Genres: Contemporary Romance, Military Romance
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Released on February 4, 2020
Her music dried up and her boyfriend cheated making her a country song cliche while his all-American red white and blue bled out leaving him broken. Does life have a new chance for them? I saw the heartfelt blurb on this one and thought it was long past time for me to try this new to me author who gets to the heart of what makes a hero in her romances.
An Everyday Hero is the second installment in this series of standalone romances. I started with this one and couldn’t even tell you if it had any connection at all to the previous book so it can definitely be read out of order.
An Everyday Hero opens with Greer Hadley standing before the judge shamed at her recent descent to rock bottom and shocked at the sentence she receives- fifty hours at a non-profit music therapy organization for working with military vets and families. Her music and her dreams dried up in Nashville and she walked away from it all, but a troubling first session with a teen girl who lost her dad and she sees her own troubled teen self in the girl. Then she gets assigned a reclusive military vet who is an amputee and struggling with survivor’s guilt. He was once the most popular guy at school and her own secret crush. She didn’t think she had anything to offer others, but finds her own brand of sarcasm and offbeat ways are just what these two people who don’t want pity or fake care need. And, as she tries with them, she learns that Ally and Emmet might be just what she needs to find her way.
Emmet Lawson came back when others did not. He should be grateful, but instead he doesn’t see the point and wishes it had been him who was left dead back in the desert. He uses the old family cabin and sits in his rocker drinking his meals. Then feisty Greer shows up and won’t be driven away by his snarl and shotgun. She challenges him and he slowly starts taking an interest so that he is soon challenging her with her issues as well. A shift happens in his mind as he starts taking an interest in his family, the family horse farm, and most definitely Greer. Could she ever see him as more than a friend?
There is so much to absorb in this book. It’s a romance, but it is also the comeback stories for three hurting people. Loss and recovery is a huge pair of elements. Finding one’s self and learning to allow others in the support is also there. Military sacrifices both by a soldier and a soldier’s family. A love for music and the healing it brings. And, yes, romance.
Both Greer and Emmet are really wallowing when the story begins. They have good reasons to feel beaten down and bruised of heart. But then Greer becomes the catalyst for assisting Aly and then Emmet. As they come out of their internal exiles, they turn it around and start pulling Greer out of her troubles. It was neat to see them all helping each other and then seeing the supporting love of family and friends around them. The emphasis on coping with grief and loss is huge and I liked how the author handled that with an intimate knowledge of the military life for soldiers and families. I appreciated that she got them on the road to recovery before things shifted between Greer and Emmet into acting on their attraction and their feelings for each other.
It was gently-paced and very much so character-driven. I found it full of depth and rich in thoughtful moments. It was a heartwarming and eventually feel-good romance and come-back story. I loved this first occasion to read the author’s work and it will definitely be followed up with more. I can definitely recommend this book to military romance and small town romance fans who enjoy spicy, character-driven romance.
My thanks to St. Martin’s for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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