Title: Her Forbidden Hero (The Hero #1)
Author: Laura Kaye
Source: Received from publisher in exchange for an honest review
She's always been off-limits...
Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend's little sister, but her return home changes that...and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco's not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he's not about to let her see the mess he's become.
...but now she's all grown up.
When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can't stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa's not looking for protection—not anymore. Now that she's back in his life, she’s determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time...
**4.5 stars** Her Forbidden Hero is the first book in The Hero series by Laura Kaye. Unlike many of the books I tend to read, this is in no way a paranormal story. It centers around Alyssa, who moves back to her hometown after finishing college. She lands a job at the bar where her childhood crush works. She knows that he is back home from being injured in war, and wants nothing more than to be part of his life.
Marco is best friends with Alyssa's older brother, so they've known each other for years. Marco had made a vow to keep her safe while her brother is still at war. He is not happy about her working at the rowdy bar, and he is definitely not happy to find himself very attracted to her. She is off limits.
Alyssa finds that Marco has changed since he was deployed. One minute he is kind and the next minute he is angry and pushing her away. The war has changed him physically and emotionally. Marco's issues seem very realistic for someone who has been through a traumatic experience such as this.
This was a pretty quick read (almost too quick) – and I was interested from page 1. The author did a wonderful job portraying the emotions throughout the book. Not only are there emotionally moments, but there are romantic and sexy moments as well. It gets pretty steamy, but it's not just about sex. There is an emotional connection and it's very swoon-worthy. I have enjoyed everything I have read by Laura Kaye so far, and this is no exception. I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book, which features Brady – Alyssa's older brother.
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