Unlikely Hero by Kemmie Michaels
Series: Atlanta Series Book #1
Author: Kemmie Michaels
Erin never would have expected to fall in love. Never. Not with her past, and not with her fear. She never dated; she didn’t even allow herself friendships. She didn’t trust her judge-of-character skills enough to allow anyone close…until Marcus. With him, a deep connection happened in spite of the walls she’d so carefully constructed around herself. His self-confessed rage fueled much of his life, with the exception of her. For Erin, Marcus dares to make the step toward love…one with the potential to heal them both.
Review: I was excited to read this book – it had made the rounds on Facebook a few times, and between the cover, a few of the excerpts I read, and the fact that it involves MMA, I just had to read it. All in all, it wasn’t quite what I was expecting.
Both Erin and Marcus have issues due to certain events that happened in their past. But the really astounding thing about the book is the way they meet. As a way of self-therapy, Erin begins writing a journal…and in the process this journal becomes the friend she has been missing. But due to quirk of fate, Marcus finds this journal and reads it! He then finds himself compelled to write back to her – and thus begins their relationship. It is really quite endearing, and the author really draws you in – and before you know it you are invested in these characters.
This is a great book about relationships, love, and healing.
One of the downsides I envision is that some people might find it a bit of a slow read. There is a reason for this – as I said it is a book about healing, and it is not a just a fast band-aid put on their wounds. It takes time, effort, and patience, and that is definitely seen through the course of the novel. Though, I thought it brought about a closer connection with the characters. One thing that did bother me though was Erin’s level of trauma. With the event that happened I feel that her reactions were a bit extreme. Maybe not initially after the fact, but after five years? I could even understand if she had issues with men, but she distanced herself from female friends, acquaintances, and even her own family. For me, it seems a little over the top – but then again different people react different ways to certain events, so who am I to judge? That was just my take on it.
Regardless, it was an extremely well done book – I loved reading the journal entries back and forth between them, and the fact that they really got to know each other before they met face to face. It lended a little something extra to the story. With all these books out there that just dive right into relationships – and even beds! – it was a nice change of pace. And the whole story was just extremely inspiring. Kudos to Kemmie Michaels for such an emotional and heartwarming tale!