Unlikely Hero appears to be the final book about the hunks from
Sweetwater Springs, Texas. After the Loving (HT 626) and The Lone
Wolf (HT691) introduced us to Cade and Reese, friends of our current
I'm a sucker for a book that allows me to enjoy the unfolding relationship,
to watch with interest...no, to relish, as the two lovers discover the joys
of what love is all about. Unlikely Hero had me right where I wanted
to be...savoring a book because everything clicked.
PI Logan Walker needs a break. His last case ending up catapulting him in
the media spotlight as he rescued a kidnapped child. He's headed from
Denver to Sweetwater Springs in West Texas on his trusty Harley, with plans
to enjoy his class reunion and kick back with some old friends.
Paige Davenport is running away from home. This poor little rich girl has
finally reached the breaking point with the responsibilities that go along
with her wealth and her Fahmily name. Catching her fiancÚ making it with
her bridesmaid and knowing that her mother wants her to brush off fiancÚ's
little indiscretion as 'wild oats' is the proverbial straw. With the help
of a good friend, Paige is leaving Denver behind, heading to Houston for a
A few miles from Texline, Texas (what we Texans fondly call the middle of
NOwhere), Paige's borrowed car breaks down. Two bad guys, Mean and Meaner,
stop. Their idea of help is a little communal sex and helping themselves to
her belongings. They're about to accomplish the first of their goals when
our hero comes riding by and notices a damsel in distress. With great
derring-do, he rescues her.
A few paragraphs later Paige discovers that Mean and Meaner have stolen all
her money and credit cards. Plus, she can't even locate her good friend.
After Logan quits drooling as he stares at Paige's legs, he offers to let
her stay with him in his family home in Sweetwater Springs until her best
friend can be reached. There's no way that Paige wants to contact her
family. That would be an admission that she couldn't cope without them.
With no viable options, Paige accepts. She doesn't want to keep mooching
off Logan, so she volunteers to do the only thing that she thinks she can
do; she'll be the housekeeper. Okay, we know that she's never done any
housework in her life and so, of course we have the obligatory scenes where
she makes a mess, and he comes to the rescue, but this girl learns from her
initial mistakes. She only knows how to cook bacon and eggs and nearly
panics when Lincoln asks for pancakes, but a box of pancake mix saves the
day. She reads the directions and makes perfectly edible pancakes.
one was applauding Ms. Steen at this point for not taking the predictable
and ridiculous plot line of the total airhead. Later in that chapter when
Logan sits down to a BLT sandwich, I had to smile. Paige is smart,
with no airhead tendencies in sight.
The fact that Logan doesn't consider himself a hero, a good Samaritan,
still doesn't stop him from coming to Paige's aid. In Lubbock, Paige
suggests that's it's okay to drop her off at a shelter or the YWCA. A
wave of protectiveness hit him like a tsunami. "Oh, right. Why don't I just
find you a cardboard box and a cozy alley?"
A secondary plot line that could have blown up into something which
dulled my pleasure thankfully never did. Logan's first wife was a
money-grubbing shopping freak who soured him on rich women. He makes a few
comparisons but realizes that he's way out of line. Paige is nothing like
his first wife. The big misunderstanding reared its ugly head twice, but
it's averted once and the second time it's given so little page space that
it was resolved quickly and happily.
What make this story extra special was the writing, the insight into the
characters. They're both good people, with a minimum of hang ups. Neither
has made that totally idiotic vow that 'love done 'em wrong and they want
no part of it.' They're both attractive, intelligent, interesting people
that I'd like to know. It was easy to step into their story. That's the
test of good writing to me. Am I able to step into the story, sometimes
unknowingly, and just enjoy myself?
Walking through the magic door and stepping into Unlikely Hero was
effortless. Stories that are this fun, this pleasurable to read, stories
where almost everything clicks, come along too seldom.