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Unlikely Hero

(Atlanta #1)

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ATLANTA SERIES BOOK 1:

Erin never would have expected to fall in love. Never. Not with her past, and not with her fear. She never dated; she didn't even allow herself friendships. She didn't trust her judge-of-character skills enough to allow anyone close...until Marcus.

With him, a deep connection happened in spite of the walls she'd so carefully constructed around herself.
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Paperback, Updated Cover, 306 pages
Published September 25th 2013 by Bruce Street Publications, LLC (first published July 12th 2013)
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Jessica
Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, fighter
1.5 stars
I've said before that shorts shouldn't have too much in them because nothing gets developed enough. I've never realized that the opposite could be true til this book. This book had way too little to be a full length book. I loved the meet cute idea and loved that portion of the book, though I thought the author could've tweaked a couple things to fix the more stalkery aspects of it. But once the couple got together basically nothing of any interest happens. And it wasn't even relationsh
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Dawn
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy for an honest review.

What an amazing, beautiful story of two people falling in love before they even meet. Erin Connor, 25, is a senior accountant at a mid-sized accounting firm. Five years ago, something happened to Erin while in college that made her apprehensive towards anyone around her. She shut down and became reclusive. She never told anyone what happened, not even her parents. After five years, she was tired of being alone, but didn't know how to go about changing
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Karen Weiseman muller
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Oh GOSH! I just don’t know where to begin with this book! I am in love with this book completely. I am pretty sure that I could gush about this book all day long. There is something to be said about getting to know someone without the physical attraction to them. I guess that is why in the world today there are so many people who meet their significant others online. This book however doesn’t involve internet dating, but the fine art of pen to paper writing. These two wonderful characters that a ...more
Claudia
Unlikely Hero gave me the sweet romance and great characters that I have been craving for.

Even though the story was slow, without angst or drama I can say "Finally some maturity!"

What I have been missing these days from most of the authors and their books I have found in Kemmie Michaels story:
- the story was build in time. Both characters had a lot to deal with and learn and their letters were just right.
- there was not rush to start am intimate relationship they just supported each other
- there
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Holly Matejka Matisak
What a great book! I loved the creative way the author (Kemmie Michaels) had Erin and Marcus meet initially thought what turned out to be a shared journal. These two lost souls were able to work through their issues and be a comfort to each other. She gave Erin and Marcus time to establish a friendship that lead to a relationship. It was such a refreshing read to see the relationship progress over a normal realistic timeline than an instant love connection.

Both characters carried such tormen
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Patricia Maia (The Bookery Review)
This is a very sweet book where the opposites match.
Its amazing how a diary could bring together two people... I really enjoyed this part!
Marcus is such a sweet man, so strong, dominant, caring, patient, and oh so sexy! Its amazing how the looks can deceive... this is so true, because Marcus is a fighter! A strong ruthless fighter, but inside he is so gentle and so lovable!
I really liked the way he start caring about Erin, a woman he never met, he didn't know anything about her, only that she w
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Melissa Yoder
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


5 Stars

This book surprised me! I bypassed downloading it in the past, but I am really glad that I have finally read this. Finally a story that is fresh and new!! The couple "meets" and communicates through a journal, she doesn't know what he looks like, what he does for a living, where he lives - ANYTHING. They actually get to know each other on a deeper level from the beginning and therefore forge a stronger bond. A great read, a great story. I was so enthralled with the story that I didn't ev
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Heather.S
Nov 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable read! The whole "Purple notebook" was such a different aspect then a CEO billionaire. The pace was great and loves this. Marcus, swoon! I hated how it felt almost rushed to end but then seeing we will just get a sorta continuation in Cassie's story made me happy! Unlikely hero was an unexpected read, 4.5 stars!! ...more
Coco.V
May 23, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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Synopsis: 

Erin never would have expected to fall in love. Never. Not with her past, and not with her fear. She never dated; she didn't even allow herself friendships. She didn't trust her judge-of-character skills enough to allow anyone close...until Marcus.

