An Everyday Hero

An Everyday Hero

by Laura Trentham

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Overview

From award-winning author Laura Trentham comes an emotionally layered novel about redemption, second chances and discovering that life is worth fighting for.

At thirty, Greer Hadley never expected to be forced home to Madison, Tennessee with her life and dreams up in flames. A series of bad decisions and even worse luck lands her community service hours at a nonprofit organization that aids veterans and their families. Greer cannot fathom how she’s supposed to help anyone deal with their trauma and loss when everything that brought her joy has failed her.

Then Greer meets fifteen-year-old Ally Martinez, a gifted girl who lost her father in action and now hides her pain behind a mask of sarcasm. But Greer sees something undeniable that she can’t walk away from. To make matters more complicated, Greer finds herself spending more and more time with Emmett Lawson—a man with both physical and emotional scars of his own. When a situation with Ally becomes dire, the two of them must become a team to save her—and along the way they might just save themselves too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250145550
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Series: Heart of a Hero , #2
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 130,804
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Laura Trentham in an award winning romance author. The Military Wife is her debut women’s fiction novel. A chemical engineer by training and a lover of books by nature, she lives in South Carolina.

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An Everyday Hero 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 72 reviews.
NSE 11 days ago
Another winner.
LynnLTX 17 days ago
One of the boomerang generation, Greer Hadley returns home at age thirty after failing in her dreams of being a famous singer in Nashville. She has been brought low by that harsh reality, adding insult to injury is a cheating boyfriend that sends her off the rails to a bad night of tequila and trashing a bar. Shamefully going before her judge uncle (Madison is a small town),Greer gets community service in a music program designed to help veterans and their families cope with loss and tragedy. Greer’s first client is a sullen, goth teenager, Ally, who lost her father four months before and resents being put in the program. Greer’s other assignment is the town’s favorite son who was grievously injured in a bomb attack that wounded much more than his body. Emmett bears a lot of guilt because of a lost comrade. He has holed up in a family cabin wallowing in misery and rejecting all offers of help. Greer has always admired Emmett from afar, but now she is determined to haul him back into the world. They are both injured people as Greer has her own issues about ever performing again while Emmett thinks his life is hampered not only by a prosthetic leg, but that his future is life at the end of a bottle. Not surprisingly, Greer has a tough row to hoe getting Emmett and Ally out of their funks and believing there is life after loss. Greer is wobbly enough on her own, but as is often the case, helping someone else who is in need brings grace and renewal to her own life. Emmett has choices and opportunities if he is willing to take them and with Greer, he begins to see that all is not lost and dark. This story is Women’s Fiction with a “sweet” romantic element in that most of the intimate scenes are behind closed doors although they are referenced.
Shirleylinn 19 days ago
This is an emotional tale about heartache, second chances and learning to believe in ourselves and others. Greer, Emmet and Ally are separately flawed characters who learn to become and accept who they are with each other. This emotional tale will pull at your heartstrings.
gaele 20 days ago
Everyone in this story has something to overcome or deal with – and the romance, while there, is background in a ‘coupled up’ sense, to allow the characters to find their own joys again, rebuild confidence and improve their relationships. Greer lost everything she thought she had, and after one bad decision after the next finds herself back with her parents and assigned to volunteer with a group that serves the military and their families – through a court decision. She’s totally at a loose end when thinking of this – because she feels her music failed her, and there is nothing she has to offer. Particularly not to a fifteen year old girl who lost her father in Afghanistan, and is acting out in her grief. Greer is thinking she’ll put in the hours and do the ‘work’ while she plans something different and perhaps a new career. Seeing much of herself in Ally (the teen), and finding a talent there: Greer decides that she can help Ally and nurture her talent while steering the young girl away from the pitfalls that she danced through without thinking. When she sees that she’d managed to get through to Ally – and their relationship is improving as Ally learns to deal with her anger and grief over her father’s death, she’s given the task of approaching an old school mate, recently returned from war. Emmett was the golden boy in town, and Greer finds that he’s not only unwilling to engage – but doesn’t believe that he’s worth anyone taking time to help him. He’s angry, frustrated and scared, and while he knows Greer from school and the town, he doesn’t expect her stubborn refusal to ‘go away’ and forget about him. She’s feeling more confident with the success she’s had with Ally, and she’s determined that Emmett has more to share. Everyone here has some steps to take in their own journey of self-discovery, and no one is more surprised than Greer to find that everything she thought was lost, and could never be found were returning – slowly but surely. And there’s even a delicate dance with Emmett – one that both are not entirely sure they are ready for, but want to take that chance anyway. As previously stated, the romance here is really one of “friends” and “self” as everyone finds a better way to move forward and acknowledge their own issues, work on them, and learn to rely on other people to listen, understand, accept and support. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Lynne Ernst 5 hours ago
Wow! Powerful story of life, of love and war and the fallout. This book pulled me in and made me laugh and made me cry. I highly recommend. I will be looking at this author's back list. lley Thank you NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read and review.
