Everyone Loves a Hero

Everyone Loves a Hero

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by Marie Force
     
 

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Compelling contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today best-selling, award-winning author Marie Force.

Fame has its perks...

Reluctantly famous, First Officer Cole Langston finds being in the spotlight has its advantages—until he meets Olivia. Having women throw themselves at him everywhere he goes

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Compelling contemporary romance from New York Times and USA Today best-selling, award-winning author Marie Force.

Fame has its perks...

Reluctantly famous, First Officer Cole Langston finds being in the spotlight has its advantages—until he meets Olivia. Having women throw themselves at him everywhere he goes becomes a serious problem when he's trying to convince her she's the one...

And its price...

Olivia has trouble trusting a guy like Cole, and everywhere she turns she sees reasons to run. But he's the only man who's ever seemed to understand her as an artist and as a woman...

Cole is working overtime to prove to Olivia that he's serious, but her deep seated mistrust and his entourage of unwelcomed fans may be more than they can overcome...

Praise for Marie Force:

"If you are looking for a great love story that will make you smile and cry, this is the one."—Enchanted by Books

"A solid contemporary with a lot to love...sweet, tender, modern romance, with likable, real characters that might have you looking at your next airline ticket with a new sparkle in your eye."—Alpha Heroes

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402245763
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
02/01/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
72,665
File size:
666 KB

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Cole opened the eye that still worked and struggled to figure out how he had ended up on the floor. Pain radiated from his face and shoulder. All he'd wanted was a roll of Mentos to get him through his next flight. What he'd gotten, though, was a fist to the face. His shoulder throbbed from smashing into a display of Washington Redskins souvenirs, and his face pulsated with pain. That big dude had one hell of a left hook!


He tried to open his other eye-which was swelling shut after being on the receiving end of Big Dude's meaty fist-and blinked into focus a striking young woman hovering over him. She had long dark hair, porcelain skin, and big brown eyes. Over her shoulder, he took in the crowd of whispering, pointing people that had formed around him. No doubt they recognized him, which meant the press would show up any minute. He also saw two airport police officers arguing with a large man in handcuffs, presumably Big Dude.


Cole hadn't seen it coming. One minute he'd been standing in line minding his own business behind a guy having a heated discussion on a cell phone. Then he'd watched Big Dude throw a wad of money at the clerk. Cole had tapped him on the shoulder to tell him he was being rude to the girl behind the counter.


"She's only doing her job," Cole had said.


The next thing he knew, he was looking up at an angel.


"Are you all right?" she asked, hands coasting lightly over his face.


Cole was appalled by his predictably male response to her touch. Before his little problem became noticeable and before the media could show up and turn his life into a circus-again-he quickly tried to sit up. Too quickly, he discovered when he was hit by a wave of nausea that caught him off guard and snuffed out the situation in his lap.


He lay back on the sweatshirt someone had rolled into a pillow for him, closed his eyes, and took a deep breath to ward off the nausea. "How long was I out?" he asked the woman.


"About two minutes or so. It felt like longer, though."


"Shit," he groaned, imagining how the press would blow the incident out of proportion. "I need to get word to my airline that I can't fly today, and I gotta get out of here."


"The airport police called someone from your company. They're on their way, along with the paramedics."


"I don't need paramedics," he protested, making a second attempt to sit up.


Her hands on his shoulders stopped him. "Stay still. You might have a concussion."


A veteran of high school hockey, Cole had no doubt about the concussion. Great. That's just great. After months on the ground doing "the hero circuit" on behalf of the airline, he didn't need a concussion to knock him out of the air for two weeks just when the whole uproar had finally started to die down.


"What's your name?" he asked, his eyes still closed as he did battle with pain and nausea.


"My name?"


"It's not a trick question."


She laughed softly. "Olivia." Sticking up for a woman named Olivia had gotten him knocked out and knocked down to earth for at least two weeks. Damn it!


"Thank you for what you did," she said.


"No problem."


"Yes, I think it was."


Cole raised his good shoulder in a half shrug. "He was being a jerk."


"Here," a male voice said from above him. "Put this on your eye."


Cole cracked open his working eye to find the store manager holding out an icepack. He reached for it. "Thanks."


The paramedics arrived a minute later, along with a representative from the airline, an older woman Cole had never seen before. She announced she would be accompanying him to the hospital.


"That's not necessary," he said.


"Boss's orders," she replied, full of her own importance.


