Her kind of hero by Kathleen Dienne

Blurb:

Kissing him is better than nothing.
Young widow Vanessa Bingham is ready to stop mourning. She misses the intimacy and tenderness of a man’s touch. It’s obvious her old friend Derek Lane wants her, so why does her first attempt at seduction cause him to flee?
Kissing her is a dream come true.
Derek has been in love with Vanessa forever. His feelings have kept him from having a serious relationship-or a casual one-with any other woman. So when she finally turns to him, he doesn’t want to settle for being friends with benefits.
But Vanessa is a hard woman to resist for long…
Someone doesn’t want them kissing at all.
Just as things with Derek begin heating up, disturbing photos start to arrive at Vanessa’s door. Someone is watching her every move: someone she may know. Terrified by the stalker’s very real threats, Vanessa soon realizes that Derek may be just the hero she needs after all.

My thoughts: 

This sounds like your run of the mill “budding love vs. creepy stalker” story. It was quite nice though. If more so called boring guys were like Derek, they would be in much more demand.

Derek is thoughtful, considerate, a DIY wizard, strong, smart, reliable, has a face like a model and the body of a god. Anything else? Vanessa knows what she wants and has no problem with saying it, too.

Very soon, however, it is obvious that Derek has some issues, because he doesn’t want to give Vanessa what she craves. Not a big surprise here. The reader already knows where he is coming from way before Vanessa does, which made her look a bit slow in my eyes.

The stalker problem is another thing. First of all, it is more than obvious who the stalker is. You don’t have to be an experienced mystery reader to figure that one out. Vanessa, however, is oblivious. Fair enough. What I didn’t understand was how she and Derek could be so nonchalant about the threat coming from the stalker. Derek frequently leaves her alone at her house even though it is by no means certain she is safe there. If I had a crazy stalker watching me 24/7 AND if I was mad about Derek, I’d take every opportunity I could get to sleep over at Derek’s house, especially since he was offering. That didn’t make any sense to me.

Anyway, Derek’s little problem solved, the stalker under lock and key, everybody is happy and we end up with a proposal. I could have done without that, but I suppose, given Derek’s nature, Vanessa had it coming. Unless it is a historical where a wedding seems to be a sine qua non, a proposal or wedding always adds a bit too much sugar for my taste. But that is me.

 

Title Her kind of hero
Author Kathleen Dienne
Publisher Carina Press
ISBN 9781426890789
Buy link Her kind of hero will be available on 11/22 at the Carina Press website

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