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The Art of Hero Worship

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  365 ratings  ·  108 reviews
Trembling on the floor, pressed beneath a row of seats in a dark theater, college freshman Jason Tripp listens to the terrifying sound of gunshots, as an unknown shooter moves methodically through the theater, randomly murdering men, women, and children attending a student performance of Hamlet. Junior Liam Norcross drapes his massive body on top of Jason, sheltering the y ...more
Kindle Edition, 181 pages
Published February 14th 2016 by Cool Dudes Publishing
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TITLE: The Art of Hero Worship
AUTHOR: Mia Kerick
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: February 14th, 2016

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THE ART OF HERO WORSHIP: I'm giving this 5 stars because even though this was my first MM I didn't feel out of my comfort zone at all, it was so beautifully written, I might even go so far as to say that I'd read something else of this authors..Its emotionally raw
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, hurt-comfort
BR with Els, Wendy and Karlijn

This started out great. The opening scene was thrilling and I was on the edge of my seat. But this book really missed its mark when the author decided to go for a double GFY...

A fellow student decides to shoot everyone in a movie theater.


Jason’s girlfriend gets killed and he is hiding under a chair, terrified of moving. He gets rescued by Liam, who gets them both out of there.

After the horrible ordeal in the movie theater, Jason is suffering from PTSD. Liam asks hi
Wendys Wycked Words
This was a very nice buddyread with Susan, Elsbeth and Karlijn. Thanks ladies for reading this one with me ;)

This story starts out pretty gruesome. Jason and Liam meet during a mass shooting at the college theatre. A guy, they go to college with has lost his mind and is trying to kill everybody in the theatre.

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Jason is there with his girlfriend, watching a friends performance. Liam is there with three of his friends. Jasons girlfriend is one of the first victims, she is shot in the head. Peo
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ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review.

It's been a while since I've read and enjoyed an M/M story so I am so glad I signed up for this!
This book is not just a story with an M/M storyline. It goes deep into PTSD and the aftermath of a mass shooting.
Jason never thought that a night out with his girlfriend at their college theatre could ever take such a devastating turn. A felllow college student creates a massacre during the play and Jason's life is forever altered. His girlfrien
Oct 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Art of Hero Worship wasn't what I expected. The opening chapters fit with the terrors happening at the moment. There is a shooter at the theatre. Jase is seeing a play with his girlfriend Ginny. She's killed by the shooter and Jase is saved by a hero, Liam. The shooter is a known student. The opening scene is in the theatre when the terror has broken out. After the event, Jase is a mess and he leans on Liam for support. The event brings these two men close and soon they find themselves wanti ...more
Heather the Queen of (Smut)Books
Man this was such an amazing concept but the author fell so short from reality and fucked it up.

1. The first sexual experience was so abrupt and out of nowhere. No chemistry, no tension, no slow burn. Just straight grabbed his peen, jerked it and went to sleep. I wasn't ready!!!!

2. Actually all of the sex scenes are really weird. Liam needs to be in control and dominate or take care of Jase but Jase is never allowed to touch. So no bjs for Liam. The last scene is particularly awkward. Liam tel
2.75 stars.

I loved the beginning of this book. It starts with a powerful, gripping scene that just sucks you into the story. It was great till about 30%, and then started fizzling out, to my growing disappointment. The momentum was totally lost.

What I didn't like.

1. Too much vomiting. Seriosly too much. It was so gross.

2. Portrayal of the female characters. Every one of them was kinda crazy, and some - downright mean and bitchy.

3. Jase's inability to get a grip and stand for himself. Every st
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: college
3.5 stars

I barely have time to read these days let alone write reviews so I'm going to keep this brief! I believe this is Mia Kerick's first foray into NA romance. I've read a lot of her YA books and, although I wouldn't say I've loved all of them, there are a number of them that I have loved. This ... was not one of them. I liked the two MCs and I appreciated the different twist -- meeting in a school shooting. Yet, some of the plot points just didn't seem believable to me and there were a numb
DNF @80%

I really wanted to like this one. I have never read this author before and the blurb sounded so good. I love gritty books and I was expecting something a bit dark and filled with discussion of social issues. That is not at all what I got.

