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Her Forbidden Hero

(The Hero #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  11,353 ratings  ·  672 reviews
A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

She’s always been off-limits…

Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend’s little sister, but her return home changes that…and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco’s not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her a
Kindle Edition, 202 pages
Published May 14th 2012 by Entangled Publishing
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Lisa Jayne
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: brazen-addict


I've been on a bit of a brazen book binge of late I think I've needed my sweet but sexy fix. So when I saw that this particular story was written by Laura Kaye author of 'Hearts in Darkness' I was hoping for a a five star special, what I did discover was a novel with a jumble of theme's that ranged from friendship, love and belonging to heartache pain and abuse that all brought together equaled to a surprisingly heart warning and dynamic book.

What's it all about?
Alyssa Sco
4 Stars!Oh my, what a sweet, emotional read. Laura Kaye does the tortured hero so well, and Marco fits the bill to a “t”!! He’s angry, confused, and the last thing he needs is more drama in his life, but that’s exactly what he gets when Alyssa walks into the bar where he works looking for a job. She is his best friend’s little sister, he looked out for her when she was younger and this is the last place he expects to see her. He’s not happy and boy does he let her know it! So much for happy reu ...more
Sep 17, 2013 rated it liked it
3 Dreamy Stars

Alyssa knows Marco since she was a child. Being her older brother best-friend, he knows everything about her, especially the abusive past she has.
But then he and his brother enlisted the army and gone to war. She haven’t seen him for years until she ends up working at the same bar as he.
And with proximity feelings start to change between them.


But Marco is a different man now and war left wounds in him that make him keep everyone at arm’s length. He closed himself and no one can e
Crystal~BIG book addict~
Sep 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks
3.5 Stars!

Okay, I am going to keep this one short and sweet! I loved the story line but I had a hard time feeling a strong connection between Alyssa and Marco. Marco has some major inner demons and physical problems that he must overcome since being medically discharged from the Special Forces. Alyssa has just graduated college and is working at the same bar as Marco. They have known each other since they were kids but haven't seen each other in a couple of years. He is finding it hard to deal w
Laura Kaye is hit and miss with me. This one was a miss. Story moved along smoothly, but I just couldn't buy it. Marco still having issues after returning from Afghanistan hasn't seen Alyssa in a few years. They see each other when she shows up to work at the bar where he’s working. He's all up and down, hot and cold bi-polar on her. Alyssa's been pining away in love with Marco for years…ok, believable. But when they finally hook up (once and only once) they're off again, then it's will you "Mar ...more
Sep 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a nice quick read. Usually like the story of the older brother's best friend, falling for the little sister, who has had a crush on him since forever.
I loved this book.

The characters, their lives and the situations they found themselves in were completely realistic. It was easy to identify with the characters and they were so well written that you could almost believe they were real.

Alyssa was a strong heroine that knew what she wanted and what she had to do to make her dreams come true. She had a traumatic past, but between her brother Brady and Marco she had some protection and positive influences.

Marco was an amazing hero to read (and h
As much as I adored the hero and heroine, this was just an average read for me. A little predictable in parts and it didn't have quite the spark I was looking for to make this a really good read. I know there will be others that will disagree with me, but hey that's why we're all different. Enjoy!
4.5 Stars

She was his best friend’s baby sister. When she was twelve, her life changed drastically. Throughout her entire youth he had helped her brother, Brady, keep her safe from a source that should have been her haven. Being five years older, both Brady and Marco had postponed their military careers until she’d graduated High School and left for college. Now, both Alyssa and Marco are back in their hometown. One has returned a broken man who’s lost the only thing he thought he’d ever wanted.
Duchess Nicole
It was good, just maybe not my cup of tea. They seemed a little young to me, for some reason? And I don't think that's the feel that I was supposed to get from this read. After all, the hero is a veteran Special Forces soldier who was gravely injured while on duty. Alyssa, I think, was supposed to be a few years younger, just out of college and ready to take on the world. I think the fact that they were bartending and waitressing may have thrown me off, reminded me of my college crazy days when ...more
Gitte TotallyBookedBlog
I have such a girlie crush on Laura Kaye and her books...they are just so yummy and her characters always leave my heart in a puddle on the floor!!! I love love LOVED "Her forbidden Hero"...Marco (*yummy sigh*) and sweet adorable Alyssa..

This story is one of friendship, first love, tormented souls - the emotional journey of Marco and Alyssa two broken people finding their way to each other's hearts and their beautiful love.