With him, a deep connection happened in spite of the walls she'd so carefully constructed around herself. His self-confessed rage fueled muc
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The Nauti Vixen
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Title: Unlikely Hero
Series: Atlanta Series Book #1
Author: Kemmie Michaels
Rating: B
Review: I was excited to read this book - it had made the rounds on Facebook a few times, and between the cover, a few of the excerpts I read, and the fact that it involves MMA, I just had to read it. All in all, it wasn't quite what I was expecting.
Both Erin and Marcus have issues due to certain events that happened in their past. But the really astounding thing about the book is the way they meet. As a way of se
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Jennifer
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is the synopsis:

"Erin never would have expected a hot, passionate affair. Never. Not with her past, not with her fear. She never dated; she didn't even allow herself friendships. She didn't trust her judge-of-character skills enough to allow anyone close...until Marcus. With him, hot and passionate happened in spite of the walls she'd so carefully constructed around herself. As for Marcus, his self-confessed rage fueled every part of his life, with the exception of her. Marcus dares to make
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Athena
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Given by the author for an honest review for her Blog Tour

Unlikely hero is such a sweet wonderful story..
It reminds you of what is important and what is completely meaningless..it displays someone’s strength, even when that person really believes he’s weak..This book is so real..When you see the title, you imagine a flawless handsome man who will rescue the girl..But this books is so much more than that..
>>Erin is the everyday woman, in my opinion. She is driven and smart and knows how to take c
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Francessca
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Erin is a troubled individual desperate to break out of her rut after so many years of been a recluse, she “Meets” Marcus the most unlikely person who seems to inspire her to become more as he himself has come through a horrific event in his life. Erin is inspired by him; I felt that this book managed to show deep intimacy between the two without the actual intimacy, which is something I have never experienced when reading before. Kemmie has done a wonderful job in building the strength in these ...more
The Book Cove
Dec 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
Unlikely Hero is the first book in the Atlanta Series and as this book was my first introduction to author Kemmie Michaels, I must say I loved it!

What I liked
I'm a sports fan. So anytime a sports themed book can really draw me in - I know it's going to be a good time! I especially love MMA (mixed martial arts) and being very familiar with the sport, I was impressed with the number of details that the author provided for the characters. That tells me that Kemmie either really loves MMA herself, o
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Tbird London
Nov 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kemmie Michaels wrote a fantastic book. I loved how much care she took to describe the characters through the whole story. She made both main characters relatable and full of depth. Reading the book, I felt as if I was watching a movie. Kemmie went to great lengths to make the reader feel completely immersed throughout the story. I was drawn in from the beginning and found myself not wanting to put the book down.
Erin Connor is a 25 yr. old woman who has spent the last five years closing herself
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Ashley Jasper
Nov 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
I stumbled upon this book when it was mentioned on one of the many blogs I follow. It is the first thing I've read from this author and it won't be the last.

The book follows the story of Erin as she battles her way out of a traumatic experience in her past. At the advice of her therapist, she starts keeping a journal. One night, she forgets her journal at work and it is discovered by Marcus. He is the overnight janitor at the office she works at and he has his own story of triumph over a rough p
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Books 2 Blog
May 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unlikely Hero Kemmie Michaels

An unusual book I never expected to read about a couple falling in love via a notebook, and no I don't mean a computer I mean the paper and pen variety. This book was a very sweet and not a typical romance. It's an against all odds novel about overcoming and powering through for love

Erin is a little bit of a hermit shy and hiding away from the world after a bad experience in her past when she finally decides to stop letting the past rule her future. She decides to s
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Tanya
Feb 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Erin had a traumatic event happen to her in college, and has never really recovered. She is now 25, an accountant working in an office building. She has no real friends, and is completely withdrawn into herself. One day she finally decides to do something about it and starts a journal to help herself through some issues by writing about them. Marcus is a night janitor in her building, an MMA fighter, and a survivor of past abuse. He finds her journal one night by accident, and opens it to see if ...more
Kayla
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Synopsis: “Erin never would have expected a hot, passionate affair. Never. Not with her past, not with her fear. She never dated; she didn't even allow herself friendships. She didn't trust her judge-of-character skills enough to allow anyone close...until Marcus. With him, hot and passionate happened in spite of the walls she'd so carefully constructed around herself. As for Marcus, his self-confessed rage fueled every part of his life, with the exception of her. Marcus dares to make the connec ...more
EndlessReading
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is my first book to read by this author and I loved it!

