Series: Letting Go #1
Published by Carina Press on April 27, 2015
Genres: M/M Romance, New Adult
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Bradley Greene’s family all but discarded him when his brother caught him fooling around with another boy. Now Bradley has seventeen dollars and a gas card, and he’s sleeping in his car. He’s an emotional mess and if he doesn’t land a job soon, he’s up the proverbial creek.
Danny Ortega can take care of himself…most of the time. When what started as a date turns into sexual assault in a dark parking lot, he’s grateful for Brad’s help—and an instant admirer of Brad’s military school-honed muscles. He certainly doesn’t expect to see him again, and definitely not as the newest hire at Ortega Construction.
As Brad and Danny’s quiet attraction turns into more, things start to go sour before they’ve even started. Danny grows frustrated that Brad won’t open up emotionally. And Brad is terrified of being responsible for someone else’s feelings. When Brad’s family makes one last attempt to turn him into an “acceptable” son, all bets are off—he and Danny will need to decide if they’re in this together…or apart.
Erin: Nobody’s Hero is my first book by J. Leigh Bailey and I have to say I enjoyed every bit of it. I read it from cover to cover in one sitting and found myself thoroughly captivated by both Danny and Brad. This book had a really nice blend of engaging characters, pretty solid writing, and a storyline while not new, was definitely told in a way that grabbed my attention and kept it.
NA (new Adult) books are tricky—the author has to find that perfect mix of swoon and steam, of dialogue and a story that shows both growth for the characters as individuals and as a couple. Bailey handled this part rather well, for Danny’s character especially. What I really liked about these two was how they each brought out the strength in the other. Danny has been accepted and encouraged his whole life, coming out was easy, he leads a somewhat sheltered life and while he has no problems being who he is, he hasn’t really had to confront or deal with someone who is the opposite. Which of course leads to Brad, who’s had a great deal of trauma in his past and has spent the majority of his life being afraid to come out and be who he wants and with who he wants. As they grow closer, Danny learns that life is not always sunshine and roses and Brad learns that sometimes family is made up of people you choose rather than the one you’re born into.
What if he couldn’t be the kind of boyfriend Danny wanted? What if he tried and nothing changed? Danny deserved someone proud to be seen with him, not someone who wanted to hide from the world.
If Brad left, Danny could find someone better.
Oh, hell no.
The violence of his reaction surprised him. And told him he wouldn’t be going anywhere, not right away.
There was definitely a lot to like in this book. Danny is completely charming and endearing. He’s sweet and flirty and very swoony. And I LOVED imagining the accent! Brad’s shy and a little broken but so earnest it makes you melt. Danny’s parents were lovely; the family dynamic in this was one of the strongest aspects of the book. Of course there’s some conflict and though I found it to be a tad cliché’ (homophobic upper class parents on Brad’s side) I do think that the conflict with Danny’s brother Ray was interesting—if just a little over the top in places.
All in all Nobody’s Hero is a really nice book—low on the angst, high on the likable characters. The storytelling is solid, filled with plenty of sweet and funny moments mixed with just enough drama to keep you turning the page. I will definitely be checking out the next book in the series and definitely recommend you give this one a try.