• No Kind of Hero

  • Portland Devils, Book 2
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (513 ratings)

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No Kind of Hero

By: Rosalind James
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
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Some men are hard to quit.

Beth Schaefer isn't just on the partnership track at her Portland law firm, she's in the lead. Unfortunately, she's about to fall at the finish line. When she makes a list of breakdown destinations, she can't even manage to choose between them. Which means she has to come home to Wild Horse, Idaho, for her breakdown. She has exactly 18.5 days of accumulated vacation time to devote to it.

Evan O'Donnell's girlfriend took off when their baby girl was a month old, and that's just fine by him. His daughter Gracie is all the female companionship he needs, thank you very much. Beth Schaefer's not even in the running. Eight years ago, her parents convinced her to give him up, and he's had enough of snobs and women who don't stick. Evan's a blue-collar guy from his too-broad shoulders to his scuffed work boots, and he's nobody's white knight, and nobody's hero. Not anymore.

But what if Beth isn't the only one who needs saving?

©2017 Rosalind James (P)2017 Rosalind James

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Real people fall in love . . . again

Evan is the strong and silent type. Beth is a mixed up almost-partner lawyer. They had a history together nearly a decade ago and Beth ran out on it to be the good little daughter and go to college and become a lawyer in the big city. Evan got injured out of a pro football career, but liked his small town home better anyway. He is now partners in a painting company and busy as the small town has added a fancy resort. He's also a new single father whose partner ran out on him and their adorable baby, Gracie. Evan's down to earth while Beth is busy trying to figure out what on earth she has been doing working lawyer hours in the big city with no apparent life. (Oh, what we think we want when we start our careers and how they really turn out. . . that realism is always a place where Rosalind James shines!)

I found Beth hard to like, especially at first. Admirable, yes, but not so likeable because who is she, really? This story has to move fast because she's on a short timetable, but that works because of their past history and the small town make it hard not to know what someone is like. Beth eventually peels off the layers of herself that don't fit and does become more authentic. She was really a hometown girl at heart, too.

She and Evan have to get past their past and figure out if they have a future together while also juggling career aspirations plus assorted family members.

I enjoyed Tanya Eby's reading, but liked her female voices best. She did a good Beth and made fun baby noises for Gracie. :)

I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. I already had the ebook. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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Rich girl poor boy...2nd chance

Several years ago Beth fell in love with a guy but she had her life goals...besides, her parents didn’t approve of the help with their daughter. Now she’s burnt out from working relentlessly to make partner at a law firm and is back home to rest for a few weeks. Beth doesn’t count on meeting the only man that she’s ever loved. Single dad, Evan, is working had at providing for his daughter, while single handedly raising the newborn. Just when he thinks his life is on track, here comes the first woman who broke him...Beth...and he can’t ignore the feelings. Sweet story.

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Zzzzzzzzz........u just cant

this story is dragging and the heroine is beyond annoying. the 1st book in this series was much better. 3 hours in and I have to call it quits. so boring. the narrator is cool and the hero is awesome.

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Great story

This is book 2 but like all Rosalind James books, you don't need to read book 1 first. I loved the main character, Evan. I had a harder time relating to Beth, I really don't have anything in common with her other than loving her dog. Despite that, she is a well developed character that I enjoyed following. I also love the small town setting, it reminds me of where I grew up. As with all stories by this author, the characters and story line are beautifully written. I cried, laughed, and got all hot and bothered within the 1st 1/3 of the book. She is a master at emotional writing!

I am super picky about narrators, but I liked this one well enough. She isn't my favorite but she is still good enough to keep me listening.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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Love Beth & Evan!

"No Kind of Hero" was very enjoyable to listen to - I loved the story of Beth, a high-powered career woman jumping off the train to return to her hometown and reconnecting with a former love. Of course, the fact that she goes back to her hometown to have a "breakdown" is what leads to her finding her ultimate contentment, and to the realization of the love she wants to claim. Evan is a powerful character, and is doing everything that he needs to do to keep his life as a single father on track. These two share a history, but would probably never have made it until they each went through their own struggles to transform into the people that they are now. There are some twists that make for a powerful story, and I really enjoyed the narration by Tanya Eby.

"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.”

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Enjoyable listen!

No Kind of Hero is the second in Rosalind James's Portland Devils series. It is also completely stand-alone. I thought this was an excellent follow up to the first book in the series and effective delved dive into the drama and story that was hinted about Beth and Evan. I think this book will have a broad appeal as it really hits a number of characteristics that would be of interest to readers. These include professional dilemma for Beth, first loves, conflict between a daughter and a parent, love of a parent and an adorable young daughter, steamy romance, a sensitive handling of troubled characters, and more.

I loved the setting which is both a nature lovers paradise and filled with small town drama. Also, with what is a true James trademark, the secondary characters don't get short shrift. I found Beth's mother, while not likable, interesting and fleshed out to be more than a mere caricature you might find in another romance novel.

I have a tendency to believe, that in many cases you are drawn to certain books, premises, or characters based on things you have experienced in your own life, big or small. I find that I am often drawn in this way to many of James's books. I think it is a great testament to James's storytelling, that even when not drawn to the characters on this personal level, I am always fully invested and interested in them and the plot as it unfolds and find the book difficult to stop listening or reading to.

In short another great listen by Rosalind James.

Additionally, I enjoyed Tanya Eby's narration. She has great vocal characterizations, pacing, and clarity.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated in any way. The opinions stated are solely my own.

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Heartwarming and Heartwrenching

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I'm not always a fan of second chance romances...not because I don't think there should be a second chance, but because all the years that were lost kind of make me sad. And while I'm a little sad that Beth and Evan didn't make it work the first time around, this story of second chances is full of hope for the right ending this time around. Beth and Evan are great examples of good people who become better as they've grown up and become more comfortable with who they are now.

Beth has what should be the perfect life, but she is smart enough to recognize that something isn't right. When she returns home, she thinks it's just for a break, but she slowly realizes that she doesn't fit into her life anymore and she wants something different. Taking up with Evan again reminds both of them they can't go back...but lucky for all of us, this author has the talent to take them forward in a heartwarming and heart wrenching story.

A very strong addition to this new series and another strong performance by Tanya Eby. I look forward to the next installment of the happenings in Wild Horse, Idaho. Who will fall in love next?

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The second book

I enjoyed this one alitte more than the first. The characters had so much emotions and the storyline was adventurous. Thanks

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Great Reading

Loved how book 2 connected from book 1. I was happy to read the approval of her parents. ready to jump in next book.

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Excellent story both loving and creative

This book is consistent with Rosalind James' other books with a unique well- thought out plot, excellent characters and superb writing. I highly recommend it.

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  • 08-31-17

Hot second chance romance

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A really great audiobook about a second chance romance. What a loved is that Beth learned the hard way that being a grown up is not being a big city lawyer but having the strength not to simply follow the roadmap that others have decided for you. Beth is strong , caring and a lot braver than she or Evan have given her credit for. Evan is the quit strong type who's love for his daughter defines who is.
The path of true love never did run smooth. A great journey with just the right about of drama and a surprise visitor to create a captivating story.
Loved it
Ireceived a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • 10-04-17

History comes back to bite you

One thing with Rosalind James books, you get what you pay for in heaps. Steamy romantic stories with HEA . Pleasant to listen to with no angst and no padding . Glad I only get these books to review on occasions or I'd be turning into a romantic. Yeh go for it if it's your genre you'll enjoy