Author: Laura Kayek
Release Date: 15 May 2012
Number of pages: 240 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Source: ebook provided by publisher
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Read an excerpt
Grade: 4.5 stars
Goodreads appetizer: 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...
My Thoughts: Her Forbidden Hero is I think the 3rd novel I’ve read from Laura Kaye, and I enjoyed all stories very much as they were wonderfully written, so as soon as I saw that she had a new release coming up I was intrigued. Then when I read the blurb and got a glimpse of this delicious cover my curiosity went to “I.Want.It!” territory, and I was not disappointed. Laura Kaye is a born storyteller, and she brings a captivating tale in Her Forbidden Hero, her very first Indulgence romance.
I’m one of those readers who is intrigued by an interesting plot but I need strong, well developed characters to pull me in and carry the exciting storyline. And in Her Forbidden Hero Laura Kaye did that perfectly! With a premise that didn’t sound that unique she still managed to make Her Forbidden Hero utterly memorable and unforgettable thanks to her amazing characterisations, and most notably her hero: Marco.
Marco is the backbone and the flavour of Her Forbidden Hero, in his character Laura Kaye created such a realistic, three dimensional and complex hero that his doubts and struggles leapt off the pages and I was as invested in his emotional suffering as if he was a flesh and blood person I knew. Once again hats off to Laura Kaye, I still can’t get over my amazement and awe at what/who she created in Marco.
Hands braced on his knees, he watched two droplets of sweat splash to the sidewalk. This yearning for what he could never be and never have was pointless. Not to mention pathetic. And that included Alyssa Scott. Not that he was thinking of acting on those midnight fantasies, but clearly his body couldn’t tell the difference between a woman he could have and one he had no business wanting.
Oh no, he wasn’t perfect at all, he was the brilliant epitome of a tortured man. His suffering and self-doubt were heartbreaking.
I think what was even more poignant could have been that we were shown his inner demons and doubts, that men usually try to hide because of their cockiness or simply because they were brought up with the notion that men need to be strong and can’t cry or have emotions. And Marco he was full of insecurities, self-doubt and recrimination and the way he tried to keep everything bottled up inside not sharing his problems and fears with anyone was heartbreaking.
“I want you to come home with me.” She searched his face, still unable to read the emotion behind the words.“I’m okay.”“I’m glad to hear it. But I’d still like to take care of you.” He released a shaky breath. “I need to take care of you. Not because you can’t do it, but because I need…Aly, I need to touch you and see you and prove to myself in a thousand other ways that you’re okay, that you’re still here with me. That I didn’t lose you tonight.”
Laura Kaye’s strength and talent show that in portraying an alpha male hero in such a vulnerable state she still managed to make him seem and sound strong and brave! If only he recognized that sharing his flaws and fears with others and leaning on someone from time to time did not make him weak! *stupid headstrong men* mutters smiling to herself
I loved how Alyssa was such a sweet and pure vanilla heroine, in the best sense of the word. She was like a soothing balm to Marco’s bruised heart and soul, and with her innocence and young naiveté and her unjaded outlook on life she was the breath of fresh air Marco didn’t even think he so desperately needed. Alyssa was the white to Marco’s black and they complemented each other perfectly.
He pushed her back one step, then another, until her spine came flush against something unyielding. He braced his hands on the wall above her shoulders and towered over her, six-foot-three-inches of pissed-off versus five-foot-four-inches of turned-on.
As if his body wasn’t an incredible enough turn-on, kissing Marco revealed an erotic soundtrack of small curses and heated declarations, panting breaths and rumbling groans. Each sound felt like a victory to her and made her want to extract more of them from him.
The setting, the job and the secondary characters were described in enough detail and had so much “screen time”, that in Her Forbidden Hero they weren’t just mere props. For me what really stood out was what a focal role music played in the story. Besides the many songs that were mentioned to give nuance to scenes, the way we learned about band’s performing and the business also added an unexpected something more to the story. And of course the supporting cast was also brilliant, we got to know so many friendly and interesting characters that I am so very glad that Laura decided to make this a series and that in Brody's (Alyssa’s big brother) story we'll go back and have the chance to spend a bit more time with them :-)
Verdict: Her Forbidden Hero was a wonderfully emotional story, the kind that takes you on an emotional roller coaster and leaves you all shaken up. Laura Kaye gifted us with a truly tortured hero whose inner demons and self doubt battles were heartbreaking to read. And a gentle soothing and healing love that makes you believe in hope and ever afters. I gobbled up Her Forbidden Hero in one day, but the story stayed with me far longer. It was a memorable love story with an unforgettable hero.
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