When Alyssa and Brady's mum died (when they were kids) their father didn'
I really enjoyed this. The hero was scarred because of his last mission for Special Forces and his brain wasn't screwed on right and the return of his best friend's sister Alyssa wasn't something he needed. Alyssa expected the old Marco, but he was changed and didn't want her to see that he wasn't her old hero anymore. Alyssa has just graduated college and is broke and in need of a job, so she takes one where Marco works.

Her feelings for Marco are not brotherly and it takes her a while to see th
Michelle [Helen Geek]
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting a solid read about a war hero trying to get his life back.
Recommended to Michelle by: Love the author, Kat Lynne has it up next and the blurb sounds really good.
3.5 Stars

I enjoyed this book, but it didn't flow smoothly for me. I thought the characters where a bit too cookie cutter toward the end. I did like the story. I liked Marco especially. He first needed to learn to forgive himself before he could open himself up to love. The author did a very nice job with him.

I'm going to go think on this one a bit more before finalizing a full review, but these are my first thoughts.


Updating a bit after a discussio

This is my third Laura Kaye book and she never disappoints to write heart-warming stories about characters who seem to exist apart from everyone else and just want to find a place where they belong, someone they can belong to. In this story, the hero, a protector and friend finds himself in a role reversal. Once, a long time ago, he did the protecting. Now he's the one being protected by the one person he thinks he can't and shouldn't want. But being cared about never felt so good.

After the deat
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

”His fingers caressed her skin in a slow slide she felt everywhere."

Wow! I fell fast and hard for this one! Her Forbidden Hero by Laura Kaye is a deliciously addicting story of temptation and attraction. A temptation so intense, I found myself sitting up, clutching my kindle, beaming, and giddy with emotion. Simply put—I want a Marco of my own! :D

Alyssa Scott, a fresh new college graduate, sets out to find a job, future, place to call home, and hopefully scoop up the man she has loved h
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Thank you, Laura Kaye, for Marco!

I've read all of Laura Kaye's published work up to date, and I know well enough now that anything new from her I must read right away! I savored every bit of Her Forbidden Hero. Ms. Kaye shines again in creating a story with the right balance of angst, steam, and heartfelt moments, while introducing a well-developed cast of characters with a familial sense of quality.

Meet Alyssa Scott. She's fresh out of college, stubbornly independent, adores her older brother B
3.5 Stars

This is a sweet little read. I’ve got a bit of a thing for stories where the girl falls in love with her brother’s best friend. Perhaps this is because my first boyfriend was actually my best friend’s brother, but I digress…

Marco and Aly have known each other since childhood, and she has loved him for as long as she can remember. When they end up working in the same bar (a nice manoeuvre on Aly’s part), there is some serious chemistry. And here begins the sexual tension that is carried
I really liked this book. It has the brooding, hunky, alpha male. An independent, nurturing and hurting female. Put them together and BAM! Smokin' hotness!

Our Alpha male is Marco...
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Marco has returned from Special Forces duty in Afghanistan. He was injured in the line of duty and suffered severe injuries leaving him "broken".
Our lead Female is Alyssa...

Alyssa was literally the girl next door. Her father was an abusive alcoholic. Alyssa's older brother, Brady, and Marco protected Aly
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
My second Laura Kaye book, and I'm a fan for life. I loved this book, devouring it in two days. Kaye has an amazing way of writing love stories that suck you in from the beginning and don't let go. I instantly fell in love with Alyssa and Marco. (view spoiler) ...more
Emma ~ The Indecisive Reader ~
I really enjoyed this, I'm a sucker for "falling for brothers best friend/best friends sister", this was just what I needed at the moment. Alyssa and Marco were wonderful. Alyssa was strong and determined, with her abusive past and her brother, Brady, and Marco taking care of her. But now grown up and trying to get her life up and going and getting the man she wants. Marco has his issues with his injuries from in the army and working on overcoming them, and with his feeling for his best mates si ...more
Awilk -never sleeps-
Laura Kaye is an author who has never let me down. I love her voice. She takes real characters and makes me just fall in love with them.
The hero, Marco, was perfect for me to fantasize over. A returned soldier who has come back from war with problems, only to fall in love with his best friends little sister. Aly was also a good character. Although her childhood had been hard because of her father, she was still willing to care about people and give love a chance.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read, a
Heather Book Savvy Babe
I received this book for review at Book Savvy Babe blog.

Author Laura Kaye doesn’t disappoint with her latest contemporary romance, Her Forbidden Hero. In Her Forbidden Hero, Alyssa Scott has returned to her hometown to find a job and hopefully reconnect with her childhood friend, her brother’s best friend Marco Vieri. With her brother deployed in the Army Special Forces and no family to help, Alyssa is very much on her own and determined to take care of herself. Marco has been discharged from th
Jane Stewart
Weak 3 stars due to lack of relationship development, cliched conflicts, and “the big misunderstanding.”

