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- Publisher: Kelly Walker; 1 edition (22 May 2014)
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I loved this, I was hooked from the moment I started it. It was engaging and funny and heart wrenching, I loved the characters and the storyline had me gripped. Worth the read.
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Now don't fret, Axel and Angel still make an appearance in No One's Hero. The story however, is Lexi and Kevin's. We did meet both characters in No One's Angel, but now we really get to know them.
After the mess with Angel's ex everyone is one edge. The trial is looming in the furture and Axel is fearing for the safety of Lexi. She is off for her freshman year at college and couldn't be happier. Her whole life she has been living under the cautious eyes of her parents. Due to an unforseen incident at birth, Lexi's life has been anything but normal.
Finally ready for a chance to spread her wings, Lexi heads up to Chadwell Farm to say goodbye to her friends. Her excitement is ebbed when she is introduced to Kevin, her body guard.
Lexi can feel the freedom that she has been seeking slowly slipping through her fingers. She however doesn't let that stop her, giving Kevin a run for his money when it comes to protecting her.
Kevin is all about the job. After an incident that has scarred him beyond belief, he swears that nothing will get in his way of protecting Lexi. The fact that she is beautiful, strong willed, and a little bit sheltered doesn't help the growing feelings that he has towards her.
Both fight the feelings that are building, but is it better to play it safe or to follow your heart? Just when they start to drop their guard all hell breaks loose. Danger and surprises attack them from all sides. Secrets that have been kept for years are revealed and the consequences that come from those revelations are not the easiest to deal with.
Will Lexi and Kevin get a chance to experiance the feelings that keep each one their toes or will the danger that surrounds them steal their chance?
I was somewhat torn between giving it either 3 or 4 stars, but felt that the 3 star rating (based on goodreads' standards) suited more to my feelings of the novel. I enjoyed reading this story in the series, but not as much as the first one. That being said, let's dive deep into the review.
*Side note: If you just want to know whether or not you should read this book, skip to the 2nd to last paragraph.
As you know from the synopsis, Lexi is our lead female character in this part of the series. If you've read the first one, you'll remember her as a dear, close friend of Axel's. However, it's fine if you don't as Ms. Walker does a nice job of reminding those who have short term memory about what happened in the first book.
The basic gist of Lexi's character:
Of course Lexi is a lot more than these 5 qualities, but again, that's the basics of who she is. Growing up with the death of her twin as a constant presence has had to toughen her up into the strong, independent young lady she is today. Unfortunately, those lovely qualities don't come without a price as she's had to deal with the pain of losing the other half she never got to know, watching her mother come undone, and not really having a lot of people to share her feelings with as she's seen as the girl who has an "abnormal" obsession with horses among her peers. Despite the odds, that's where the optimism comes in as you see her hopeful of a better future when she goes to college. With a bright outlook on what's to come, she proves determined to not let anyone---especially a body guard---get in the way of a chance at being normal, hence the determined/stubborn/headstrong quality. As for being caring, it's immediately evident when you see how much she's sacrificed herself for her family in the beginning and near the end. Though she's determined to get what she wants, she will hesitate if it ends up possibly negatively affecting those she cares for deeply.
Kevin is our lead male character. Again, if you've read the first book you'll remember him as Axel's go to guy/friend.
The basic gist of Kevin's character:
- Lone wolf/Closed off
As you can see, Kevin is similar to Lexi in the positive ways. The personal misfortunes for him, however, have left him a bit more scarred than Lexi (hence the lone wolf/closed off complex). With a lost love and not much family/friend support, it's no surprise Kevin is reserved man he is in the beginning of the story. Fortunately, this aspect slowly changes as Lexi slips in between the cracks in the metaphorical, familiar wall he has surrounding his heart which eases him out of the label of static character to round. He still suffocates Lexi with protection throughout the novel, but he suffocates her with the strong feelings he has for her out of love.
As for the other characters, there's a few too many to go through who don't have enough substance in them to dive deep into a review about so just know that you pretty much like who you're supposed to like and hate who you're supposed to hate. You also get some little Axel and Tess visits which is nice, though it's not much spotlight (and rightfully so since this is Lexi and Kevin's story).
