Resisting the Hero

Resisting the Hero

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by Cindi Madsen
     
 

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Faith Fitzpatrick isn't looking for a hero. Burned one too many times in the past, she's now sworn them off completely. And when her brother's best friend, Connor, convinces him to join the dangerous SWAT team, Faith has never been more anti-hero. What's wrong with having a safe job? There's nothing safe about Connor. Confident, sexy, and sporting a six-pack

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Faith Fitzpatrick isn't looking for a hero. Burned one too many times in the past, she's now sworn them off completely. And when her brother's best friend, Connor, convinces him to join the dangerous SWAT team, Faith has never been more anti-hero. What's wrong with having a safe job? There's nothing safe about Connor. Confident, sexy, and sporting a six-pack that should be illegal, he's everything she doesn't want.

When his best friend's sister moves to town, local cop Connor Maguire knows he's in trouble. Faith is feisty, funny, and talks trash like nobody's business. She's also his partner's sister—and so totally off limits. Working on the Fall Festival together, they agree to a truce and become friends. But the more time Connor spends with Faith, the more he's willing to risk the wrath of her brother. If he could only convince her to take a risk on him, too.

Each book in the Accidentally in Love series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Falling For Her Fiance
Book #2 Act Like You Love Me
Book #3 Resisting the Hero
Book #4 An Officer and a Rebel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622662869
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
01/13/2014
Series:
Accidentally in Love , #3
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
41,644
File size:
2 MB

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Resisting the Hero

An Accidentally in Love Novel


By Cindi Madsen, Stacy Abrams, Alycia Tornetta

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Cindi Madsen
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-286-9


CHAPTER 1

The bar was bursting with guys tonight — seriously, it was like Muscles R Us up in here, all filled-out chests and bulging arms with biceps upon biceps. Under other circumstances, Faith might take a moment to enjoy the view. But right now, she was looking for one particular meathead, and she happened to be related to him. Anger had been building the entire four-hour drive from Atlanta, and now it pulsed through her like the loud music, wanting to be set free.

Of all the stupidest, craziest, good-way-to-get-himself-killed moves. It was no wonder her brother hadn't told her what he was up to until she was on her way back to North Carolina, hours away from moving in with him and his family. Then Kaleb had thrown it out, all his words strung together. "By the way, I completed the SWAT program today and am a certified operator now. There's a party at the Rusty Anchor to celebrate, so you should swing by if you get into town in time."

And when Faith had opened her mouth to ask if he were serious, he'd said he had to go and hung up. But he'd later texted a picture of himself holding a certificate, his wife and daughter by his side, and told her the party was at seven. Like she'd actually want to celebrate something that would put him in even more danger than his current police job.

How can he do this to his family? His pregnant wife? His little girl? After all, Kaleb had seen firsthand what could happen in this line of work. He'd promised that he'd choose the safer path in his career. Faith hadn't wanted him to go into law enforcement in the first place, but no, he had to go and try to be a hero anyway. And now he was taking it to another level by joining a SWAT team? Why couldn't he let someone else's brother be a hero? Her family had given enough.

Faith scanned the room as she moved farther into it, taking a second to look from face to face. Finding her brother in a place she used to frequent ought to be easy, but the lights were dimmed, and there were so many guys, all dressed similarly in black T-shirts. Several had swat emblazoned on their chests in white, and others bore cornelius sheriff's department in smaller letters over their shirt pocket.

Faith tipped onto her toes — this would be a lot easier if everyone here wasn't at least a foot taller than she was.

A guy approached her, beer bottle in one hand, smiling at her in that way guys do when they think they're good-looking enough to smile and get anything they want. "My friend and I were just talking about what a sausage fest this was, and then you came in." He ran his appraising gaze down her body, lingering on the V of her neckline.

Faith crossed her arms. "That works out, because I'm here for a weenie roast."

He put a protective hand over his package — probably without realizing he was doing it — but his smile widened. "Oh yeah. You're definitely coming to get a drink with me." He reached for her hand, but she jerked it away.

"I'm actually looking for Kaleb Fitzpatrick," she said as cheers erupted over in the bar area, swallowing up her words.

Big and Beefy glanced toward the noise and then returned his attention to her and leaned down. "Fitzpatrick, you say?" This close, it was impossible not to notice just how good-looking he was. His almost black hair was disheveled in a careless way, he had thick, dark eyebrows, and his eyes were a strange shade of gray that had to be a trick of the light. One corner of his mouth turned up, as if he knew she liked what she saw. So maybe she did, but it wasn't like she'd go for a guy like him. The only thing worse than a guy with a hero complex was one who also had a huge ego.

"Do you know where he is or not?" she asked.

Despite the impatience she'd purposely put into her voice, the amusement in his features only grew. "Trust me, I'm more fun," he said, taking cocky to the next level with a simple eyebrow raise.

She blew out a breath. "Obviously you think pretty highly of yourself, but trust me, you don't wanna mess with me tonight."

He reached out and flicked the ends of her hair. "Actually, the very reason I came over here was to mess with you."

