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Calvin Parish
They call me Hero.
I defend.
I protect.
I ask for nothing in return, and that makes me good.
Doesn’t it?

That which makes me the ultimate predator also feeds dark impulses I’ve learned to control—until I bring her too close. For years I’ve watched her from afar, but what started out as duty has become obsession.

Cataline Ford
I work hard.
I play by the rules.
I’m conte
Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published February 26th 2014
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Lady Vigilante (Feifei)
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Whenever I see the words “dark themes,” “non-con,” “taken,” “captive” etc…it’s like music to my ears. Hey don’t judge! Besides this is for books only *wink* Anyways, I will be frank and say I was a beta reader for this book. Nowadays I rarely beta because instead of reading for my own pleasure, it becomes a job and sometimes a not-so-enjoyable one. Imagine my surprise and delight that instead of viewing this book as a duty, it q
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, for-review

You can read my full review at Sinfully Sexy .

3.5 "Twisted Superhero" Stars

“At the end of every light, is a tunnel of darkness.” ~Anthony Liccione


What in the hell do I say about Hero by Leighton Del Mia? I am not even certain that my mind has absorbed all that I have read. This book is superbly written and very original with the intermingling of a captor/captive story and a superhero story. Wait...what? Did you just read that right? Yes, yes you did. Think about Superman or Batman and t
Christine Wallflower & Dark Romance Junkie

4 Original Stars!

Okay so let me just stress how difficult it was for me to wrap my mind around this book. I'm not sure how much to say as I don't want to spoil for anyone, but I will say this. Hero is New Rhone's saviour with the rising crime in the city, and the looming threat that is the cartel, Hero seems to be the towns only salvation. Law enforcement sees him as an annoyance, a vigilante hell bent on showing them up. The public idolises him, he does what Law enforcement has failed to do tim
Akanksha❤ Søren♰

Talk about a shit book.

DNF - Rant time.

Its like the author has read Consequences, Dark Duet and Batman and a little bit of X-Men and decided to mash them up and write this horrendous.. book?


Meet Mutant Batman aka Calvin Parish!

**no, he doesn't look that way**

They call me Hero.
I defend.
I protect.
I ask for nothing in return, and that makes me good.
Doesn’t it?

Firstly, they are 'troubled' by you.
They didn't want your protection. Not the police, nor the girl.

Cataline Ford... fucking weird.
My s
Clumsy Storyteller
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Dark, Gritty, Twisted stars :D !!

this book is like a sexy version of batman , Calvin Parish ( Hero ) is a superhuero ,New Rhone's saviour but he's a nightmare to Cataline, there's two sides of him, the hero who protect, defend, ask for nothing in return, and there's his dark side , he abused cate many times After kidnapping her for her own safety and then he raped her.......... it was So confusing,

“If you’re thinking of flying, Sparrow, know that I will catch you. There is no escape. Fly un
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Adult review for erotic content. Warning : some spoilers will be present.

There are few story crimes greater than the one of wasted potential.

What I expected : Superhero by day. Sadist by night.

What I got : Passing mentions of a superhero by day. Manufactured Stockholm Syndrome by night.

This was dark erotica with no real direction. The book read like Batman fanfiction without the action and suspense. I need to make a superhero shelf at some point because I don't have it in me to shelve this as sc
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

Wow! Hero is unlike anything I have ever read,it was weird!This is an intense book!!It's difficult to tell you what the story is without giving it all away so I will try as much as I can to not spoil..

Cataline had a tough childhood. Her parents were killed in a fire when she was young and she was placed in foster care.She lives a quiet life and she secretly has a crush on her boss at the company she works at but she also daydreams about Hero...
New Rhone’s vigilante.


Cataline’s friend
☆ Sammy ☆彡
Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark-and-twisted
4 Uniquely Twisted Stars

Cataline Ford lives a quiet, uneventful life. She works a normal 9 to 5 job, works out every day, keeps to herself, and doesn't date as she is waiting to meet Mr. Right. Her only indulgence in life is her boss, Calvin, Parish, who doesn't seem to acknowledge her existence.

