Tuesday, December 8, 2015

ARC Review: An Ordinary Hero by Therese Woodson


Blurb:
As a paramedic, Ryan Bishop has responded to his fair share of bizarre situations. However, he’s not prepared when he meets Phillip, a local man who keeps popping up to save the day. Everyone lauds Phillip as a hero, but he prefers to stay in the background, going so far as to refuse medical treatment.

Ryan is intrigued, not only by Phillip’s unassuming manner, but also by his ability to be in the right place at the right time. Ryan wants some answers and maybe even a date. What he gets is an unexpected part in Phillip’s origin story,


Dani's rating:




This is my first read by this author, and while the book didn't wow me, I found it to be an easy read that kept my attention.

For those of you wondering, yes, this IS a paranormal romance.

One of the MCs, Phillip, has a "gift" that allows him to sense a tragedy looming and then gives him extraordinary strength and skill to save those involved. This same gift also ensures that he heals from any injuries sustained much faster than normal.

That's how Ryan, a paramedic, meets Phillip: at the scene of an accident that should have killed a little girl who pulled into traffic on her bike but didn't, because Phillip dashed in front of a truck and pulled her to safety.

Ryan wants to take Phillip to the hospital, but Phillip refuses and walks away with extensive bruising and a broken leg.

Phillip becomes a sort of Local Hero, saving people but never giving his real name and always slipping away as soon as he can.

Ryan believes Phillip when Phillip confesses the truth about his powers, and the two become romantically involved.




There is some delicious UST, as Ryan can't stop thinking about the gorgeous man who always shows up to the rescue.

Here's what really didn't work for me: the explanation for HOW Phillip's "gift" came about (and it's a new thing, not something he was born with) is very vague. If you're going with paranormal, go full tilt.

The book is moderately sexy (a couple steamy scenes between the MCs), with some sweet cuddling moments. I liked Ryan, whose third-person POV filters the story. Phillip remained a mystery, but maybe that was the point.

There wasn't quite enough relationship development on page. A few weeks pass, and I wasn't sure if the MCs saw each other during that time or just texted. It was a bit fuzzy.

Likewise, the ending was rather abrupt and not entirely satisfying. There's no further exploration of Phillip's powers or the danger he puts himself in. I was expecting a stronger resolution.


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