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Unlikely Hero

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  568 Ratings  ·  49 Reviews
Eric doesn’t know where else to turn when his daughter is kidnapped, so he calls on his powerful ex-lover, Brock. Brock never expected to hear from Eric again, but he never got over the man, either. When Eric comes to him to help find the three-year-old Josie, there's no way Brock can turn him down. He has the money and the contacts Eric needs, and he can't let Eric walk o ...more
Kindle Edition, 252 pages
Published (first published September 2009)
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Feb 17, 2014 Ajax1978 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I really really really did not like this.

1) Brock was constantly, and I mean CONSTANTLY calling Eric "baby" - there were pages of conversation where every line Brock said had "baby" in it. Have a conversation with your husband/wife/significant other. Every line you say to them, insert "baby." Does it not sound crazy after the third time or so? Yeah I know it's insignificant but for some reason little things drive me up the wall. Like if I'm eating with someone and they're scraping their teeth on
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
Just Like Sugaaaaaar

Well. I loved it if that isn't obvious from the star rating. This actually my favorite book from thos author. What do you think of when you think Sean Michael books? Repetitive phrasing, simple sentences, sex. A LOT of sex. This book? Not so much.

Oh, the repetitiveness and simple sentences are still there but there's more story because there's less sex. I adore that. I usually skim as fast as possible through Michael's coupious number of sex scenes but I didn't have to do th
Christina (SteepedinBooks)
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4.5 stars

The blurb has described the plot so I won't repeat it. What I like:
- the longing tensions between Eric and Brock. It's obvious that they still love each other even after being separated for 9 yrs.
- Josie is a nice girl, but just like other 3-yr old kids, she sometimes throws tantrum and draws pictures on important paper, not realizing what paper she uses her crayons on
- no misunderstanding or unnecessary drama. The reason Eric left Brock before is clear and understandable.

One thing I'm
May 26, 2016 Aeren rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Abandonado en el 10% quizás, después de nueve años sin verse pasan al 'baby' y 'love' con una facilidad pasmosa, pero la estrella es por esta frase lapidaria: "Don't make me smack you, baby " se habrá quedado a gusto el angelito.
Dec 20, 2011 Candice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This was definitely a sweet romance story. For the most part I enjoyed it, but the one thing that kind of bugged me was all of a sudden after a nine year absence Eric just shows back up and it is if nothing really happened but they broke up. I could understand it more the way they were acting if it was only maybe one or two years, but nine years people change and they way it was written they didn't. I liked Brock and would have like to know more about his past and what made Eric leave ...more
it is definitely a sweet romance. I struggled with many parts of the story and plot though.

I just erased a 4 paragraph review because I realized that I really didn't understand many of the decisions made or some of the major plot points. When I listed them out it, I found it was mostly the whole book. Character motivation troubled me too.

I am probably being way too analytical on this one. I am sure most people will think this one is great, especially since it is not all sex from page 2 on.
A.K.M. Miles
Oct 01, 2009 A.K.M. Miles rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read all his books and this one is different. I loved it, too. Just a different side of Sean. The guys are wonderful and the kid is so special and well done. The love is sweet and it was a departure for him and I loved it. Well done, Sean.
Kelly H. (Maybedog)
I loved so much about this but there were a number of things that fell flat enough to lower my rating to 3.5 stars although I did round up because of the action. There was good suspense and action and danger, but the book was sexist with all the women either evil or stupid except two that were in very traditional roles. There was a really cool princess story, though. Some parts dragged and were wholely unnecessary. A couple of things weren't resolved that hopefully will be in a sequel. I liked t ...more
Emerald Jaguar
Sep 27, 2009 Emerald Jaguar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bottom line up front:
Cute and engaging, this is one of the better Sean Michael books I've read in a long while. And, quelle shocker, it isn't even pornolicious!

The rest:
What, is it Hook Up With Old Boyfriend week? This is the first of two books I read in as many days featuring blasts from the past. I shoulda stopped at this one, cuz the other book...but that's a whole other review.

