Contemporary Romance, Category Romance, Military
Ebook $2.99 (146 pages, ENTANGLED PUBLISHING/INDULGENCE)
You always want what you can't have...
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 Site: laurakayeauthor.com
Laura Kaye Does It Again! (5 stars)
Before I get into the review let me just say that it takes a LOT to get me to enjoy a contemporary romance. I'm a paranormals lover and that's that. But once in a while an author comes along with a book that I'll read because I've liked their paranormal stuff or the blurb's just that good. If you've already read one of Laura's books you probably don't even need to read this review. She is one of only two authors that I will grab a contemporary romance from without any hesitation. If you want your romance reads to have expertly blended elements of plot and romance no matter the genre, richly developed characters, and just the right amount of steam look no further than Laura Kaye.
HER FORBIDDEN HERO finds childhood friends, Alyssa Scott and Marco Vieri, crossing paths after both their lives have changed dramatically. As Brady, Alyssa's brother's, best friend and former brother in arms, Marco is struggling with life outside of the Army. When their team suffered tragedy thanks to bad intelligence, Marco not only lost his team, but his ability to serve as well. Tending bar isn't much of a career path for a wounded soldier and does nothing to ease the nightmares that plague him. Shutting himself off from others is his coping mechanism until Alyssa comes back into his life.
Broke and homeless, Alyssa walks into Whiskey's in search of a job handling the entertainment, but running into Marco is no accident. She's crushed on him for far too long and working her way up from waitressing to her dream job will be no trouble with his presence nearby. Even struggling to pay for shelter and food each night her indomitable hopefulness is both a balm and frustration to Marco. Alyssa's his best-friend's sister and Marco refuses to act on the growing desire when he's so clearly broken. But there's not a lot that can keep Alyssa from what she wants even if he's not ready to let her in, she'll do all she can to heal the heart of the man she loves.
There's something utterly simple about HER FORBIDDEN HERO and yet it manages to never feel formulaic. Alyssa was a surprisingly great character. Even I was getting frustrated at her determination and seeming naivety. But that was what made her enjoyable, made her feel real. Rarely do I look forward to seeing a hero and heroine finally together as strongly as I did with this one. Marco's struggles were ones I've heard many times as a former Army wife which made him an equally real and relatable hero. At the same time Alyssa wasn't a miracle cure, as some books try to pull off.
I'm no prude but I tend to prefer closed-door love scenes or skim them because they can become extremely monotonous. Kaye manages to somehow make her characters come together in such a way it's beautiful and sexy, but never gratuitious, which makes them satisfying to read. HER FORBIDDEN HERO was so good I went straight to my mother-in-law to suggest it and she laughed and told me she had just read it! It is one no contemporary romance lover should miss.
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Notes: ARC received via author.