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Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

I’ve been told by several people that Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a ‘must read’, but everyone had a different suggestion of which book to start with.  So, I just dove in – and am thrilled that I have.  Please read on for my review, you can check the tour stops to read excerpts and see what other readers thought of the title – and be sure to enter here for the Surprise SEP Romance Pack…

Heroes Are My Weakness

Recommendations aside, how was it possible for me to refuse a story described as a modern-day Jane Eyre and set off the Maine Coast (I summered there for years).  Short answer – no way.  And I am so glad that I did, despite the slower than expected start to reach the ‘meat of the story.

Annie has returned to an island that she summered at as a kid, with several reservations: the island holds some bad memories of Theo Harp – an inveterate bully.  Of course, the reasons for her return are mixed up with a legacy from her mother, and she’s not all that busy working now, so just how bad could it be?

Theo is a writer of horror, and the setting and his initial introduction was less than endearing: from his nasty childhood behaviors to his rather emo personality kept him at arm’s length for me for quite a while. Phillips’ writing and developmental arc for him, however, did give him that Heathcliff feel, even as I found him more intriguing by the end.

Of course, this is an island and in the middle of winter it should have felt claustrophobic, not as charming or endearing as in summer, but the interactions with the townsfolk, her never-ending interactions with her puppets (some quirky, others funny but always helping her to compartmentalize her own interior thoughts) and the moments with Annie and the Puppets and Livia, who at four does not speak, are wonderfully intriguing and full of life. While the mystery of who wants Annie off the island wasn’t overwhelming, the threads tied together nicely to keep a bit of additional tension.

Slow to start, with lots of information presented in Annie’s conversations with her puppets, her character shows a deeply developed interior life that impacts her desire and intrigue for Theo – the need to know his why was more important than anything else. And his silence caused from guilt and deep sorrows is a deep well that she shines a light into.  Their chemistry was variable: I’d see it then not – best shown with the dialogue and jibes they threw at one another, their slower more sensual moments became more believable as the story progressed.  I’m not a reader who gravitates to stories that keep me filled with tension waiting for the shoe to drop, and the balance of information, humor, intrigue, tension and personalities just worked for me. I’m now off to add more of this author’s books to my shelf.

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Title: Heroes Are My Weakness
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published by: Avon
ISBN: 0062106090
Published on: 28 July, 2015
Format:Paperback
Source: Publisher
Pages: 352
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 51 minutes
Rated: four-stars
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About the Book:

New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is back with a delightful novel filled with her sassy wit, dazzling charm, and a threat of danger—a modern Jane Eyre

It's going to be a long, hot winter.

He is a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She is a down-on-her-luck actress who's given up far too much. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

Annie Hewitt has been forced to return to an isolated island off the coast of Maine, a place she hasn't visited since a disastrous summer when she was a teen. She couldn't be more ill prepared for what she finds on the island—or for Theo Harp, the mysterious man who dwells in Harp House, the mansion hovering above her home in Moonraker Cottage.

When she was a teenager, Theo betrayed her in a way she can never forget or forgive. Now they're trapped together on a frozen island along with a lonely widow, a mute little girl, and townspeople who don't know how to mind their own business.

Is he the villain she remembers, or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes. The wrong decision could cost her everything.

 

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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About Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips soars onto the New York Times bestseller list with every new publication. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. Susan delights fans by touching hearts as well as funny bones with her wonderfully whimsical and modern fairy tales. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a wife, and mother of two grown sons.

Comments

Rachel

You had me at Jane Eyre! 🙂 Sounds like a fun read. I’ll have to check it out!