LawladyCase 3 days ago
Two broken people can see the solution to each other’s problem but not their own. Along with a young girl, Ally, they try to calm the hurts that have impacted them. Greer is in serious trouble for trashing Rosie’s Bar and is sentenced to volunteer at the Music Tree Foundation. The foundation was created to help veterans and their families heal through music. Ally’s father was killed during a deployment. She is blaming everyone for her grief. Her sullen attitude is met with Greer’s caustic words. To make matters worse, Greer is assigned to help Emmet Lawson, a veteran who returned from the war as an amputee and refuses any human contact. The two exchange barbs that ultimately make them do the thing that will help them deal with their devastating loss. I enjoyed this book but not as much as The Military Wife. This book felt a bit stagnant. While Emmet had to accept his amputation, Lily her perceived end of a musical career and Lily’s devastation over her dad dying, it seemed to struggle to get to the climax. The writing is good, as all of Laura Trentham’s books always are. The quips are witty – some will cause the reader to laugh out loud. I received an ARC from St. Martin Press through NetGalley. This in no way affects my opinion or rating of this book. I am voluntarily submitting this review and am under no obligation to do so.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Greer Hadley comes back home from Nashville like a broken record.Her singing career ends after a fall. After she gets home, and hears about her ex Beau Williams cheating this took her to chug down some Jack at the local watering hole, listening to a jukebox song, as a reminder of her cheating ex Beau Williams certainly didn’t help matters. But, after she throws a glass, it shatters, Deputy Wayne Peeler walks her out. Then she ends up in a court battle. Community Service is in the cards as a payback for her wrongdoings. Has Greer lost her wits about her, or does her passion shine with veterans families that need her as a leader?
whatsbetterthanbooks 5 days ago
Heartfelt, uplifting, and sweetly romantic! An Everyday Hero is a compelling, touching tale that reminds us of the enduring emotional, physical, and psychological effects of war on those in the military and their families and highlights the incredible healing power that friendship, trust, love, and music can have. The prose is clear and fluid. The characters are wounded, stubborn, and empathetic. And the story is a beautiful tale about life, loss, grief, family, ambition, forgiveness, introspection, patriotism, community, PTSD, pride, resilience, and love. Overall, An Everyday Hero is another emotional, absorbing, enchanting tale by Trentham that is a wonderful addition to a series, A Heart of a Hero, that is quickly becoming one of my all-time favourites.
JoannaDursi 6 days ago
3.75-4 ⭐️ Greer finds herself on a downward spiral and is ordered to serve 50 hours of community service. Emmett is a veteran who didn’t come home in one piece. After their unconventional first “session”, Greer is dead set on helping Emmett heal. I really have enjoyed both books in the series, while I love what these two bring out in each other, I just wanted to see more interactions while they fell for each other. I was hoping there would be a tie in to THE MILITARY WIFE with the business Harper started, but was disappointed it didn’t happen. I hope this series will continue. The author has a beautiful and honest way of showcasing what our country’s vets go through after they come home.
Loy3 6 days ago
I really enjoyed this book by Laura Trentham. I have read several of her books and this one was excellent. The writing was very good, and I found no errors. The story is about redemption. Greer Hadley tried to make it in Nashville but came home when things did not work out. Emmitt Lawson is a returning vet who lost his leg and some of his men. Ally Martinez is a young girl who is having trouble in school and her mother is drinking to forget to loss of her husband. Music gets puts them together. Greer is doing community service at a Music Foundation and is paired with both Emmitt and Ally. This is tender book with some hard situations. They are drawn to each other and help heal each other. I was glad to receive a copy from Net Galley for an honest review.
