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Heroes #3

Patrick's Savior

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How do you find love when someone doesn’t want you to be happy?

Patrick Edwards is dealing with a double whammy. Unwanted attention from his housemate’s boyfriend is making him feel uncomfortable in his own home, and he’s facing uncertainty with his employment as an administrative assistant at the local elementary school. He finally breathes a sigh of relief when a friend puts him in contact with Simon, who has a vacant room.

Simon Dawson is a paramedic who doesn’t hesitate to help Patrick. After all, no one should live in a house where they don’t feel safe. Simon develops feelings for Patrick, but doesn’t act on them—Patrick’s moved from a bad situation and doesn’t need his new housemate hitting on him. However, a weekend away changes everything when Simon realizes Patrick returns his feelings.

But someone doesn’t want Patrick and Simon to be happy. A series of strange letters arrive at the house, and things will get a lot worse before the two men get their happily ever after.

Patrick's Savior is a novel of approximately 69k words. It is part of a series but can be read stand-alone.

197 pages, Kindle Edition

First published September 29, 2017

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Nic Starr

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Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.

Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told!

When not writing or reading, she loves to spend time with her family–an understanding husband and two beautiful daughters–and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.

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Profile Image for Karen Lane.
929 reviews
September 29, 2017
This was a really enjoyable read, I loved the development of the relationship of the two main protagonists. Simon is the hero in this book for me, he can do no wrong as far as I'm concerned, I wish we all could have a Simon. He is patient, caring, loving and sexy as hell. Patrick is having issues with where he lives, so luckily for them both Simon has a spare room in his home with a couple of other guys, so Patrick moves in and they slowly build a solid relationship, but then things start to happen, and it seems Patrick has a stalker, things ramp up, lives could be a stake so what is Patrick to do. There is angst, sadness and a little danger, but there is also lots of sexy times, friendship and love with a side dish of happiness. There is also a bunch of cool secondary characters.

**ARC provided by author for an honest review.**
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3,014 reviews17 followers
September 30, 2017
This is the third installment in the Heroes series but can be read as a standalone. While I liked Charlie and Josh and Andrew and Tanner (the couples from the first two stories) I have been anxiously awaiting Patrick’s story. He is awkward, funny and klutzy and I wanted him to get his HEA. Patrick is a temporary administrative assistant at a school and he has become very uncomfortable with the attention he’s getting from his roommate, Dion’s, boyfriend. Dion blows it off and it escalates to the point where Patrick has to move. Patrick’s friends are concerned for him and his friend Josh looks for a solution. Enter Simon, the cute paramedic who has space for Patrick at his place.

Simon is lovely, so patient and gentle with Patrick. He has an immediate crush but doesn’t want to make him uncomfortable but time together makes the two realize the feelings they each have are reciprocated.

Things get a little worrisome when it becomes clear that Patrick has a stalker. I admit, the who of this was pretty clear but I was interested to see how it would play out. And I was so frustrated with Patrick, who was not only blind to what was going on but at times was actively rude to Simon about it. There is one point where the housemates (there are four in the house) all agree that there can be no strangers in the house until they figure out what is going on with the stalker and the person who has someone in is Patrick!

The mystery took a little bit away from the romantic development between the two of them but not much. I liked seeing them together and I like them as a couple.
Profile Image for Joscelyn Smith.
1,884 reviews14 followers
September 26, 2017
I really enjoyed it but that said Patrick kinda pissed me off. It seemed that he was willfully blind at times, Simon could see it but Patrick just wanted to ignore the danger. I wanted to shake him which is why I gave it 4 stars, the author wrote characters real enough to evoke real emotional responses. Simon was so very patient putting up with Patrick and I'm happy they got their HEA.

