Hero of Mine: The Men in Uniform Series

Hero of Mine: The Men in Uniform Series

by Codi Gary

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ISBN-13: 9780062372284
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 100,837
File size: 530 KB

About the Author

An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she's not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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Hero of Mine: The Men in Uniform Series 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
I read and adored the prequel, I Need a Hero, so I had some idea of the premise in this series, but each book brings in something new. In Hero of Mine, the story is centered on former wild child Danielle, and her son Noah. She’s not a particularly ‘open’ person, bruised from her former relationships and focusing on her son, she’s both highly guarded and overly self-critical. This makes her a bit of an insecure mess, especially where her parenting skills are considered. More than once I needed Danielle to go to a quiet corner and regroup, particularly early on, as there’s little thought happening before she has a knee jerk reaction. The other half of the story is Tyler’s. He’s a bit of a playboy as he grasps every moment and opportunity. What saved him early on is the heart and compassion he shows, and the fact that he’s seen the darker side of things gives him a tiny pass. But, even more important than his experience and compassion is his dedication to The Men of Alpha Dog, working with at risk teens and his personal mission to work with at risk dogs. Danielle and Tyler are electric – but while she’s all push away, he’s intrigued and can’t help but enjoy their fiery interactions. She’s obviously pricklier than a hedgehog, and the sort of girl that you commit to….perhaps he’s missing out on something? That’s what makes Tyler adorable… he’s got the attitude of a toddler in a toy store – never wanting to miss anything. But, he and Dani do have a connection, but since this is a first for them both…they are going slow. And when Noah’s father appears after his absence and is determined to throw a kink in their works, Tyler has to step up in more than one way. The gradual development of the relationship between these two allows for them both to grow and develop as a couple and individuals. While Dani’s guarded nature and rather cynical approach to life pre-Tyler are believable, the true enjoyment was in her growth and the connection with Tyler that allowed them both to thrive and grow into better versions of themselves. Reasonably low angst, with plenty of moments that ring true and authentic, this is a wonderful story. I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
MJHughes12 More than 1 year ago
I always love reading romances with military men, but throw in the fact that they work with dogs and troubled kids, these men of Alpha Dog have me hooked! I just loved Tyler. He has no intention on settling down any time soon and has earned a bit of a player reputation. But from the moment he meets Dani his entire world suddenly shifts. He knows the pitfalls of getting involved with a single mother – his own mother was one so he knows how things can and probably will turn out. Unfortunately, the heart wants what the heart wants, no matter what logic and reason have to say, and after fate seems to keep pulling them together, its inevitable that the two need to see where their attraction takes them. Dani was not my favorite character, but I admired her strength and the love she had for her son, Noah. She’s so concerned about not repeating the mistakes of her past that she can’t see something great right in front of her and at times it was a bit tiring to watch her try and sabotage the relationship that she and Tyler were building. I did love watching her reconnect to her “old” self – being fun, a bit care-free, and realizing that her needs were also important. There was an interesting dynamic between her and her mother during the story – this was another instance of where her insecurities and penchant for looking at the glass half empty came into play – and I’m glad we got to see that relationship play out a bit. This was an easy read, meaning that the pace was perfect, the dialogue was easy, and there was a realness to the story that made it easy to relate to. There was a bit of suspense which provided just the right amount of drama and angst to bring the characters and relationships to a place where they could move forward and find a resolution without things going over the top. I really enjoyed Hero of Mine and look forward to reading more from Codi Gary. I would definitely recommend this one to any romance lover! I received a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
Danielle Hill learned the hard way that living on the carefree and wild side comes with consequences, she went from being free to do as she pleased to now having to completely realign her life. She is a single mother struggling to keep her life afloat and doing all she can to provide a stable and safe environment for her young son. After a disastrous end to her relationship with her son's father she has sworn off men, and anything resembles dating, she can't afford to have her son get attached to someone and then have them have them walk away when it gets to tough. She has built an impenetrable wall around her heart and is constantly armed with a guarded attitude and hopes it's enough to keep her heart safe... but she didn't account for a man like Tyler Best to walk into her life. The minute Tyler Best meets Danielle Hill he is intrigued with her, she is a triple threat... feisty as hell, gorgeous, and oh SO tempting. But she isn't interested with anything he has to say, and definitely doesn't want to have anything to do with him... but that doesn't discourage him from trying! Once he figures out why she is so guarded though, it has him questioning rather or not is a path he wants to keep pursuing... she has a life he never envisioned for himself. I have been anxiously awaiting for the opportunity to return to this series and get better acquainted with another one of Ms. Gary's sexy heroes, and I have to say Mr. Best was definitely worth the wait!! The minute the man walked onto the page, he had my attention, and had me handing over my heart, and desperately wanting to follow him on his journey to find true love! His caring nature, swoon worthy good looks, and dedication to animals made him hard not to fall for almost immediately... Ms. Gary definitely did her best work on character development with this one!! I also enjoyed meeting the woman who managed to catch this eternal bachelors heart, and I have to say I really liked her, and found that she resonated with me more than any other character has in a long while, she was strong willed, dedicated to being a good mother, and wasn't afraid to stand up for what she believed in... no matter the costs!! If you like stories brimming with feeling, equipped with swoon worthy heroes, and a story line sure to tug on your heartstrings and leave you inspired, then I highly recommend you pick up this book from Ms. Gary!! ARC requested through Edelweiss, and kindly provided by the Avon Impulse in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.
iheartyabooks More than 1 year ago
