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I Need a Hero

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  55 reviews
A feel-good book about how searching for the perfect man can blind you to the good guy next door! “If you read one romance novel this summer, choose “I Need a Hero,” it’s witty, fun, and completely addictive.” Ann Abrams

A lovely summer romance read that you won’t want to put down
Romance writer Bronte Huntington has vowed she will never settle for anything less than ‘t
Kindle Edition, 183 pages
Published July 17th 2015 by Joffe Books romance and suspense novels
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Maryline M's Bookshelf
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This review was first published at M's Bookshelf -

First things first: with a cover like that, who wouldn't want to read this book? Maybe the title can be read as "neen" instead of "need", but apart from that? It's eye-catching, colourful, fun and it already gives the hint of the fairy tale theme that's prominent throughout the book.
Not that you should take the fairy tale theme literally. I Need A Hero is a fun, contemporary romance with a wonderful heroine, strug
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people who hate pronouns.
Bronte is waiting for perfect. So when Ryan, who doesn't meet her definition of perfect moves in next door, she immediately consigns him to the friend-zone. And despite his obvious interest and his being a pretty damned nice guy, she continues to gently turn him down throughout the book.

When she meets Sebastian she thinks she's finally met the perfect guy. It's like he stepped out of the pages of one of the romance books she writes, but honestly he's a complete douche. Yet she continues to make
Suze Lavender
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Bronte lives in a gorgeous remote cottage, she's used to the peace and quiet. Bronte is a successful romance author and while she writes about gorgeous men she's still looking for her own prince charming. She's been hurt in the past and now she doesn't want to date anyone who isn't like the heroes of her novels. Her new neigbor Ryan is a wonderful, kind man and they're getting along brilliantly. He's also good looking. Bronte likes him, but she just wants to be friends. He can't be the one, but ...more
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I Need a Hero is the story of author Bronte Huntington who, after a bad relationship, decides she will only date someone if he is her idea of the perfect man. When Ryan moves into the neglected house next door she offers to help him out with cleaning the place as she is so pleased to finally see it being lived in. Despite them getting on brilliantly and having plenty of common interests she is convinced he is not for her as he doesn't fit her picture of the perfect man. One night while she upset ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a light, quick and very entertaining read. Bronte, a romantic novelist, is holding out for Mr Right who will be just like the heroes in the novels she writes. When Ryan, a red haired dentist moves in next door, she immediately discounts a possible relationship with him. After all, whoever heard of a dentist being the hero! Now Sebastian, the son of the Lord of the nearby manor, clearly he's much more hero material. The trouble is that he's a bit dull and self-absorbed and he and Bronte ...more
Karen Mace
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books, netgalley
I received a copy of this via NetGalley in return for a fair and honest review.

This is a charming and sweet romance that will have you under its spell in no time! The main character, Bronte, lives in BlackBerry Cottage with her black cat, Mr Darcy (of course!) and has sworn off dating until the perfect man comes along after previous heartbreak.

Her life as a writer has her mainly living a solitary life but when someone moves into the cottage next door, a dentist called Ryan, it throws her a littl
Juliana Philippa
Reviewed on Fiction Vixen Book Reviews:

Bronte, our heroine, is a romance writer who lives in the countryside, not far outside of London. Due to a bad relationship in the past, she has decided that she will not date whatever-guy-may-come-along, but rather only one that meets her specifications of what makes a Romance Hero. When sweet, good-looking Irishman Ryan moves in next door, she’s happy to have a new friend, but no way would she consider datin
Aug 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Truly enjoyable read especially for those of us who love the classics like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. Would the fantasy we cling to really live up to what we dream of?
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Awesome story loved it, I couldn't stop reading even for a second. Very addictive.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: net-galley
This book grabbed my attention for a variety of reasons. First, the author's name alludes to Jane Austen's work, and she includes references to other Jane-isms in the text. There's Mr. Darcy, the heroine's cat, and Lord Sebastian Fairfax, one of the men that is a contender for her heart. Even the heroine's name, Bronte, alludes to other famous authoresses. Second, the cover of the book also captured my attention. There is the outline of a carriage, and the positioning of the people on the cover ...more
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have read a couple of Emma Bennets novels so far and I love the way she writes, very fluid and romantic. I knew from the beginning of this book there was going to be romance and to be honest I knew who with. That didn't matter though, I still enjoyed every minute of it.