Eric and Brock had a thing going some nine years ago. However, Brock was on the high-powered career fast track, whil
Feb 10, 2014 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite Sean Michael books so far. So different from the Hammer series and the constant sex. More of a family drama romance. The one thing that drives me batshit crazy though is the use of "man" during intimate conversations. Like, "I love you, baby" then "Yeah, man, love you too". Man? MAN?? WTF? That just sounds all kinds of wrong. Other than that and the need to suspend belief for a while, I really did love this one.
Sep 23, 2009 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unusually sweet romance from Sean Michael. Don't buy this one expecting a high heat rating. However, if you're in the mood for a nice, sweet romance then this is right up your alley. Although I missed Michael's steamy scenes, I highly enjoyed this story. I wish there were more M/M books featuring parents. There's something very heartwarming about single dads.
Apr 08, 2012 Cindi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, 2012, sean-michael
I really liked this. Sure it was totally unrealistic. I mean seriously... Eric dumps Brock nine years earlier because he felt that Brock didn't want what he wanted, a family. Eric adopts Josie 6 years later. She is now 3. She is kidnapped and suddenly Eric shows up in Brock's life again... 9 years later. Of course Brock drops everything to help his old lover. No anger over Eric's disappearing act 9 years earlier. No bitterness over Eric just walking away from what apparently was a really good re ...more
Elisa Rolle
If not for the writing style, with that snapped dialogue where characters give you enough words to understand what they are saying but no more, I would have wondered of who was the book I was reading… not for sure by Sean Michael, where was the sex? When someone criticizes a book by Sean Michael, I always hear the same thing: it’s only a continuous sex scene, there is no story, no dialogue.

In Unlikely Hero I was at more than half the book and more or less the two men had only exchanged a chaste
Aug 22, 2013 Candice rated it really liked it
First let me talk about Josie. I have 2 girls, ages 6 and 4.5, and Josie, who is 3, grated on my nerves a bit. Talking in 3rd person was probably the worst for me. At 3 my kids were talking, but not like Josie was. But, there were times when she was talking like a 2 year old then a 5 year old. It was annoying. I could get her behavior from she was going through, but from what Eric said about her not liking strangers she sure did take to Gordon, Max, Lacy, etc. I could see her clinging to Brock, ...more
Nov 02, 2012 Charly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
More about a family than a couple

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 6/10

- Brock is a lovely specimen of Knight in Shining Armor. He has not only the desire to give Eric everything he could possibly want, but also the means to do so.
- I liked the way Eric tells Brock so matter-of-factly that Brock is the love of his life.
- There’s probably an average amount of sex here, as far as m/m novels go. As far as Sean Michael novels in particular go, there
Jan 18, 2012 Kinny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
What the heck is wrong with Eric? He dumps Brock because he was massively insecure and wanted a simple life with kids and felt Brock would get tired of him so he beats him to a punch. Then he adopts a baby six years after that 3 yr old gets kidnapped and he runs to Brock and just expects him to help? Then Brock finds out he was named legal guardian of Josie in case Eric dies.~ WHY? You left him nine years ago and expect him to pick up the tab and exhaust his connections for what should be your r ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Heather rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Monica
Overall. I liked it, but it wasn't without its flaws.
It was light and fluffy. There is lots of dialogue so that makes this a fast and easy read

This was such a slow book. When I think of Sean Michael and I think page 2 will be hot sex. Not well into half of the book, with average sex.

So, first. I'm a mom, and not only that but an elementary and pre-elementary sub teacher.
Josie drove me up the walls. The way they interacted with her- yup drove me up the walls.

I was having a whole lot of troub
Thalie C
Feb 15, 2015 Thalie C rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This turned out to be a tedious read for me. I was bored most of the time because most of the story is limited to one apartment and day-to-day domestic stuff between 2,5 people. That could have maybe been okay if the characters weren't all shallow and single-minded: Brock played the protective knight in shiny armor the whole time, while Eric wallowed in feeling guilty and lovesick and Josie kept screaming for her daddies. The other characters were completely empty IMO because they never really g ...more
Nov 26, 2014 Jamie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, own-all-romance
So everyone always asks for less sex in Sean Michael’s books… well they get that here. However, they also get a syrupy plot, ridiculous dialogue and an unbelievable story. I really didn’t care about Eric and Brock and thought Josie was annoying.
Oct 18, 2010 Jayded rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m-read
I loved this book. Josie is adorable. There were some issues, like the length of them being apart and how quickly they fell back in together, and the MC taking over Everything and making it all perfect like a fairy Godmother. Other than that, really good.
Pamela Su
This was a weird book to read.

