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No Kind of Hero Audiobook

No Kind of Hero: Portland Devils, Book 2

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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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    Mom on the Run 08-15-17
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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?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty 09-10-17
    Rusty 09-10-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Why Another Wimpy Woman?"

    Considering that Ms. James is an incredibly gifted writer who CAN create sassy, interesting female characters, I don't understand why she seems to specialize in romanticizing wimpy, spineless women and controlling, selfish men.

    In the first few chapters its appeared that passive Beth was going to break free of her controlling parents and take charge of her own future. Unfortunately, she just went from allowing her parents to bully her to becoming a doormat for her high school crush Evan.

    Throughout book 1, Evan seemed like a good-hearted, loving single dad to Gracie. After being raised by a single mom, having a female best friend and baby daughter, Evan should have liked, appreciated and respected women.

    Although Evan didn't beat Beth senseless, he did slap her several times without remorse or regret. At least once he tied Beth up and screwed her like an animal while his baby slept in the next room. How would Evan feel if a man treated his daughter with such contempt?

    Of course, Beth was portrayed as wanting to be treated like shit; as if all woman enjoy being degraded and humiliated. Why does the author think that violent and erotic are synonyms? That women must be weak and passive to be sexy? That there is something manly about be domineering and arrogant?

    This book had such potential for being an engaging, modern romance, minus the 5-10 minutes of rough sex and demeaning, creepy behavior. Beth could have been strong, smart and sexy; likewise Evan could have been confident and masculine, treating Beth like a equal adult rather than a pathetic wimp.

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    DZA One 09-02-17
    DZA One 09-02-17
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    "Baby-Daddy Finds Love"
    Where does No Kind of Hero rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has been one of the better narrations since Claire Bocking. Tanya's reading of the characters and their situations was amusing and entertaining. I will definitely be listening to this story again.

    Evan and Beth knew each other since high school. And for a brief time as young adults they have a relationship.

    For once it's the woman who goes off into the world and makes something of herself - that was refreshing. Beth returns home after suffering work-burn-out in Portland. She finds Evan, a single father, available and running his own painting business. She decides a fling is just what she needs. What she and Evan re-find is much more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Kind of Hero?

    A funny moment was when Beth propositioned Evan. It was tense, funny, and slightly nerve-wracking - I doubt I would ever have the nerve to do something that spunky!


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

    Tanya did a wonderful job on Beth. She was funny, quirky, saucy, almost innocent. I did think she lacked some of the edge an attorney-type would possess.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    c9pilot Saint Petersburg, FL 09-01-17
    c9pilot Saint Petersburg, FL 09-01-17
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    "Take Another Trip to Beautiful Idaho"
    What other book might you compare No Kind of Hero to and why?

    Stand-alone, but Book 2 in the Portland Devils series, is also a mellow thriller with a twist. This one is a second-chance romance and pretty complicated to follow as the characters deal with their pasts and present.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    While I enjoyed the Kindle edition of this book, the audio version was more difficult to follow along and I didn't care for the male narration, so it's not likely to be a repeat listen for me.

    The novel is slow to start but picks up steam halfway through until the listener is hooked. The plot, sub-plots, and even the characters are complex and that makes for an interesting story. While the main characters were tough for me to like, the many secondary characters were fun in both the hateful and lovable categories.

    Highly recommended second-chance romance!


    Any additional comments?

    I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. This is my personal opinion.

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    Kindle Customer 08-30-17
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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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Poole 08-30-17
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    "No Kind of Hero"

    No kind of hero is a sweet story about 2nd chances. The story follows Beth and Evan who share a past.

    Beth, a lawyer, who returns home for some much needed rest when she feels like she is on the brink of a breakdown.

    Evan, is a very hard working man and a single father, raising his daughter, Gracie.

    When the former loves run in to each other, they realize that they both still have feelings for each other after many years, but can they put their past aside and overcome obstacles for a 2nd chance at love. Can they let go of a past to have a future together.

    I really enjoyed listening to this book on Audible.
    Tanya Eby does a great job giving these characters a voice and bringing this story to life.

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an hones 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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    Colleen M Coplay, PA 08-30-17
    Colleen M Coplay, PA 08-30-17 Member Since 2016
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Z USA 08-29-17
    Lori Z USA 08-29-17 Member Since 2017
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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.”

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DLRees 08-29-17
    DLRees 08-29-17
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    "EXCELLENT!!!"

    This is a wonderful story and the narration is soooo good! I'm a huge fan of Rosalind's stories and this one is very believable since the hero is a (drumroll).....painter! But trust me ladies you will not be disappointed, he might not have a private jet or a mansion but he has the qualifications for being an excellent lover.
    Once again she delivers a story filled with all the things we love to hear and with Tanya Eby doing the narration it is a delight!
    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an hones 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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Holden 08-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The Book was great, the Audible brought book alive!"

    This is a easy read happy ever after look story!
    I Love how The writer doesn't use fillers to drag the book along!
    This definitely would have been a great Summer listen,You could just escape in this book!
    The Love story has long history between both Evan and Beth, But a lot of time has past between and small towns seems to stir up old memories,if good or bad! I loved as I said the Author did not use a lot of fillers but used talk in between the main story line that grabbed your attention, like "the baby reached up and grabbed Evans hand or how she snuggled up to Evan and it seemed like the perfect fit! The Author told us so much about Evan and the baby without writing it out!
    Bothe Beth and Evan are train wrecks just waiting to be derailed! Evan's baby Momma "lol" just picked up and left the child and Evan and walked away!
    Beth has so much to live up to, I would say workaholic who was about to have a breakdown, having vacation time on the book,( I loved how The Author states something like 18.5 days,we all know that .5 is just as important as the 18,this is what a lot Miss with her writing skills!)
    This story takes us up and down and all around! Most love stories we know it's going to end happy, but there were times I questioned Beth "ifs" leaving me to read faster!
    The story is different then her New Zealand series but one of my top books!
    I was once told by a famous Author K.H who spent so much time with my writer,dreamer of a Daughter who asked what everyone wants to ask but feels it may sound rude! She told my Daughter balance life and writing and you will know even with your own writing if you close your eyes and listen to a narration of the book, and your mind allows you to see it played out! YOU have your self a great book! Believe in your self.
    I truly believe the Author believes in her writing and because of that is able to bring her books alive!
    It also helps that,she has nailed narrators! Tanya Eby helped bring this book alive! I first read the book and loved the second book in this series so much, but listen brought this book alive in a way I could see a life time movie played out!
    I don't like to spoil and give out more then Author sets for the to give you, I will say that many have DM me and stated they love to see when I put myself up backing this book! I would highly recommend this book, I started with it being an easy read, by that I meant it was a book you could lose track of time, the book rolls so smooth the characters are well defined and you fall into place even if you missed book 1,(I mean, literally you missed another good book). I stress in my reviews this Author has a special gift of story telling! A lot of books now a days you see a small twist up but the books are predictable, and there are a few of R.J you know where Happy ever after will fall, but it's the way she gets you there!
    I have a few groups of woman who know when I am reading the "New Zealand writer" book, but they are so hooked now! I said "a rugby(not this book) hot player had you at scrum" which now they want to know what New out! Because they want romance,sex, and love Not lust,smut,& I'll settle! The sex(love scenes are done very tastefully done, she doesn't hold anything back it's all in how it written!
    Well there you go! See if Evan is Beth's first Love is so many ways!!!! You won't regret!

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  • Giggle6666
    8/31/17
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fleetwoodboy
    10/4/17
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    "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

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