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No Kind of Hero

Portland Devils, Book 2
Written by: Rosalind James
Narrated by: Tanya Eby
Series: Portland Devils, Book 2
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
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Publisher's Summary

Some men are hard to quit.

Beth Schaefer isn't just on the partnership track at her Portland law firm, she's in the lead. Unfortunately, she's about to fall at the finish line. When she makes a list of breakdown destinations, she can't even manage to choose between them. Which means she has to come home to Wild Horse, Idaho, for her breakdown. She has exactly 18.5 days of accumulated vacation time to devote to it.

Evan O'Donnell's girlfriend took off when their baby girl was a month old, and that's just fine by him. His daughter Gracie is all the female companionship he needs, thank you very much. Beth Schaefer's not even in the running. Eight years ago, her parents convinced her to give him up, and he's had enough of snobs and women who don't stick. Evan's a blue-collar guy from his too-broad shoulders to his scuffed work boots, and he's nobody's white knight, and nobody's hero. Not anymore.

But what if Beth isn't the only one who needs saving?

©2017 Rosalind James (P)2017 Rosalind James

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  • Michigan Reader
  • 2017-08-30

Real people fall in love . . . again

Evan is the strong and silent type. Beth is a mixed up almost-partner lawyer. They had a history together nearly a decade ago and Beth ran out on it to be the good little daughter and go to college and become a lawyer in the big city. Evan got injured out of a pro football career, but liked his small town home better anyway. He is now partners in a painting company and busy as the small town has added a fancy resort. He's also a new single father whose partner ran out on him and their adorable baby, Gracie. Evan's down to earth while Beth is busy trying to figure out what on earth she has been doing working lawyer hours in the big city with no apparent life. (Oh, what we think we want when we start our careers and how they really turn out. . . that realism is always a place where Rosalind James shines!)

I found Beth hard to like, especially at first. Admirable, yes, but not so likeable because who is she, really? This story has to move fast because she's on a short timetable, but that works because of their past history and the small town make it hard not to know what someone is like. Beth eventually peels off the layers of herself that don't fit and does become more authentic. She was really a hometown girl at heart, too.

She and Evan have to get past their past and figure out if they have a future together while also juggling career aspirations plus assorted family members.

I enjoyed Tanya Eby's reading, but liked her female voices best. She did a good Beth and made fun baby noises for Gracie. :)

I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review. I already had the ebook. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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  • kaylady
  • 2019-12-18

Excellent story both loving and creative

This book is consistent with Rosalind James' other books with a unique well- thought out plot, excellent characters and superb writing. I highly recommend it.

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  • silvia
  • 2019-12-10

ok

The narrator was great. The story could of been shorter. I had to skip a couple of times.

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  • big reader
  • 2019-01-12

hated to stop listening

I loved this series glad it was audio because I wouldn't have gotten anything done if it where paperback.

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  • Kim
  • 2019-01-07

Boring

This is the 2nd book of the Portland Devils, and it’s slow and boring. The first book was great but not so much with this one.

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  • 2018-12-17

ok I'm normally stingy with my stars

I liked the 2nd book better then the first this book had twists and turns all the way to the last second. I normally can guess guess what's going to happen in a movie or a book but this one kept throwing me it was good till the end.

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  • jojo beanz
  • 2018-11-11

Zzzzzzzzz........u just cant

this story is dragging and the heroine is beyond annoying. the 1st book in this series was much better. 3 hours in and I have to call it quits. so boring. the narrator is cool and the hero is awesome.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 2018-11-06

Good Guy Evan gets his second, or third chance

The second book in the series is more in line with Rosalind James other books. It’s lovely to hear Evan and Beth’s story. You So want them both to be happy, and it feels good watch them find their way to each other. Evan is such an incredibly good guy - you’ve got to read book 1 to really understand.
Eby does a decent job of narration.

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  • quilteragogo
  • 2018-02-11

Beth and Evans Story

we were introduced to Beth and Evan in the First book, and the pain of their story was felt for those moment. In No Kind of Hero the back story ist told and the future is experience. this is a very well writing book and the narration was excellent as usaual. I do recommend this book for others that like a HEA.

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  • Colleen M
  • 2017-08-30

Great story

This is book 2 but like all Rosalind James books, you don't need to read book 1 first. I loved the main character, Evan. I had a harder time relating to Beth, I really don't have anything in common with her other than loving her dog. Despite that, she is a well developed character that I enjoyed following. I also love the small town setting, it reminds me of where I grew up. As with all stories by this author, the characters and story line are beautifully written. I cried, laughed, and got all hot and bothered within the 1st 1/3 of the book. She is a master at emotional writing!

I am super picky about narrators, but I liked this one well enough. She isn't my favorite but she is still good enough to keep me listening.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

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