One night, after heading home from work, Cataline is abducted and taken to a mysterious but elegant home. She doesn't know who took her nor does she know the reason why. Her only hope is that Hero, the
4.5 Heroic Stars!!!

So, raise your hand if you've ever secretly crushed on a superhero and wished that they were real and that they would swoop in your window late at night and whisk you away. No? Just me? Lol. Well, now you know my secret fantasy!!

My bare hands have served me well so far. They are my weapons. My skin my shield, my strength, my lifeline, and Cataline, my motivation.

Hero was a bit of a difficult story to wrap my head around at first. It totally stands apart from anything else
Oct 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 twisted strange love stars

this is the first book from this author that I have read...and was very much surprised by the flow of the plot concerning the "nature" of the story.

Yet you can find the reasoning within and you do want the closure for yours and the characters' sake.


a shy young woman who lost her real family a long time ago, without the connection to her foster one, without anyone truly close to her,apart from her friend/roomate and her night t
aksana  -  4 - 8 - 15 - 16 - 23 - 42 -

dnf at 35%
This book is just weird.
First of all it reminds totally of batman not just slightly!

I love all Nolan's batman movies and I sure I can repeat every sentence of all three movies :D
But you don't need to love batman as much as I do to see the similarities like:
- the city the heroine is living is full of criminals just like Gotham city..
- hero is a masked citizen who takes justice in his own hands just like guess who? batman.
- hero lives in a mansion
- and has a butler who calls him master
Jan 02, 2014 marked it as to-read
HERO is a dual POV, standalone erotic novel. WARNING: meant for a mature audience due to dark themes including non- or dubious-consent.

OK.. seriously...

I know I shouldn’t love this as much as I do. But there’s just something about captivity stories that just hit the right spot for me. It’s dark and wrong and yet in removing all control it’s also just so hot. Especially HERO—this story had the perfect combination of the wrong thing for the right reasons that made me able to love it even as I hated it, crave it even as I rebuked it.

Cataline lost her parents when she was very young and she’s had only the bare minimum ever since. A roof over her h
KAT ♕ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books ♕

ARC kindly provided by "Leighton Del Mia" in exchange for an honest review (Thank you for this arc)

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First off this cover was my undoing!! It's pretty damn hot!! My cover hoe radar went off the scales..

Then the words: Dark..Erotic..Standalone..

So I was hooked and landed twice!!

This review will also be without spoilers as I don't want to wreck it for the readers when it's released..

I didn't find it dark as such unless I'm immune to dark shit now, I found this more erotica than an
Monty Cupcake ☠ Queen of Bloodshed ☠
I wish I'd written a rage review for this book, because its main characters should've died. I don't suggest reading this book if violently aggressive men, dubious consent, forced sex, anal play/sex, bdsm, and violence, etc. bother you.

Later edit: Upon further contemplation, I've decided this was 1 star for me. The characters didn't draw me in in any way. A good writer can make you sympathize with even a serial killer. I really didn't care about these two. I'd like to reiterate that Calvin is ps
S a r a
Sep 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF sorry, just wasn't for me.
Heroine was naive, stupid and weak. H is an asshole to her and forces her to do things even though he is called the hero in the book, which doesn't seem fitting.
Jessy (Jessy's Book Club)
The night he took me from the street, I turned from person to possession. Now I worry that when he entered my body and stole what I wouldn't give him, I became his possession from the inside.

I've been in a 'Dark Read' kind of mood lately and this fitted in just right.

Hero is the story of Cataline Ford. She lives in the city of New Rhone where they have their own resident hero. Sort of, no, just like Batman. He rids the city of thieves, murderers etc. The people of New Rhone don't know what to th
I stopped reading at around 40% of the book because I realized how much I hated Calvin more than I was supposed to love him, granted I never did finish the book, I just couldn't take it anymore. He was took dark for me, his actions disturbing and in m opinion unjustifiable to any excuse he had to 'protect' Cataline, who in my opinion was a poor representation of a heroine.

