One Lucky Hero: The Men in Uniform Series

One Lucky Hero: The Men in Uniform Series

by Codi Gary

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She was looking for a little fun…

Violet Douglas wants one night where she can be normal. Where she can do something for herself and not be just her sibling’s guardian. So when she spies a tall, dark and sexy stranger, she’s ready to let her wild side roar. The last thing she expects is to see her one night stand one week later, when she drags her delinquent kid brother to the Alpha Dog Training Program. 

He wasn’t looking for a commitment…

Sgt. Dean Sparks is used to keeping women at a distance, and yet he can’t resist Violet’s snapping wit or smile. So when he suggests a friends-with-benefits arrangement, it seems like the perfect solution to their undeniable attraction. No emotional entanglement, just mind-blowing sex.

But with their lives becoming more and more entwined, Dean realizes that casual isn't enough for him anymore. And as Violet finds herself leaning on Dean in a way she never has, will her fears put more distance between them? Or can she let go of the past, and take a chance on happily ever after?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062372253
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Series: Men in Uniform
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 181,436
File size: 712 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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One Lucky Hero: The Men in Uniform Series 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
LilyElementBookReviews More than 1 year ago
One Lucky Hero is book one in the Men in Uniform series. I grabbed this ebook while it was on sale and wound up loving it. This is one of those stories where the leading lady has so much on her plate she refuses to date. Yet she gets tempted when Mr. Right comes around only to have life cause a lot of bumps in the road. It all starts when our leading lady, Violet Douglas goes to a concert with her BFF. She meets a hottie (Sgt. Dean Sparks) that is standoffish at first but warms up to her as the night progresses. She winds up doing something she would never do, she decides to have a friends-with-benefits relationship. The reason I say this is something she'd never do is because she takes care of her younger siblings pretty much single mother style and doesn't have time to date. Things don't work out quite the way she plans though when her younger brother gets arrested the morning after and it brings her back to the reality that she needs to not be with anyone and just focus on her siblings. Her brother winds up having to either go to juvie or in a local program called the Alpha Dog Training Program. The easiest way to describe the program would be a sort of boot camp for delinquent kids that teaches them discipline and responsibility via the kids training dogs. This is where Sgt. Dean Sparks reenters the picture, he happens to run the Alpha Dog Training Program. He can't stop thinking about Violet and wants to see her again and then he finds out the real reason she left and hasn't called him. Knowing her secret doesn't deter him and they wind up spending more time together and their friendship grows. The fact that he doesn't back down when he finds out she takes care of her siblings and has baggage really warmed my heart. It's always great to see nice guy characters in romance since I feel like lately I've just been reading about alpha jerks which have their time and place too. All around I enjoyed this read and will be picking up the next one to see who we get next. If you're a fan of Contemporary Romance with men in uniform, you'll be needing to grab this one asap.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read , enjoyed it .
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
This seemed like a perfect book for my sorbet. I was expecting a bit of angst, but it was definitely more than I expected. I liked Violet and Dean. There both good people struggling with their situations and I truly wanted to see them get past everything. Sadly, there was so so so much drama and push and pull between them that I struggled to stay interested. And the constant domestic violence and mention of molestation didn't help. Overall, I liked the story, but some of it was a bit much for me. I may look into other books in the series, depending on who they focus on. **Huge thanks to Avon Impulse and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to read the first full book of the series after reading the novella I Need a Hero. There is just something about a tough military man who can be brought to his knees my the right woman. Dean is about as tough as they come and not looking for a relationship since he doesn't plan to stay in the area for long. But his plans begin to change when he meets Violet. Violet's life is too complicated for an actual relationship, but when one night with Dean has the opportunity to become a friends with benefits situation, she seriously considers jumping in. But then her little brother gets in trouble and lands in Dean's boot camp for boys. At first, they try to keep it professional, but the attraction is too strong to resist. There are some darker elements to their story, both in their past and in the present, but there is enough humor and love to balance is out. While Violet's family issues are well known and are very important to their story, Dean's were a bit more vague and I would have liked to have had more detail. I really enjoyed the book and look forward to the next one. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
CrisConquers More than 1 year ago