"I'm to stay with you until you're released and handle any media requests."


"Great."


As the paramedics prepared to roll him away, Cole looked around for Olivia and found her in a group of airport employees and customers who were watching the proceedings. Their eyes met, and she stepped forward. He found it refreshing, to say the least, that she didn't seem to recognize him.


"I hope you'll be okay," she said.


"I'll be fine. I've got a hard head."


"I'm sorry this happened."


"It's certainly not your fault."


She tucked a roll of Mentos into his hand. "Take care of yourself."


Amused by the gesture, he said, "Don't put up with any crap from your customers."


Her dazzling smile once again caught the attention of his lower anatomy. "I'll try not to."


"See ya."

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Meet the Author

Marie Force was a reporter for the Narragansett Times, and lived in Spain during her husband's Navy tour of duty. She is now a communications director and editor-in-chief as well as the author of Line of Scrimmage and Love at First Flight. She lives in Portsmouth, Rhode Island.


Marie Force has been a professional writer and editor for more than twenty years. She resides in Rhode Island with her husband, two children, and a dog named Brandy. She is also the author of Line of Scrimmage, Love at First Flight, Fatal Affair and Fatal Justice.

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Everyone Loves a Hero: ...and that's the problem 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
LASR_Reviews More than 1 year ago
He's done what seems to be the impossible-land a plane in a blizzard. But can he convince the woman he's interested in that he's more than a one-trick-pilot? Ms. Force has penned a story that gripped me from the beginning. I wanted to know what would happen to these characters and how the storyline would play out. The writing is tight and the descriptions rich. She captures the essence of pilots and the hustle and bustle of the airport well. Cole is a typical pilot (even before the save). He's cocky and walks with a swagger expected in flyboys. It works for him because it gets him women. Now add in the hero-status and the guy has it all. I liked seeing his softer side and being able to get into his head quickly to see how he felt about Olivia. Smitten men are sexy. And the little issue he has with Nutty Natasha truly added to the story. I wanted to see how the crazy ex-girlfriend sub-story worked itself out. I must say, I loved it. My one issue with the book was Olivia. She's actually a great heroine. She knows what she wants out of life, albeit with a few hiccups. I liked that she didn't move through life in a perfect manner because it gave her character. What got under my skin was her tendency to see the glass half empty. I didn't mind her being a little worried about being with Cole-it showed she was human and gave me, the reader, something to relate to. Handsome guys with oodles of girls hanging around them can be hard to handle. Still, there were times when the jealousy and the insecurity inhibited her growth as a person. Blind trust is hard to manage and I liked seeing her struggle and overcome. I liked this story because the characters are realistic. I felt what they were feeling and saw things through their eyes. The love scenes sizzle and left me breathless for more. If you want a book that's guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face, then you need to read Everyone Loves a Hero. I give it 4 books. Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. This is the second book by Marie Force that I have read. After reading Love at First Flight I knew that I had to read more. I love the characters and the emotions they go through. I read the whole book in one sitting because I just could not put it down.
Judy_F More than 1 year ago
Marie Force captures the world of instant celebrities and their struggles to just be normal in her latest romantic story..Everyone Loves A Hero. First Officer Cole Langston was thrust into the worlds spotlight when he saved his captain and the passengers on his flight. At first the praise was heartwarming and special but now he just wants to get back to just being Cole---a pilot. Sure it had its perks; woman falling all over him but when he meets Olivia Robison it becomes intrusive. Olivia Robison is struggling to get what she wants out of life. Family circumstances had made getting her college degree a longer journey then she would have liked. She has a hard time trusting anyone especially a famous pilot that literally falls at her feet at first meeting. Cole's reputation as a player has her over thinking why he would want to be with someone like her. Olivia is touched by Cole's interest in not just her but her art that she has never had any praise for before. He opens up a whole new world to her that she is afraid that just one wrong word or action will make it all disappear. Olivia and Cole start a long distance relationship will all its ups and downs. But when a woman from his past makes strong claims on Cole's heart will Olivia flee or fight for their love? Everyone Loves A Hero is a compelling love story filled with emotion and real life trials to overcome. Olivia and Cole both have complex lives that make their finding and keeping each other the hardest work either has done. Watching them peel back layers of their personalities is heartwarming and endearing. Marie Force writes such soul searching stories that will stay with you long after you have finished each story. I am so lucky to have found an author whose stories have such an impact.
booklover1335 More than 1 year ago