Faith made an extra-large eye roll. "Seriously, you're gonna have to do better than that."

Someone bumped into her from behind, causing her to stumble into the guy she'd been trying to break free from. He gripped her upper arms, his cold beer bottle pressing against her skin on one side as her hands braced against his chest, which she couldn't help but notice was rock solid.

The guy smelled like beer and broken promises, and still her heart fluttered the tiniest bit, the traitorous stirrings of attraction going through her gut. Breath caught in her throat, she froze in place instead of pushing away like she should.

Then she spotted her brother and her momentarily missing common sense started working again. She pulled back from Big and Beefy as Kaleb approached.

"Hey," Kaleb said, raising his voice over the din of multiple conversations and music. "Glad you could make it."

Faith clenched her fists, her earlier anger rising up again now that her brother was in front of her. "Well, you'll change your mind about that in about a second, because I came here to talk some sense into you, not congratulate you on being a well-trained idiot."

"Jeez, back down, girl," Big and Beefy said.

"Stay out of it," she shot back at him, then returned her gaze to Kaleb. "Why wasn't it enough to just be a cop? I don't understand why you'd need to go and join a SWAT team on top of it."

"Actually," Big and Beefy said, taking a sip from his beer, "that was my idea. Thought we could use more of an adventure."

She narrowed her eyes on him.

"Faith," Kaleb said, "Connor didn't mean —"

"You're the one who talked him into this?" She jabbed his chest with a finger. "Maybe you want to go throwing yourself in danger at every turn, but my brother has a little girl and a baby on the way. He has a wife to take care of. I know your type; you don't think of anyone else but yourself. And you" — she spun back to Kaleb — "you know the risks. How can you be such an idiot?" She hated the tears stinging her eyes. She blinked them back, refusing to lose it in the middle of the Rusty Anchor.

Big and Beefy — Connor, apparently — put his hand on her shoulder. "You need to relax. He's a hero."

"I wish he was a coward," she spat. All the heat seeped out of her, followed immediately by an overwhelming sense of failure. She wasn't sure what she thought would happen. Maybe that she'd yell and Kaleb would say he wasn't actually going to go through with it. Or that he'd at least acknowledge he was breaking promises. "Fine. Go celebrate. Just don't expect me to congratulate you." The hours in the car caught up to her all at once. Her eyes burned, her muscles were tight, and she needed something to eat, preferably with someone she didn't want to punch in the face. "I'm guessing Anna's around here somewhere."

Kaleb pointed over his shoulder. "Back corner in a booth." As Faith started away, he reached out and gave her arm a gentle squeeze. "It's going to be okay, Faithie. Going through the program means I'm better trained, and it's not like there's a lot of crime here. I just want to be prepared if there is. And the pay is better. I've got to think about that now that I'm going to have two kids to take care of."

A tight band formed around Faith's chest. "None of that will matter if you die before you get to see them grow up." She walked past him, trying to shove back her emotions so she could go find her pregnant sister-in-law and try to be strong for her. This was one of the reasons Faith had chosen to go to college a couple states over. She knew she was a bit irrational about her brother's career choice, but she couldn't help it.

And coming back had just brought up all the memories she wasn't ready to face.

* * *

Connor watched the short, curvy blonde walk away from him and Kaleb. "That's your sister? She's dramatic. And kind of a —"

"Don't finish that." Kaleb smacked the back of Connor's head. "And stop checking out her ass."

Connor took one last glance. When he'd seen Faith walk into the bar, he couldn't look away. A moment before, he and Sullivan had been in a friendly argument over the tall brunette across the bar — Sullivan thought she was eyeing him, when she was clearly flirting with Connor — but then Faith had come in, and he was out of his seat before any of the other guys could hit on her. He hadn't expected her to be so damn prickly. As she'd been yelling, though, he'd had the strangest urge to kiss her so she'd shut up. Well, and so he could kiss her. But there were plenty of other girls out there — no way he'd want to deal with that emotional hurricane.

Although, it was kind of fun getting a rise out of her. In fact, it was the least bored he'd been with a woman in a while, which was sad but true. And for all her talk, she was about to be putty in his hands before her brother showed up.

Kaleb cleared his throat.

Connor slowly pulled his gaze off Faith and shook his fuzzy head. "Give me a break — I'm drunk."

"Just go point your wasted self at someone else. She's already pissed off and going to be impossible to deal with. I don't need you adding to the mess."

Connor raised his hands, palms up. "I got it. Leave your sister alone. Now, let's go get another drink." Whether Faith liked it or not, they were celebrating. And they were heroes. The training had been killer — obstacle courses, shooting drills, sleep deprivation — and they'd survived. Together. Kaleb was one of his best friends, and his wife, Anna, was cool, too, which was why he liked hanging at their place so much — their house felt like his second home. As chill as Anna usually was, though, Connor could tell she hadn't been thrilled about the SWAT thing, either.

Just another reason why he was in no hurry to settle down.

* * *

Faith slid into the back booth where Anna was seated. The table hid the bottom half of her belly, but the top was clearly rounded, and her sister-in-law had that pregnant-lady glow people talked about.

