Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Her Passionate Hero

Her Passionate Hero (Black Dawn #3)
by Caitlyn O'Leary

There is nothing funny about bullying as this author shows through many years and hurtful people one women is still fighting the bullies in her school but now she is fighting them for the students she watches over as vice principal. Aliana has gotten in over her head when her ex students step up the game putting her life in danger because she is trying to help others overcome their past and get out of the gangs. Some could really have a wonderful life and do something with it, being able to help others with what they have learned with the money they could be making. This is a very emotional, compassionated, heartfelt read from the here and now dealing with bullies and the past where one love that got away. This is a powerful outstanding story of second chances for more than one couple but students that have so much potential. Can these kids get out and make something of their selves and can one man and one woman who have always meant everything to each other overcome the pain, face the past and find the love that they always shared without anyone getting killed?

I loved the danger, the near death and the outcome of helping children make a better life. The author really pulls you in holding you on the edge with your heart in your throat as one group threatens Aliana in ways that will make you yell and want to grab her out of the pages. That is until one hero from the past comes and deals with them keeping you on your toes as he takes over putting a plan into action stealing not only Aliana heart but your own.

There are so many wonderful parts from the seal brothers coming together putting some gang members in their place to the laughter of the little old women who steal your hearts. They are something else. Yes this is a serious book but Hunter has a way about him that makes you smile as he does his best to keep Aliana, her mother and grandmother safe while spreading the smiles, laughs and joy. The teasing between the seal brothers is so natural you can’t help but chuckle. When the little old ladies do their best to help you have to laugh as you roll your eyes just like Hunters does. The grandmothers are something else as they do their best to do a little match making. This is a wonderful story showing how love can conquer bring so many people together for one common goal. The name fits this book to a T there is so much passion, love and hero’s that will bring a tear to your eye, a smile to your face and make you laugh out loud.

The characters are great even the gang members your heart goes out to a few so many people who need so much but only a few can be helped. Aliana is a strong, capable woman who doesn’t like to ask for help. She sees herself totally different than those around her. I loved how Hunter shows her just how truly beautiful she is inside and out. Hunter is just an amazing man who is strong but for the right person he isn’t afraid to show his pain, his love is raw you have no trouble feeling every emotion he feels. There is one boy I just wanted to grab and hold I was just so proud of him and all he does. Out of everyone I think he was my hero, I would have loved to have watch him become a man.  Aliana friend is a trip an a half, a very bold woman I just adored. I loved how the author shows each characters true self, the wit, their pain and their love. Ms. O'Leary knows how to draw her readers in showing that people are not perfect but at the same time making the perfect in so many ways. The passion is strong I really liked how there was sexual tension with some very powerful love scenes. When they finally come together it is mind blowing.  From the first page until the last the author held me in the palm of her hand. I enjoyed the twists and turns, excitement, danger never knowing what will happen next. At times I didn’t know how it was going to turn out my heart was in my throat. I found myself yelling, talking to the characters as well as saying you go girl. I had no trouble at all feeling  Aliana pain from the past to the future as well as Hunters pain of the not knowing, confusion and heart break. It was an outstanding read from start to finish. I couldn’t put it down and plan to read it along with the rest of this series. It is truly one outstanding read from an author who knows how to writing giving you a touching, exciting, thrilling, and delightful read you are going to love.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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Aliana Novak spent most of her school years being bullied. Her only refuge, was Hunter Diaz, until the day he graduated and left her to deal with the tormentors herself. But that was then, this is now. Those horrific experiences molded her into what she is today and made her the perfect candidate for Vice Principal of one of the toughest, schools in East LA. Sometimes the harder you fall, the stronger you rise. Aliana always rose to the challenge until one the most notorious gangs in East LA had her in their sights.

Hunter Diaz, scraped and fought his way out of the gangs of East LA, to serve honorably as a SEAL in the United States Navy. He has become one of the most dangerous men on the planet. When his adopted grandmother tells him an old friend is in trouble back home, he returns to the place he vowed to leave firmly in the past.

Hunter expects to find the same awkward and fragile girl he once knew. Instead, he finds a beautiful strong woman who is closed off from everything but the children under her care. Even when her life is on the line she is determined to handle things on her own. What had happened to Aliana? Can Hunter break down her walls and prove to her he is still her knight in shining armor before she ends up dead?

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