By : Amy Andrews
Published By: Momentum Romance
Released : Available Now
Details: Netgalley for review, Digital, 243 Pages
RATING: 4 QUIRKY , HEART FELT STARS!
Two years later, back in the city, their paths cross again but this time Jake is in the process of destroying her favourite dive bar. With her home facing a wrecker's ball, her school being closed down and her 15-year-old brother hell bent on self-destruction, it's the last straw. Throw in a dominatrix best friend who is dating a blue ribbon guy so straight he still lives at home with his mother, it's no wonder the sanest person in Ella's life is a dog.
With all this to contend with, the last thing Ella needs is Jake back in her life. But, as fate would have it, Jake is the only chance she has to save her school.
As the school football season heats up, old secrets threaten to surface and Ella takes on greedy developers, school boards and national tabloids. But can she save not just her home, her school and her brother, but also the reputation of the man she's never been able to forget? And, more importantly, does she want to?
Holding Out for a Hero is a quirky, heartwarming tale of unlikely romance, friendship and family.
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle:
What do you get when you have a Coach, a Geek, a Goth, her lover and two quirky Aunts and a high school? A really great underdog story, set among the backdrop of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Woot! I am a Queenslander.
I first noticed the cover to this book on netgalley, a place where bloggers can request books to read. Handsome lad on a motorbike. Check!
Okay, you got my attention.
Holding Out For A Hero, starts off one way and then does a kind of one hundred and eighty degree turn.
I have to admit the lad had no motorbike, but the Geek did. I never did get to see that Harley again. I think I wanted to. It got lost along the way.
What I did get to read was a story that blossomed and had quirky characters.
This I enjoyed.
Iris and Daisy are Ella’s quirky aunts. They like to read Tarot cards.
Goose bumps pricked at her inked arms. Iris had that woo-woo look about her and Daisy had learned a long time ago not to mess with the woo-woo look.
Ella had an unusual up bringing that has caused her and her younger brother much emotional grief. Both are working hard to leave their mother’s day job in the past.
Jake is the ex rugby star. He runs his own bar with the help of Pete. Jake and Ella grew up in the town of Huntley. Jake knows Ella’s back story. He also wants Ella.
Ella felt a rush of heat and beat it back, deciding to change tack. “You do know that abstinence doesn’t kill people, right?” God knew she’d have been dead a long time ago.
Jake nodded. “It sure makes them mighty pissed off though.” He pushed off the desk and picked up his clipboard.
Ella and Jake have their issues along the way, but bottom line, they are smexi together.
“Are you the Energizer Bunny?”
Jake chuckled, his hand drifting higher, capturing the swell of a breast, brushing across her nipple. “Pretty ever-ready yourself,” he murmured, nuzzling her neck.
Ella has worked hard to become Hanniford High’s Principal. The school is threatened with closure and this is where a rather heart warming story comes in. This would be where the 180 degree change came from the start of the story.
Jake glanced at Simon, who shrugged back at him. How could they argue with salvation? “Okay then.”
Rosie is our resident Goth chick. I really like Rosie and her unlikely relationship with Simon the Politician in the making.
“Thought you said you couldn’t do this,” Rosie shouted.
Simon grinned as he pulled her hips in tighter. “This isn’t dancing. This is fornication to music.”
Cam is Ella’s younger brother by many years. He is doing it tough. He reminded me of someone I know. Teenager, hormones and a chip on his shoulder makes for an angry young man.
“No buts, Cam. Men just don’t talk to women like that. That’s the number one rule, mate. Are you a man or a boy? This is where you decide.”
I loved watching Jake and Cam's interaction.
Cameron looked at Jake’s hand on his shoulder and then looked back at Jake.
“Got it?” Jake repeated.
Cameron looked at his feet. “Got it.”
Pete and Cerebus are two characters that were left with no one and found themselves loved by everyone.
There is a villain of the story, but he is a character more lurking in the background.
But as far as she was concerned, his black heart and cruel tongue made him uglier than a hat full of assholes.
This is a story with heart and a message or two about what to do when life deals you a bum hand. I learnt , you get up dust yourself off and then pay it forward.