The pace of the storyline for me was a little slow, but the build up was great.
What Erin went through when she was younger, I wouldn't wish on anyone. The helplessness that you would feel, the constant scaredness that would be engraved into your brain as a constant memory, she'd done well to come out the way she has!

Marcus...He too has an emotional and upsetting story of his up-brining. How can it be that two lost souls go through so mu
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Kara
Oct 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review posted at: http://bookcrushbookreviews.com/2013/...

Rating: 3.5 stars

In UH we get to deeply know Erin and Marcus. Marcus and Erin have both experienced fear and have coped with it over the years in their own unhealthy ways. Marcus through going into fits of rage and Erin by isolating herself from everyone and everything. I absolutely loved the journal entries between E & M and thought those conversations ran more fluidly than their banter/dialogue when in person with one another. I greatly
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Heather andrews
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So I totally had a blonde moment (I have lots of those) but I had read this book before and forgot to post a review, so I re-read it so I can post that review now. Erin I loved that girl she's just so sweet, "I've been pouring my heart out to a fighting janitor," she said, now laughing at the thought. "That's not a sentence you hear every day." I loved how passionate Marcus was outside the bedroom with his MMA and of course Erin and then inside the bedroom with Erin, "Erin, God you're killing me ...more
Alison Chewning
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
** ARC provided by the author exchanged for an honest review **

Wow oh wow what a surprise this book was. I was really impressed with Unlikely Hero by Kemmie Michaels. Everyday while looking at books I saw this book was highly recommend to read. I was glad that I got a chance to read this book Unlikely Hero. This book was amazing and a terrific read. I couldn't put it down it was good that I stayed up late reading it. I loved all the characters in it and the story was well written.

I loved how Er
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Dani
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
I kept waiting for some action that never came . I stopped from boredom after 2 days of trying to read ... Did not finish at like 70%
Lara
I love the premise. However, this just didn't do it for me. Between 2-3 stars, but not really enough to round up.

Erin (h) is a reclusive accountant in Atlanta, who's recently started journaling to help deal with past trauma. Marcus (H) is an MMA fighter who moonlights as the janitor in Erin's office building. He finds her journal one night and, after reading her story, feel compelled to respond and encourage her. This begins a relationship that creates a deeper and more profound connection than
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Rebecca
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this a couple of times, and I do enjoy the general story line.
Theres a few things I personally wasn't keen on. For instance, the reading of her journal.
A bit naughty. I appreciate why, it was key to the direction of the story and worked well as the story progressed.

I enjoy a bit of smutty reading. The sex scenes in this one, were hot but in a completely different way. It is difficult to explain but I will try my best. When Marcus and Erin had sex, it read more tasteful than others I'
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D Call
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story about healing through love

I loved Erin's and Marc's story. Watching them grow from trauma and learn to trust again was beautiful. The dialogue was good, the plot was realistic ( which means not fast paced, and there wasn't a lot of angst), and the characters were very well developed.

Far too many sex scenes. I recognize they're young and in love, but we didn't need to know about all of that.

Stand alone HEA, with hints of further books to come in the epilogue. Cassie's story promises
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Spokie
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a heartwarming and uplifting story and I would have given it a solid four star rating had it not been for the blasphemy. (The use of Jesus's name vainly and calling on God while being intimate is unacceptable and cannot be justified.) I have to date not encounter a story that the two protagonists meet in the way they do in this book. Marcus is clearly an example that your background do not define your character or who you are. Congratulations to Michaels for choosing a hero such as Marcu ...more
Jennifer Dale
First off.... Overall third person writing; a little of story told with H/H interacting; little of anything happens. Crys alot. skimmed alot of pages and didn't finish.

I was hesitant at first b/c the writing style was NOT for me. I continued to read b/c heck you never know. Unfortunately, the idea was good but there was no quality or depth to the story... Just a bunch of conversations based on the past.
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