*I voluntarily reviewed voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book*
Profile Image for Tracy~Bayou Book Junkie.
1,490 reviews44 followers
October 7, 2017
4 Stars

After receiving some unwanted attention from his roommate's boyfriend, Patrick’s friend Charlie suggests he move into the newly available room with Simon, Charlie’s boyfriend's co-worker. Simon is instantly drawn to Patrick, but doesn’t want to make Patrick feel uncomfortable after the situation he just left, so he keeps his feelings to himself. Fast forward six months and Simon is now ready to admit how he feels, so he plans a romantic getaway for the two of them. Things go as planned, but someone doesn’t want these two men together and the longer they are together, the more the threats escalate.

As much as I liked Simon and Patrick, for me the story was missing chemistry. I just didn’t feel it. I couldn’t connect with them and it made the story a chore to read. I kept putting it down and picking it back up. It’s not the author’s fault, because the writing is good, and the story was interesting and the mystery intriguing. I’m sure many will love Patrick and Simon as a couple, but for me, it just didn’t work. Still, it’s a recommendable book.

*copy provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Profile Image for Lelyana's Reviews.
3,287 reviews382 followers
October 19, 2017
Patrick had a problem with his roommate's boyfriend before he finally moved in to another house with Simon. I really liked Simon, he's patient, and very sweet. As for Patrick, I don't know, I think he's a little annoying at the time. I liked the slow building relationship between Patrick and Simon. But I need more chemistry between the two MCs.
I can smell who's the bad guy pretty early in the story, and there's no surprise after all. But it was good mystery, and I enjoyed it. I just need more of Patrick and Simon sexy times together.
Overall, this is enjoyable romance, with a spice of mystery. You'll probably loving it.
Profile Image for Bárbara.
1,143 reviews70 followers
September 30, 2017
*ARC provided by the author*

I'm almost angry cause this had so much potential to be a great story, but what it was is a huge disappointment.

I could never bring myself to care for the characters or their relationship: there wasn't much solidness to the build of anything, it lacked depth.

The dialogues were mediocre at best. Admittedly, there was nothing intrinsically wrong about them, I just had trouble finding them "natural". I don't know how to explain it.

The plot wasn't much better. The whole stalker deal was incredibly predictable and dull. I just didn't care.

There was no "real" challenge, either, no conflict, cause everything was handled in a way that there was a quick resolution without the matter ever being fleshed out properly.

Everything was just all over the place.

And if you're still not convinced that this story didn't work with me at all, you can take a look at the fact that it took me over 4 days to be done with it, and it's relatively short. So there you go.
Profile Image for Joyfully Jay.
7,691 reviews442 followers
October 19, 2017
A Joyfully Jay review.

3.25 stars

I was really frustrated with this book. The blurb was intriguing. I love rescue/hurt/comfort type stories, and on paper, this seemed like it would fit the bill perfectly. Sadly, it didn’t. It started like it might be interesting, but it went downhill from there. It’s always a bad sign when I continuously lose track of who’s who with the main characters. I got Patrick and Simon mixed up All. The. Time. I’m talking, like, through the whole book. I didn’t really connect with either of them enough to even remember which man was the admin assistant and which was the paramedic. This isn’t to say they were bad guys. In fact, they were great guys. They had strong feelings for each other and they wanted to do right by each other. They loved their friends and were responsible. Most importantly, they wanted to keep each other safe.

Even if I couldn’t keep track of the men, I was able to appreciate their chemistry, romantically and sexually. It was nice to see Patrick realize he was important to someone and was wanted, and I loved how Simon swooped in and rescued Patrick from insecurity, sadness, and hopelessness. Their flirting was sweet and a little hot, and by the time they got to the cabin for their weekend away, I was chomping at the bit for them to break down and have sex. Not that sex is the most important part of a story. It’s not, but I liked the intimate connection the two of them built by making love. Their scenes together were smoking hot, and I enjoyed them.

Read Kenna’s review in its entirety here.

