Hero, an all-new sexy and emotional standalone romance by Lauren Rowe is Available NOW!

A standalone contemporary romance in the MORGAN BROTHERS SERIES from USA Today Bestselling Author Lauren Rowe.

The story of firefighter Colby Morgan that proves heroes come in many forms . .

The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together.

And I don’t mean any of that figuratively.

I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman-although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words.

No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker-my physical therapist-I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit.

When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul.

She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling.

And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me.

And I fell in love.

But what I didn’t know . . . what I couldn’t possibly know . . . was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.

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I can honestly say that I wasn’t prepared for Colby and Lydia’s emotional story…I wasn’t ready for Lydia’s heartache and grief to resonate from the pages as her back story was told…I couldn’t have anticipated how caught up I would get in Lauren Rowe’s emotionally charged words and always evolving characters.

But even though Rowe stripped me bare, leaving me raw and aching, almost as much as she did her hero and heroine, I wouldn’t have missed Colby and Lydia’s journey because not only is it an incredibly moving and pure romance, it’s also a cleansing of the soul and a healing of the entire body, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

At the start of Hero, I wasn’t too sure if Colby’s ‘insta’ feelings for Lydia would interfere with the story that was brewing underneath; most of the time when things happen too quickly in a romance, it seems like the couple’s story stays too much on the surface, never truly building a sturdy foundation, but that wasn’t the case with Colby and Lydia.  I think Colby needed to be enamored from the start because it would take those kinds of feelings to help weather the storm as Lydia works through her overwhelming feelings of loss…of regret…of a plethora of feelings that seem to hold her back from moving forward…from being happy.

It appeared that the romance between Colby and Lydia would be hot and heavy from the start, but that’s not the case and that speaks to the kind of gentleman Colby is…don’t get me wrong, Colby definitely wanted every part of Lydia and I’m sure he had a bit of blue balls and sexual frustration because his body desired Lydia desperately, but he recognized the battle that Lydia was trying to overcome and he cheered her on…offered a shoulder to lean on…and made sure she understood his motives and his need to help make her whole before moving forward together.

I can honestly say I wouldn’t mind being adopted by the Morgan family…who wouldn’t want to claim the Morgan brothers and their siblings?! They’re incredibly supportive of one another…have faith in their bond, and they definitely know how to have fun and live life fully.

Lydia is both a strong and vulnerable heroine – one who has been trying to just make it through the days and not break down in tears or feel like a complete failure. Her heart is damaged and it even might be scarred in irreparable ways, but that doesn’t stop Colby from staking his claim…from proving to Lydia that life goes on even after an extraordinary loss. But Colby’s words and actions can only take Lydia so far. She has to be the one who does the leg work…the one who must accept the past and move forward knowing that the past will never be forgotten but it doesn’t have to debilitate her from finding love and happiness again because she so deserves it.

Colby is absolutely a hero…not only as a firefighter but as a man. His job is dangerous and sometimes the flames get a little too close and lives are forever changed, and while Colby learned this knowledge firsthand, he also learned the preciousness of life and the desire to spend his days with someone who means everything to him.

Hero is without a doubt an epic love story, but it’s not simply the love between a man and a woman. It’s the love of a profession…the love of a family…the love of a mother and her children…the love of friendships and second chances. And it’s the knowledge that anyone is capable of being a hero because it doesn’t take grandiose actions…all it takes is the strength and the determination to live life to its fullest and hold on tightly when the ride gets turbulent because those who rise out of the ashes…those who make it to the other side…those are the people who are heroic and that’s one lesson that every reader needs to learn and accept.

4.5 Poison Apples

About Lauren Rowe

USA Today and internationally bestselling author Lauren Rowe lives in San Diego, California, where, in addition to writing books, she performs with her dance/party band at events all over Southern California, writes songs, takes embarrassing snapshots of her ever- patient Boston terrier, Buster, spends time with her family, and narrates audiobooks. Much to Lauren’s thrill, her books have been translated all over the world in multiple languages and hit multiple domestic and international bestseller lists. To find out about Lauren’s upcoming releases and giveaways, sign up for Lauren’s emails at Lauren loves to hear from readers! Send Lauren an email from her website, say hi on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook by searching for @laurenrowebooks.

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