I was too disgusted with Calvin's behaviour, how he never he found himself ashamed of what he has done to Cat, how he violat
Marjorie  W.
DNF at 36%

I was never a big fan of superheroes. I'm probably a minority here, but big men in tight spandex costumes wearing masks and trying to save the world from all evil just really don't turn me on.

--Unless you're Chris Hemsworth saving the world in a Thor suit -- or nothing at all for that matter, but that's beside the point. I can make an exception for Chris Hemsworth. But only for him.

The truth it, I probably wouldn't have read this book had I known beforehand it was about a "superhero"
Feb 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dark, mindf-ck, wtf
3.5-4 stars

When i finished this book,i didn't know how to rate it.I was between 3 stars and 4 stars.
Why ??

Well because while i was reading it,sometimes i felt like meh...

But then sometimes i felt like:

In the end i'm giving it 4 stars.
Eda** # Dax Lahn's Golden Tigress  #

Why do I crave his approval, his affection? Why do I want to hold the hand that holds me down? Kiss a mouth that calls me “slut”? And why does being his little slut excite me to the point of losing all my inhibitions? (…) I’m just his prisoner, but he’s my captor, my monster, and my hope all rolled into one.

I’m her own personal monster, but tonight, admitting it to myself for the first time, I want to be her hero.

You see, there is a reason for why I love Da
3.5 stars

Genre: Superhero, captive romance.
Cover: 5/10
Writing: 7/10
Heroine: 5/10
Hero: 7/10
Hotness: 7/10
Romance: 7/10
Ending: 8/10
Extra book Details: Dual POV. Approx 280 pages.

Office worker, 22 year old Cataline, has crushes on both Hero and her boss Calvin Parish and unbeknown to her, both are the same man.

Hero takes justice into his own hands, he's done what the NYPD and FBI can't, taken out one of the big guys.

While Calvin Parish is a private man, almost intimidating, grim and also Cataline's
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

I'm disappointed because I thought I would have enjoyed this more than I actually did since the blurb and the premise of the story sounded interesting (to me). Unfortunately, I didn't feel any kind of connection to any of the characters so the most emotion I expressed were raised eyebrows at one point during the book.
Kei • lovelypagesreviews •
Jan 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2015
The book:
If Batman was an asshole that is.

Hell no!
Mar 03, 2014 rated it did not like it
Take a blender. Mix Batman (Nolan's one) and a french movie called Les rivières pourpres 2: Les anges de l'Apocalypse and you got Hero.

You know, when you read a blurb and think "that book looks AWESOME" and then you read the actual book and you're like "WTF this is not what I read from the blurb", this book is one of them. BOOKS WITH BLURBS THAT ATTRACTIVE YOU WANT TO READ THEM RIGHT NOW AND YOU END SO DISAPPOINTED YOU WANT TO SUE THE AUTHOR TO MAKE YOU BUY THIS THING.

The superhuman who can't di
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is not usually my type of book..the dark romance novels the whole stockholm syndrome thing I Don't Get It..but after reading the blurb something drew me to the story.

Calvin Parish
They call me Hero.
I defend.
I protect.
I ask for nothing in return, and that makes me good.
Doesn’t it?
For years I’ve watched her from afar, but what started out as duty has become obsession.

After this anybody would be hooked!
Hero was a bit of a difficult story,Calvin is not your typical damaged guy,he is something mo
Jan 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: erotica, boring-read
At first, I was excited and curious about this book. Imagine, erotic novel with super hero theme... nice huh? Unfortunately, as opposed to most people, I find this story dull. In fact it's not even exciting at all.

There were a couple of times where I was really tempted to just drop this, but still read on hoping for some improvement. However, in this case, it's null.

Action wise - nah...
Mind fuck - nah...
Dark read - nah...
Character development - nah...
Okay even for it's steaminess - nah...

In sho
ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)
Jan 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
I guess it's me but what did I just read. A bad batman rip-off. At 50% I have stopped reading this book.

The sex is not hot or sexy because our Hero is a Rapist....
The Grope Hero

I like dark novels but this one just didn't work for me at all. I kept shaking my head and found myself doing the eye roll.

Nina (Minou)
DNF 71%

How did I put up with this for as long as I did
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