Sheremy2627 7 days ago
From the beginning I could not put down this book! Greer is such a relatable heroine. Her predicament that lands her a community service assignment that she resists. The relationships she develops with a local teen and an old high school acquaintance are believable and draw the reader in. I especially enjoyed the sarcastic humor and touching dialogue. Throughout reading this story I both wiped away tears and laughed out loud. There were so many themes explored including family and friendship. The most pronounced theme for me was facing your biggest fears. Both Emmett and Greer find that coming home because they thought they had exhausted their possibilities in life, might actually be the beginning of new possibilities. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will definitely look for my by this new-to-me author.
beckymmoe 10 days ago
Ohmygoodness, I loved this one! Maybe even more than I loved the first in the series ( The Military Wife ), though I can't be 100% sure because I read that one 12 months ago, so... (If you haven't read the first book, no worries--the two really aren't connected at all beyond having heroes who served in the military and taking place in the south. There were no other connections that I could see, but do yourself a favor and read them both! The order of reading is up to you :)) I adored Greer, Emmett, and Ally--they were wonderfully layered characters who honestly felt like they were my close personal friends by the time I was finished with the book. I wanted to hug them, cry with them, and yes, even give them well-deserved smacks upside the head occasionally. Mostly hugs, though. ;) I liked that all three characters worked separately as well as together in order to figure out how to get their own lives back on track. Greer, of course, was initially the pain-in-the-butt instigator who wouldn't let either Ally or Emmett wallow alone in their own misery, but they both called her out on her own bullsh*t and made her look at herself as well, taking responsibility for herself and creating a new future going forward. There were so many LOL moments while reading this, so many awwwwwww moments, so many swoony ones... I teared up several times--not actual sobbing (this time), but it came close. The conversations between all of the characters, whether they were bantering, having a heart-to-heart, sniping at each other, or flat out not actually communicating, felt real. And the chemistry between Greer and Emmett? Ah-maze-ing. My only complaints? One is that Bonnie, the kitten that adopts Emmett, pretty much disappears by the end of the book. I mean, I know she was just the cutest plot device ever and just there to get his butt out of the house, but she still could have had more of a presence later on in the story. Yes, cats are independent souls, but they're also massive pains in the butt and let their presence be known frequently during the day (especially when it's dinnertime. And don't forget five minutes after that, when their dinner has been inhaled and they're once again starving, bless their hearts) and I was kinda sad that she just stopped showing up on the page. Two is the "surprise" connection between Ally and Emmet--it just seemed conveniently, obviously inevitable. Don't get me wrong, I really liked how that figuring out that specific bit of information gave their individual paths to healing the jump starts they needed; it's just that it was almost too convenient, ultimately; especially since we don't find out that information until almost the end, yet exactly when we needed to have it. Neither of these are deal breakers; not even close. They're not even that big of a deal, either one of them. Giving this 4 1/2 stars was never in question, and it's more than deserved; I loved every minute of reading this book. And now I absolutely cannot wait for book 3 in the series; bring it on! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A
twhitehead 13 days ago
When down on her luck Greer comes home after a disastrous on-stage performance, her luck continues to decline. After finding her boyfriend with another girl, Greer makes another decision that ends her up in the drink. When before the judge, he makes Greer volunteer with a music program instead of the road clean-up Greer wanted. Greer wanted nothing more to do with music. Ally is a girl who lost her father due to the war. She is angry and rebelling which got her in trouble. What happens when you have two people that love music but enough sass to repel each other in the beginning. The director of the volunteer program adds another person to Greer's case load. A disabled, grumpier than though, veteran who literally takes a shot at Greer the first time she goes to her house. Greer's quick tongue and spunk gets both Ally and Emmett to rethink their possibilities and decisions in life. A great read that has so much feeling and emotion in them. The quick wit of the characters have you laughing at times, emotional at times when their true feelings come out, and cheering for them as they travel the road to healing. This is the second book the in the Heart of a Hero series but can be read as a stand-alone. Thank you to Ms. Trentham, St. Martin's Griffin, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this awesome book!
