. Joel Leslie provides distinct character voices and an enjoyable listening experience.
Charlie Matthews and Josh Campbell are just two of the cast of likable characters in the story. Truthfully everyone, with the exception of Charlie's homophobic jerk-off parents, is likable in this story.
I almost feel like I'm damning this with faint praise, but I'm not, really. There is nothing wrong with it, but at the same time there is nothing that exciting about it either. It's okay. Sweet, enjoyable, and a compelling listen. It also sets up Josh's brother, Andrew's, story, which looks like it will be delightful.
If you are looking for an entertaining audio listen of a fluffy romance that doesn't have unnecessary angst or miscommunication, this is a good choice.
I can't wait to read book two. Love everything about it! Writing and reader! :)
"Charlie turns out to be a Hero as well"
Didn't read the print version but I'm pretty sure it would be just as good, I immediately read book 2 which is not out on audio and quite enjoyed it as well.
The way Charlie is the voice of reason and sort of a leader in the relationship. But when Charlie has a crisis of faith, Josh becomes his hero, hence the title.
I have not so I'm not sure, but I loved this book so I'd go for one of his narrations again.
Andrew. He was a conundrum for me for a good majority of the book, but then by the end you learn that something you thought was perceived incorrectly. As I said, I was so ready for his story, I immediately got book 2 to read, Andrew's Promise.
Josh Campbell and his brother Andrew have always been close. Having lost their father when Josh was just sixteen, Andrew put his life on hold to care for his brother. There is a part of himself that Josh has always kept hidden from his brother though, for fear of how he would react. Andrew is the only thing he has left of family and he refuses to loose that. Meeting Charlie Matthews on a call at the school where he is a teacher sets a chain of events in motion that will change everything.
Charlie is smitten with the tall, built, gorgeous paramedic from the moment he walks into the school. When he returns a couple of weeks later for a show & tell of sorts for the students, Charlie decides that what he only previously thought were coincidental glances from Josh, are actually attraction so he goes out on a limb and asks him out. The two are kind of perfect for each other, the only obstacle to their happy ever after being Josh's reluctance to be honest with his brother about his sexuality.
I enjoyed this story so much that I had to get book 2, Andrew's Promise, literally the minute I finished this book. Charlie was ever patient and understanding, until it really started weighing on his heart, being kept a secret from the most important person in Josh's life. It's not until Charlie is forced to face his own demons that he finally understands just what Josh would lose if Andrew were to react negatively. And on that same note, when Josh really takes a step back and looks at it from Charlie's perspective, he understands why his lover is upset. The story alternates between Charlie and Josh's POV which gave me the opportunity to see everything through both men's eyes, this only enhanced the story in my opinion.
Narrated by Joel Leslie... this was the first book I've listened to from him. I'll admit it took about twenty minutes for me to get used to his vocal tones. Josh sounded, off I guess early on, but then as the story progressed I not only got used to it, but as I got to know more about the character, the voice just fit for him. There were multiple characters... Josh, Charlie, Andrew, the other paramedics and teachers and not once was I confused, Leslie made certain every character had their own voice.
If you are a fan of stories with a slow burning romance, romantic happy-ever-afters, a little bit of angst and a slight struggle; then you'll probably like this one. I'd definitely recommend it.
"Great narration, sweet story"
Charlie is a teacher who wants to settle down. When he meets Josh, he thinks “this is it!” as they instantly connect and begin a relationship. But Josh – who is out and proud to everyone but his beloved brother – has to keep Charlie under wraps for fear of losing his only family, his brother, Andrew.
This is a very low angst story and for the most part I really enjoyed it. I got a bit tired of Josh’s excuse and his unwillingness to speak with his brother – especially when we see his reasons – as they felt very flimsy in the face of his obvious infatuation with Charlie. But I loved how easily these two guys fit with one another and how the majority of the story is them moving forward in their relationship.
I was super glad I had listened to this rather than read it as Joel Leslie definitely added to my overall enjoyment of the story. The story itself felt a little mild to me and Joel was able to elevate this to a more full-bodied, enjoyable experience with is additional emotion and depth provided by his narration. I always like Joel’s voicing and timing and he does another great job here.
Story 3.5 of 5 stars
Narration 5 of 5 stars
Overall 4.25 of 5 stars
"Great heartwarming story"
Don't we all wish life was this way. Understanding siblings and friends who love you unconditionally without fail. The story is nice and the narration is appropriately done. I plan to get the next book and see what happens.
"Sweet and Sexy!"
Charlie's Hero is a light, enjoyable, and sexy story. But I feel the narration distracts a little from the story instead of enhancing it.
Joel Leslie's voices are good in this reading, but overall it seems a bit over-acted. I would have rated the text version at 4 stars instead of 3.5.
Charlie and Josh are great characters, well-developed and relatable. Their romance is sweet and sexy. The sex scenes are well-written, plentiful, and hot! Even though this is the first of a series it is also a good stand-alone book.
I enjoyed this story but found it a little slow. It didn't suck me in and really engage me.
I recommend this to anyone looking for an easy and sexy, contemporary read.
*I received a free copy of this audiobook to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*
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