ONE LUCKY HERO had me hooked from the very moment Violet and Dean met at a summer concert. It was a chance meeting that kind of got off to a rocky start, with Dean feigning disinterest to discourage Violet from thinking he's "relationship material". All she was really looking for was one night of escape from her complicated life and the spark between them seemed to indicate he'd be the perfect candidate for a bit of fun. I loved their banter and Violet's sass. So much of their initial interactions were based on reading each other's body language and playing off of their growing attraction. It really left we wanting to know where they were going to go from there and how their relationship would shift and grow. As much as they tried to limit their relationship to just a hookup, neither of them could resist the pull of their attraction. There were so many moments when they seemed to get caught in their own intrinsic gravitational pull, drifting closer without even realizing it. It's something that everyone in their vicinity could pick up on. Fate and circumstance definitely played a hand in throwing them together but there was just an inescapable draw between them that really cemented it. I mean, c'mon! These two are just incendiary when they're together. Both in public and in private. One of my favorite things about the whole story was just the way it was written. The honest, relatable language and the humor and attitude of the writing style. It was just such a pleasure to read. To say nothing of the level of emotion the author was able to portray in her characters and evoke in me. I honestly found myself experiencing that same hurt, slighted feeling in the pit of my stomach that Violet was experienced on more than one occasion. That is the kind of genuine reaction I crave from my romances! The kind that punches you in the gut and then makes it up to you by making you sweat a bit. I'm just absolutely adoring the world Codi Gary is creating in her Men in Uniform series. I'm finding myself falling for all the spunky, heroic, caring characters she's developing and can't wait to get to know them even better in the books to come. Violet and Dean's story is not to be missed! It's funny, emotional, sexy and just a plain joy to read. Highly recommend! Disclosure: I received this book free in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions shared are my own.
Rhondaz More than 1 year ago
One Lucky Hero by Coding Gary....Wow, I could not put this book down. The story was so gripping and it sucks you in. When I finished it I felt like I just got off a roller coaster with the ups and downs, twists and turns. Codi Gary has written a perfect balance of emotions and tough issues in this great story. Her characters are so well written, likeable and relatable. I loved the strength and how sassy they are with one another. Violet and Dean are so perfect for each other, but both have baggage, you will have read and find out if they work together. I was given a complimentary book from publisher for an honest review.
RedCheeksReads1 More than 1 year ago
She had never understood the romance novels that had a hero and a heroine fighting one minute and making out the next, but right now, she totally got it.’ Codi Gary is an author that is constantly surprising and delighting me. Her books are always full of depth, growth and wonderful stories and One Lucky Hero is no different. This book was exactly what I wanted on a lazy and rainy Sunday and left me warm and happy in the end. One Lucky Hero is the second standalone (and first full length book) in the Alpha Dog series and I loved it even more than the first. “I don’t want anything serious, you know that, but with Violet . . . I mean, the girl has got drama up to her eyeballs and trust issues that would make most psychiatrists want to put her in a lab and study her. But I just can’t get her out of my head.” When Violet and Dean hook up one night after meeting at a concert their chemistry is undeniable but neither are in a place for a relationship and know that nothing more can come of it despite the pull they seem to have over one another. But when Violet’s brother ends up in the troubled youth program run by Dean they can no longer avoid each other but instead try to be friends. These two have so much sexual tension and it is clear they both yearn for each other but their current life situation make relationships nearly impossible. “I’m not living Dean. I had no idea what it felt like to be alive until you.” I absolutely adored Dean. Protective and alpha tot he core he wants to distant himself from Violet since he wants to be deployed again and yet he just cannot stay away. He has never been drawn to a woman the way he is drawn to her. Violet is raising her brother and sister and has no time for anyone else in her life. She constantly pushes Dean away and yet when he is near she can’t help but give in. Everything about the premise of this made me think I would be frustrated by these two and yet it was written in such a way that I never felt like that. Codi Gary always delivers a clean and fresh story. If you haven’t read her books yet I highly urge you to give them a shot, I have never been disappointed! 4.5 Smooches ~miranda
AmyHiggs More than 1 year ago
I love Codi Gary and this book is no exception! This book made me smile, laugh and cry. Violet has had a hard life and the last thing that she is looking for is a relationship. She goes out for one night of fun and meets Dean. Dean has his own set of issues. I loved Violet and Dean together! I loved how together they began to heal. I loved all of the secondary characters too! The epilogue melted my heart. I would definitely recommend this book!
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Codi Gary is not one to shy away from hot button issues. That point is made abundantly clear throughout One Lucky Hero. From a young age life was not easy for Violet. A drug addict father, dealing with her mother's suicide and taking over the rearing of siblings was alot of responsibility for someone who missed out on the innocence of childhood. One night of escape, could end up being her saving grace or her biggest mistake. This is not the fluffy, stars in your eyes, Prince Charming romance. One Lucky Hero is a story of hard knocks, heartbreaking reveals and gritty dialogue. The truths are excruciating to say the least. The enduring legacy of One Lucky Hero is that a make-believe scenario, can end up helping someone facing similar situations in the real world. With this story Ms. Gary is making a difference and there is no greater reward than that .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend!