AUTHOR:  Michelle Heard – Author’s Website HERE

IS THIS SERIES COMPLETE? Stand Alone Novel

GENRE: (You Can Click On Each Genre To Find More In That Category)  Dark, Potential Triggers, Virgin Heroine, Abuse

TITLE: NOT MY HERO

SERIES: Part of the Black Mountain Academy world.

PAGES:  258

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AMAZON USA: HERE

AUDIBLE: N/A

MY STAR RATING

5/5

SYNOPSIS

He walked into school on his first day and didn’t care what the other students thought of him.

Dark. Broody. Dangerous.

He didn’t care where I cared too much.

Then the rumors started.

He failed his senior year at his previous school. His brother committed suicide. It’s his fault.

And for one blessed week, I wasn’t the topic of discussion.

You see, I’m the daughter of a socialite who has no soul. I’m the one paying for her sins. They never let me forget where I come from, and she never stops telling me what a failure I am.

But then Colton Lawson looks at me, and unlike the other students, his dark gaze seems to see through the lies spun around me.

He starts appearing out of nowhere, fighting my battles for me only to stalk away, making me feel like I’m nothing but a nuisance.

My name is Brie Weinstock, and this is my story of how a boy walked into my hell and fought for me, even though I never expected him to.

The question is, am I strong enough to repay the favor?

This is a high school romance that deals with sensitive subjects. Adult readers only.

Ouch, ouch, ouch, fucking ouch!

That was my heart through all of this amazing book.

It wasn’t what I was expecting at all and it blew me away. 

I needed tissues while reading it and not for the reason I usually need tissues while I’m reading a dark romance…ye ken?

Honestly, this was a spectacular read.

BRIE

Oh, wow. This girl…gah! I wanna hug her!

She’s bullied at school so badly that it just rips my heart to pieces.

If I’m being honest, it was entirely too fucking accurate and I felt my teenage years rear its ugly head and I was instantly back there…I was that girl again.

If you are sensitive to extreme bullying and the topic of suicide then you may wanna skip this story because it was so well written that I was in a dark place for a while reading this book.

Brie is a beautiful and kind soul and it is amazing that she survived as long as she did.

She is utterly alone. Literally has no one.

Kids at this school are cruel and in my opinion spoiled, sociopathic cretins of the highest level.

Yes, I feel passionate about this topic, lol.

And the teachers turn a blind eye. Which is also something that I know happens way too often.

*Takes a deep breath in to chill a little*

Okay, I’m good now.

And her mother…oh my fucking god, her mother and I need to spend 15 minutes alone in a room together.

Just 15 minutes! That’s all I’ll need!

I mean, the poor girl kept a secret first-aid kit in her bedroom!

Okay, so you probably have a bit of an idea what Brie’s life is like.

There is abuse of every kind and her life is quite literally hell.

Then there’s this new kid at school and he takes the attention off of her for a minute but he looks scary and all she wants to do is be invisible.

COLTON

Another heartbreaking story.

Colton has to redo his senior year because he missed too much of it last year.

His brother, who was just a year or two younger than him, committed suicide three months ago and it obliterated his life.

He blames himself and I can’t go into too much detail about that without giving too much away but he and his mother are starting fresh…or at least trying to.

But Colton is basically having to take on the role of the parent as his mother has all but checked out. She never leaves her bedroom and so he’s trying to help her while also coming to terms with his brother’s death.

He gives off the ‘don’t fuck with me’ vibes on purpose so that people stay the hell away.

His first day at the new school he notices a shadow of a girl trying desperately just to make it through the day.

Something about her draws him in and he wants to know more about her.

But the more he sees the more worried he becomes because he sees that she is barely holding on.

SEX SCENES

I usually need a bunch of kinky fuckery in books in order to enjoy them. The fact that I loved this book even though there were minimal sex scenes in it speaks volumes about how good it is, ok?

So instead of sex scenes, I’m going to share a couple of wee excerpts that got me right in the feels.

Brie stares at me as if I just said the unthinkable, and then the corner of her mouth lifts slightly. “You care?”Her eyes begin to shine, and she sucks in a breath. “About me?”“Yeah.”My answer makes a tear spiral over her cheek, and using my thumb, I wipe it away. “Can I ask you a question?”She sniffs then nods. “Has anyone ever cared about you?”A neglected expression shadows her face, and I can see she’s struggling not to cry, then she whispers, “No.”She swallows hard on the emotion, then admits, “You’re the first person to hug me.”

 

I don’t love you because you’re the best looking guy in school. I don’t love you because you can cook a million times better than me. I don’t love you because your kisses are addictive. I love you because you’re my hero. I love you because no one has a kinder soul, a braver heart, and a stronger mind than you. I love you, Colton Lawson, because you hear the words, I don’t say out loud. You see the tears, I don’t cry. Mostly, I love you because you don’t push me, you don’t lead me –you walk beside me.

FINAL THOUGHTS on NOT MY HERO by Michelle Heard

This tale is both beautiful and tragic. A tale of love and hate. Hope and despair. 

It is so deeply moving and brilliantly written I can’t even express my full feelings.

5 Stars

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