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Hero – Lauren Rowe

A standalone contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS SERIES from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe. The story of firefighter Colby Morgan that proves heroes come in many forms . . .

The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together. 

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively. 

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words. 

No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit. 

When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul.

She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling. 

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me. 

And I fell in love.

But what I didn’t know… what I couldn’t possibly know… was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

I’d like to thank Social Butterfly PR for sending me an earc of this book, it is very much appreciated. The description completely and utterly steered me to this book and I was so excited to start it.

This book lived up to my expectations I fell in love with Lydia the moment she was introduced to us when she found out about her husband being killed in the line of duty and her reaction it was so heart wrenching and the emotion was real and I really loved that. I loved how protective she was of her children and wasn’t willing to cause them any extra pain. I enjoyed her personality, the humour and most importantly I loved that we got to see her doing her job and how much she cared about. I also liked how her healing process included helping Colby heal physically.

Colby he was intense, that first scene in the fire I was on the edge of my seat wondering if he was going to make it out alive. Then the scene where he is first in hospital high as a kite on drugs that is one of my favourite scenes out of the whole book and I loved the fact that what happened between them at the hospital is mentioned again later in the book. I don’t want to say what it was because of spoilers. I loved his personality and how much he loved his family and how the whole Morgan Clan cared for each other. It’s one of my favourite family relationships that I have read.

One of the aspects I really enjoyed in this novel was that we got to see Colby in his physical therapy recovery as well as watching Lydia learn to live with her grief and find love and happiness again. I felt although these two stories different were also the same. I also love that the author did her research on the first responders and made the story feel as realistic as possible which was amazing plus one for me.

The only thing I really had a problem with was Lydia’s in-laws, her first husband’s parents (I really can’t remember his name). They made Lydia feel terrible if she was happy or trying to be happy for the children. I really didn’t like the mother but other than the trip to Disney land we don’t see them again in the novel and it would have been nice Lydia telling them that she was moving on and she was going to let his memory live but be happy. I’m kind of disappointed that didn’t happen.

I loved the Morgan clan, the way they all tease each other and are loving yet always supportive. I love when in stories there is a massive family aspect especially when that family is big. I liked how they just accepted Lydia’s children, Theo, Izzy and Bea into the family when they finally met them and I loved it. I loved the bond that they all created with each other.

This was such a good story and I loved the plot and the characters, the writing was also amazing, I didn’t have a problem with the writing or struggled to get into it. The story gave me the feels and I fell in love with it all. I am so going to end up reading the other books in the Morgan Brothers series because I’ve fallen in love with them all.

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