{Review} Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (with Excerpt and Giveaway)

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{Review} Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (with Excerpt and Giveaway)Heroes Are My Weakness by Sussan Elizabeth Phillips
Published by Avon Books, William Morrow on August 26, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 384
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The dead of winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A man.
A woman.
A sinister house looming over the sea ...

He's a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.

But she's not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they're trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It's going to be a long, hot winter.

Kassiah: I’ve never read anything by Susan Elizabeth Phillips before, but when I saw the title of this book, I knew I had to read it. I mean, heroes are my weakness too! I will admit that I am not crazy about anything creepy–I’m a big scaredy cat. This wasn’t too terrifying , and I enjoyed these characters and this story.

Annie Hewitt has run out of options and must return to a cabin she spent time in as a teenager. I won’t give away why she really doesn’t want to return there, but she has a history she’d rather not revisit. She sees Theo, an author of horror novels who is staying in the mansion that overlooks the cabin. He also happens to be a man she shares a painful past with. Ya’ll know that Theo, brooding, arrogant Theo, is just my type, so I liked him immensely even when I wasn’t supposed to. I also really enjoyed the setting of this book. Phillips transports us to a coastal city with a true small town feel as Theo and Annie try to recover from their pasts and uncover the mystery that surrounds them. They had great banter, and I was almost instantly rooting for them to work things out.

This book did take me a little bit to get into. The story starts off with Annie having conversations with her puppets. I’m not sure if they’re out loud or not, but it’s weird to me. I do talk to myself sometimes, so there’s that. It drove me crazy most of the time, and I skimmed over a lot of that. Also, the beginning of this book seems to drag on a bit. Or a lot. I’m glad I stuck with it though, because I came to really like the characters and the way their relationship evolved. Their pasts force them to be real with each other, and that was something I found refreshing. I would have preferred a little more from them in the romance department, but I understand that not every book is going to be off the charts steamy. If you’re looking for a book that has chemistry without anything explicit, you’re going to like this one.

Overall, I liked this book. The characters, the setting, the way the story evolved–it was good. I really liked the ending, and I couldn’t keep the smile off of my face when I finished reading. Heroes Are my Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a surprisingly fast read with complex characters who share a past and won’t back down from what they want, all in a picture perfect setting. Romance lovers will enjoy this one.

Report Card
Overall: 3


Annie hadn’t thought she’d ever be warm again, but she was sweating when a coughing fit awakened her sometime around two in the morning. Her ribs felt as if they’d been crushed, her head pounded, and her throat was raw. She also had to pee, another setback in a house with no water. When the coughing finally eased, she struggled out from under the blankets. Wrapped in the scarlet cloak, she turned on the flashlight and, grabbing the wall to support herself, made her way to the bathroom.

She kept the flashlight pointed down so she couldn’t see her reflection in the mirror that hung over the old-fashioned sink. She knew what she’d see. A long, pale face shadowed by illness; a sharply pointed chin; big, hazel eyes; and a runaway mane of light brown hair that kinked and curled wherever it wanted. She had a face children liked, but that most men found quirky instead of seductive. Her hair and face came from her unknown father “A married man. He wanted nothing to do with you. Dead now, thank God.” Her shape came from Mariah: tall, thin, with knobby wrists and elbows, big feet, and long-fingered hands.

“To be a successful actress, you need to be either exceptionally beautiful or exceptionally talented,” Mariah had said. “You’re pretty enough, Antoinette, and you’re a talented mimic, but we have to be realistic…”

Your mother wasn’t exactly your cheerleader. Dilly stated the obvious.

I’ll be your cheerleader, Peter proclaimed. I’ll take care of you and love you forever.

Peter’s heroic proclamations usually made Annie smile, but tonight she could think only of the emotional chasm between the men she’d chosen to give her heart to and the fictional heroes she loved. And the other chasm¾the one between the life she’d imagined for herself and the one she was living.

Despite Mariah’s objections, Annie had gotten her degree in theater arts and spent the next ten years plodding to auditions. She’d done showcases, community theater, and even landed a few character roles in off-off Broadway plays. Too few. Over the past summer, she’d finally faced the truth that Mariah was right. Annie was a better ventriloquist than she’d ever be an actress. Which left her absolutely nowhere.

***About Susan Elizabeth Phillips***

Author Susan Elizabeth PhillipsSusan Elizabeth Phillips soars onto the New York Times bestseller list with every new publication. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. Susan delights fans by touching hearts as well as funny bones with her wonderfully whimsical and modern fairy tales. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a wife, and mother of two grown sons.

Find Susan Here: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads


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  1. Thank you so much for hosting HAMW…You DEFINITELY need to go back and read SEP’s older stuff….The Chicago Stars Series (MATCH ME IF YOU CAN, is my all time favorite)….But all the rest are TOP READS!!
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