Charlie's Hero by Nic Starr
Is family always blood?
Charlie Matthews is a second-grade teacher who sees paramedic Josh one day across the playground, where he is tending to one of the children who has fallen and broken her leg. Without saying a word to each other, both men register an intial attraction and on their next meeting at the school, impulsively arrange a date.
There is a sense of predictability about Charlie's Hero but as a fan of sweet contemporary romances this just means that I am able to truly escape into the story. It helps that Nic Starr's prose flows freely and that Charlie and Josh are not angsty characters, although they each have their own family issues.
As much as I enjoyed the story I feel unable to give it 5 stars because of the frequent sex scenes - which seem to follow a current trend in M/M contemporary fiction. For me, this removes much of the 'magic' and intensity of these moments as I end up skipping through pages to return to the story.
Charlie's Hero has some strong secondary characters, in particular, Andrew who is Josh's brother, Simon and Patrick and I really hope to see how the stories of these men develop.
Charlie's hero is a story about love, acceptance and real family and I would recommend it to fans of the genre.