Some readers don’t mind these things, but they’re a problem for me.

Marco was in special forces. Some of his men were killed. He was wounded. He feels guilty and has post traumatic stress. He now works as a bartender. Alyssa has loved Marco for years and gets a job at the same night club.

I enjoyed the characters and some of the conversations. But the conflicts in the relationship were cliched.
Michele ~ la Smoocherina
I love Laura Kaye's writing. It's easy to read but not dumbed down. That's not an easy balance to reach. She writes great heroines and Alyssa was no exception. She had plucky and heart, which she wore on her sleeve. I wanted to smack Marco a few times, but that's ok, he wanted to smack him self. The dry humping scene in the lake was hot. Sometimes those scenes can be even hotter than the real sex, filled with so much promise. Even though Marco kept screwing up, he was very likable. He knows that ...more
The writing was good, I liked the characters, but not the somber tone of the story.
HERO was a Warrior until an explosion damaged his arm, killed most of his team and ended his military career. He’s closed down, unable to get over his guilt and low self-esteem when his best childhood friend appears in his life.
GENRE/TONE: contemporary/drama
LENGTH: 144 pages
Crystal ♥ RBtWBC
Her Forbidden Hero is just another fine example of why you’ll never be disappointed when you pick up a book from Laura Kaye!

Fresh from college Alyssa Scott returns to her hometown full of hopes and dreams but not a lot of money in her pocket. But she has a plan and getting a job at Whiskey’s is just part of it. Marco Vieri bartends at Whiskey’s, her brother’s best friend and the man Alyssa has been in love with for as long as she can remember. She is determined that Marco will see her as the wom
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it

Her Forbidden Hero es el primer libro de la serie The Hero de la autora Laura Kaye y tiene como protagonistas a Marco y Alyssa, amigos desde que eran niños.
Cuando empece a leer esta historia no me imagine que llegaria a gustarme tanto pero me sorprendio muy gratamente.
Este libro es el segundo que leo de la autora pero el primero lo lei hace mucho tiempo por lo que no recordaba demasiado de su forma de escribir pero fue muy muy buena.
El libro para tener una trama tan " tipica " no cae en los clas
Jamie *Gypsy Smut-a-teer*
ahhh, this one was mostly just sweet, imo. Yes, there is lots of angst, with every page I was almost shouting "KISS HER" because they both wanted it sooo bad, it just took a little time to them to come around to my way of thinking, lol. I actually have had this book on my tbr list forever, but I picked it up this time wanting to read book, but can't ever read anything out of order, lol. Just so you know how much I liked it, I started it last night about 9:00, and finished it this morning as soon ...more
Carrie (Badass, Alpha-male, Cowboy Connoisseur )
OOOOHHHH the scene at the lake was HOT! Alyssa and Marco were perfect together! It took a while for these two to come full circle but, when they did it was swoon worthy. If you are into hot alpha males and all that implies, give this book a try.
Megan Fall
Jan 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love books about wounded soldiers and this one was a great one. It was a short, sweet read and I am looking forward to reading the next one.
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall I enjoyed the book but I felt like something was missing. It almost felt a bit rushed to me. The dual POV pushed it to 4 stars- drives me nuts when books aren't. It was a good quick read.
This book was fairly interesting, but a bit too angsty as well. The characters were very well written, but I never really understood why Marco was so hesitant at opening up about what happened to him. Aly was a very giving heroine, but also a bit naive. Even with the abuse in her past, I was surprised at some of her choices and amazed that they didn't wind up causing her harm sooner! It was a fast read, and a decent one, but I also wanted more resolution in the ending as to what Aly was going to ...more
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4.5 Stars

This was my first Laura Kaye book. I have heard some great things about her, now I know why. I love her writing style. She does more than just tell a story she gives you the right amount of detail to really let it develop in your mind. I was totally consumed with this book and could not put it down.

I have mentioned before that I am really drawn to the forbidden romance scenario. This book delivers that and so much more. Marco is best friends wit
Carla-Book Monster Reviews
Alyssa Scott has come back to her hometown in hopes of starting a new future and putting down some roots. She's also looking forward to seeing Marco Vieri again. Alyssa has always had a crush of her older brothers best friend. But when she finally gets to see Marco again, she realizes he's not the man he used to be and aches to help him overcome his inner demons.

