Her Forbidden Hero
by Laura KayePublished by: Entangled Publish Date: May 15, 2012 Genre: Contemporary Romance Series: no series, stand alone title Source: E-book provided for review My Rating: Blurb from Goodreads:
She’s always been off-limits…
Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend’s little sister, but her return home changes that…and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco’s not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he’s not about to let her see the mess he’s become.
…but now she’s all grown up.
When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can’t stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa’s not looking for protection—not anymore. Now that she’s back in his life, she’s determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time…
Author Laura Kaye doesn’t disappoint with her latest contemporary romance, Her Forbidden Hero. In Her Forbidden Hero, Alyssa Scott has returned to her hometown to find a job and hopefully reconnect with her childhood friend, her brother’s best friend Marco Vieri. With her brother deployed in the Army Special Forces and no family to help, Alyssa is very much on her own and determined to take care of herself. Marco has been discharged from the Army himself, due to injuries. He was hurt in the war, both physically and mentally. He has yet to find peace and he has lost his vision for his future. When Alyssa shows up, Marco’s old job as protector kicks back into gear, but so does his attraction to Alyssa. Marco no longer sees a girl when he looks at Alyssa, he sees a woman. However, with a past that haunts him, he doubts that he could ever have a future with her.
I really enjoyed this book. Her Forbidden Hero is a stand alone title, so there is not too much set-up or background. Her Forbidden Hero is a fully-developed, well-rounded story that drew me in from the start and left me satisfied and pleased after I finished the last page. Laura Kaye does an excellent job developing her characters and endearing them to the reader. I felt for Marco, he had been through trauma while in the Special Forces and his sense of worth was suffering. Alyssa is a woman who has learned to become independent, but she missed having her friend Marco around. Alyssa and Marco have a very special relationship, their relationship is based on a long-standing, solid friendship. Now that years have passed and both characters have gained life experience and grown up, their friendship turns into something more, their connection is magnetic.
The romance and relationship between Alyssa and Marco is very believable, it is also emotional and sweet. Between Marco’s injuries and his confusion and Alyssa’s desire to be independent, they have definite communication issues. Their relationship goes through ups and downs, but instead of annoying me with the up and down, I just felt more for the characters. Marco wants to be a good friend to Alyssa, but at the same time he is conflicted because of his friendship with Alyssa’s older brother. Here would be where the “forbidden” relationship part comes into play. As a good friend to Alyssa’s brother, he feels that it’s inappropriate to date a friend’s little sister. So, poor Marco is just lost and confused throughout the book, and he can’t communicate all this to Alyssa. Marco is the type of character who will steal your heart. He definitely captured mine in Her Forbidden Hero.
Her Forbidden Hero is a heart-warming, stand alone romance that I highly recommend to all romance readers. The story is excellent, and it goes by quickly because you won’t want to put it down. I have seen that Her Forbidden Hero has been getting plenty of positive feedback, and that feedback is very well deserved. Congratulations and thank you to Laura Kaye for writing yet another fantastic book.
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