Monday, April 27, 2015

Nobody's Hero by J. Leigh Bailey

Nobody's Hero by J. Leigh Bailey

Review by Lauren

Source: copy from netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official Summary: Bradley Greene's family all but discarded him when his brother caught him fooling around with another boy. Now Bradley has seventeen dollars and a gas card, and he's sleeping in his car. He's an emotional mess and if he doesn't land a job soon, he's up the proverbial creek.

Danny Ortega can take care of himself…most of the time. When what started as a date turns into sexual assault in a dark parking lot, he's grateful for Brad's help—and an instant admirer of Brad's military school-honed muscles. He certainly doesn't expect to see him again, and definitely not as the newest hire at Ortega Construction.

As Brad and Danny's quiet attraction turns into more, things start to go sour before they've even started. Danny grows frustrated that Brad won't open up emotionally. And Brad is terrified of being responsible for someone else's feelings. When Brad's family makes one last attempt to turn him into an "acceptable" son, all bets are off—he and Danny will need to decide if they're in this together…or apart.

Review: Nobody's Hero is one of those books where family plays a large part in the novel. For Bradley, his family isn't really around much and when they are, they are not accepting of his sexuality. However, Danny's family is loving and more than willing to welcome people into the fold, like Bradley, who ends up working for the family over the summer.

Bradley is hiding a rough past and he's scared to get into another relationship, so he's desperate to avoid Danny as much as he can. This is difficult when both boys work for Danny's father doing construction work, and it's not too long before Bradley starts to let down some of his guard.

The past can't stay hidden though and what Bradley dealt with when living at home soon comes to shake up his and Danny's new relationship. The two of them have to come to terms with the past and see if they have a chance of a future.

Nobody's Hero is essentially a New Adult book about two boys growing up and falling in love. I thought both characters were well-developed and I loved that Danny's family played a large part in the novel. Besides Bradley's past, there are other issues occurring throughout the book that cause suspense and tension. It provides another reason for you to flip through the pages as quick as you can, wanting to desperately know how things turn out.

Nobody's Hero is released today!


Kindlemom said...

This sounds like it was a great read for you, glad you loved it so much!
Wonderful review!!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

Oh, good! I've seen this one around and it sounded great, but I've been burned so many times! Now that I know you enjoyed it, I'll go ahead and buy a copy. I really REALLY want to read it.

Heidi Rainy Day Ramblings said...

It doesn't seem that this has a lot of drama and angst and I like that family plays a big role.

Medeia Sharif said...

This sounds intense and emotional. I haven't seen this around. I'll add it to my wish list.

Brandi Kosiner said...

The character development sounds well done

Melliane said...

The characters sound great and it's always so interesting to see them evolve like that!

Lauren D. said...

This sounds wonderful! I hadn't heard of it before, but I think I'd like it because the characters sound wonderful and I think it will be emotional. Thanks for putting this on my radar!

Alexia561 said...

I like that Brad's family plays a big role in the story, as that's unusual. Not really into romances right now, but will keep this in mind. Glad you enjoyed it!

Christy @ Love of Books said...

Oh man, this looks a bit emotional. I like that!