The story started off great and I was totally in to it. It went off the rails really early for me though. Like around 7%. There's a mass shooting at their college and it's tension filled and I was on the edge of my seat. Then they escape.....and here's w
Jessie G.
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mia-kerick
Mia Kerick is the Mistress of writing damaged characters who are faced with very real and very heartbreaking challenges. This book tackles the increasingly common occurrence of mass shootings in places we once thought we were safe and puts Jason, a young man paralyzed with fear, in the hands of one who has a bone-deep need to save.

On the surface, this isn’t a romance. This is about fear and learning how to live with it, confusion, acceptance, lack of acceptance, and the discovery that one’s hero

BR, February 20th with Susan, Wendy and Karlijn.

First I wanna say: as much as I love the cover, the MCs on the cover are far too old. Jason isn’t 21 years old yet and Liam is a senior in college.

I thought the first half was very good. Jason and Liam surviving a shooting at their college theatre and them having confusing feelings for each other afterwards is not that uncommon.

I actually liked what the writer was trying to tell (in mine opinion anyway);

“I love a human being, not a gender
Right out of the gate, the first sentence this book takes off with a crisis that, hopefully, very few of us can relate. A mass shooting. A horrifying, bloody massacre that takes place in a theater on a college campus at the hands of a raving lunatic.

And before I go further, I've gotta say that upon finishing this book, I went on an internet jaunt looking up mass shootings and school shootings. This was both sobering and horrific. I also watched the 20/20 special with Diane Sawyer that aired rece
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 Stars

​This is the first College/New Adult title I've read by this author and I mostly enjoyed it. The story is told completely from Jason's POV. Since this is a double GFY, I would have really loved to have gotten some POV of Liam. He seems to not question his attraction to Jason, at all, leading me to believe that, while he may not have any same-sex experience, I am not inclined to believe that he's never wanted to explore it. Having his POV might have helped me understand why he 'rolls wit
Oh, boy. I wanted to really like this story of Liam and Jason who bond together in the aftermath of a terrifying shooting at a college theater performance. The plot immediately grabs your attention from page one as Liam saves Jason's life and drives him to safety.

But after escaping the horror with their lives, they do NOT call the police and let them know about the active shooter, and more importantly that they know his identity. Later on, a similar instance occurs ... (view spoiler)
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars
This is an excellent book that drew me in and didn't let up until the last page. Jason and Liam have a untraditional story where two straight men fall in love, it is also unique because they meet during chaos and tragedy while at a theater and a mass shooting takes place.

Mia Kerick is an author who writes books that deal with subjects most shy away from, she isn't afraid to take the tough subject and bring it to light in a way that people can read about something entertaining and learn a
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The beginning was so horrible and shocking, what Jason, Liam and everyone had to go through in that theater. I thought it would be extra hard to get through but strangely it wasn't. It focused on Liam and Jason's relationship after the tragedy and how they both coped when they took things further . We only got Jason's POV(I wish we could have had Liam's also, but I get why we didn't, so we could find out things right along with Jason) I wouldn't really call this a gfy, their relationship just wa ...more
Nerdy Natalie
Dec 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, where do I begin? First, trigger warning! If you’re unable to deal with a book that covers the subject of a mass shooting in detail, this isn’t for you. I think the synopsis is pretty clear but if you can’t handle that component you won’t be able to get through the first chapter.

I was immediately pulled into the story.

“Pop-pop-pop…” The sound of gunshots.

“Always in sets of three, letting me know where he is.”

Chilling. I felt like I was crouching down beside Jason. You wonder if he’s going t
Feb 14, 2016 rated it liked it
2.5 stars

I really wanted to like this as the blurb sounded real good, I was hoping for a high emotion book. Unfortunately this just didn't work for, I found it really hard to connect with the MC's and feel the emotion I was obviously supposed to. There was too much of Jason describing things happening rather than showing them.

