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Everyone Loves a Hero by Marie Force
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Dec 12, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: published-2011, ebook, genre-contemporary, read-2011, steam-hot
Read from April 12 to 14, 2011

Yikes. Wow, this was a disappointment. How to count the ways?!

I really wanted to love this one, but that didn't happen. In short, this read like a bad B-grade TV movie. You know the type. It always starts with an entertaining idea, then the producers butcher it into something so lackluster and choppy you wonder why you sat through it.

Everyone Loves a Hero is a story of two people who fall madly in love at first sight, and the trials and tribulations that happen when said couple move waaaaaaaaaay too fast into a seriously committed and long distance relationship. And while it started with much potential and had some great one-liners, it quickly sank as the relationship went into nauseating overdrive and the romance turned into a dysfunctional relationship.

Cole is the famous Captain Incredible from Chicago, a co-pilot who landed a jet airliner in a blizzard while saving the pilot from a heart attack. He has met the President, made the cover of People magazine…etc. Moreover, he is an uber handsome chick-magnet that has no noticeable flaws. Seriously, he’s borderline perfect in every way. ( I think he may have been the inspiration for those ‘Porn for Women’ calendars that were so popular a few years ago.)

He meets Olivia at the airport when he tries to stop an unruly customer from verbally assaulting her at her store. He gets knocked out cold, then minutes later wakes to Olivia’s beautiful face, sparks flying, and little blue birds flying around her head. (OK, not really. No blue birds. I made that part up. But yes to the sparks.)

Olivia is a beautiful and highly insecure neurotic 27 y/o business student, she works part time at the Washington DC airport, and lives with Mom and Dad. And you guessed it, she is also a virgin. But it gets better. She is also an uber talented artist, but only her dad and a cousin know about her brilliant skill with pencil and paint.

When Cole and Olivia reunite weeks later (he was wheeled away in a stretcher so he didn’t get her number, but he thought about her constantly), he finds her sketching passengers in the airport lobby and convinces her she is wasting her time in business school. They make a first date that sets their relationship into serious overdrive, and unleashes all of Olivia’s pent up insecurities and neuroses.

Why is she so insecure you ask? Cole is hit on everywhere he goes. Women rudely dismiss Olivia, throw their phone number at him, and make suggestive sexual comments. He is always the gentleman and dismisses these ladies, but it gnaws on Olivia.

At times the relationship between Cole and Olivia was entertaining, and there were some great one liners between them and even a few hot sex scenes. But I never understood how he could fall for her. She was neurotic, needy and whiny. Her ‘woe-is-me’ bit got old FAST. In real life, these two would likely burn out the relationship in only a few weeks when reality checks in and replaces all those fantasy illusions they have of each other.

The sex scenes come every other chapter, on average. Some scenes felt mechanical, but others were hot as shy Olivia becomes quite the aggressor in their bed play. (This was another oddity to the story. But I get it. Sex sells.)

The rest of this book can essentially be summed up with the rinse and repeat cycle of: “I love you!” gushing, followed by the “I don’t trust you, how can I compete with the women and your fame!” angst, ending with the apologetic “the last thing in the world I want to do is hurt you”. Then the cycle repeats again with more “I love you” gushing. Over and over.

Seriously, most of their conversations are either him trying to convince her to trust him, or just gooey-smoochy lover talk. We also get a crazy ex-girlfriend who messes with Olivia (now that was funny!), and an eye-rolling trip to San Francisco where Olivia’s artistic dreams come true.

I had high hopes as many of my reading friends honestly enjoyed (if not loved) this book. I have also read great things about this author, so I was excited to read a book by her. This book did not work for me on many levels, but I will read the author again one day. Pinky swear.
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10.0% 2 comments
25.0% "I like, but hope they get over this awkwardness between them soon! So gooey, smoochy, sweet."
40.0% "Enough!! You're in love, I get it. Thank GOD we haven't seen stupid pet names yet. Snookums, Honeybun...etc. Now the insecurities check in. Thinking it might be too good to be true? Yep, me too."
65.0% "So far this is just Olivia as a bit of a bi-polar, neurotic, insecure, nutjob. Cole is trying waaaaay too hard to be perfect man. Half their conversations is him trying to explain himself so she will trust him. The other half they profess their undying love. This is getting a bit nauseating. I like parts of this but the romance is just getting strange."
80.0% "It's going down like a bad B-grade movie." 5 comments