I definitely prefer the author's family-themed romances over his BDSM ones. But this was just really odd to read.

After a nine-year split, Eric and Brock seamlessly reunited without a single blip or real acknowledgement of the issues that led to the split in the first place. And the book was littered with fairly nauseating endearments of "baby" and "man".

Also, Josie was annoying. But I appreciated that her presence was an integral part of the romance. It's so easy t
Elizabeth H.
EDITED TO ADD: Upon re-reading, I'm changing the rating of this book to five stars.

I think Unlikely Hero is the most enjoyable four star book I've read in the past few years. It's definitely the best gay romance novel I've read with a young child as a major character. Sean Michael does an excellent job of characterizing little Josie. Much more impressive, he also presents a fairly realistic look at what life with a three year old is really like: challenging! LOL!

The issue of the
Jimmy Hanson
Dec 22, 2010 Jimmy Hanson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, m-m, parent
A major difference from Sean Michael's typical works. The relationship here between Brock and Eric is explored thoroughly, kind of broken and put back together, each character shifting a bit and then a little bit more, trying to fit together. They knew each other well but both have changed since they were together.
The mix of history and present situation wraps nicely into the story. Some of the plot didn't make much sense, or fluttered off here and there, but in general it was whole and held de
Dec 04, 2014 Det rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
ugh! I hate the baby talk, it sound stupid in my head when I read it. Don't get me wrong I love stories w/cute kids in them but Josie, I found it hard to read how she talks.

The action/kidnapping thingy was too much for me, it was ok when it was the reason Eric seek and connected again with Brock but when it still continued throughout the story it became too much. It would be nicer if the main focus of the story was Eric & Brock's relationship, what went wrong with them before, how would they
I loved Max and Gordon! Brock and Eric was allright but nothing like the security guys, at least not in my mind. This book was more about becoming a family than becoming a couple. I thought that was great but if anyone ever think about spoiling my kids the way they did that little girl I will get a restraining order. Sure she needed comfort since it was hard times and all but still.

I would have liked to know more about Erics family, how does a mother become that evil and how did he survive growi
This wasn't like a normal Sean Michael book. By that I mean there wasn't a lot of sex. Yes, there is some but it is quite late on in the book.
There is the kidnapping of Eric's daughter which opens the book but that is fairly quickly resolved. The plot then moves onto Brock, Eric and Josie and their relationships.
Eric and Brock were an item 9 years ago but broke up when Eric anted a family and Brock did not. However, Brock is the first one that Eric turns to when Josie is kidnapped and it is Broc
Sue bowdley
Oct 08, 2015 Sue bowdley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: male-male, favourites
Now this is a first for me with Sean's books..the first i've read with a child in and I have to say she annoyed me at first but not for long...This was a great book...I really enjoyed it......Another first is that it's not full of sex scenes but more about Eric and Brock rekindling their relationship....After Eric's daughter is kidnapped and he calls on his ex Brock to help....I liked that the kidnapping didn't take up half the was done quickly but who was responsible and catching th ...more
Stella ╰☆╮╰☆╮
I liked this book so much because I feel it complete, sweet and well written. And I'm a sucker for kids in books and second chances so I was in from the start. I've read some books from the same author but this one is absolutely my favourite, maybe cause it's a little different from the others(I'm thinking about the Shibari Auction House) and with less sex but sweet, romantic.
One more think I liked were the second characters and now I'm wondering if Sean has thought about write the Max and Gord
I enjoyed the book but i didn't really like that there was so much emphasis on Brock being a hero, i know it was a major par of the book but it felt like every scene Brock was being called a hero for something or the other. It was a good book over all.
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