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Heartbreak Hero

By: Jackie Walker
Narrated by: Troy Duran,Savannah Peachwood
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Summary

My name is Sue O’Malley, and I’ve been keeping it awkward since 1996. Another thing about me? I might be in love with my bodyguard. Leo Mason is all I’ve been able to think about since he broke my heart and left me standing alone on my front porch six months ago.

But now he’s back. He says someone is after us and insists we hide in his remote cabin until the threat is neutralized. It’ll be just the two of us with one bed, along with all his muscles, tats, and those f--king smoldering glances that burn up my skin.

I trust him to keep me safe from danger, but can I trust him to protect my heart too?

My name is Leo Mason. As a bodyguard with Redleg Security and a former Army Ranger, I’ve got lots of secrets and even more enemies. Six months ago, I did the unthinkable when I fell for a woman I was protecting.

She’s too young for me—too innocent—and being with me comes at a cost. One I won't force her to pay. So I did the best thing I could do to save her—I left.

But now there’s a new danger threatening her, and I’ll stop at nothing to protect Sue, my angel. I broke her heart before, but this time things will be different. This time, I’ll be her hero.

Heartbreak Hero is a medium slow-burn romantic-suspense novel with some rom-com vibes, plot twists, steamy times, foul language, and binge-worthy action. This novel features a plus-sized, neurodivergent heroine and a protective hero who helps her see her quirks as strengths and loves her exactly as she is. There is a happily ever after, no cheating, and no other woman drama. Tropes: second chance, age-gap, and forced proximity. Check the front of the book or the author's website for content warnings.

©2022 Jackie Walker (P)2023 Jackie Walker

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Spectacular performance!

So I absolutely loved reading this book, but I loved it even more when the characters were brought to life. Troy Duran's voice is everything and Savannah is my favorite lady voice in existence.

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Really lovely story

Great story really likeable characters and some very funny moments
Nothing particularly dark but some emotional subjects covered, great to see as autistic female representation definitely worth a listen

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such a fantastic audiobook.

I absolutely LOVED this story.!!
This was the first time that I had the pleasure of listening to one of Jackie Walkers stories,and let me tell you now I want to listen to ALL of her books.
So I am hoping the rest of this series will be audiobooks too.
Troy Duran and Savannah Peachwood are PHENOMENAL portraying Sue and Leo,they make this story come to life perfectly...and their comedy timing is the best.
They are AMAZING.
This book is a second chance romance well that is how I would percieve it as Leo and Sue have met before.
Sue was Leo's client he works for Redleg security and Sue needed a bodyguard...but they are attracted to one another and there is an age gap of 10 years...which Leo is uncomfortable with so when the job is finished..Leo leaves Sue broken hearted.
...The second chance comes when Leo is threatened somone is out to get him and they leave a cryptic text that they will take someone he cares about...He immediately thinks of Sue.
..And boom he is back in Sue's life protecting her once again.
Sue is an Amazing Character I have never felt so in tune and connected to a character before in all my time reading romance books.Because Sue has ADHD and AUTISM.
I Could see myself in Sue in so many ways her quirks,her melt downs,the way she is uncomfortable in crowds,her anxiety etc etc..It was like Jackie Walker had crawled into my mind and wrote a character very similar to me...It was so refreshing to read about Sue and know exactly how she thinks and feels because I am the same way...I applaud Jackie Walker for writing this story and introducing me to Sue,she is a charcater I will never forget and she will be one of my most favourite book girlfriends of all time.
Leo,Leo,Leo what can I say about Leo he is swoon...If I had someone like Leo in my life I would thank my lucky stars...He just Loves Sue for exactly the way she is..he never trys to change her,or filter her when she is on a rant...He supports her,cares for her,is considerate and patient and he will do anything to make her happy.I Just LOVE him.
Also the chemistry between them is soooo palpable and they are so HOT and STEAMY when they are together having sexy times.I LOve the way Leo worships her and makes her feel beautiful even when Sue thinks she is not.
Heartbreak Hero was a pure delight to listen to it had me laughing so hard at times the dialogue is so witty and funny...The killer brocolli incident had me cackling for 10 minutes who knew you could choke fart..It was hilarious.!!
Also I never ever guessed the plot twist at the end and who the threat could possibly be,it was a shocker thats for sure.
I loved Jackie Walkers writing and humour through dealing with serious conditions and situations it just made this book just wondeful to listen to.I could not stop listening.
Bring on book two..I cannot wait to listen to the next one.
A Superb Audiobook with excellent Narration and writing.
Highly recommend
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I really enjoyed this book. It was kind of long at 12 hours and 40 minutes, however it held my attention the entire time. A lot of things happen in this story, I was constantly guessing who the bad person was. The narration was great, they did a great job bringing the story more feeling. I definitely recommend this book.

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Excellent storyline

These characters are very well written, they have great personalities especially the leading lady, some of the things she comes out with are totally relatable to me!! A brilliant performance

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Great bodyguard romance!

