A Hero for Holly

The Coach's Boys, Book 2
Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
Series: The Coach's Boys, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

With so many depending on her, she has no time for a personal life....

When her husband left her pregnant, with a four-year-old child and a restaurant on the verge of bankruptcy, the only things Holly McGinty had time for were her kids - and working hard to stay out of the poor house. Five years later, business is booming and her boys are happy, but she's still putting her own needs at the bottom of her priority list. That doesn't stop her from daydreaming about her oldest son's sexy scout leader, though.

He never believed in love at first sight - until he met her....

Sam Jensen gets along great with kids, is a successful architect, and has the best friends a guy could ask for. But figuring out relationships with women has never come easy to him. He feels like a tongue-tied teenager around most of them. Except for Holly, and it's looking like things might work out with her. As long as one tiny little secret remains a secret.

©2011 Kristy K. James (P)2016 Kristy K. James

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Holly and Sam

I love this second book in the Coach's Boys series. Sam is a perfect hero. He's kind, generous, caring, and deeply in love with Holly and her boys. Holly has incredible strength. She's been raising two kids alone while turning around the restaurant that is now a favorite amongst the locals. I really enjoy all of the side characters in the book; old and new.
Highly recommended author and series

Audiobook: Narrator did a good job.

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Good Narration & S

Sam and Holly love at first sight. Good story of how he wanted it all, her and her kids. Good clean story. Given ARC which was an added enjoyment for my voluntary review and my honest opinion

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Sweet Love Story

This is the second book in the Series, but this is a standalone. This is a sweet, clean and heartwarming love story. The storyline has a slow development. The narration is great an easy to listen. I enjoyed my listening. I received this free review copy audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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Sweet Romance and Strong Friendship

After a difficult marriage and divorce, Holly focuses on running her restaurant and taking care of her two boys. She doesn't have time for romance. Sam is the Scout troop leader for Holly's boys, and has been in love with Holly for a long time. He's even decorated his home to her taste and set up bedrooms for her boys, although he still hasn't worked up the nerve to ask her out. Once Holly and Sam have their first date, things settle into a comfortable rhythm for them. But Holly doesn't find it so easy to let go of her past.

This was a sweet clean romance that could be read as a standalone, although I'd recommend reading the first book to become familiar with the whole gang. There's a mystery that involves Coach that arcs through the series. This book had a lot of dialogue that at times seemed repetitive, and the book moved at a gentle pace with a lot of day to day details.

I liked both leads, and most of the group of friends. Holly's little boys were adorable! Sam was a picture perfect hero, great with kids, a literal genius, and well off. Holly was a strong woman, a single mother raising two boys and running a successful restaurant. This was a great read if you enjoy sweet romances and strong friendships.

I enjoyed the narration, Daniela Acitelli had an expressive voice and read dramatically. She performed voices for the characters and it was always easy to tell who was speaking. I received a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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A sweet story!

Such a sweet story! Loved every moment of the book!

The narrator does an excellent job of bringing me into the story. Well done!

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Another Sweet One

This is another sweet story in this series. With slow romantic development, readers watch these two genuine characters overcome obstacles, fall in love, and become a family. Such an emotionally tender journey, especially with the little boys. Good narration added to the overall enjoyment of the book. Well done.

I review for the Guilty Indulgence Review Site.

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Sweet storyline

Slow but sweet storyline.
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

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loved the story...

All of The Coach's Boys stories are wonderful to read. Kristy James writes a heartfelt series with real people and real struggles.

The narration of these stories could have been different for me. It felt like the female voices were always on the verge of tears... wobbly and whining. other than that, it is a good audio book.

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Sweet and slow with bursts of action and drama

Holly is a strong yet vulnerable woman with great conviction bringing up her two boys by herself. The attraction between her and Sam is slow brewing because of their own personal experiences. The development of their love is sweet, especially because it includes their families and, by extension, their friends. The story mimics life with slow paced moments peppered with high action bursts.

I really enjoy listening to the books in this series. I love how the books I have encountered so far smash some of society's double standards to pieces while remaining romantic and sweet. It is also nice to revisit some of the characters that appear in other books and get sneak peaks into their lives.

Overall, though not the best in the series, this story is still an enjoyable listen.

This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.

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Sweet story

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

This book was well written and I liked that it was clean of sex and foul language without being preachy. While a little smut doesn't bother me, I don't think it's necessary for a good story. The only criticism I have is of the narrator. I didn't care for her. I thought after listening to the sample that I would get used to her voice and style, but I just wanted the book to hurry up and end.

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  • A D.
  • 08-25-20

A Very Sweet Romance!

A very sweet, almost perfect romance. Holly is a single mom and business owner. She has not had it easy and has reached the point where she assumes her time for love and romance has passed. To be honest, she has just enough time to run her restaurant and look after her boys.

Then there is Sam. He is just about perfect. He is reserved and shy but completely dedicated to Holly and her boys. He just has to figure out how he can transition from being the boys' scout leader to being a part of the family. Love has its ways!

I enjoyed this story. It is big on sweetness and the feel-good factor. The series is about a group of friends who, in their childhood, shared a coach. Their friendship has grown into a deep abiding love and support for each other and their coach. The thread that ties the series together is more than their friendship, but also a threat to their beloved coach. That storyline progresses in this book and the mystery heightens a bit more.

I am looking forward to other stories in the series. Daniela Acitelli does a great job narrating this story. she manages to capture the essence of the budding romance between the two protagonists.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • ronigirl
  • 06-30-20

A Hero For Holly

"MYSTERY? ROMANCE? MAYBE BOTH"

This is my 1st book I've listened to written by Kristy K. James and it's from her "The Coach's Boys Series" it's called "A Hero for Holly." I eventually began to enjoy the book although in the beginning, it seem to been going in a whole different direction from what I gathered from the title. I didn't know if I stumbled onto a mystery, suspense, or thriller, suspense, romance, just wasn't quite sure. As it moved on further into the 2nd chapter I was able to understand more about the book and began to get a better feel about it.

Ms. James did have two main storylines going on in this book. I assume one will play out through each book in the series. The mystery of that is proving to be very interesting that has to do with the Coach and the second story will surround one of the boys from his coaching days.

I had a lot of appreciate that single parenting, business owner and homeowner was portrayed. The book may fictional but the accomplishments can be real.

The narrator Daniela Acitelli is another 1st for me. She did a pretty decent job with the various of characters she emulated throughout the book. She did a very fine job especially; when it came to the male voices, I really have to give her credit for that.

This is Book 2 of the series and I'm moving onto listen to Book 3.


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