Faith glanced out at the rowdy sea of guys filling the bar and then back at Anna. "I don't want to stress you out, but how are you not freaking out about Kaleb doing this?"

Anna shrugged. "I wasn't exactly happy about it at first, but we discussed all the pros and cons and why he wanted to do it. Plus, I've had longer than a day to process it. I told him to tell you earlier, and even thought about doing so myself, but I didn't want to get in the middle of it."

Faith gritted her teeth. Of course Kaleb had waited to tell her, because he'd known how upset she'd be. She and Kaleb were both stubborn, and they'd fought plenty growing up. But they were also close, and if anyone messed with her, he made sure it never happened again. He'd always taken care of her and even let her boss him around a bit. Too bad he'd grown out of that, because she'd really like to force him to change careers.

Faith picked up the flip chart on the table with all the drinks and started turning the pages without really looking at the brews it bragged about. "If anything bad goes down, he's now the first line of defense. That's got to worry you at least a little."

"Of course it does. But I've never seen him so happy. He's proud that he made it through. I'm proud of him, too."

Faith reached the end of the drink menu and then shoved it aside. "If it were the guy I loved ... I couldn't do it."

"Oh, never say never," Anna said.

"I'm saying it. Never. I'm going to find a nice nerdy guy to settle down with. Whether it's math or science or just an obsessive amount of Star Wars gear and love for role-playing games, I don't care. I'm not even giving a second glance at law enforcement or military guys."

Anna cracked a smile. "Then you better not look around. Being surrounded by all these ripped guys only makes me feel even more whalelike." She put a hand on the top of her belly.

"You look great, and I can't wait to meet the little guy." Faith scooted forward and put her hand on her sister-in-law's tummy, hoping to feel her nephew moving around. "I am happy about that part of living closer. And I can't wait to see Ella."

"She's been talking for weeks about you coming to live with us."

Faith pictured her little niece — chubby cheeks, strawberry-blond curls, and the same green eyes Faith and Kaleb had gotten from their dad. She'd wrapped Faith around her finger from day one.

"And how are you doing with ... everything?" Anna asked.

Everything. AKA, the fact that she'd dumped her savings into a down payment on a condo so she and Jeff could move in together, only to discover him cheating on her in their brand-new bed, forcing her to rearrange all of her plans. "I'm just glad everything's finally taken care of. The title's signed over, and after the attorney fees, I should slowly get my money back, one payment from the jackass at a time." Faith folded her arms on the table. "I appreciate you letting me stay with you while I look for a new place. It should be two months, three tops."

"You're welcome to stay as long as you need. It'll be nice to have someone around to talk to. Kaleb's gone a lot, and as much as I love Ella, she's not the best conversationalist. Unless you want to discuss princesses or cartoons." Anna shook her head. "I don't know how she got to be so girlie."

Anna was a T-shirt-and-jeans type girl. Somehow Ella came out with a love for all things frilly and pink. A waitress came by and Faith ordered a burger and fries, the same thing she'd always ordered here. The same thing Dad had always ordered here. It was too packed to get a good look around, but she saw enough to know that the place was still the same. They probably even had Dad's picture and the framed article about him hanging on the wall behind the bar. It'd hurt Faith to see it, but it'd hurt even more if it weren't there.

She'd be tempted to go check it out, but Kaleb and that Connor guy were at the bar, and she wasn't sure she was ready to dive into the past anyway. So she talked to Anna while she waited for her food and all through her meal. She could almost block out the reason she was in the Rusty Anchor and just focus on how nice it was to be back in Cornelius. But of course then she'd see a guy with a stupid SWAT shirt and get mad and scared all over again.

Maybe coming back was a mistake. But after everything had fallen apart in Atlanta — leaving her feeling like a crushed fool, as well as low on funds — she'd needed an escape. Dr. Schaeffer's call asking if she wanted a spot in the predoctoral clinical psychology internship he was heading up was too good an offer to refuse.

After the waitress took away her empty plate, Kaleb showed up. He scooted into the booth next to his wife and leaned back, his eyes on Faith. "You still pissed?"

Faith sighed. "Not pissed so much anymore. Just ... I don't like it. I'm never going to be happy about you being a cop, and this is a whole new level of scary for me."

"I understand, I do. When Dad died ..." Kaleb glanced at the bar area and she could see the way his throat was working. It made a lump rise in her own. "I want him to be proud of me. And I want to keep people safe. My wife ..." He put his hand on Anna's stomach. "My kids. You." He exhaled. "Just try to understand."

The big, puppy-dog eyes he flashed at her made it impossible to stay mad. At him, anyway. She caught sight of Connor seated at the bar and decided to aim all her anger his way. At least then she'd have someone to blame.

"I'll try. That's the best I can do right now." Faith rolled her neck from side to side, still stiff and tired from her day. "How long do we have to stay and watch all the cavemen congratulate themselves?"

Kaleb laughed. "We can go home right now." He looked at Anna, who nodded, and then they got up and started out of the bar.

Faith swore she could feel someone looking at her, so she glanced over her shoulder.

