Audiobook Review: Unlikely Hero by Sean Michael

Second Edition

When his three-year-old daughter is kidnapped, Eric Wilson doesn’t have many options, and time is running out. With nowhere else to turn, he reaches out to his ex, influential businessman Brock Vencenza, whose money and contacts might be able to save Josie.

Brock never got over Eric’s loss, and he’s more than willing to help when Eric needs him most. Together with law enforcement and private security, they embark on a twisting investigation to find the little girl—and who wants to hurt her and destroy both men in the process. Under the circumstances, confessing he still has feelings for Eric would be inappropriate, but Brock can’t deny what’s in his heart. He doesn’t know if their love can be rekindled or if he can even protect Eric and Josie. But one thing is certain: Brock’s determined to be the hero in reality that he is in Eric’s eyes.

First edition published by Top Shelf, an imprint of Torquere Press, September 2009

Listening Length: 7 hours and 30 minutes
Narrator: Jeff Gelder

Reviewer: Shee Reader

Our story opens with businessman Brock, getting ready to leave the office for a well earned vacation, when his ex-boyfriend Eric turns up desperate for help and not knowing which way to turn. His three year old daughter has been kidnapped.

So we are right into the thick of the agony and drama, but Brock is the super-studly exec who launches into fix-it mode even though he and Eric have been over for nine years.

In true Sean Michael fashion, we have no fear of a cliff hanger, or unrequited love, these guys are made for each other and of course, still love each other. There’s plenty of issues to resolve once little Josie has been returned to her father. There are some stupendously bad guys, amazingly good guys and lots of working-on-the-relationship which I love from this author. One of my many pet peeves is miscommunication between our main characters. I’d much rather see them talk to each other and really work on the relationship. All the threats to our guys happiness come from outside (with the one tiny exception of Eric listing Brock as Josie’s guardian should anything happen to him. Bit of a stretch when Brock doesn’t even know she exists, But dear old Sean resolves it beautifully, and Brock lets Eric get away with it).

I love the whole ‘found his family’ trope, and this one does not disappoint, even if it is so sweet at times it made my teeth hurt!

Jeff Gelder narrates it beautifully. His characterisation is superb all the way from a sweet little three year old, through two male MCs and a couple of macho security guys, all the way to an evil Grammy. Awesome.

If you like a definite HEA with unicorns and rainbows, this one could be for you.

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