Great idea, not so great execution :(

* Having looked at other reviews, it once again seems I am in the minority (happening a lot lately), hmm what are they seeing I don't??
Jul 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge-read, m-m
I really liked this one. It was different from the standpoint that we were constantly in Jason's head. Lots of introspection, but that only added to the book for me. I loved Liam's character. He truly is a hero, but as the book continues you start to understand his brokenness and the things that drive him to be who he is. I thought some of the situations were a little too OTT, but it didn't take away from my enjoyment. ...more
Harper Miller
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Got an ARC copy of this baby and it's going into the fave books of 2016 pile. Liam and Jase *dreamy sigh* these two together, perfect. Perfect. Mia did a super job with great character development and handling a sensitive topic. All the stars for damn good writing. ...more
Lauren Woods
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
Wanted to love it - couldn't handle the unrealistic dialogue - especially with the female characters. ...more
Sammy Goode
Sep 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The Art Of Hero Worship by Mia Kerrick takes us on a journey of self-realization, trauma and recovery. While many may wish to label this story as a gay for you or out for you story it is truly neither of those. This is not a tried and true trope that seeks to diminish bisexuality or alienate some who may read it; rather it is a journey of discovering that sometimes labels do not exist for people. It becomes a story that is bent on not labeling the feelings two college age men come to ha
Kristyn - Reading to Unwind
Mar 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book starts with a tragedy already in process. The first few chapters flew by because you want to know what is going on and who is involved in everything. It was a little confusing who the characters where in the beginning so once you got a few pages in you were able to begin to work out who is who and what was going on. I think it took me a few moments to realize that Liam and Jason didn't really know each other that well in the beginning since I felt like they clicked really well.

This was
Becky Condit
Mar 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh my. Where to begin. This is a story of expectations, PTSD, finding oneself, and determining what it is one really wants or needs. It is also the story, as the title indicates, of hero worship. What is a hero? In this book, the question also becomes, who is (are?) the hero(es) and why?

The story begins with mind-numbing tension as a crazed shooter begins killing people in the audience at a college play. Jase is there with his girlfriend, Ginny. Liam is there with friends from a college class. T
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
10/18 Review

This book was provided by the author via IndiGo Marketing & Design in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars

Mia Kerick's The Art of Hero Worship beginnings at the possible worst moment of the characters lives. A mass shooting at a college theatre and this is where Liam becomes a hero and saves Jase. You are stuck with Jase's POV to get us through this books.

I think they were mostly strangers before the incident and then became the only people who can understand each other's worl
Joyfully Jay
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jay
A Joyfully Jay review.

4.5 stars

The Art of Hero Worship is a really engaging story that kept me drawn in from beginning to end. It starts by placing us right in the midst of the shooting. We can feel Jason’s terror, the panic of knowing his life is in danger, and the pain at realizing that he was not able to save Ginny. We see how Liam’s protectiveness makes Jason feel safe, first during the shooting and then in the aftermath. As the story continues, we watch the bond grow between them, starting
Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie
*copy provided in exchange for an honest review *

We all know that tragedy can change a person, but Jason and Liam never expected surviving a mass shooting together at a college theater to draw two seemingly straight young men romantically to one another like magnets. After Liam saves Jason's life, twice, Jason can't explain why he is sexually attracted to Liam or why he finds himself falling for him anymore than Liam can explain why he feels the same about Jason. He tries to run, but Liam is det
Elisa Rolle
Oct 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
2016 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: The Art of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick
1) A beautifully written story about a horrible tragedy and the following aftermath. This had to be one of the best stories about two men falling in love while identifying themselves as straight. This is a gay-for-you tale shown realistically. The love these men feel for each other sort of extends beyond gender and sexual orientation. The other theme is heroism, what it means to be a hero, what kind of an effect it has o
3.5 hearts

Right out of the gate, we're thrust into this intense scene where our MC's are victims of a theater shooting. Jason panics, and then freezes. He makes decisions he'll later regret and the only reason he got out of there alive was because of Liam. A stranger that protected Jason and got him to safety.

During this scene and shortly after, Liam and Jason make some stupid decisions. I was ready to put the book down. I was not about to read an entire novel featuring these two morons. But I e
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Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—one in law school, another at a dance conservatory, a third studying at Mia’s alma mater, Boston College, and her lone son still in high school. She has published more than twenty books of LGBTQ romance when not editing National Honor Society essays, offering opinions on college and law school applications, helping to create dance bios, and rev

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