by Codi Gary
Series: Men in Uniform #3
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: November 8th 2016 by Avon Impulse
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
He wasn’t looking for love...
Two years after the death of his wife, Sergeant Blake Kline is still hurting. He isn’t ready to date, but whenever he stops by his local diner and sees the friendly smile of his favorite waitress, he feels a spark of true happiness again. And when her life is unexpectedly threatened, Blake discovers his feelings for her might not be as platonic as he thought.
She was holding out for the hero of her dreams...
Bookworm Hannah York has always been a hopeless romantic—preferring book boyfriends to blind dates—and she’s been day-dreaming about Blake since the moment he came into her diner. She’s convinced they’ll never be more than friends... until Blake kisses her and “weak in the knees” becomes more than just a line from her favorite romance novel. The closer Blake and Hannah get, however, the harder he fights to keep her at a distance.
But forever has a way of sneaking up on you...
When their blossoming relationship takes a complicated turn, Blake will have to face his past… or risk losing Hannah forever.
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.
Blake knew what happiness and love were until it was gone. Now, he’s a grumpy man who doesn’t allow himself any form of happiness, not even the lovely waitress from the diner he frequents. It’s not until one day that Hannah is in danger that he wants to protect her and feelings start to ignite. Unfortunately, Blake feels he doesn’t deserve happiness and is always pushing Hannah away.
This wasn’t my favorite in the series. The characters were okay for me. I did feel for Blake and what he went through, but at the same time, I didn’t really care much, which says a lot seeing as I really felt a lot for the characters in the previous books. I couldn’t really connect with them. I usually like when the two main characters are a bit hot-and-cold, but I felt like in this case it was dragged so much in the story and had lots of angst. So much so, that it overshadowed the sweet moments that Blake and Hannah would have. I am glad Hannah didn’t let herself get dragged towards the end and stood up for herself. I wish she had done it sooner, as well as Blake’s full growth. That way the couple could have had more romantic times. Aside from that, the few moments where drama wasn’t happening, the romance was sweet and a little steamy.
I loved that the author included the whole gang from the previous books and it was so nice to read about them. I always think a group of friends brings lightness to a story and this wasn’t the exception. I would even laugh a little when Blake’s coworkers’ would appear since they are a funny bunch.
Overall, Holding Out for a Hero is a sweet, at times steamy, angsty novel with touches of humor.
Don’t miss out on the rest of the series:
My favorite one is One Lucky Hero! I totally recommend it.
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