Bronte lives at BlackBerry Cottage with her cat Mr Darcy. The cottage next door has been empty for some time. One night she notices the lights are on, Ryan is a dentist and the nephew of the woman who owns the cottage. Bronte d
Kathryn Svendsen
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I Need a Hero is a lovely summer romance read written at a pace that moves along pleasantly. This enjoyable novel is a clean romance with some humour and even a cat with good taste in men.

Every woman wants a “knight in shining armor”, none more so than romance writer Bronte Huntington. She has sworn off dating until “my hero, the one who takes my breath away and changes my life forever” arrives.

I loved the characters in I Need a Hero. Bronte was so in love with the idea of love that she couldn’t
Cynthia Austin
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love how relatable and down-to-earth this story is. Bronte Huntington (hote-toyte fancy name) is a young writer, who sometimes feels insecure about her writing, especially while reading with a ‘more literary group’ as she put it. She's waiting patiently for Mr. Right, and when he finally appears, he’s not a six foot tall block of pure muscle with predatory eyes ready to sexually devour her. Instead, he’s a five foot six ginger, bundled up in layers of clothing. And get this...he likes BOOKS!

Aug 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have had the pleasure of reading Emma Bennet’s book, “His Secret Daughter” and truly enjoyed it. In fact it has become one of my favorite re-reads! Because of enjoying this previous story, I was excited to read this newest book, “I Need A Hero”.
I immediately found that reading this story was completely different from the other. It seemed to me that Ms. Bennet’s style of writing changed which fascinated me with both wondering why and how the story would turn out. I can say I truly enjoyed this
Katie W
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
(3.5 Stars) This is a delightful, yet predictable, clean romance. Bronte is a romance writer and for all of her ideas, she sure can't seem to realize just where her true inspiration comes from. She has very high expectation, because of her books, and just won't settle for anything less. She has an ornery cat, Mr. Darcy, and I loved reading about his antics and the almost human-like way he had of conveying his opinions of people. Bronte goes to such lengths to impress people that it's humorous an ...more
Charlotte Villette
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved
I need a hero is about a woman called Bronte who is trying so hard to love her rich 'boyfriend' but is totally missing the wonderful man next door who is perfect for her.
Well, I am not sure where to start really, I loved everything about this book, I got engrossed from the minute I started reading, and didn't put it down once.
I found Bronte to be quite likable, even though at times it did get a bit tedious with her naivety. I didn't like Sebastian, but I feel that the author wanted the reader to
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
See full review at Shellyback books.

Set in the english countryside this is a nice and relaxing read but not what I'd expected based on the books cheerful cover and description. This is a modern story but also pure old fashioned romance, full of amusing cliches, understated passion and uncomplicated by sex.

Whilst I normally prefer a more full bodied story, I did enjoy this. I liked the original twist and tie in to the Bronte sisters; Bronte herself, Mr Darcy her cat, the lord of the manor and the
Christina Young
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it
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Aug 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yayyyyy *ploink*
I loved the whole atmosphere of this book. The cottages, the pub, the surroundings, the friends ...
The only thing that annoyed me was Bronte thinking one man was not perfect enough because of his job, while the other one was as stupid and horrid as any man could be, and she kept making excuses. I mean ... Even my ex wasn't that narrowminded, and didn't call his parents 'mummy' and 'daddy'. Ugh. I see why Sebastians character is written like that, but ...

So Brontes blindness becam
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-reads
I do love myself a good summer romance. You know, the one that you can finish in a day and put down with a smile on your face? I Need a Hero is exactly that. A lighthearted novel that will make your heart flutter a little.

I finished this book within a day and can only agree with everything that's been said about it. It really is the perfect summer read for any romance lover out there. Take it with you on holiday or to the pool, or beach but be sure to put on sunscreen as you might not move for s
This is a 'candy-floss' novel - sweet, predictable and frothy, but the 'blurb' calls it a 'feel good' book and it certainly lives up to that description.

