Series: Unexpected Heroes #2
Published by Pocket Books
Publication Date: June 30th 2015
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Disclaimer: I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely mine.
Dr. Spence is searching for the perfect woman…but how will he know when he’s found her? From New York Times bestselling author Melody Anne, the second steamy romance in a new breakout series based on her beloved and bestselling Billionaire novels.
In the bestselling books Billionaire Wins the Game, Hidden Treasure, and The Billionaire’s Marriage Proposal, among others, we met the Andersons. Matchmaking patriarchs Joseph and George took matters into their own hands to get their sons to marry and settle down. But now that Dr. Spence Whitman sees how happy his Anderson friends are in married life, he’s itching to get hitched too! But how will he find The One?
After his wealthy dad adopted him and his two brothers at a young age, Spence grew up learning there are more important things in life than money. He wants to find a girl who shares that philosophy, and it wouldn’t hurt to have some similar interests too. Now if he could just stop getting distracted by his gorgeous surgical resident, he could start looking for the perfect wife…
With one Whitman brother settled, the matchmaking seniors have set their sights on Spence and they have the perfect match for him – Sage Banks. With some creative manipulation, both Spence and Sage end up working at the hospital in Sterling, with Spence as Sage’s trainer during her residency. Sage had a major crush on Spence when she was much younger and still bears him a grudge for not returning her feelings, so their relationship is pretty much a tempestuous one from day one.
Spence can barely remember the young Sage who professed her love for him but this Sage is very distracting and he’s very much interested in getting to know her and even her hostility towards him isn’t going to deter him.
I really looked forward to reading HER HOMETOWN HERO because of the glimpses of Spence from the previous book, but for some reason, it took me a while to finish this book because it was difficult to connect with Spence and Sage and get into their story. Sage read like a modified version of Alyssa from HER UNEXPECTED HERO. Their bickering was annoying and long and he came across as arrogant a few times. Even when he tried to romance Sage with the gifts and flowers, the motions, while admittedly cheesy and sweet, felt a bit unrealistic.
What redeemed this book for me was the ease with which Spence admitted to his feelings for Sage and the fact that even when he found out about the matchmaking, it did not lessen how he felt for her. My favorite quote :
“Love isn’t logical, Sage. It isn’t something you can put in a box, take out when you want to play with it, and then put it back away when it frightens you. It’s imperfect, comes with fits of emotions, and makes your insides flip out. There’s no reason to it, and if it doesn’t scare the hell out of you, you aren’t feeling it strongly enough. Love is scary because when we love someone, we fear losing them. But without love, what’s the purpose of life? If we give ourselves over to love, we win—we always will win.”
In spite of my issues with the main characters, I still enjoyed the budding romance within the group of seniors and general small-town vibe Ms. Anne has going on in the series. The glimpses of the Grace’s relationship also have me interested in their story.