Connor was staring right at her. He raised his beer and winked.

What a conceited —


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super-tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, and Demons of the Sun and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me, and Cinderella Screwed Me Over.

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Resisting the Hero 4.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 35 reviews.
AshleyBodette More than 1 year ago
Seriously, I don't know ANYONE who could resist Connor Maguire!  It's no wonder Faith has to work hard to resist this hero. :)   Faith Fitzpatrick has been through an awful lot in her life.  I really can't blame her for trying to keep herself away from the cocky man with a hero-complex.  She's a great girl, and she deserves the best.  But she's also constantly letting her past dictate her future, and it was SO frustrating!  Of course, this also makes her physical attraction to him much more fun to watch!  She's hell-bent on staying away from him, and she's snarky to boot, but her body's reaction to him tends to cut off her brain's ability to make her stay away.  :) Connor Maguire has also been through a lot, although he doesn't often speak of it.  And yes, he's cocky, although he would probably call it confident. :)  But his hero-complex is not what it seems either.  And to top it all off, Connor is Faith's brother's best friend!  Now, Connor might sound like a whole bucket of trouble, but he's really just the opposite.  He's fantastic with Faith's niece, he cares about his family, he helps out around town...I mean, who would WANT to resist this man?!  I know, I know, he used to be a bit of a player, but he's trying! And of course, you can't have a little sister falls for older brother's best friend story without the older brother!  Kaleb is a fantastic cop, a wonderful husband and father, a great older brother, and a pretty good best friend...but he can be a wee-bit overprotective.  I was SO MAD at him, the way he was warning Connor and Faith off of each other.  But, it made the story even better. You don't want to miss out on this one!
PiecesofWhimsy More than 1 year ago
Two words: That. Was. Hot. Oh, sorry, that was three words. My brain isn't in a fully functional state at the moment, I'm still recovering from Connor turning it into mush. Mmm.. Connor. Ahem. Right, book review! I just finished reading Resisting the Hero and boy was it good, not a really good choice of pre-sleep reading though, unless you can somehow sleep after such a steamy, delightful book. Everything about this book completely sucked me in and once I started reading it I just couldn't stop! The characters were wonderful. Faith had the right amount of snark, fun, & heart and Connor was perfect amounts of sexy, sexy, & sexy. Err.. I meant sweet (sexy), funny (sexy), & kind (sexy). Connor was the perfect male leading role. He was a cop, he was drop dead gorgeous, he could speak sexy Italian, and he wanted to save the world! So dreamy! Faith was amazing too and I understand why she didn't fall for Connor so easily (well, I kinda do..) and I found her to be very adorable, even with all her insecurities. This is your classic romance novel, and even though we all know ultimately what's going to happen it's the journey there that we really want to read about, and Cindi Madsen can sure write one heck of a journey! While I thought Faith was a little too frosty to my cutie-pie Connor right at the beginning, I could understand why after all, she'd just been through one bad break-up. I wasn't so fond of Connor's history either, he's just to sweet to do such things, but again I understood and I loved watching both these characters grow through each other. This book is a definite must for romance lovers and I really, really, like, right now really need to get my hands on the first two books in this Bliss series!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I adored this book! This is a wonderfully written story about two people with past hurts that should keep them apart but they are drawn to each other. Great characters and flow to this book. I highly recommend it.
AngelReads1 More than 1 year ago
This is the second novel I read from Bliss Publishing and I have loved both. Resisting the Hero is a cute yet very emotional and moving story that traps your heart and pulls you right in from the start.  I didn’t read the previous 2 novels before I read Resisting the Hero and I have no trouble connecting with the characters or the story line in any way. I really liked practically everything about this books, from the characters to the plot to the writing. Cindi Madsen is an amazing writer, she just seems to captivate me from the start. Just the way that Resisting the Hero started off, I really cannot explain it maybe it was just me. I loved the main character Faith, she is this strong, sassy, sometimes one minded girl that hides behind it all to protect herself from pain. I like that we get to see a vulnerable side to our main character, how she is so haunted from her past that she can’t even go to certain places or be with certain people because  of what she went through.  I totally understand the way she is, the reasoning to why Faith is that way is just heartbreaking and emotional. She is tormented by something that hurt her so much, also adding the fact of all the other problems. I think you will too when you read Resisting the Hero. She builds up this wall and believes that she cannot date ‘the hero’ but then you bring Conner Maguire into the equation. I love Conner, he is sweet and caring and yes he might be a bit of a man whore but a girl can defiantly change that. He is just amazing , he makes me smile every time he talks about Faith and just add in that he is super hot. Conner changes when he meets Faith, I love seeing this change, it’s just makes me smile. Faith and Conner are both better for each other, they help one another through the hard times. My heart melts at so many of those cute moments between Conner and Faith, they are just so cute. Yes it might be cliche the older brother’s friend but I just love it. The little moment they have when they are getting things ready for the Fall Festival is just shfkashfh. Anna! Oh my heart weeps for Anna and Kaleb as well. They are both