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message 1: by Colleen (new) - added it

Colleen Great review!! I have it on my TBR shelf (due to the high reviews), but haven't gotten to it just yet. I'll definitely keep your thoughts in mind when I do read it.

message 2: by Denise (new)

Denise Great review KarLyn, I hate when a book is so far below my expectations like that. Does not sound like one I would enjoy either... thanks for the heads up!

message 3: by Rane (new)

Rane Great Review KP! I read a little on the book and it just didn't draw me in, perhaps it'll have an extended stay on the TBR shelf for awhile...

♡Karlyn P♡ Thanks everyone. I realize many people honestly loved this one, but I think you can get a pretty good feel for this book in a few chapters. I almost quit a few times, but I really wanted to give this author an honest read.

message 5: by AgentScully (new)

AgentScully Great review KarLyn! I don't think this author is for me.

message 6: by Catherine (new)

Catherine Nice review! I really dislike it when characters become too neurotic and irritating. Too bad the heroine's woe-is-me attitude was so in your face. :(

message 7: by MelissaB (new) - added it

MelissaB Oh man. I hadn't thought this author was for me but bought this book based on all the good reviews. Looks like it will stay unread unless I am bored some day.

Great review KarLynP!

message 8: by Vicki (new) - added it

Vicki Great review.

I also bought it based on the good reviews...guess mine will stay unread for now like yours MelissaB.

message 9: by Willow (new)

Willow Brook Excellent review. Despite the good word of mouth on this book, I held off buying it because I hated Line of Scrimmage so much. After reading your review, I feel I chose wisely. :)

Katie(babs) I still found Cole to be dreamy, although the talk of having babies so fast was a bit too much.

♡Karlyn P♡ Katie(babs) wrote: "I still found Cole to be dreamy, although the talk of having babies so fast was a bit too much."

I thought Cole started out as a great character, but he evolved into something so dang perfect it felt over the top. And I seriously questioned his gray matter when he kept trying so hard to have a serious relationship with a total stranger. And the baby thing? I so agree. The ending was just as bizarre. (view spoiler)

Kristin Fresh off reading her book Line of Scrimmage (which was one of the best books I've read this year PERIOD!!) i went into this book REALLY wanting another hit. I'm about 200 pages into it and I've felt pretty much all the things you've summed up her. Obviously I'm not done yet, and I PRAY I end up loving it, but yeah...

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willaful I'm not even halfway through and already I'm seeing everything you describe. Don't think I'll finish.

♡Karlyn P♡ willaful wrote: "I'm not even halfway through and already I'm seeing everything you describe. Don't think I'll finish."

LOL, personally, I think you've already read the better half of this book. Did you get to the 'period sex' yet? It's not as graphic as FsoG, but eeeeewwww. (bottom of page 292, if you dare...)

message 15: by willaful (new) - added it

willaful I've already deleted it. Daaaarn.

♡Karlyn P♡ willaful wrote: "I've already deleted it. Daaaarn."


message 17: by willaful (new) - added it

willaful Oh, that's not so bad. At least he didn't go down on her. But for goodness sake, didn't they think to put a towel down?!

♡Karlyn P♡ Barbara wrote: "Eeeew. Why do I look at these things when they go by in my update timeline and worse, why does "period sex" and a link always look so intriguing that I have to click on it?

LOL! I knew you'd have to read it. See, not even period sex is original to Fifty Shades!

♡Karlyn P♡ willaful wrote: "Oh, that's not so bad. At least he didn't go down on her. But for goodness sake, didn't they think to put a towel down?!"

Hmmm, I think it was in a hotel, so not their linens to worry about?

message 20: by willaful (new) - added it

willaful Still, have to sleep on it. Now that's eww.

message 21: by ♡Karlyn P♡ (last edited Sep 08, 2012 09:59PM) (new) - rated it 2 stars

♡Karlyn P♡ willaful wrote: "Still, have to sleep on it. Now that's eww."

Night, night. I should bed heading to be soon too.

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