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Hero

Narrated by: Lauren Rowe, John Lane
Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (626 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

A standalone contemporary romance in the Morgan Brothers series from USA Today best-selling author Lauren Rowe. The story of firefighter Colby Morgan that proves heroes come in many forms....

The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together.

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively.

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman - although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words.

No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker - my physical therapist - I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit.

When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul.

She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling.

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me.

And I fell in love.

But what I didn’t know...what I couldn’t possibly know...was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

©2018 Lauren Rowe (P)2018 Lauren Rowe

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Lauren Rowe you slay me!

Hero, just... Hero!

This book is everything, every bloody little thing, I could ever want in a book.
At eight percent I was on emotional overload. I have absolutely NO IDEA how to put in to words what this story did to me.

Firefighter Colby Morgan is broken in body and mind after an accident during a rescue but when a dark angle enters his hospital room peace settles over him and he is determined to win her heart, soul and body.

Right! Review...... *stares in to blank space*

Lauren Rowe knows how to tell a story and she knows how to build characters. This is not news to me. But this book is in a different dimension from her earlier work. I feel like she took everything good from every other book she has written and put it in to this one story.

- It is emotional like nobodys business.
- It is funny like you wouldn't believe.
- It breaks you.
- And it warms your very soul.

How I wish I owned a poets skills so I could properly express how Hero moved me. I don't unfortunately so you will just have to experience it yourself...

I for one am owned by this story tonight, drained dry, and in need of tissues and a shot of rum.

And when all that is said, the audio, the fabulousness of the narration done by John Lane and Lauren herself is pure perfection.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Love at first sight

I absolutely LOVED Colby!!!! He is the great guy we all wish to have for our kids... Colby has just taken my number 2 spot of Lauren's books;) peenie weenie will always be my number 1!!!

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An incredible story. Definitely a MUST listen

Where does Hero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of the best books I've listened to. The story is incredible and the performance is spot on. It simply brought tears to my eyes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Lydia was my favorite character. Her strength, inner beauty, hope and determination made her one of the best female characters I've ever encountered

Have you listened to any of Lauren Rowe and John Lane ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, I have. They are a great team and bring these incredible stories to life. But in my personal opinion, this one is their best so far.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I will leave that one to the professionals. I am not that good in writing stuff :D

Any additional comments?

I love Lauren Rowe's books. She has a unique writing style that has always captivated me, as I am sure it has done with many others. She has made me laugh with her words and just as easily has broken my heart with her incredible stories . But the story she tells with Hero is out of this world. In my opinion, it is one one of the most heartbreaking stories I've ever read. But it is also so much more than that. It is a story about overcoming crippling heartbreak and pain, about healing and finding happiness again. It is an incredible story that should be a must on your bookshelves and one of the must read books for every book lover.

Lydia and Colby are two incredible and captivating characters. But in a big way, I think Lydia stole my heart. I am usually very critical about female characters but this one is extraordinary. I was bawling my eyes out for her within the first two chapters of this book. So be ready with a box of tissues by your side before you even start reading. You will definitely need them. So, be warned. But reading how she managed to pull herself together after probably the biggest heartbreak of her life and finding the strength and desire to help others is simply incredible. Though her heart is still wounded, she finds the strength to continue living. And even braves the possibility for love and happiness again. There is just something so beautiful and hopeful about that that it made her stand out in comparison to other female characters. And I am sure, she permanently has a place in my heart.

But don't get me wrong. I did love Colby too. He is literally the knight in shining armour. I can very easily imagine him as Prince Philip rushing to fight a dragon and save Sleeping Beauty. Or as Prince Charming running to find his Cinderella. He simply has a heart of gold and is ready to give his life for saving another person. Which he actually does for a living. What with being a firefighter and all. And that's what in the end gets him to meet Lydia. Though, I have to say, it might have been easier on my poor heart if they met in normal circumstances ;)

So I am going to stop here because I can talk about this book for hours but I don't want to accidentally spill the beans :D Keep in mind that this is a stand alone. You don't have to read any of the other Morgan Brothers books to enjoy this one. So if you haven't read Lauren Rowe before, be sure to give this book a chance. It is totally worth it. And if you have, then you know you can't go wrong ;) In any case, this is a must read so you should pick your copy ASAP ;)

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Could not do it

The narrators were totally over the top making the story seem like a badly acted play. The story seemed like it was good but I had to return it as I couldn’t listen to them anymore.

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A must read!!!

I was a little skeptical about the author, narrators but from chapter 1 was blown away by the story. It’s beautifully captivating and holds your full attention. Highly highly recommend this audiobook, plus Mr. Lane and Ms. Row clearly gave a very vivid and touching while performing a 77 chapter long audio. Holding anyone’s attention for that long requires serious commitment from all artist envolved. Absolutely captivating story!!!