I didn't really feel it. As least, not as strongly as Tess and Axel's romance. While there's evidence to Lexi and Kevin's developing strong feelings towards each other, I wasn't as convinced as Tess and Axel's romance convinced me. I guess the big issue with me was the timespan. I was more convinced with Tess and Axel's romance most likely due to the fact that they had a 2 year history before the beginning of their story whereas here Lexi and Kevin have a few weeks together before s*** hit the fan. I'm not saying strong, passionate whirlwind romances are impossible. The way that both Lexi and Kevin can get a feel of each other's personalities alone proves that there is a strong bond/chemistry going on between them, but I feel like there weren't enough scenarios (or maybe just not enough of the right scenarios) during the short time (or what I think is short time in book time) to convince me that the degree to which they feel for each other is justifiable. I don't deny there's something strong and sweet going on there, I just see missing steps to the metaphorical staircase taken to reach that level to make sense of it.
Not exactly new, but unique in it's own way due to the elements involved. There's sort of a familiar cookie cutter structure to this plot if you've read many novels where the plot typically goes _______ doesn't want sexy bodyguard _______'s protection and resents him for it even though there's an undeniable attraction growing between them etc. etc. etc. Despite the similar direction this story heads, it still manages to shine on its own because of the background behind the characters and the subplots involved. Admittedly I don't find Lexi and Kevin's character new when comparing their personalities to other characters in novels that are of similar genre/storyline, but their histories (mostly Lexi's) adds something different to the story with the minor conflicts that pop up in subplots as well as the biggest twist of all. Though the structure wasn't exactly impressive/mind blowing, the twists and elements kept me interested.
Overall, I enjoyed the story. Not as much as I would've liked to, but enough of for me to say it's worth recommending.
If you've read the first novel, I'd say read this too. I don't think you'll love it as much as Tess and Axel's romance, but you'll get a familiar kick out of the two butting heads a lot throughout the story. Plus, there'll be a sweet little nostalgia of seeing Axel pop up from time to time with a familiar overprotectiveness from book 1.
If you haven't read the first novel, I suppose you can read this second book because it can pretty much stand on it's own. The only problem is that you won't have the familiar background of why this is so dangerous and the urgency behind it. You know and understand that it's to be protected from a guy from the drug cartel, but you wouldn't really feel the urgency of it as opposed to a reader who did read the first book and knows what they're fully capable of based on reading it firsthand. If you can, I strongly recommend reading the first book No One's Angel not only so you can read the sweet romance that started this series but to also get the background that isn't 100% necessary, but beneficial.
If you're just overall debating whether or not to get into this book/series, I recommend you do if you enjoy reading Mature YA/New Adult romantic drama fiction. There's a small amount of cussing, some steamy romance going on (no full blown out erotica), and a mix of romantic and life threatening drama that keep you on your toes occasionally. How much you like it is subjective, but I think you'll at the very least like it like I did if not love it as there are some beautiful philosophical and romantic moments that pop up throughout the story.
That being said, I'm excited to see where book 3 takes us. I have a strong idea of who might be the male protagonist, but only 50% sure of who will be the leading lady. Though I wasn't as satisfied with this second book as I hoped to be, I'm confident that Ms. Walker will make another story that I will like, if not love!
Lexi Feron is heading off to a prestigious equestrian college and is desperate for freedom. Her twin sister died shortly after birth and Lexi has been living in an over-protective bubble ever since. Due to some serious trouble spilling over from No One’s Angel, Lexi is sent off to college in the shadow of an overprotective, super hot body guard, Kevin Morrison. The sparks between these two begin to fly from their first meeting. Lexi is drawn to him but is also resistant to the protection he provides. She oscillates between hating him and wanting to rip his clothes off (hmm, I’m sure my husband would agree that reaction must have to do with her name ;). At the same time, Kevin is also fighting his attraction to Lexi and trying to remain focused on keeping her safe. A horrible loss in his past is keeping him from letting Lexi get too close, he fears letting her down and losing her entirely . Lexi doesn’t believe that she’s in any serious danger (but she is) and Kevin is constantly trying to keep her safe, from herself, from mysterious things that keep happening at school and from whoever is trying to kill her. Yep, sounds like the perfect recipe for a first year at college.
