Release Day Blitz ** Review ** Excerpt **- Not Your Hero by Anna Brooks

Title: Not Your Hero
Author: Anna Brooks
Release Date: April 18, 2015
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Sam Monroe is cynical and trusts no one. He lives his life just the way he likes it – no promises and no regrets. All he wants is a willing woman a couple times a week to give him a few moments where there are no painful memories. 

Courtney Gallagher is a single mom doing her best at raising her young son. She longs to feel wanted again, to receive the touch of a loving man. Even though her heart is fragile, she has hope there’s someone out there for her and her son.

Courtney rents a place from Sam, and their relationship becomes complicated. Sam is willing to let her in his bed, but not his heart. Courtney feels a pull towards Sam, but learns that trust is definitely something to be earned.

Can she forgive his mistakes? Does he want to be forgiven?

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“Is it really gonna be like this?”
“Like what?”
I sit in my chair, back to him, and start twirling pasta. His arms cage me in from behind and his stubble tickles my cheek. “You acting pissed at me. I told you. I fucking told you that I can’t do more. I told you to make me leave, but you didn’t.”
He runs his nose behind my ear, and I clench the arms of the chair, forcing myself to stay still. I don’t want him to see how affected I am. “But you didn’t. So we fucked, Courtney. And we could do it again. In fact, I jack off thinking about doing it again. You know where I live if you want a repeat.”

Anna has always had a passion for writing, and is thrilled to have published her first novel. Along with several other projects, she is currently working on the next book in the It’s Kind Of Personal series. Born in Wisconsin, she’s lived in several Midwestern states. Anna enjoys reading, writing, and spending time outdoors with her husband and two boys.
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** ARC provided by Southern Belle Promotions for an honest review. **

Not your hero is the story about two broken souls, and after some traumatic experiences in their past, decided to be in charge of their lives, instead of being a victim.

Courtney is a single mother with two jobs, trying to maintain her family above the water. This character was so brave, even in the hard times she fought for it. But she felt lonely and sometimes wanted to have someone in her life she could rely on.

Sam is her landlord and definitely not the commitment guy at all. He enjoyed his freedom and after what happened in his past, he wasn’t going back to relationship. He’s a complex man, with mixed feelings when it comes to his beautiful neighbor and sweet son. Totally Alpha Male!

«  I’ve never felt possessive of a woman before. And a woman with the kid? I avoid them like plague. Just another complication I don’t need, even if her kid’s probably the coolest five-year-old I’ve ever met. »

The tension is here and both of them aren’t on the same page; but they both felt the same way, attracted to each other. Courtney didn’t want to feel use like the other girls, and Sam couldn’t get her out of his head. The girls constantly in and out of his place didn’t help him. That’s why Courtney tried to keep him in the friend zone.

Sam wanted Courtney so badly and was honest with her, that he couldn’t open up to her. The more he spend time with Courtney and her son, the more he get attached to them and his old habits weren’t something he was proud of. He became protective and being jealous when she wanted to move on and find someone, so totally confusing. How could he let her in his heart, without being hurt?

There were some very, very hot moments, with Sam playing his part as an Alpha Male with a swoony side. There were angst, sexy and hot scenes and seeing how he fall for Courtney was very sweet, turning to the guy against relationship to the one who finally had one and found his match!
It was a sweet story about second chances at love, finding « your hero ».

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