just wonderful characters and they make the novel that much more realistic than it already was. I really like Anna, there was nothing that wasn't likeable. I liked Kaleb and disliked him at the same time. The thing I didn’t like about him was his protective older brother side, he just got on my nerves and I wanted to scream at him most of the time, but then again I loved this side as it showed just how much he cares about Faith. I wish there was some more character development in the minor characters but in saying that there was really good character development in both Faith and Conner, which I loved. Sometimes it’s really hard to find great character development in both our main characters really. I really liked how the book was written, how we got the perceptive of both Faith and Conner, we got to see or read how they both feel, the effect they had on each other. The way they make each other feel. The ending oh what an ending, my heart stopped for a minute there, it nearly ripped me to pieces. It brought out the best in both Faith and Conner. We witness how much Conner loves Faith, she sees it. Cindi Madsen writes a brilliant, heartfelt, sweet novel about a girl who with the right boy can overcome heartbreak and a life that haunted her for quite a while. I Give Resisting the Hero 4 out of 5 stars 
These-Pretty-Words More than 1 year ago
Another prefect love story from Cindi Madsen Cindi Madsen won me over once again with her most recent release, Resisting the Hero, the final installment in her Accidentally in Love series. I’ve come to expect a lot from Ms. Madsen’s stories – strong plots, solid dialog, well developed characters, a good dose of humor, a few tears, and a lot of sexy. Time and time again she manages to deliver on all points. She’s solidified her spot as my new favorite. In Resisting the Hero, we meet Faith, who is mad as a hornet at her brother, Kaleb, for joining the SWAT program. After losing their father in the line of duty, Faith has a lot of well justified fears regarding the sacrifices of loving a cop. Fresh off a nasty break up, Faith moves back home to stay with her brother and his family for a little while as she starts putting the pieces of her life back together. She’s determined to find herself a sweet, nerdy guy with a non-heroic job to settle down with and build a life. Enter: Connor, her brother’s partner and best friend. He’s the exact opposite of what Faith think’s she wants, but every time she sees him, he becomes a little harder to resist. I’ll admit, it took me some time to really love Connor. At first I thought he was over the top cocky and was always spouting off cheesy pick-up lines. He was a little infuriating, to tell the truth. But just like Faith, I started falling for him until the man was downright irresistible. The man loves and adores his dog, is ridiculously cute with Ella (Kaleb’s little girl), he speaks Italian to his mama, is determined to protect everyone he loves and is just one of the sweetest, hottest guys I’ve read in a long time. I loved the UST and slow burn these two experienced. It never felt like things were dragging, and there was always a great sense of anticipation. Even when they were driving each other crazy, they were completely adorable and had some amazing chemistry. I love how as a reader I could gradually peel back the layers for these two. It felt like I was getting to know them as they were getting to know each other. They felt like such genuine people with so much depth and history behind them, only made that much richer when blended with the supporting characters. For me, loving the female protagonist is every bit as important as loving the man. What’s the point of having a swoony hero if he ends up with a total hag? I loved Faith and always felt like I could understand where she was coming from, even if she was making decisions I didn’t want her to. There were times I just wanted to give the girl a hug and tell her she didn’t need to worry so much. Thankfully, Connor was able to step in and take care of that for me. A bonus to this book being one in a series is that we get glimpses into previous couples and how they’re doing now. It was fun to catch up a little with Dani and Wes, among others and see them living happily ever after. Five stars! If you haven’t read any of the previous books in this series, what the heck are you doing? GO! READ THEM! NOW! Then keep right on reading them until you get to Faith and Connor. These two are so worth the wait!
Heather_Anne11 More than 1 year ago
One of my very first Bliss books was by Cindi Madsen and I’ve been a huge fan of her writing ever since. She has a way of capturing her readers attention the second you start to read and continue to hold your attention throughout. Her characters are easy to relate to and ones you can understand and sympathize with. While you meet a few characters from her past books, Resisting the Hero is one that can be read as a stand alone. Since I have read the previous books in the Accidentally in Love series, it was wonderful to ‘see’ a few old faces and to get acquainted with a few new ones. Faith and Conner, while being their own two people, both have their fair share of past challenges to work through, but overcome them individually and together. While this is a romantic and quick read, it is also one of family, friends, and forgiveness. Prepare to feel butterflies, get a little misty eyed, and fall head over heels in love with Faith and Connor. And if you haven’t read any of Cindi’s previous works, I encourage you to do your heart a favor and prepare to fall in love with her stories.
ChrisMyers More than 1 year ago
Resisting the Hero has a sexy cop and a feisty heroine. The banter between the two kept me turning the pages, watching their attraction grow as they both fought to act on it. Connor's trying to respect his partner's wishes and stay away from his little sister, but it's not as easy as it sounds. Faith's determined to not fall for a hero. I totally fell for Connor! He's got a lot more going on than he shows, and there's no doubt that he's a really good guy. And Faith is a realistic heroine. She's not perfect and she's working out some things, but she's also there for her family, and sees Connor's got more to him, but his job still scares her. I loved how the story unfolded, and how they couldn't deny their chemistry anymore. This was a great ending to a great series.