As Kevin and Lexi go deeper into her first year at college they keep getting thrown together in different naughty situations like sweaty, sexy dance floors, romantic walks in the moonlight, murdered roommates… ok that last one isn’t so naughty, but the fallout from it sure is ;) Eventually Kevin gives into his feelings for Lexi and the two are pretty damn hot. Of course, in true romance fashion, Lexi decides to take matters into her own hands and ends up in even more trouble than before. But never fear Deliciously Wicked peeps, there’s no way Kevin’s going to let the woman he loves be taken from him.
No One’s Hero is a deliciously wicked 4 star book. I’d suggest picking up a copy of both of Kelly Walker’s books and putting your feet up for a read! Take the time to enjoy Lexi and Kevin’s story, definitely worth it!
We first meet Lexi and Kevin in No One’s Angel, and honestly, it had been such a long time since I read that book that I couldn’t remember who they were (plus my bad memory doesn’t help). Once I started reading little bits of book 1 started coming back to me, I still didn’t remember everything from the first book but it didn’t matter because I was already caught up in the story.
Lexi has been living in the shadow on her dead twin sister her entire life and is ready to break free and find herself at college. There is only one small problem, Angel’s ex-boyfriend Nick. When Nick came to take Angel back in book 1, Lexi was witness to every violent thing that went down that night. Even though Nick is in jail, he still has people out to get Lexi and keep her from testifying against him. This is where Kevin comes in. Axel has hired him to protect Lexi while she is at college. So much for the freedom she always wanted. It’s kind of hard to do her own thing when she has a very yummy bodyguard following her around. Kevin and Lexi butt-heads from the beginning. Kevin wanting to do everything he can to protect her and maybe right some of the wrongs from his past and Lexi not wanting to be sheltered anymore.
Unfortunately for Lexi, things at college don’t turnout like she thought they would. With a not so friendly roommate, snobby classmates, Nicks people still out to get her and her bodyguard that she can’t help but wanting to learn more about, Lexi is in for a very rough start.
I recommend to-read No One’s Angel first before reading No One’s Hero, because there is a lot of reference to the events that happen in No One’s Angel plus all characters are first introduced in book 1. As of right now No One’s Angel is free!!!
I am definitely a fan of Kelly Walkers writing and of the Chadwell Hearts series. I can’t wait for more books in this series!
But not only does she write great dudes, she writes pretty great women. They’re not always considered the strongest women, but they strive for something better. I shouldn’t compare Angel to Lexi because they’re 2 very different people. While Angel was more of a guarded soul, Lexi is less guarded, and I feel that this makes her somewhat naïve.
I didn’t know Chadwell Farms was getting its own series but I’m so glad I got to delve into Lexi’s life. She was interesting enough in the first one that I was kind of hoping they’d get to know her a little better. She needed her own story.
Lexi is a college kid wanting to start over somewhere away from her less than happy home life where her family mourns the loss of a twin sister she never knew. Looking for the experiences that most college kids dream of (although I’ve never wanted to live in a dorm-ever. I’m glad my parents let me stay with them while I was in college) and making an equestrian name for herself. (NO clue that these type of schools existed. I know jack s*** about horses so a lot of that flew right over my head).
Luckily, she gets a real sexy man to help her along with such quests.
“Kevin laughs a deep, throaty laugh. “Dude, you sound like you just woke up beneath a four-hundred-pound hooker.””
That’s a quote from No One’s Angel (if you haven’t read it, DO). I feel like I can start here because that was really the introduction of Kevin. Our mysterious, elusive, steel caged-heart Kevin. Our ex-Marine who now makes his living by attempting to make up for his past. With tattoos and government connections, he’s a sweet dream. (Arion is still my favorite, though. No doubt).
Inner thoughts brought to you by Kevin:
“Happy people seriously suck”
“His voice takes on a throaty edge and I know he’s feeling blessed or some s***.”
(I have come to the conclusion that I am the girl version of Kevin.)
Between high speed chase action and body guarding and sexual tension and secrets, there’s not much I hated. The reveal towards the end really knocked me on my ass and I was kind of stunned and confused for a while. (I cried like a baby, also).
Now that I know there are more books to come, I hope some of the other girls get their own story weaved together with one of the men from either of these books. I adore these swift, sweet romantic stories.
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