Be My Hero (Forbidden Men #3) by Linda KageBe My Hero by Linda Kage
Published August 2014
Series: Forbidden Men #3
Genres: Dramatic Romance, New Adult
four-half-stars
Format: eBook
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Once upon a time, there was this pampered rich girl who was kind of full of herself. She really only cared about appearances and hiding all her dark, ugly secrets under the guise of an opinionated snob. But then Eva Mercer got pregnant, shot by a psycho, and kicked out of the only home she knew. Now she’s broke, unemployed, and has to start anew with a newborn to raise. But how?

On the other side of town, sexy, tattooed orphan, Patrick Ryan, can’t get a break. He’s out on parole for defending the last damsel in distress while trying to help her support her child, but all he wants is to find his one true love. He knows this woman by scent, smile, and laugh, but he’s never actually met her. He doesn’t even know her name. He just knows she’s the key to fixing everything.

One kind of hero can save you from physical harm. Another can rescue you from a different kind of doom. To reach their dreams, Eva and Pick can save each other. But first, they must open their hearts and learn how to trust.

When he was a kid, Pick Ryan was granted glimpses into his future showing him the life he could have if he lived it to his content. Those glimpses felt so real that he is obsessed with finding his soulmate “Tinkerbell” and start this beautiful family of 3 with her. However, years later, he is still holding out for this vision, while at the same time, things don’t seem to have worked out: he’s working 2 jobs to help out his drug-addict friend Tristy and her newborn child, and making sure they have a place to stay. Tinkerbell doesn’t seem to be sweeping him off his feet anytime soon.

Yet, the day he decides to get married to Tristy for healthcare coverage reasons alone, he meets Eva Mercer and her pregnant belly donning a Tinkerbell t-shirt – and he is convinced she’s the girl from his visions. Yet, he can’t comprehend how Eva is pregnant with someone else’s child when that’s not what the glimpses showed. And she doesn’t seem to be this wonderful, smiling girl she dreamed of so often…

What I loved about this book:

  • The great chemistry
  • The unexpected storyline

What I felt needed improvement:

  • There was a lot of over-the-top drama

I am such a sucker for “forbidden romances” (the series is called Forbidden Men) and stories around pregnant ladies needing a hero or surrogate father that I couldn’t not resist getting this book. Well, turns out there was nothing forbidden about this romance novel since it is only the name of the bar where the main characters work, but I did get plenty surrogate father, wrapped up in a crazy and refreshing read!

The beginning of the book was rather harsh. Both main characters have gone through a heart-breakingly hard childhood, both on very different levels, with Eva coming from a rich family and Ryan having grown up in foster-care under quite harsh conditions. But regardless of that, both their childhood stories are gut-wrenching and shared at the very beginning of the book, which gave it a really dark and sour start.

And to be honest, there is still some drama as we fast-forward to the “now”, but at least both characters have something to look up to: Pick never lost hope that his visions may one day come through, and Eva is looking forward to becoming a better person and a great mother to her daughter.

“Maybe it means nothing. Maybe it means everything. It shows you what your life would look like if you lived it to your heart’s content.”

Pick spends his life looking for the girl in the glimpses the crazy lady let him have. He is obsessed with the idea of finding his Tinkerbell. I am not a fan of the paranormal-type stories, but I loved the idea that Pick’s life is pretty much based on those visions. And unlike what you would expect, they will come true, although not the exact way he saw them in those “glimpses”.

“Fate hated me. It figured I’d finally meet my soul mate on my wedding day.”

He’s the perfect book boyfriend in all instances: he is extremely devoted, caring and protective towards all women, and especially towards his foster-care childhood friend, and then towards Eva as soon as he meets her. Seeing her pregnant and single has his alpha-male protective instincts instantly kicking in.But at the same time, he’s the sweetest and most honorable guy ever, who would never let go on a promise – even if this promise involves putting someone else’s happiness before his own. It kind of made him a doormat, at least in the beginning of the book, but it turns out that he is not against fighting for himself and the person he loves when he sees fit.

“I wanted it so damn bad I could taste it. I wanted that future and happily-ever-after. And if I never found that girl, if I never found even a portion of those glimpses, the disappointment would probably kill me.”

I liked how Eva was kind of an anti-heroine. What her stepdad did to her broke her and led her to become irresponsible and promiscuous, in the hopes of erasing her past. She really doesn’t sound like a great person, and she apparently acts like a real bitch in the previous book of the Forbidden Men Series. However, finding out that she’s pregnant, and having her parents reject her feels like an awakening to her: she knows she has to become a better person for the life that’s growing inside her, and makes huge changes instead of mooching off her cousin and her new boyfriend. She morphed into a wonderful and extremely likeable character.

“I was a single, nineteen-year old child with no job, no home, and I was about to bring an innocent little human into the world and be totally responsible for her.”

I also loved how Eva and Pick connected in a very natural and realistic way, and how their relationship evolved from one of mistrust to one of complete synergy. They had wonderful chemistry: they completed each other extremely well and therefore helped each other grow.

The writing in this book was wonderful also, with a very engaging 1st person alternating dual-POV, and some wonderfully romantic and steamy scenes.

The only thing i found a bit annoying was that Be My Hero was also very centered on the side characters, who are the main characters of the previous books in the series, and who have obviously have been given a very complex storyline themselves. Having never read the other books in the series, I wasn’t exactly “lost” because the author outlined their story enough, but I found it odd that the side characters were constantly in the picture, and that their story very much blended into Eva and Pick’s story, adding another layer of (sometimes unnecessary) drama.

And yeah, there was a lot of drama in this book, some of it more than necessary, and some of it was really over-the-top and a tad unrealistic, but it certainly made this book extremely suspenseful, adding many unexpected twists and turns to its storyline.

And hey, I was surprised at how well the author managed to tie all lose ends together and make this story a wonderful albeit drama-laden fairytale. I certainly recommend you give Be My Hero a try, let alone for Pick Ryan!

Detailed Rating
Storyline
4 Stars
Characters
5 Stars
Writing
5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: four-half-stars