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
I have the first two books in this series sitting on my Kindle and all I can say after reading Resisting the Hero is: WHY THE HECK HAVE I NOT MADE TIME FOR THEM!? I really enjoyed Cindi's writing- she pulled me right in to the story and I was completely hooked. Characters from the previous novels make an appearance here, but I found it wasn't necessary to have read the first two books first. Cindi weaves them in to where fans of the older books will be happy to see them, but new fans such as myself don't get confused as to who is who. Let's start with uber sexy Connor Maguire, shall we? Oh boy. Connor is your typical playboy, or so we've heard. We hear about his reputation as being popular with the ladies, but we don't see it in this book. I liked that. I get bummed out when I first meet the hero and he's taking care of business with another girl who is NOT our heroine. When Connor first meets Faith, he not only notices how beautiful she is, but is drawn to her spunk. She shows up feisty, strong-willed, and quite headstrong. You can tell she doesn't fall for any crap and I like how she navigated Connor's smooth talking waters. He puts the C in cocky, but it's definitely not in a douchebag way. Connor has that playful cocky arrogance, and some of his lines are so hilarious! Faith is not unaffected by Connor. He may be cocky and arrogant, but he's definitely easy on the eyes. However, Faith always tends to pick the wrong guys and the most recent really left her in a bad way. From here on out, Faith wants a stable, sweet guy. Although she is typically attracted to the confident ones, she won't go down that road again. Connor is everything she knows she shouldn't want and yet she can't help but be attracted to him. He doesn't make it any easier on her as he enjoys getting under her skin and flirting with her. He knows she should be off limits, as she is his best friend's sister, but for the first time in a long time Connor finally wonders if he'd be willing to try his hand at a relationship again. I absolutely loved their romantic build up. Faith is incredibly stubborn, even after Connor proves his worth as a good guy. Not only does she not want to get hurt again, but she has a real problem with Connor's job. Connor and her brother Kaleb are both cops and are both newly trained SWAT members. This terrifies Faith as the last thing she wants is for anything to happen in the line of duty like it did for her father. Faith was always a daddy's girl and losing her dad was really hard on her. She couldn't stop Kaleb from joining the force, but for him to train for SWAT and be one of the first ones put in danger is too much for her. Kaleb has a wife, Anna, and a daughter, Ella, and another one on the way. He is a family man and while he thinks of their safety and protection, Faith really zones in on something happening to him and leaving his family behind like her father did. Kaleb and Faith's mother was never the same after losing her husband and the depression took hold of her to a point where she retreated and is now living with her mother in Virginia. I definitely understand Faith's hang ups. She has been hurt by her last boyfriend who always said he wasn't good at relationships and then when she caught him in the act with another woman, he threw that back in her face. Connor's reputation is all too reminiscent of her ex's and she lets her insecurities from the past taint what they could have with one another. There is also the tiny problem of Kaleb, who tells Connor there's no way they can be together. Gotta love the protective older brother! Connor tries to do the right thing and back off, but after spending more and more time with her, he realizes that he just can't and nor does he want to. I really enjoyed Kaleb, Anna, and Ella. You can tell they are a close family unit and I love how Connor has been incorporated into that. Watching him with little Ella will tug on your heartstrings and one of the reasons Faith lets her guard down with him. Ella is a handful, but she's really cute too and I liked how much interaction we got with her throughout the book. Faith is really there for her family when they need her and as hard as it was coming back to her hometown where so many memories of her father remain, she realizes maybe coming back wasn't the worst thing to ever happen to her. I really loved this book and I feel Madsen did a great job of developing her characters, as well as creating a believable storyline and atmosphere for them. It's a warm, fun, sweet book, but also has a serious side to it as well. Both our main characters have their own challenges and pasts to work through and I liked seeing their resilience and drive to do so. I want to give a huge thank you to Rachel Harris, Debbie Suzuki, and Cindi herself for making review copies available to Rachel's street team The Flirt Squad (in which I am happy to be a part!)
FizzaYounis More than 1 year ago
I  have always loved small town stories and this one was the best yet. Beautifully written with well developed characters you will feel a connection with them and won't help but getting excited, sad, angry and be in love along with Faith and Connor. I loved it so much that didn't feel like putting it down once I started reading.
Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