Profile Image for Books Laid Bare.
2,275 reviews36 followers
September 29, 2017
This is not my usual genre but I will say, that I was happy they got their HEA.
From the limited MM that I have read up until now, I would have to admit that this didn’t always read as it was entirely entrenched in all things MM and that sort of drew me in. There was a strong element of mystery running through the book and that almost tempered somewhat the romance but I don’t necessarily think that the story suffered because of it at all, in fact in my opinion it was a win, win situation.
I thought the strength of the detail made up for what in my opinion was a slow start and once the story hit its stride there was absolutely no stopping it.
Patrick and Simon were a great couple, they balanced each other out, Simon the perfect antidote to Patrick’s insecurities, although there were times that I could have quite happily throttled Patrick for sticking his head in the sand! Wake up man and see that you have a problem that isn’t going to go away…well at least not willingly.
He was really struggling to see that there was an issue that had yet to be resolved and until it was, what he wanted with Simon was always going to suffer. But could he leave his past and the reason for his uncertainties behind him or would it make no difference and they would have their say regardless?
This was the major point of the story and the impact that a prominent part of Patricks past was willing to have on not only his present but his future. I really enjoyed this.
I worked out who it was fairly quickly but that didn’t deter from the story, I thought it was a good romance with a hit of mystery that gave everything a boost.
Profile Image for Tina.
2,650 reviews16 followers
October 15, 2017
Patrick’s Savior is the third book in the Heroes series by author Nic Starr. This is my first time reading the series and I was not lost at all, I would consider this book to be standalone.
I loved this love story. It unfolds as friendship and progresses at a believable pace. There is simmering attraction that keeps the heat as the relationship builds. I really felt both men in this book were well developed and had good substance.
Patrick is dealing with sharing an apartment with a roommate from hell. He needs out. That is where his friends come in with a solution.
Simon is a paramedic and has a spare room. He is more than willing to help Patrick.
Both men get along famously as friends. Simon is strong, smart, and a really great friend. He is a decent person but Patrick feels like Simon walls off a part of himself. He wants Simon to let him in and let him become more than just a friend.
Patrick is happy to have a safe home, a job, and great friends. What he isn’t so happy about is the stalker leaving creepy messages for him.
When he and Simon heat up the romance the stalker ups their game. Can they find out who it is before it is too late?
I never saw the ending of this one coming. I really liked this story a ton kept me guessing and had plenty of love to keep me turning the pages. I would like to go back and read the first two in this series and see what I have missed now. I am also looking forward to more. If you want a great suspense with a lot of heart and soul this is the one to pick up.

Five Shooting Stars
Profile Image for Laurie.
172 reviews25 followers
October 9, 2017
Patrick needs a place to live after he’s attracted the unwanted attention from his roommate’s boyfriend. It so happens that his friend Charlie knows of someone who needs a new roommate. And if there is an attraction there, so much the better. Put Patrick is the shy, nerdy, insecure type and may not ever act on his attraction to Simon. They’ve been living together for six months now and nothing happened.

Simon has an overriding need to help and protect others. When Charlie comes to him with Patrick’s problem with his current living situation, of course he’s going to help. And if he wants to take it farther than just roommates, so much the better. But he’s waiting for Patrick to give him a sign that he wants to take it further too.

Through all of the slow build to their relationship, both are dealing with their pasts. Patrick now has a stalker, someone who is leaving love letters in his bedroom. Things escalate from there. (And yes, I figured out who the stalker was fairly early in the story) Simon has a tragedy in his past, of the one he couldn’t save with his paramedic training. He thinks he’s dealt with it and is past it, but it does still haunt him. It also feeds into his need to save everyone else.

Another enjoyable story in the Heroes series. It has the slow burn to Patrick’s and Simon’s HEA. And the intrigue of the stalker. And although this is book three, it can be read as a standalone. But definitely better if you have read the other two. You’ll have a better understanding of the other characters and their relationships.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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1,359 reviews43 followers
September 29, 2017
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My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

I'm one who one-clicks a Nic Starr. Yes, I'm a huge fan. But! and here's a but she probably did not expect from this reviewer, Patrick's Savior may just be the one book that I am not an all-out fan of while I was reading the story. Why? Well, because I got irritated and a tad bit frustrated with both Patric and Simon. Patrick for being annoying, and Simon for his uber patience. Now, after reading this, and going over the feels I went through while reading, I had to give this a great rating for it gave me exactly what I look for while reading. No, this is not cheesy, or over-dramatic to the point of ridiculousness. This book is about two men who are very true to life and do the real-life choices we make every single day. They are not extraordinary, and for sure their story is not what makes up fairy tales either.