Olivia is a woman who hasn't had an easy life and has had to work very hard for every thing that she has while sacrificing her personal life in order to help care for her mother with whom she has a strained relationship. You see, Olivia is so busy treading water and putting the needs of others before her own, that she has lost site of who she is. She is so used to surviving and feeling unworthy of the love of her parents that she suppresses her dreams and true desires. That is until she meets the man of her dreams in one very delectable and more than swoon worthy Cole Langston. Except that Cole is the one that swooned at Olivia's feet after being punched by an irate customer in a checkout line at the airport in which Olivia works. It's pretty much love at first site for these two, and they meet whenever they can despite living in different cities and having demanding schedules to work around. Cole immediately knows that Olivia is someone special for him and begins making changes in his previous playboy life because Olivia is the "one". He know it very early on in their relationship. He comes on strong and is relentless in his pursuit. He's a man who knows what he wants, and what he wants is Olivia, so he goes after it. Olivia on the other hand has a hard time believing and understanding that Cole would reform and become a one woman man instead a one woman in every city man. She's not used to the attention and is most definitely not used to being first in anyone's life. She's insecure in not only who she is as a sexual woman (Cole is her first), but as a person and she is constantly questioning if what she is feeling for Cole is too good to be true. And therein lies their problem as a couple. I think Olivia's views of herself, her history of denying and suppressing her needs and wants so as not to be a burden, as well as her self-worth lie at the core of her reluctance to believe in him and her own heart. Cole is everyone's dream romance hero. He's handsome, sexy, great in bed...and did I mention that he is a hero (as in saved someone's life), and he goes to great lengths to make Olivia's dreams come true by encouraging her to follow her passion to become an artist. With his love and support Olivia becomes the person she's always wanted to be, but never had the courage to pursue or feel worthy of. I think that is what really resonated with me so strongly because I truly believe that the love of the right person will help you become the best version of yourself that you can be. Someone who will support your dreams and love you despite your faults. Cole is that man for Olivia. Yes they have their problems and misunderstandings most of which stem from Olivia's insecurities (and one seriously mental ex-girlfriend), but she grows as a heroine and learns to trust in their love which ultimately leads to their happy ending. I can't recommend Everyone Loves a Hero highly enough. It pushed all of the right romance buttons for me. A to die for hero. A heroine who grows into someone that not only the hero can love, but that she can love too. Romance. Passion (lots and lots of passion). And Love. I hope that you read Everyone Loves a Hero and love it as much as I did because for me it was perfection! LOVE LOVE LOVE...yeah I kinda really loved this story :) Ratings: Overall: 5 stars! Sensuality level: 3.75 (about as hot as you can get without being an erotic romance IMO)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
one of the best books i have read in a long time. I completely fell in love with the characters! I have become a huge Marie Force fan!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read just about every book Marie Force has written. Thank you Marie Force, I'm working on the single editions now. Thanks again. Jane K
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jeter2 More than 1 year ago
Love anything by Marie Force, and she did not disappoint. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a pleasent surprise. Good story with interesting characters.
sissie2 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book very romantic , funny and sweet this is a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great book to fall in love with Marie's voice for storytelling. As a fan of adult contemporary titles I do a little happy dance at each new book she puts out. Her characters will stay with you long after the last page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great no surpise to me.When I started reading this book and cole told her he was raised in lafayette,indiana I almost flipped out cause I was borned and raised in lafayette ind such a great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book ... not my favorite Marie Force book, but it was an okay read.
HopelesslyRomantic More than 1 year ago
Truly heart warming story... I truly believe that this is one of Ms Force's greatest book. It was indeed full of love and laughter all the way from page 1 to page 258., couldn't put the book down. Great job Ms Force!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love the book just wish it had more.
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cosun More than 1 year ago
This is by far my lease favorite book by Marie Force. I found Olivia's character to be bland. I found the relationship to by juvenile. I really hated the "pinky swear" dialogue (this is something your 7 year old daughter would say). She has written far better books so this was very disappointing.
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KendraAnn More than 1 year ago
Loved it! It draws you in and you don't want to put the book down.
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I absolutely love Marie Force and all of her books ! Characters and story is definitely for the hopeless romantics! Cole and Liv are both sexy and innocent! This is a great read just as all Marie's books -- this will not disappoint!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
.... but Cole has suddenly only got eyes for one girl! His playboy lifestyle haunts him just a little in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read some of her books before and I really enjoyed this one .
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