There was little, if any, depth or conflict, nothing to make me wonder what was going to happen next, but the writing was competent, well-edited* and the story flowed easily. Yes, a 'fun' read, with enough light humour to keep me entertained and amused. The sort of book to read on a beach. ;)

* One punctuation error I spotted: (Bronte is making
Jul 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I Need a Hero was simply charming. This novel takes the tale of love and presents it in a very simple, enjoyable form. Bronte, the heroine of the novel starts off seeking the what she deems to be the ultimate version of romance. Ryan, our hero, attempts to subtly challenge Bronte's idea of the perfect romance. I particularly enjoyed the picnic scene where Ryan woos Bronte. We should all find a Ryan! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this tale.

I received an advanced copy of this novel from the publish
Elizabeth Jane
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor, romance
This book is everything it claims to be and then some! I really, really enjoyed it. Bronte starts out as the cynical yet determined female who won't settle for less than what she believes she wants in a man. She was burned badly by a previous relationship and she won't deal with it again. Since she is a romance novel author, she gets it in her head that her prospective boyfriend had to have certain romance hero qualities. She soon finds out that not everything you read in fiction turns out the s ...more
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book - a cozy romantic romp that takes place in England. We have a lady writer and her obsession with falling for and marrying 'the perfect man'. (Someone should have told her that was impossible)!!

She has a fun group of writers who meet in their favorite local pub to share their writings and constructive criticisms...a good place for her and her best friend to unwind and get great ideas and feedback. But how does one choose between two totally opposite men? Poor dear, what a dile
Ann Cooper
Jul 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
A nice feel good read. Nothing too taxing - the tale of Bronte who is a romance writer. She is determined to hold out for her fairytale hero. Her new neighbour is a red headed Irish dentist and she refuses to even consider him.

Then Sebastian, the son of the local Lord, arrives on the scene and Bronte is convinced he is her Mr Right. Wrong!

I enjoyed the way her writing actually told the right story even when she was in denial. And, or course, the story wins out in the end!

Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-challenge

Who doesn’t need a hero. Our heroine is a romantic story writer who is convinced she knows exactly the kind of hero she’s looking for, or does she.. In fact she grabs onto her dream man with a determination and the reader will follow her efforts and come to their own conclusions
An enjoyable light romantic read that teaches a thing or two .
Marcy Clay
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I loved this book! It was sweet, funny and fast reading. The heroine was a little dense after seeing Sebastian a few times, but then was a downright idiot when she continued to "date" him when he was an obvious loser! Sometimes you can't see what is right in front of you!
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Utterly predictable, yet still utterly charming. I received an ARC of this book and although it wasn't anything earth shatteringly new, it was a delightful read and one that Jane Austen fans will thoroughly enjoy.
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
The main character, Bronte is honestly annoying and dull. The plot is way too predictable. The dialogue wasn't much, so most of the book is actually describing Bronte's thoughts. What I disliked most is the nagging thought that the perfect man is the one that looks good and has money, regardless of how he treats the woman next to her.
B.R. Maycock
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
First off thanks so much to Net Galley for supplying me with this book in return for an honest review.

From page one I knew I was in for a treat. The setting was so vivid I could imagine the little twin cottages, one unused and slightly unkempt, the other so loved and tended to. The writing style was warm and inviting and I adored that she was a writer and an avid reader. There were some truly brilliant moments where Ms Bennett had events occurring and Bronte would give the nod to various books.
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Emma grew up and lived in London, before falling in love and moving to Wales to marry her own hero. Emma now lives with her husband, children, and many animals in a small Welsh market town. She can often be found in rivers attempting to control an overexcited chocolate labrador.

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“In fact, she was rapidly coming to suspect her fictitious image was just that, and it didn’t quite fit with the real Sebastian Fairfax at all.” 2 likes
“Maybe your hero isn’t right for your heroine,” Ryan commented quietly. “But he’s perfect!” Bronte said without pausing for thought. “Maybe he’s not perfect for her,” Ryan replied.” 2 likes
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