In what will be no surprise to anyone, I adored Resisting the Hero. I've read all of Madsen's published books, and I've enjoyed every single on. So let me tell you exactly why I loved this one. •Resisting the Hero was funny. I knew I was in for an enjoyable ride when I busted out laughing twice within the first few paragraphs. The bar was bursting with guys tonight--seriously, it was like Muscles R Us up in here, all filled-out chests and bulging arms with biceps upon biceps. Under other circumstances, Faith might take a moment to enjoy the view. But right now, she was looking for one particular meathead, and she happened to be related to him. and... "My friend and I were just talking about what a sausage fest this was, and then you came in." He ran his appraising gaze down her body, lingering on the V of her neckline. Faith crossed her arms. "That works out, because I'm here for a weenie roast." With funny little moments like this sprinkled throughout, Resisting the Hero made me smile and laugh repeatedly. •Faith Fitzpatrick is another of Madsen's signature heroines. And by that I mean, I adored her. Faith was snarky yet sweet. Though she's spent the last decade running from the pain of her father's tragic death, Faith is now determined to demand more of herself, men. Faith can and does stand up for herself and what she wants. She may be a pretty shoddy cook, but she can always whip up a heaping dose of sarcasm and wit. "Now, behave will you? I'm trying to watch bugs catch a mate. See if I can't get some tips. "Hell, make your ass glow, and I might take back everything I've said about you." •Connor Maguire is the total package. Now, I'm not emphasizing the physical here (though Connor is a total babe). Connor is a good man who's using his job to protect those who can't protect themselves. Connor knows what it's like to be helpless and afraid, and he is determined to do all he can for others. Oh, Connor also collects Star Wars figures, and claims to even have the sheets. Connor was a bit of a playboy, but from the moment Faith puts him in his place, it's pretty much game over for him. "Just give me a shot, Faith. I won't let you down, I swear." •Resisting the Hero brings us full circle in the Accidentally in Love series. The series began with Wes and Dani in Falling for Her Fiance, then we had Sawyer and Brynn in Act Like You Love Me. Due to close ties, between Wes and Connor and Faith and Brynn, I was very happy to see both couples again, particularly Wes and Dani because wedding bells are ringing! I love revisiting former series leads and seeing what happens after their happily ever after. The circle may be complete, but I will always remember each story fondly. Cindi Madsen never fails to write stories I enjoy wholeheartedly. She always writes with such charm and wit, and creates characters who are utterly impossible not to love. If you are lucky for a series that will leave you with a smile on your face and a happy heart, I can't recommend Accidentally in Love highly enough.
MelodyMay More than 1 year ago
Rating 4 1/2 Oh boy was Resisting the Hero by Cindi Madsen a fun read. I have to say that I truly enjoyed this book. For one thing I was laughing from the first pick up line: "My friend and I were just talking about what a sausage fest this was, and then you came in.” He ran his appraising gaze down her body, lingering on the V of her neckline. Faith crossed her arms. “That works out, because I’m here for a weenie roast.” He put a protective hand over his package—probably without realizing he was doing it—but his smile widened." I mean Connor Maguire had a great line, but I love Faith Fitzpatrick snappy come back. That's how the story begins with them going back and forth. Connor with his pickup lines and Faith shooting him down. Connor knows he needs to stay away from his buddy's sister, but how can he resist such a feisty girl. Connor is used to girls bending at his will, but he loves the challenge Faith brings to the table.  Now Faith has been hurt in the past by guys like Connor, so she tries to void him like the plague. However, he's just so irresistible. The more time she spends with him, Faith starts to realize she can't lump him into the same category as her past relationship. However, there is one strike against Connor that Faith has a hard time letting go and that is he's a cop. After all her father died trying to protect innocent by standers. Will Faith be strong enough not to let the past dictate the future.  Other than Faith's issues, this was a highly entertaining story. I mean Connor adores Faith, but he has a hard time putting his player mode in check and those pickup lines just spew out. Here's another example of a great pickup line (or cheesy) from Connor: "You know, you've got the kind of legs that make me wanna be pants." Come on you know you love that line. Anyway, whenever Connor is around Faith he can't seem to help it. I love Connor, because with all those cheesy lines he's still a great guy underneath all those muscles. So, if you are looking for a sweet story that will have you laughing at some serious lines, you might want to give Resisting the Hero. You might have a hard time resisting Connor too.  Copy provided by publisher
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
**Warning: sorta spoiler ahead (but not really)** So you totally know where this one is going to go from the first chapter – Faith and Connor get together, she can’t take the stress of his job so she runs, he gets hurt on the job, she comes back to him having decided it is better to be with him than not ... but that doesn’t mean that the journey isn’t a blast. Having read the first two books in the “Accidentally in Love” series (Falling for Her Fiance and Act Like You Love Me), I already knew that Madsen’s books are full of warmth and humor and fun. And Resisting the Hero doesn’t disappoint. Full review available on Romantic Reads and Such on wordpress.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
This was such a lovely easy romantic read with wonderful loveable characters. Whilst following on from Falling for her Fiancé & Act Like You Love Me, Resisting the Hero could quite easily be read as a standalone, although the characters from these do feature. Cindi Madsen has used the trusted romantic blend of the heroine being the younger sister of the hero's best-friend and she has done an excellent job with the chemistry between Connor and Faith. With his flirty nature and tongue-in-cheek wit, SWAT Officer Connor could charm the birds out of the trees and is relentless in the best possible way in his pursuit of Faith's affections. She's sassy, witty and kind-hearted and as frustrating as her reluctance is, it is understandable and this makes it the captivating charming love story it is. With plenty of humour, innuendo and sexual tension balanced with romantic, touching and more serious moments, Resisting the Hero was a fitting finale to the Accidentally in Love series. I received an ARC of this courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.
Anlenhart1 More than 1 year ago
