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Only a Hero Will Do

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  65 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Hetty’s desperate gamble to avoid an odious match lands her all at sea. Can a stuffy ship’s physician really be the hero she needs to escape her treacherous family?

Marriage to a cruel dandy is not how Hetty Avebury envisions spending the rest of her life. Determined to raise funds to escape the match she earns money the only way she knows how—gambling. Her plans go astray
Paperback, Limited Edition.Promotional Print, 202 pages
Published December 31st 2012 by Musa Publishing (first published July 19th 2012)
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Isabella May
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolute page turner!

What an adventurous read. I loved the mc, Hetty Avebury. Nevermind her quest for a hero, she is the feisty heroine in this book... and could teach modern-day men - and women - a thing or two. Brilliant cliff hangers and pace throughout, making this story shine and breaking the stereotypical assumption that a historical romance is lacking in action and suspense.
Suzanne Rogers
Dec 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel very much. The characters were fun, and the romance between the hero and heroine developed at a nice pace. There were villains to overcome and even an adventurous, perilous sea voyage to increase the drama. Only a Hero Will Do is a sweet love story which is well worth your time!
Joy Norstrom
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crooked-cattery
Fun little romance. Perfect for the long weekend. I’d happily read more by this author.
Jan 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun Story

I enjoyed reading Only A Hero Will Do and found myself anxious to get back to it any time I had to put it down. The characters were likeable and the storyline had one twist after another. Perhaps the dialogue was not always true to the era, but that didn't detract too much from the pleasure I experienced while reading the book. Also appreciated a nice, clean story!
Susan Lodge
May 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
:) Check out 4 and 5 star reviews at and Amazon UK. Including reviews from Long and Short Romance,The Romance Review and Regency Reader.
Apr 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another totally engaging adventure romance. Fun, fast paced & original. Too bad she only has two books out.
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3.8 stars
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This was a pretty good Regency utilizing an exciting non-standard plot. The protagonists are likable with some quirks for interest's sake. I'm glad I found the author.
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
intrigante, avventuroso e diverso dal solito plot ...
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
This really was kinda bad. Bad in that it felt very amateur in the writing, plot and character development. It had potential and it held my attention long enough for me to finish it but it was a bit painful. I would read to a point of thinking maybe this isn't so bad, maybe this is going somewhere but then I would find out that no it's not going anywhere with that lead, that was it. Cringe worthy moments were a plenty but none more so than the last paragraph of the book.
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Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Although I opened this book with great anticipation, I ended up a bit disappointed. Hoping for a high seas adventure and forbidden romance, I was left with a much longer and convoluted plot. Characters that were as ever changing as they were shallow, I never really cared about any of the characters, main or side. The romance was barely touched on and I never saw any catalyst to change from frustrated strangers thrust together to those who care for each other. Technically, there were various gram ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a delightful story set in the early 1800s. The scrapes that Hettie gets herself into are highly entertaining, yet she manages to remain an innocent. The different themes in the novel all play out very nicely as Robert Withington becomes the best ever protector. Regency romances tend to have their villains and this book doesn’t disappoint. It’s as easy to take an instant dislike of Hettie’s brother as it is to like Robert Withington. Getting herself out of a detestable betrothal isn’t so ...more
Jan 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars - pg/pg13??

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Susan Lodge writes historical romance set against the backdrop of Nelson’s navy and injects a fair dose of humour into her stories.
If someone asked Susan for her wish list it would start with a Star Trek holodeck.
A great admirer of the works of Patrick O’Brian and Georgette Heyer, her destinations would start with a voyage on Jack Aubrey’s frigate (preferably avoiding times of conflict). Next wou
“Hetty shivered. Goodness, he had no business looking at her like that. Physician my eye! Physicians definitely didn't look like him; they were short, round and adorned with wigs and spectacles.” 2 likes
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