Virginiaw 13 days ago
This is a very nice romance. I really enjoyed reading about Greer and Emmett and how they each help the other to solve their problem that they now have. Emmett has lost a leg and Greer lost her love of music. This made me laugh and cry. I received a copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
nahyee 13 days ago
Laura Trentham’s “An Everyday Hero” is a sweet story about second chances, touching on the aftermath of war on veterans and their families. I know there are people who love this book based on some other reviews, so I will focus first on what I like. Greer Hadley has returned home to Madison, TN, after failing to become the superstar she thought she would be in Nashville. Too many stories make it seem like it’s easy to make it big, and this character has experienced the tough side of the music business — tending bar to make ends meet, pawning her possessions to pay the rent, NOT making it big and having to figure out her plan B. I like the realistic story lines of Ally Martinez and Emmett Lawson. Ally is a teenager acting out after losing her father in combat, and Emmett was the hometown high school football golden boy who lost his leg in combat and has returned home feeling the survivor’s guilt and not like a hero at all. Their emotions and reactions are exactly what you would expect. We know going into this (it is a love story after all) that Greer and Emmett will end up together, and I enjoy their interactions, although they feel a lot younger than their 30 years. The main thing I dislike is the author’s writing style. I like a good simile or metaphor as much as the next person, but this is so over the top that it borders on ridiculous FOR ME. I started highlighting about 25% of the way through because they are so distracting. — “His face was a dark blob, and as if she were answering a Rorschach test, she said the first thing that popped into her head....” — “Greer scooted back in her chair as if the guitar were weaponized.” — “....anticipation burned through him like he’d injected whiskey straight into his jugular.” — “Terrance was a bear of a man who attracted women like a beekeeper attracted bees, utilizing a smoke show to get their honey before leaving them with broken hearts.” There is one glaring error that a book about a musician should not miss. The reference is to the song “Imagine” being by The Beatles. This was written by John Lennon long after The Beatles went their separate ways. ***SMALL SPOILERS AHEAD*** The other thing that doesn’t work for me is the way the author makes it seem like Madison and Nashville are so far apart. Part of Greer’s back story is that she doesn’t make it in Nashville. At one point, she pawns her prized guitar to pay her rent. And when Emmett goes to every pawn shop he can find between Madison and Nashville to buy back Greer’s guitar for her, it seems like it’s quite a drive — I imagined a couple of hours at least. But then I Googled it. Center to center, Nashville and Madison are 9.5 miles apart. Why on earth would Greer pawn her Dolly-signed Martin guitar to pay rent when she could have gone home?!?! I get that she was trying to make it on her own, but this was her prized possession, and I just couldn’t believe that she would make that kind of a sacrifice. I also guessed long before the reveal that one of men that Emmett lost in combat turns out to have been Ally’s father. What I can’t believe is that Emmett doesn’t already know this since Madison is portrayed as a typical small town where everyone knows everybody else’s business. As I said, the story itself is a sweet one that I would have enjoyed more if not for the author's style. I received a digital copy of this title from NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press in exchange for an honest review.
IrishEyes430 13 days ago
This book is perfectly titled. Some heroes are lauded publicly, and some are walking among us that we never hear about. The title character Greer is one of the latter. The book opens as she is in jail for a drunken episode in a bar. Her uncle is the presiding judge and he sentences her to do volunteer work for a charity helping veterans and their families with music therapy. This is the last thing she wants to do as she has just given up her music career after leaving home for ten year to try to make it in that industry. She is given two of the most difficult clients, a surly teenager who has lost her father and a serviceman who returns home after the loss of his leg. All of these characters are well developed and the way they intersect was a joy to read.
TerriDlovestoread 14 days ago
This is a touching book that focuses on healing. The two main characters are both suffering from different life tragedies and they are forced together because of those hurts. Their sheer stubborn wills allow them to get past the pain and move forward in their lives and start to heal and thrive. Greer is back in her hometown and dragging her pride with her. She went to Nashville to become a singer/songwriter but her dream didn't come true. To add insult to injury of her pride, she caught her boyfriend with another woman. She is broken and had moved home to her parents house and is not only homeless but jobless. She is at her end and when an incident happens in the local bar she is forced to do public service hours to work it off. Little did she know that by helping others it would help heal her wounds as well. Emmett is home from the service and missing a leg. He was injured not only physically but emotionally as well when he had to watch his men die from the same explosion that cost him his leg. He blames himself and has locked himself away from the world. His parents have tried and even got him some help from a local group but Emmett is determined to wallow in his own misery. That is until he meets Greer again. They knew each other in highschool but that was a life time ago but she is different from everyone else and with her help he starts to live again. This book touched my heart in so many ways. It has a great storyline and is well written. I received an early copy from Netgalley to read and review and give my honest opinion. I enjoyed it from beginning to end and highly recommend it.
ADonovan 14 days ago
In the small town of Madison, Tennessee, the three main characters are all struggling with life not turning out how they hoped and expected. Greer left home for Nashville but has come back after failing to make it as a musician. She meets Ally and Emmett when she is forced to volunteer for a music nonprofit, and neither of them want her help. As time passes, Greer opens up to both of them and begins to form a bond with each of them. The story was beautifully written and realistic. The characters are all genuinely likable, even with their flaws. I found myself rooting for all of them to get past their inner demons. There were a lot of sweet moments in the book, and I loved Greer's personality and especially the way she and Emmett communicated with each other. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 14 days ago
I figured this was going to be a fluffy romance, easy to read, a bit of an escape. But I was wrong. It was a lovely story. I laughed, I cried. Such great characters . Their lives a total mess, each of them. But they come together and their shared loss and grief make for a beautiful story.