I must admit, these men's qualities are very real, and truth is, I really liked reading this book because both men reminded me of two men I know. I wanted to just go up to Simon and say, look where you're going and pay attention! and to Patrick whom I want to desperately strangle lovingly.
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Author 1 book5 followers
September 30, 2017
I was fortunate to receive an advanced reader copy of this story just in time for my holiday away. This is the first Nic Starr book I've read and I enjoyed the experience so much I'm now keen to check out the earlier books in the Heroes series. The slow development of the relationship between Patrick and Simon despite obvious attraction was very sweet and in keeping with the situation in which they found themselves. Low-level menace throughout the story had me second-guessing the behaviour of all the characters as I tried to determine the identity of the bad guy. Some of the incidents would have scared the crap out of me, so I could see the potential for a more extreme reaction to the higher level threats. Kudos to Starr for gradually building up suspicion on a couple of fronts to keep the reader guessing until the last few chapters. Moments of intimacy woven throughout the story sat nicely and showcased the growing feelings between the main characters. If you're after a story with a balance of character growth, troubled backgrounds, a bit of mystery and hot M/M moments, this book is for you.
Profile Image for Andrada Matei.
51 reviews25 followers
October 1, 2017
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

I'm starting with what I didn't like so I can rave about the rest after :))
I really loved this book even though Patrick kinda pissed me off sometimes. I mean, I know you only wanna see the good in people but still. There were a few things that were so obvious and he was so naive and blind to them.

Even though I haven't read the other 2 books in the series, I didn't have a problem understanding the dynamics, and I loved that.
Simon is the kind of MC I love (and can only hope that I'll find my Simon someday :)) ) and I would love to read more about him and what happens with these two.
I recommend this with all my love and hope you all love it as much as I did.
Profile Image for Kevin .
115 reviews11 followers
September 29, 2017
I was given an advance copy to read and was so happy. This story centers on Simon and Patrick who were meant to be together. This is not a typical MM Romance as it has a bit of everything in it and wow does it get you involved. Patrick has insecurities and meets Simon, a confident man who knows what he wants and goes after it. Patrick's past does come back to haunt them and this becomes the crux of the story line. A person from Patrick's past doesn't like that Simon and Patrick are getting together and tries things to keep them apart. It is riveting at times and you start to wonder just who it may be.... I didn't want to put this book down. I do highly recommend this book. I would like to see what else Nic Starr has written. She has a new fan in me.
Profile Image for Claire Potterton.
298 reviews4 followers
September 29, 2017
I love Simon and Patrick!
This is a great romance; both men still battling issues from their pasts, but loving and protecting each other, in difficult circumstances.
There is an element of intrigue here, with the bad guy not really being revealed until the last chapter or two, maintaining that little bit of mystery throughout the book...I liked that too!
The secondary characters in this story are good, likeable friends; fun, supportive, and it was great to catch up with them again.
Even with the unpleasantness in the story, the romance is so sweet; the MCs so caring and devoted to one another. A sweet, sexy, page turner, done with this authors usual flair.  I'm a big fan!

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1,413 reviews24 followers
September 29, 2017
This third book in the series is great and well worth the wait. Well written with terrific character development. I enjoyed Patrick and Simon together. Simon is such a patient and all around great guy. Simon's heart is so big and beautiful, he uses his strength to care for others. Patrick is at a very difficult point in his life and he is stressed about the threats and his lack of job security.

I loved both of them together. The treated each other special and found ways to make life better for the other. This third book in the series is great and well worth the wait! Enjoy!