Oh, how I love these military men of Alpha Dog Training Program. And now it’s time for sexy playboy, Tyler Best, to realize that fate is not a fantasy when it comes to finding his meant-to-be, true love. When it comes to dating, Tyler lives by three rules. One: be honest from the get-go. Two: no sleeping over. And the third rule: definitely no repeats (at least not in the same week). Tyler also has three types of women he steers clear of. First: no crazies. Second: no attached or married women. And third: definitely no single moms. And there's no ifs, ands, or buts about that last one—single moms are a huge no for this player . So, Tyler the realist that he is, with his rulebook for not falling in love and staying true to his playboy image, is about to break all his alpha rules and fall head-over-heels for the very woman he’s determined to stay far away from. And I loved every second as this gorgeous, strong, alpha male crashed and burned when he met single mom, Danielle Hill. Yep, all those big rules of Tyler’s didn't protect him one little bit when fate hits him square in the chest and has other plans for his heart with this beautiful single mom, Dani and her sweet, little son, Noah. Dani has rules of her own now after the loser she was living with, the one she thought loved her. Only when she told him she was pregnant, he took off and left Dani to raise their child by herself. Dani learned the hard way why you stay away from bad boys and players. Dani has had no problem for three years living by her stay-away-from-the-players rule, until the drop-dead gorgeous Tyler Best walks into her life. With Dani having a passion for animals and working at the local animal shelter, and Tyler also having a love for animals and working with the Alpha Dog Program, it doesn't take long for Dani and Tyler’s common love for animals to bring these too stubborn hearts together. But Tyler is the kind of man Dani has vowed to protect her son from, along with herself. Dani is the single mom that Tyler has sworn to never get involved with, but Dani is the kind of woman that Tyler secretly longs for. His bond with Noah is something he longed for along the way, too. Tyler and Dani's romance is the perfect example of why, when it come to love, you never-say-never. Fate will prove why wrong can be so right. Dani wasn't looking for a hero and Tyler didn't want to be anyone’s hero, but they became each other’s hero, and a hero for one sweet little boy. Hero of Mine is a must read.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
Hero of Mine by Codi Gary....Oh my goodness, Codi Gary has written beautiful heartfelt story with the second book in this amazing series. The story hits all emotion buttons, happy, sad, laughing and crying, so have your tissues handy. The book holds your attention with some drama and suspense that keeps you turning pages. Tyler is a hot Marine that is injuries while on duty, so he gets sent to The Men of Alpha Dog, that works with trouble teen boys. Danielle is a beautiful single mom and only has time for her son. When Tyler and Dani meet each other they have strong chemistry and sparks start to fly. This is a must read for any military romance reader and I would also read first book in series, this one can be read as standalone if you want. I was given a complimentary book by publisher for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Codi Gary continues to get better with each Men In Uniform novel. She really steps up her game with Tyler and Danielle. Past events have caused each to look at life life differently. For Tyler, he's gained a deeper appreciation of his surroundings and takes full advantage of every adventure life has to offer. For Danielle, maturity brought surprise motherhood and an inability to fully open her heart to anyone but her most prized achievement, her son. With Hero of Mine, Ms. Gary delves into a world of regret, self - doubt and second chances that don't come easily but are worth all the blood, sweat and tears to be faced along the way. Danielle was somewhat hard to get a read on because of how closed off she was, yet her strength was her will to tackle a tough situation and come out on top.
MoniqueD More than 1 year ago
Dani Hill used to be a bad girl until she got pregnant and the father left her high and dry. She changed her life around, and her sole focus is her 2 year-old son, Noah. Dani works at a veterinary clinic, and also volunteers at a shelter. The day she met Tyler Best was when she was arguing with her boss about not euthanizing a dog that had an accident and seemed lost. Tyler took her side, and got the dog to the vet. Tyler is a dog trainer for the Alpha Dog Program, and lost causes are his specialty. Tyler, ever the player, ogles Dani, but when he sees that she has a son, a red flag comes up: he doesn’t do single mothers, but still Dani stirs something in him… Besides, Fate seems to be conspiring against him: Tyler keeps running across Dani everywhere he goes. At 28, Tyler has never had a girlfriend, only hook-ups, whom he never called back; that was understood from the onset from both parties. Tyler then has an epiphany when a friend of his dies, and Tyler realises that maybe something is missing from his life after all. While Dani tends to be abrasive sometimes, I really liked her; her defensiveness comes from being extremely protective of her son, which I could entirely relate to, but also from having made very poor choices about men in the past. Dani is certainly not impervious to Tyler’s lethal charm, and he understands her point of view when it comes to the type of men she doesn’t want around her son. She thinks Tyler is very sweet; he is good to her son, to animals, and children, and their first “non-date” is pretty hilarious; I couldn’t fault Dani for succumbing to his charm. My problem with Tyler is that I, as the reader, witnessed another side of him which Dani never saw. Tyler has quite a violent streak that made me uneasy, and this happened on a few occasions in the book, the most notable being when a friend at Alpha Dog points out that Tyler, until very recently, was quite the player, and said friend likes Dani and doesn’t want to see her hurt, which is promptly dealt with by Tyler punching his friend in the face. Tyler’s epiphany results in him deciding to take it slow with Dani, which he does, but it took a bit of suspension of disbelief on my part; this dealt with, the romance was indeed lovely. Codi Gary is the queen of dialogues, and once again in HERO OF MINE, she demonstrates her unmistakable ability at making her characters totally genuine in their interactions with each other. The author is also very proficient at creating a realistic world with the Alpha Dog Program and the troubled teenagers who get instructions on dog training, and where serious issues arise in HERO OF MINE. Although I am not especially fond of children in romances, I really loved Noah: he came off as a real child, not some caricature one way or another. This said, I think the over-the-top drama regarding Noah’s father and grandmother could have been dispensed with; I don’t think it was necessary unless it was for another demonstration of what I surmise was to show Tyler’s “protective instincts”. If you like your romance with some sizzling and realistic sex scenes, and some drama, you will love HERO OF MINE. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.