Marilyn_Rondeau 14 days ago
One never knows what is held within the pages of a book. Sometimes the summary gives you a pretty good idea of the theme and you can choose your book that way; or it could just be a book cover; or simply a favorite author. In any event for AN EVERYDAY HERO hooked me right from the beginning. Thirty year-old Greer Hadley, our hard-ass heroine, has returned home, defeated by life and looking for comfort only to find her ‘so called- Beau’ in flagrante delicto with another many things happened. The injured party, Greer, would need to have a few cocktails which would then cause said person to tear apart the bar, finishing the next morning in front of a judge who decreed she pay for the damages and hands her community service hours at a nonprofit organization that aids veterans and their families. At the music academy, Greer cannot fathom how she’s supposed to use music to help anyone deal with their trauma and loss when the one thing that brought her joy has failed her. Greer’s first assignment was 15 year old Ally Martinez, and her plans to stay detached and do as little as possible get thrown away. New to town and dealing with the death of her father in action, Ally hides her emotions behind a mask of bitterness and sarcasm, but Greer is able to see past it and recognizes pieces of who she once was in Ally. Later Greer is assigned a veteran to help, she’s not surprised Emmett Lawson, the town’s golden boy, followed his family’s legacy into the service. What leaves her shocked is the shell of a man who believes he doesn’t deserve anyone’s help. A breakthrough with Ally reminds Greer that no one is worth giving up on. So she shows up one day with his old guitar, and meets Emmett’s rage head on with her stubbornness, attitude, and just a little remembrance of her high school days ‘hero worship’. Another book I couldn’t put down - it was naturally very fast paced with great writing featuring redemption, forgiveness, betrayal, and second chances. I could say when life hands you lemons - you learn to make lemonade. With AN EVERYDAY HERO, you will
Anonymous 15 days ago
This was a very moving story about two people who have lost themselves. Life hasn’t turned out the way either of the thought when they were in high school together. Golden boy Emmett Lawson went to West Point and entered the military and has come back missing a leg and a whole load of survivor’s guilt. Greer Hadley thought she could go to Nashville and achieve fame with her songs. It didn’t work out and now she’s had to retreat back to living with her parents in their small Tennessee home. She gets disorderly in a local bar and is assigned community service working teaching veterans and surviving family members music. She bonds with a surly, lost teenager whose father died in the war. And she gets assigned to try to break through with Emmett. Emmett doesn’t want any help, but Greer is stubborn and starts to break through with each of her assigned contacts. And they in turn help her recover her love of music and confidence to return to music-writing and performing. These are two very wounded people, but there is something very touching in how they find each other. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book that I received from Netgalley; however, the opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for my review.
nelriv 16 days ago
I have been a fan of Laura for a while now, I started with her historical spy books. Anyway this book was definitely different than what I am used to with her, and not in a bad way if that is what you are thinking. This book gave you some different feels. We meet Greer who is back home and in a humiliating fashion. After finding her boyfriend cheating on her Greer goes a little crazy and trashes a bar and since her uncle is judge she thinks she can get out of it with a slap on the wrist but that is not what happens. Her uncle sends her for community service and honestly that was the best thing that could have happened to her. She meet Ally who is new in town and has just lost her dad whom she loved dearly, and gets reacquainted with Emmett who she had a crush on in highschool. Emmett is not who she remembers, hear is a lost soldier who has lost his leg and is so angry. Emmett tries to get rid of Greer but she continues showing up and pushing him and eventually they both help each other overcome the fear that they both had and find live when they both least expect it and also end up helping Ally be the friend and adult that she needs at this time.. Rcvd and ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Voluntarily reviewed with my own thoughts and opinions.
