Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Review of Never a Hero by Marie Sexton

Title: Never a Hero (A Tucker Springs Novel #5)
Author: Marie Sexton
Source: NetGalley
Genre: M/M
Length: Novel
Reviewer: KindleRomance

Everyone deserves a hero. Owen Meade is desperately in need of a hero. Raised by a mother who made him ashamed of his stutter, his sexual orientation, and his congenitally amputated arm, Owen lives like a hermit in his Tucker Springs apartment. But then hunky veterinarian Nick Reynolds moves in downstairs. 

Nick is sexy and confident, and makes Owen comfortable with himself in a way nobody ever has. He also introduces Owen to his firecracker of a little sister, who was born with a similar congenital amputation but never let it stand in her way. When she signs the two of them up for piano lessons—and insists that they play together in a recital—Owen can’t find a way to say no. Especially since it gives him a good excuse to spend more time with Nick. 

Owen knows he’s falling hard for his neighbor, but every time he gets close, Nick inexplicably pulls away. Battling his mother’s scorn and Nick’s secrets, Owen soon realizes that instead of waiting for a hero, it’s time to be one—for himself and for Nick.
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Compassionate coverage of some difficult subjects, Sexton managed to create two compelling characters who need each other in order to finally accept themselves as they are. 

Nick was the veterinarian who contacted AIDS during a sexual romp when he was younger and naive.  Owen was born with only one arm due to an amniotic band in the womb. However, for both of them, their real problem lies in their reaction to their circumstances. Owen has the additional burden of dealing with a horrendous mother who treated him as if she would have preferred he was never born, and a father who was too weak to stand up to her. After suffering through a challenging childhood, he is finally making strides in creating a life for himself, although it's still a very lonely one. 

Once Nick moves in next door, they become extremely good friends. There are several false starts to their relationship as they realistically work through their issues. Although this wasn't a full length novel, there were a lot of issues addressed making this story feel full and move quickly. There were additional characters that helped moved the plot along, but for the most part, this was a heavy relationship based story. There were a few lovely steamy scenes. There were also quite a few heart-warming scenes as we watched both of these guys slowly come out of their shells. At one point, Owen makes a decision that was difficult to watch, but understandable. Overall, this was an amazing book!

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