When Marco his finds out his best friends little sister is now going to be working at the bar he works in, he's not happy about it. He
Her Forbidden Hero definitely didn't have the magic of Hearts in Darkness, the other book I've read by this author. This story was prosaic, predictable and with a hero that instead of being sympathetic, came across as a violent douchebag. I've read a lot of romance in my life and this is the first time when I thought the hero was a real danger to other people.

Marco is a veteran from the war in Afghanistan. He was injured during a mission and he had to give up his life's dream. There is some trau
Jun 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What can I say about Aly and Marco besides I love their story!

I love stories where the H/H have a past, they know one another and have secretly liked each other or at least one has. Alyssa has been in love with Marco for years when she and her brother would escape their home for his. Years later when she is out of college and Marco is honorably discharged from Special Forces with an injury they meet up but even though she wants Marco he is forbidden in more ways than one and he believes his hon
Sara  HarlequinJunkie
My Blog: HarlequinJunkie Romance Reviews

A touching story of a tortured war torn hero Marco returning home injured from the war zone and reconnecting with his childhood friend Alyssa.

Alyssa had a tough childhood; growing up Marco her brother’s best friend has been her guardian and her salvation. Alyssa has been in love with Marco all her life, so when she reconnects with this tortured man it is her chance to finally be there for Marco.

There is lots of angst and sexual tension in this book to keep
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was just beautiful.

just like in the movie "Jerry McGuire", when Tom Cruise starts with his groveling monologue ending it with three most overwhelming and heart filling words: "You complete me."
and Rene Zellweger simply tells him: "You had me at hello..."

that's what I felt while reading this - hooked from the start - and after I've finished it - completed.

I expected a light, sexy, easy read and got a beautiful, warm and healing completing story of love.
Apr 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fall in love with brothers best friend book. But coming back from the army has made Marco a changed man, will Aly be able to fix her forbidden hero? Laura Kaye did an amazing job here that my heart actually broke for Marco for what he has been through and I could feel the dilemma he was having for his feelings for Aly. I only wished there was more... a fab read!
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: smutty-books
Another great book by Laura Kaye! I loved Her Forbidden Hero and Marco. He was so broken, protective, sweet and damn sexy. I couldn’t get enough of him. I will be reading the other books by Laura. She knows how to write a hero. :)
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
~~~3.5 stars~~~ :)

This started off a little bit slow for me but did heat up and end with a bang! The ending was really sweet and romantic! I really enjoyed it!
Jul 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: man-in-uniform
4 broken hero stars

This is a sweet love story of two persons who are meant to be together, but need to learn how to fight their demons and insecurities, to trust in each other, in order to be together.

We have Marco Vieri, a war hero who has so many demons and feels so broken that he doesn't believe he deserves happiness, so when Alyssa Scott returns home after college and he start to have feelings for his best friend sister, a girl he used to protect from her drunk father, he feels the need to
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a really sweet, sexy romance with some grit that had my heart breaking and racing at nearly every moment!

Marco comes back from his years in the Special Services emotionally broken and physically damaged, and it's turned him into a man that Alyssa doesn't recognize. But Alyssa has waited her whole life to make Marco see her as more than helpless, more than 'the little sister', and she's determined to break through his wall and find the real Marco. Working together at the restaur
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
HOLY HOTNESS DOES ENTANGLE HAVE THE MARKET ON SOME HOT AND HEAVY READS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR HEAD SPIN! Thank you so much to Dani at Entangled who shared the book with me. I loved the cover right off because let's face it HE IS HAWT! I love a man in uniform. There is something so sexy about them and when I saw this book I knew I had to read it.

Alyssa has graduated from college and she needs a job so she decides to go back home and get a job at her local bar until she can find a better paying job.
Heidi McLaughlin
There isn’t much I can say about Her Forbidden Hero that hasn’t already been said and published online. Simply put, Her Forbidden Hero is a tantalizing love affair. While it may have started with an innocent school girl crush, the deep connection between Alyssa and Marco is undeniable and the passion – lord help us all if we were ever to encounter the likes of this man. (He's on my blog, visible as of 6/4 1pm est)

Laura Kaye is magnificent with the written word. Over the past
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“After all, he'd been in the United States Army Special Forces, fuck you very much. You might take the man out of the SF, you couldn't take the SF out of the man. He'd been up against some of the world's meanest and toughest. So, goddamn straight he could work his way around one young woman.” 13 likes
“I’m okay.”

“I’m glad to hear it. But I’d still like to take care of you.” He released a shaky breath. “I need to take care of you. Not because you can’t do it, but because I need…Aly, I need to touch you and see you and prove to myself in a thousand other ways that you’re okay, that you’re still here with me. That I didn’t lose you tonight.”
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