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A POIGNANT YET BEAUTIFUL JOURNEY OF LOVE

In the past Lauren Rowe has thoroughly entertained me with her stories about the loving Morgan men, their sibling dynamics and the tight loving family they, and their parents, make.. but wowee this emotional journey was another step up from just being a 5 star story. Her plots are always filled with awesome interesting characters, great dialogue, smooth banter, sigh-worthy scenes, seismic chemistry, humor, feels, sex, passion, droolworthy heroes and worthy heroines. They’re also peppered here and there with some drama and angst too. But the main ingredients coursing through each and every layer is physical attraction, lust, respect and love.. and, with this story, Lauren went BIG then maxed the Hell out of it.

It was two people’s very emotional and touching journey to the HEA and the challenges they faced together in order to stay together. They had enduring hope, deep understanding, patience and determination to get it right.. and, when their patience finally pays off, there were fireworks, romance and tender rewards. There’s all of my personal favorites here.. sweet, savory, sexy, sizzling, smouldering, sensual, swoonworthy, savvy, serious, scrumptious.. and so much more. Plus the variety, dynamics and interactions of the likeable secondary characters brings smooth quick witted banter, brings family values and brings feel-good feelings of a loving tight family.

Worth a credit? It was a delicious multi-layered emotional treat for this romance lover, the dual POV narration was absolutely perfect and the storyline gently unfurled to reveal a sparkling gem. Colby and Lydia have both been to Hell and back and their story back and then forward (IMO) is the epitome of a great romance.. and YES definitely creditworthy.

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Really Good...B U T...

Where to begin. I enjoyed this story. I liked Colby, loved Lydia and her 3 kids and adored the entire Morgan family. My issue was that it was 15 chapters too long (76 chapters? Really?) and the WRONG narrators read this book. I’ve never been a fan of John Lane’s harsh gravelly voice, and wish Zachary Webber or Joe Arden had performed it. That and the fact that Lauren Rowe read HER OWN BOOK, I mean, seriously people. Did she not have friends to tell her that it’s not a good idea to do that? For me, a pretty good story got lost in the translation with these 2 performing it, which is a shame. But, if you don’t mind the narrators and the ridiculous 3, 4 and 5 minute chapters, you might really like this book.

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A sweet and sentimental story.

The story is spiced with a bit of action and some fun sex. Fundamentally it is sweet and sentimental in the telling.

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Loved it but...

Still listening but so far, I am liking it. The
love story between Colby and Lydia is great. Injured firefighter vs. widow, with children of a police officer .It may have been insta-love but you still get the relationship development. It happens over months, not days. Her struggles and guilt over her feelings for Colby. Colby's feelings of jealousy are all there. The The close relationship of the Morgan clan is heartwarming. The relationship of the siblings are awesome. The story is nearly 11 hours long but I wasn't bored and no fast forwarding needed.

The only thing I will complain about is that you find out the outcome of the second book starring his brother Ryan. Now I don't want to listen to it. Straight to Book 3.

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Disappointed

I waited to listen to this audio book... But it isn't what I aspected.
The characters were not enough realistic... And the story wasn't what I wanted.

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  • deb4040
  • 05-30-18

Fantastic

Really enjoyed the story, it’s a must read really emotional and romantic, narrators were excellent

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  • malachy duddy
  • 03-18-18

Lauren Rowe can do no wrong!

Colby is everything I hoped he'd be, and his relationship with Lydia is off the charts!
Fantastic narration, as always!

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  • karen grave
  • 02-23-19

lovey dovey with twists of incredible hotness

my 2nd favourite male narrator is now John lane.
story was a bit sweet to the point of sickly but a nice change in the order of my interests. will read the other Morgan books with a break or 2. there's nothing left to the imagination with the sex scenes and it's a great blossom I h story. kuda a written in with heaps of cuteness. what a firefighter sigh!,!,

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  • SamK
  • 02-03-19

Incredible!!

5+ “LOVE” Stars!! Lauren Rowe has once again left me with the goofiest love sick smile on my face. HERO was absolutely PERFECT!!!! It ticked all the boxes to make this an incredibly heartbreaking yet uplifting story from the insanely palpable chemistry between Colby and Lydia; the all encompassing love between the Morgans and anyone who came in contact with them; and the emotional turmoil of moving on after a loss. What I loved about this story was that it didn’t have the usual cliques where there is a crazy ex or a contrived obstacle. Colby and Lydia were truthful about their feelings right from the very start, and I loved that together they worked through their feelings and relationship together. And OMG Colby’s relationships with Lydia’s children just made me swooon!! He was THE ULTIMATE HERO; the epitome of what every woman wishes a hero to be!

Lauren Rowe and John Lane were magnificent in this audiobook! Their emotions pour through in their narration. 5 stars!

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  • Anna Vardaro
  • 05-23-18

Hero

Another great read in this super series. Again I fell in love with the characters. This book had all the feels!

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  • Cas
  • 05-06-18

Wow

Really enjoyed this story of family and love. Many humorous banter between family members. Narration was awesome too.