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Hi I'm Janna and I am a book whore! I started this blog after being a part of another for years. While being a big blog may be nice I like to stay true to me having a love for books, that's why I blog. I love books and I want to share that love with my readers of this blog. I love to read, books are my escape and a huge part of my life besides my husband and two children. I am honest and sometimes sassy in my reviews but never mean. Some of my favorite authors include Kristen Ashley, Penelope Douglas, T.M. Frazier, M.N. Forgy, Rachel Van Dyken, Meghan March and Vi Keeland to only name a few!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

ARC Review! Hero of Mine by Codi Gary

The men of Alpha Dog, a second chance program for at-risk teens, work hard and play hard. And when it comes to protecting the women they love . . . nothing stands in their way.

Danielle Hill used to live on the wild side, until a surprise pregnancy forced her to get her act together. Now her whole life revolves around her young son, and she will do anything to keep Noah’s heart protected, even if it means avoiding the Marine who makes her want to be oh so bad . . .

Tyler Best loves his family, his friends, and his life, and he plans on living it to the fullest after nearly losing it. But Tyler didn’t bank on running into a beautiful blond with blazing green eyes and temper to match his. Tyler always thought he wasn’t ready to settle down, but Dani and Noah make him rethink his playboy ways . . .

Only just as these two start to build something, a shadow from Dani’s past comes back to haunt them. But Tyler will do anything to keep her and Noah safe . . . anything.
This is a tough review to write, as I struggled a bit with this one. Tyler, I liked a lot. He seemed like a good guy, a good friend, a guy who was truly intereated in Dani and willing to change who he was to be with her.

Dani, however, was a tough sell for me. There was something about her that make me not really like her all that much. I found her quick to judge, harsh, and a little selfish. There is a point in the book where a friend of hers reaches out to include Dani in her wedding, and her response is to first process the cost and say that she thinks it will be enough time to swing it. The friend gets mad and tells Dani that she is selfish. And the conversation ends. I think this was intended to illustrate that she was a struggling single mother, and I think as readers we understand, but in this instance, I agreed with the friend, that maybe, just once, it could be about someone else first, that Dani's first reaction not be her and what she was focused on.  In this book, I felt that Dani in a lot of ways used her son to justify closing herself off from others, but without further addressing this, it just came across as a little shallow and selfish. I was hoping, through the entire book, that something would come of this conversation, possibly a realization that she was harsh and judgmental, but nothing ever did.

So, I guess I can say I believed Dani, and I was able to engage with the story...just not that I would want to be friends with her. But, I did believe Tyler would, that he loved her, that he would want something with her, which is why, even though I am not a fan of Dani, I think this one is worth the read.

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