"I received a free advanced review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review"
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680 reviews1 follower
September 30, 2017
Four and a half stars.
This is the first I’ve read by this author. I found the story to be well thought out with a good flow. The secondary characters are placed effectively and supportive to the main characters and storyline.
Patrick and Simon are a believable couple with good chemistry, both in personality and intimacy.
The premise is sound and the underlying story is suspenseful and captivating.
There was a bit of inconsistency in character reactions in chapter eight that stuck with me throughout the book but otherwise I really enjoyed learning about these characters and cheering them on to their HEA.
I will read more by this author.
2,320 reviews7 followers
September 29, 2017
A great read that I really enjoyed. Good storyline that kept me hooked throughout and flows smoothly. Patrick and Simon are great characters who are perfect for each other. They have great chemistry, a strong connection, and complement each other perfectly. I really like how caring and protective Simon is with Patrick.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Profile Image for Zane Kage.
2,640 reviews27 followers
October 13, 2017
3.5 stars

Nic Starr has become a go-to author for me; her stories and characters have a depth to them that I appreciate. The Heroes series has been one of hers that I enjoy, and I was really excited for the next installment. While this was a good read, I didn't connect as well with the characters this time, or the story. Patrick was a little one-note, self centered, and that aggravated me. Simon I really liked, but their relationship progressed a little quickly for me, and I wanted more romance, more sexy times. I don't mind a mystery, but this one was fairly easy to figure out. I think this might be a case of me just liking romance from this author, and wanting that rather than a whodunit. That being said, what romance was there, I absolutely loved. I loved visiting with characters from the previous books in the series; I had missed them. I do hope Nic Starr continues with this series. Both she and this series are still an auto-buy for me.

***ARC received for honest review***
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649 reviews16 followers
September 25, 2017
started out pretty slow i wasn't a fan right away but as i read it i liked it more while this wasn't a perfect 5 for me it was close!
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Author 18 books100 followers
May 3, 2018
Although this is the third book in the series it can be read alone. However, having read book one—and still needing to read book two—I enjoyed catching up with other characters from the series. Simon and Patrick had caught my eye when I’d read Charlie’s Hero and I’d hoped they would get their own book.

Nic Starr is one of my go-to authors when I want a contemporary romance read, and she never disappoints. This is a lovely friends-to-lovers story with Simon and Patrick being both smitten with the other but not wanting to make that first step in case it ruins their friendship. I enjoyed reading about them finally taking the plunge and watching their relationship grow. I really felt for Simon especially when his past is revealed and a traumatic experience impacts him while he’s working.

I loved the supporting cast in this story, and not just those I’d met before. There is a real feeling of family among this group of friends which left me with a lovely feel good feeling reading about them interacting and looking out for each other. I suspect a couple of the new characters will end up together and I’m hoping the author writes more in this series so I can find out!

Although I guessed who was behind the letters etc fairly early on, the author throws in a few red herrings which had me doubting on occasion whether I was on the right track or not. I had to keep reading through the reveal as, although I trusted the author to keep these guys safe, I wanted to make sure they were. The HEA is a lovely family affair and suits the story perfectly.

I’d recommend Patrick’s Savior to readers who enjoy contemporary romance with likeable characters, a touch of mystery, and real sense of family being not only the one you’re born into but the friends you make along the way.
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362 reviews30 followers
February 19, 2023
Même si je suis effectivement parti assez pessimiste pour ce troisième tome, faut avouer qu'il n'était pas si mal !

Donc, Patrick fuit une colocation un peu malsaine pour se retrouver en collocation avec Simon (et d'autres) sur qui il a flashé, très vite ils vont se mettre ensemble mais une série d'intrusion vont mettre à mal leur couple.

Bon, on dirait un téléfilm à suspens TF1 où on s'est très bien qui est le méchant, on voudrait le crier aux héros mais on ne peut pas, juste les voir rater les informations importantes...

C'est une histoire qui se lit assez facilement et qui est plus basé sur la crainte avec ses affaires de menaces, que de couple, puisqu'ils sont en couples dès le premier quart de celle-ci. C'est plus une histoire de surmonter ses insécurités quand votre vie est menacée et faire confiance.