MJHughes12 17 days ago
4.5 Stars Laura Trentham has once again delivered a heartfelt, emotional story that tells the tale of two people who find exactly what they need from each other to rediscover themselves and heal from the wounds of their pasts. I just loved Greer Hadley. Even though she’s trying to get over the disappointment of her dreams not panning out, she hasn’t lost her sass and spark, which was what exactly what was needed to help both Ally and Emmett. From Greer’s first meeting with Emmett, I just knew that these two would end up connecting in a way that touched both of their souls. Greer was the kick in the pants that Emmett needed, Emmett was the support that Greer needed to lean on – even if it took them a bit to figure this out! And watching Greer work with Ally, as well as Emmett redefine and rediscover his relationship with his parents, was exactly what this story needed to add additional depth to the characters. I have become a huge fan of Laura Trentham’s ability to craft a story with realistic characters, refreshing dialogue, and a well-designed plot. Although there are some sensitive subjects touched upon in this book, the story is able to promote healing and growth from pain, tragedy, and loss. Ms. Trentham is able to convey both the vulnerability and the strength of her characters through both dialogue and actions, and finds a way to give her characters emotional depth as she tells their story. The love scenes are fade to black, but she is still able to give the reader a sense of the physical intimacy and connection that Greer and Emmett develop and share. Ms. Trentham is quickly becoming a go-to author for me and is one I would recommend to anyone looking for a book with all the feels that will capture your heart.
bookscallmyheart 17 days ago
I love a good military romance. There is always so much heart and pain and it always adds a new level to the story that I really appreciate. Greer Hadley is a starving musician in Nashville and comes home to the small town of Madison, Tennessee to rebuild her life. Emmett Lawson is a wounded army veteran who also comes home to Madison to hide from the world and drown out his guilt and shame. Greer and Emmett are brought together through the Music Tree Foundation, a non-profit organization that uses music to help veterans and their families. They both learn how to overcome the challenges of their lives and look toward the future. This was a solid romance. The characters were relatable and dealt with some very real issues. Military members and their families hold a special place in my heart and this was a beautiful story. I appreciate Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for the gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jolie 17 days ago
For some reason, I have been reading a lot (and stress, a lot) of military-themed romances lately. I am not a massive fan of them. 90% of the book I have read, the soldiers come back from battle with PTSD or missing limbs, which is fine by me. But, by the middle or the end of the book, the love of a good woman makes their PTSD go away or they miraculously come to terms with how they lost their limbs. Not realistic, and that is the main reason why I stopped reading them. But, then I picked up the first book in A Heart of a Hero series and read a book where things didn’t go away. The hero and the heroine had to deal with their issues. That reason alone, I decided to read An Everyday Hero. I was impressed with what I read and the tact that the author showed when writing about PTSD in veterans. The plotline for An Everyday Hero was medium paced. That allowed the author to develop the main character’s personalities and relationships with each other. It also allowed for the two main plotlines to be able to mature and then merge. I loved it. I loved Greer. She had one of the more epic introductions that I have read, ever. I loved her sass and her wit during the book. She was the right choice to send over to get Emmett off his butt. I did find her character a little too much at times, but she was larger than life presence in the book. Her interactions with Ally were gold also. Emmett made me cry several times during the book. His guilt and regret over what happened to his sergeant were palpable. I didn’t quite understand why he was so angry at his father at first. But as the book went on, I was able to piece things together. His character growth throughout the book was incredible. I loved seeing him at the end of the book, knowing what he had come from. Emmett and Greer’s romance was medium paced. There were a few chapters of “does he/she or doesn’t he/she” going on for me. I liked that the author paced it that way, though. It allowed for Emmett and Greer to build their friendship. As for the sex, the author chose to be semi-clean with this book. I say semi-clean because while they do have sex, she didn’t go into detail. I loved it. I feel if she went into detail, it would have taken away from the more critical parts of the book. The storyline with Ally was heartbreaking. But, I was surprised that when Ally told Greer about the online bullying, that Greer did nothing about it. She didn’t mention it to Angela (the head of the music therapy program). Instead, it was just dropped. I felt that it was an essential part of Ally’s story. It, along with the other issues, showed how tough she had it. I was a little disappointed about that. But overall, I did enjoy how Ally’s character grew during the book. I also enjoyed the twist that was revealed almost at the end of the book. I saw it coming, but I still enjoyed it. The storyline with Greer, her community service, music therapy, and her issues was excellent. I loved seeing Greer grow during that storyline. I loved seeing her rediscover her love of music as she helped Ally. The storyline with Wayne (who skeeved me out) was dropped after Greer invoked Emmett’s name. I was a little disappointed because up until that point, I thought he was going to turn out to be a “bad guy.” Plus, I wouldn’t say I liked that Greer had resort to using Emmett’s name to get Wayne to back off. It didn’t sit right with me. I was also confused as to how An Everyday Hero fits in the A Heart of a Hero series. Other tha