This is a great older brother's best friend falls in love with little sister romance. The story begins by Faith reluctent acceptence that her older brother's best friend is genuniely interested in her. She has many walls that are gradually torn down by our faithful hero. He pursues her, she resists, but eventually love conquers all. This was a well pace novel, that featured a realistic heroine and almost to good to be true hero. It kept my attention and had the right amount of heat and story. The ending was a little predictable, but I enjoy a happily ever after. I recieved a ARC copy for an honest review.
love2dazzle More than 1 year ago
"Resisting the Hero" by Cindi Madsen was fantastic. Definitely a classic Madsen novel, I don't know where to begin to tell you how great this book was. Madsen knows how to write romance. I haven't read her other Romance novels however I have purchased them because I can't get enough of Madsen's writing.  Madsen has a beautiful way of putting words on paper and making characters and scenes feel so real. I felt like Faith was my friend and I cried for her and cheered for her. Madsen is an excellent writer, she describes her characters to a tee and gives them so much depth.  Beautiful blonde Faith wants to fall in love a nerd and live out a quite non complicated or worrisome life. When she returns to the town that she grew up in, the town he father died in, her life starts to turn upside down. Faith's father died while off duty from being a police officer. Faith's dad was considered to be a hero. Faith didn't want her brother to become a cop like her dad and she definitely didn't want to marry anyone that is in the line of fire. Least did she expect to be attracted to Connor, her brother's partner. The hot SWAT policeman Connor is well hot. What woman is going to turn down a muscly man? Faith that is who. Connor never met anyone like Faith and all he wants is for her to be interested in him. He can't seem to catch a break. When Faith finally starts to become interested in Connor her brother Kaleb tells him to back off, so when he does Faith doesn't get it.  Faith has many fears she needs to conquer while she is in her home town.  This story is about conquering fears and finding love. It is one of the best romance books I have read. I have to say that Madsen is great at what she does and bringing a story to life for her readers. This novel really shows why Cindi Madsen is one of my favorite authors. Thank you Madsen for writing such a great novel.  When you need to help conquering your fears definitely contact the hot SWAT team cop Connor. He is definitely swoon worthy. If you want to know how swoon worthy pick up a copy of "Resisting the Hero."
xCynyx More than 1 year ago
We All Make Mistakes In Books Reviews I can'tbelieve this is the end of the accidentally in love series! I need more...  And I think Connor is my favourite guy! I mean, hello sexy arms! This is exactly what I've come to expect from Cindi Madsen, laugh, tears and lots of swooning. Faith is back in town, btw I'm driving by North Carolina as I'm typing this and reading the book so I got all kinds of excited about it (I'm not the one actually driving though). Anyways, Faith is back in town to get her life together after a bad relationship and of course to tell her big brother all the reasons why joining the SWAT team was a really bad idea. What she wasn't expecting was meeting Connor. Connor couldn't be more happy with his graduation from SWAT team. All those days of training until his body gave up paid off (really they did, he has the body to prove it) the fact that the hot girl that he just met is his best friend's sister is a little inconvinience though...  I really loved this book, read it in a day and hated having to stop for lunch.  The chemistry between the two main characters just flies out of the pages.  They are everything the other needs and at the same time everything they didn't want in their partners. Faith was sure the kind of guy she wanted, nerdy and with a desk job. Connor wanted fun, nothing more, nothing else. Cindi really outdid herself here. Faith's voice is unique. She's funny and her inner dialogue made me laugh more than once. There's also how much she tries to move on from her bad memories, how she feels she needs to conquer all that in order to be a better person and a better professional. Her family is always first and that was something I could easily relate with. Connor is the perfect book boyfriend. He's charming and hot and he knows it. He loves the attention too. But the caveman side Faith brings out in him and that need to protect her really melts you. Get ready for some serious swooning. And he's great with kids! I love his more sensitive side, the way he slowly opens up about his family and you see what they mean to him.  Cindi manage to balance everything so perfectly here, give time toshow each character past and at the same time show us how slowly they got to know each other.  Resisting the Hero is a perfect read for a weekend so make sure to. Pick up your copy as soona s it's out! 
VBartles More than 1 year ago
After having her heart crushed one too many times, Faith swears off good-looking, confident men forever. And she's definitely not looking for a hero. She needs a sweet, reliable, unassuming man. Her brother's best friend, Connor, is exactly what she doesn't want. Super-sexy, totally confident and utterly charming, Connor is dangerous enough on his own. But when you throw in the fact that he's not only a cop, but a member of the SWAT team, throwing himself in harm's way as a matter of routine, falling for him is a risk Faith isn't willing to take.  Too bad he's impossible to resist. I received my advance copy of RESISTING THE HERO while I was fighting a nasty flu. I knew I should be sleeping, to allow my body a chance to heal, but like Faith, I couldn't resist Connor's charm. I had to finish the book before I could give in to sleep, because I just had to see Faith and Connor find their own happily ever after. There's definitely more to this guy than meets the eye. Proof that the perfect guy might just be the one you'd never choose for yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The plot flowed effortlessly. Liked that while Conner lusted after Faith he took her concerns and fears under consideration and took time pursuing her.
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