Autant Simon n'a pas l'air de prendre ça vraiment au sérieux (même s'il reste très inquiète), autant Patrick lui flippe à mort tout en restant aveugle face aux faits évidents. C'est un peu perturbant...

Et cette fin, mon dieu j'ai eu pitié 😭 En vrai, je pense que le dénouement est pas mal, même si j'aurais mis un peu plus de suspens pour l'histoire, parce que c'est vraiment évident, mais le pourquoi de toutes les menaces est si triste.... Rhaf, ça ne met pas du tout dans un bon mood !

Conclusion, c'est le meilleur de la série sant aucun doute, ça donne une bonne histoire même si c'est bof !
Profile Image for Diverse.
1,178 reviews49 followers
October 4, 2017
Patrick's Savior is book three in Nic Starr's Heroes series. It is absolutely a standalone so don't feel you are missing anything if you read this one first.

I love this series. Ever since Charlie's Hero I have loved each one and Patrick's Savior is no exception! When it opens up we already feel Patrick's unease. He's living in a home he doesn't feel safe in. His roommate's boyfriend is a creeper and Patrick wants out.

Simon, who works with Josh (remember him?) decides to help out and tell Simon of Patrick's need to live somewhere else. Simon already thinks Patrick is adorable and eagerly steps in to help out. Crisis averted, right? Wrong!

As Patrick and Simon's love blossoms so do the weird letter from a stalker and it gets more and more dangerous as the story progresses. This is a whodunit with some good suspense. I will admit I did figure it out fairly quickly but I loved watching them all to try and figure it out. And can I say the "bad person" is written really well. I felt their crazy flying out of the pages.

I loved that this story wasn't just a romance. It was an edge of your seat story that made you want to read faster and faster to see what would happen. There were times where it became way too much and I was so scared for all the character.

I can see where another book can come into play and I really wonder if the author will explore that.
If you haven't read these books you absolutely must!
Profile Image for Terri.
1,398 reviews
September 29, 2017
This is the third book in a good series, and - while I recommend the previous two - this can be read as a standalone.

Patrick and Simon are interested in each other as soon as they meet. Patrick is in an uncomfortable situation with his roommate and the roomie's boyfriend, and he doesn't feel completely safe in his home. Simon shares a place with two other guys, and they have a room available, so Patrick moves in. They hold off on acting on their feelings for each other, since they don't want to chance ruining a good roommate situation. This lasts for a few months, then they finally give in to their feelings and become a couple.

Patrick has a stalker, and Simon has a tragedy in his past. It's sweet how much they care for each other, and how they help each other overcome their issues. Patrick becomes Simon's hero, but Simon does that same for Patrick just by loving him. The stalker storyline is good, though I figured out the identity early on. I still enjoyed this story by an author I always appreciate.

I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Profile Image for Denise GremoryKohta.
3,597 reviews6 followers
September 29, 2017
What a wonderful read. I love friends to lovers. I think what I liked most about Patrick and Simon's story was even though there was some drama and a little angst it wasn't too heavy. The perfect kind of book when you want a bit of intrigue without completely gutting you. Add to that, you finish with a warm smile on your face. Makes me want to go on a Nic Starr marathon. I was given the privilege and opportunity to receive an advanced reader copy and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
359 reviews1 follower
December 28, 2020
I wish I had a Simon in my life! ❤️

Tense final story in this ‘found family’ series.

I’ve enjoyed all of them and whilst I did read in order I think they could be read as standalone stories or in a different order.
Profile Image for Antisocial Recluse.
2,712 reviews
September 25, 2019
I thought it would never end. I was interested in the culprit; it was who I thought but there were some decent red herrings. So much ridiculous stuff though. Meh.
August 18, 2018
This book is about a school administrator who meets a paramedic responder and how the fall in love .

I enjoyed this book a lot I really liked the different characters and how they all interact with each other a great love story . So is Darren and Jason gonna have their story and Mike want to see him find someone too all in all great read thanks for sharing your stories with us .
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