This was my first Jackie Walker's book, and won't be my last. This is the first book in the Redleg Security Series, a Romantic Suspense. This is a great bodyguard romance! Sue and Leo's story is entertaining, emotional, and engaging. Sue is such a beautiful character, talkative, and strong. Leo is very handsome, supportive, and protective. They are perfect together. The cast of supporting characters is impressive. I liked the characters, the storyline, the humor, the suspense, and the unpredictable twists and turns. Some scenes are hilarious! Narrated by Savannah Peachwood and Troy Duran did an outstanding job bringing these characters and this story to life. I enjoyed it. Looking forward to listening to the next book in the series. I highly recommend it.

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Both Sue and Leo have my heart!💕

I went into this without any expectations and without even reading the synopsis. And I'm glad I did because I was pleasantly surprised and blown away. I really fell for both Sue and Leo. First, let's back up and let me tell you what the book is about. Basically, the book starts off with Sue's family being in danger and needing security. Leo works for a security firm that helps them. Leo is specifically assigned to guard Sue and this leads them to spending so much time together. They start slowly falling for each other but after the assignment, Leo has to leave and Sue is left heartbroken. Month later, Sue is once again thrusts into danger, and once again, Leo comes to her rescue.

This book was sooo lovely to read. From the fun and quirky moments, the forced proximity, the pining/crushing on.... all the way to the romantic suspense. I especially enjoyed the neurodivergent rep from the heroine. Plus, let's not forget the spicy, steamy moments. This was such a joy to read/listen to. Jackie Walker... you did the damn thing with this book! I truly enjoyed every moment. Even though you had my heart in my throat at some of the suspenseful moments lol.

The audiobook was a great listen. Narrated by Troy Duran and Savannah Peachwood, both narrators did a great job with the story, the voices and conveying the overall emotions of the characters at every point of the book. I just loved it!

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A Gripping & Emotional Romantic Suspense! Great🎧📚🎧

I enjoyed this romantic suspense, the story is original with interesting storylines that are captivating from start to end. The characters are realistic, easy to relate to and connect with, they are easy to care about too. The opening scene when the two lead characters, Sue O’Malley and Leo Mason, first met is hilarious. Leo works for Redleg Security and hired as Sue’s bodyguard. The job did not last long, but the two hit it off and it left an impression on both of them. She fell for him and thought he felt something for her, but he only broke her heart. When he moves on to his next assignment, he gets a cryptic message, and it is a threat targeting someone he cares about, Sue. Leo was worried that his past would come back to haunt him, which is the reason he did not allow anyone to get close to him, except that backfired with Sue and someone knew that. He rushes to get to Sue and takes her to a safe location while his team investigates to find who is making the threats and why. I loved how everything played out in this book and that it was not your typical bodyguard/client story. The writing, plotting and world building are fantastic, as are the character growth and development. Sue’s quirkiness and wit were refreshing, and I thought she and Leo were great together and for each other. In this story, you'll find drama, angst, humor, witty dialogue, twists, thrilling suspense, heartfelt emotions, and a steamy, slow-burn but so worth the wait, romance. Jackie Walker, thank you for this great story and emotional rollercoaster ride. 

🎧📚🎧  And for the fabulous narration, Savannah Peachwood and Troy Duran did an amazing job bringing these characters and their story to life. Their portrayal of each character was spot on and they were believable in every role they played. Sue's character is captured brilliantly by Peachwood, emphasizing her charming quirks and blunt honesty and ability to talk things out. Duran also nailed it as the swoon worthy Leo, the lion heart, brings out his protective side and his vulnerable side. They set the perfect tone for the story, captured all the characters’ emotions and had you feeling them all. These entertaining storytellers are versatile voice artists and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another amazing listen.

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Love finding new authors!

Well this is a pleasant surprise! I love a good romantic suspense, and Jackie Walker delivers one that is not only packed with thrills, but has original characters making the story pop in my mind! This features Sue and Leo. Sue's family had been in danger and Leo, part of Redleg Security was part of the detail assigned to the family, specifically Sue. The two have a chemistry, but Leo would never act on his attraction. Not only is her her charge, but there is an age gap as well. Sue is left with a broken heart when the danger subsides. But now something is lingering, and Leo feels it. He goes to Sue and their attraction explodes and the danger increases! High suspense,a cast of characters that are fascinating and most of all the incredible unconditional love that wins the heart. Sue is a very interesting woman. As I got to know her and all her idiosyncrasies, I was intrigued with her. Leo is just everything I love in a hero. Protective, attentive and his love is never ending. I am looking forward to the next story in this series!

The narration team for this story is impeccable. Troy Duran plays the alpha male so perfectly, a better casting could not have been made. His voice is commanding at times, but so warm and assuring when with Sue. Savannah Peachwood comes through with the eccentric parts of Sue and makes her real and relatable. This is a fantastic listen and if you love romantic suspense, don't miss it!

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Leo & Sue

Leo and Sue are fantastic as main characters. Sue is an anxious and curvy 26 year old, with a brain that works faster than normal and is also smarter than normal. I loved her! She brought so many perfect imperfections to life, she was an amazingly different FMC to the stereotypical one we read about in mostly all romance books.
Leo was amazing with Sue. He was patient and understanding, sweet and caring, even if he broke her heart in the process.

Troy Duran and Savannah Peachwood as Leo and Sue were brilliant. Their narration of the characters was perfect and their voices suited each other.

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