4 reasons to read One Lucky Hero by Codi Gary

May 30, 2016 | Posted by Genesis in Book Reviews | 16 Comments

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
4 reasons to read One Lucky Hero by Codi GaryOne Lucky Hero
by Codi Gary
Series: Men in Uniform #1
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: June 7th 2016 by Avon Impulse
Format: eARC
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4.5 Stars
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss

She was looking for a little fun…

Violet Douglas wants one night where she can be normal. Where she can do something for herself and not be just her sibling’s guardian. So when she spies a tall, dark and sexy stranger, she’s ready to let her wild side roar. The last thing she expects is to see her one night stand one week later, when she drags her delinquent kid brother to the Alpha Dog Training Program.

He wasn’t looking for a commitment…

Sgt. Dean Sparks is used to keeping women at a distance, and yet he can’t resist Violet’s snapping wit or smile. So when he suggests a friends-with-benefits arrangement, it seems like the perfect solution to their undeniable attraction. No emotional entanglement, just mind-blowing sex.

But with their lives becoming more and more entwined, Dean realizes that casual isn't enough for him anymore. And as Violet finds herself leaning on Dean in a way she never has, will her fears put more distance between them? Or can she let go of the past, and take a chance on happily ever after?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Violet has gone through so much in her life and trusting people doesn’t come easy for her. Losing her mother to suicide and when one night of torment leads to chasing off her drug addicted father, all Violet wants is one night of letting loose. She meets Dean at a concert and has the best night of her life. But it all comes crashing down when she receives a phone call and has to face reality. Her brother has gotten into some trouble and instead of going to juvie, they give him an out: stay at Alpha Dog training center for a month. Turns out Violet’s one night stand is the boss at Alpha Dog and she has to see him constantly.

Depth

This story has so much depth to the characters, you have to slowly peel off the layers. Starting with Violet, from such a young age she has had to grow up to take care of her siblings and it hasn’t been easy. She is so strong, though. She wants to do good for her siblings so they can have a good future. Sgt. Dean Sparks also has a past that he hasn’t been wanting to face. Despite all of it, he wants to return to active duty, but interactions with a certain red-head has him considering if that’s what he truly wants.

Family & Tough Issues

Family is so important in this story and it’s highlighted all the time. Violet and her siblings went through a lot, especially Vi’s younger brother Casey. He has a secret of what happened to him and why he changed from being a loving and caring boy to someone who doesn’t care and cringes at anyone touching him. I felt so bad for Casey. Something was tormenting him, but he never spoke of what was going on. Instead, he lashed out. My heart broke for him so many times. The author introduced issues like suicide, drug addiction, and rape. All of them weren’t easy to read. Despite all the tough topics, Codi Gary included some funny moments that balanced the story.

Romance

Gosh, the romance!!! *fangirls and swoons* Violet and Dean are the perfect match. I was so beyond in love with their story. They are both so stubborn, it’s not even funny. They are so cute together, though. I was definitely rooting for them through the entire story. Since Violet has a tough past that has made her not trust easily, she doesn’t trust Dean and that’s where I got frustrated. I totally understand where she’s coming from but she kept pushing Dean away. Still, the romance was so cute and sexy and off the charts.

“Never feel bad about putting yourself first.”

Friendship

While they weren’t much in the story, the few times they were made the story so fun. Right from the start, I knew a certain character was going to make me laugh and he did! I hope he has his story coming out soon because I will devour it. I cannot wait to read the rest of the stories as I’m sure they will be a blast!

Overall, this story will make you laugh, cry, and fall in love. It’s a beautiful story, filled with laughter and so many feels! If this start to a new series was this brilliant, give me all the books! I’m in love with all the characters and it was so easy to understand their story, even if I hadn’t gone through it.

About Codi Gary

An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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  • I love a book that gives me all the feels and this certainly sound slike it fits the bill!! Wonderful review!

  • This sounds like a must-read for sure!! Glad you enjoyed this so much!! I’ve never heard of it before, but I’m adding it to my (massive) TBR right now! 🙂

    • It is a must-read! It’s amazing!

  • You’re killing me with this review, Gen! I 100% need to pick up a copy. I’ll definitely purchase it when I go book shopping next.
    I love that the characters have such depth and you know how much I love family in books. And the romance sounds perfect! I can’t wait to read it and I’m glad you loved this so much! 🙂
    Lovely review!

    • I told you that you’d like it! It comes out next week! I think it’s still on edelweiss for request.
      Thank you <3

  • Lyanni

    You made me want to read it! Oh no.

    • Yayyy!! It’s really good.

  • Oh this sounds right up my alley..men in uniform, depth of characters and the added friendships and family! Heck yes. Great review 🙂

    • You love men in uniform and that’s the name of the series haha so go get it!

  • Love the sound of this one! I really love a military aspect especially when it’s done well. When the author has real knowledge of military life or has done her research well. (My husband was in the Navy for 20 yrs so I tend to notice errors and it always takes me out of the story.) But this one sounds so good so I’ll definitely be picking it up. Great review, Gen!

    • I totally know what you mean 🙂 Then you need to watch Army Wives and tell me if it’s done right or not haha

  • Does this have kids? I have one of her books (I think) but it has a kid so I skipped it. I love me some adult romance though and this sounds perfect right now.

    • It has two teenagers: one is 15 years old and the other is about to be a college freshman.

  • Oh this sounds so good! I have been wanting a new contemporary romance by a new author and this might just be it! Great review

    • Then here you go haha You should definitely give it a try.