by Mary McBride

June 2003
ISBN: 0-446-61126-3
Reviewer Graphic Button Warner Books
Mass Market Paperback

Holly Hicks from a small town in South Texas has always wanted to be a TV producer. Working her way across the country and closer to her dream and as far away from home as possible, she is now in New York. Anything can happen in New York, like getting her chance at producing a piece for Hero Week. A piece on a Secret Service agent, who a year ago took a bullet intended for the president. The drawback is that she’ll need to return to small town Texas.

Holly doesn’t believe in heroes. And Cal Griffin doesn’t want to be one. Cal only wants to recover from his injuries, finalize his divorce and return to active duty the moment his medical leave his over. What Holly wants is her chance at a career in producing. She needs maybe one, not more than two weeks of interviews and scouting for locations. What she gets is a man, fighting for his dream. A town welcoming her with open arms. A feeling of belonging and being loved.

My Hero surprised me. I expected action and suspense and sizzling love scenes. What I got instead was a tender love story. A story about courage, making decisions, following your dreams. About love and inner strength, small town values and the ability to compromise. About fighting off an unwanted real estate broker and a soon to be ex-wife with outrageous made up stories.

Mary McBride does close the door on the reader when it comes to the love scenes, and yes I was disappointed as I enjoyed the lead up. Why have them, the love scenes, if they are over in seconds or behind closed doors? I don’t like being teased and then left hanging.

Still, with its good measure of humor that saved the story from turning sentimental, I have no problems recommending My Hero as an entertaining and fun summer read, just not an overly satisfying one.

Reviewed in June 2003 by Kris Alice.

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