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Hero (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Leighton Del Mia

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WARNING: Hero is a standalone, erotic novel with dark & disturbing themes. Not suitable for all audiences.

Calvin Parish

They call me Hero.

I defend.

I protect.

I ask for nothing in return, and that makes me good.

Doesn't it?

That which makes me the ultimate predator also feeds dark impulses I've learned to control--until I bring her too close. For years I've watched her from afar, but what started out as duty has become obsession.

Cataline Ford

I work hard.

I play by the rules.

I'm content.

My scars are quiet and invisible, and that keeps me hidden.

Doesn't it?

One fateful walk home, I'm taken by someone I didn't know I should fear. Captive and afraid, nobody will tell me why I'm confined to this hauntingly beautiful mansion. I'm given everything; I have nothing. He takes what he needs from me, and for that I hate him. But I might have loved him once.

And just because you're reading this doesn't mean I survive him.

Hero is a standalone story told in dual POV.

Biographie de l'auteur

Leighton Del Mia lives behind large sunglasses and under massive headphones. She can usually be found behind and under these things at any Starbucks on the West Coast, which is where she writes twisty books between sips of black coffee.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 5 Amazingly Heroic Stars!!! 27 février 2014
Par VbLeret - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
So, raise your hand if you've ever secretly crushed on a superhero and wished that they were real and that they would swoop in your window late at night and whisk you away. No? Just me? Lol. Well, now you know my secret fantasy!!

My bare hands have served me well so far. They are my weapons. My skin my shield, my strength, my lifeline, and Cataline, my motivation.

Hero was a bit of a difficult story to wrap my head around at first. It totally stands apart from anything else that I have ever read. At some points, I wondered if it was gonna go in a paranormal type direction. It just kept me guessing the whole time. I was expecting a Stockholm syndrome story, which it is but there is also a superhero element to it that I LOVED!!! Sure, we have all gotten our share of our fave superheros like Batman, Superman, Iron Man... to name a few of my personal faves...sigh. But, usually those come in big-time blockbusters that are heavy on the action and adventure and kinda low on the romance by comparison, right? Well, this is a superhero story in the dark romance genre and let me tell you, IT TOTALLY WORKS!!

The Story:
Hero is the self-imposed protector of New Rhone. The city has fallen victim to high crime and increased drug activity for which the Riviera Cartel is to blame. The police see Hero as a nuisance and a source of humiliation but to Hero, this is all that he was ever meant to be.

"I have the instincts of a killer, but the intentions of a hero."

He has been watching Cataline from afar for years...16 to be exact. She's an obligation, a resounding reminder of a one time failure, an unpaid debt.

Cataline, on the other hand, leads a quiet life. She has her boring clerical job where she ogles the big boss from afar, by day. By night, she is fascinated by following Hero's current adventures and tales of heroism. She's never experienced much of anything, except for loss, but has dreams for a big, exciting life...one day.

"He's good for this city. Not only does he keep criminals in line, but he also puts fear into would-be criminals. He risks his life daily for this city."

When circumstances that Cataline is totally unaware of bring these two together, the story becomes dark and exciting. It kept me guessing and had me on the edge of my seat the whole time!! At times you will feel confused, at times angry, and at times hopeful for these two.

"Escape is now her singular obsession, the need for it all but physiological. But freedom is the only thing I can't give her, because I have an obsession of my own: her safety. Or, maybe now, just her."

Calvin is an interesting character. He embodies both good and evil. There were many parts of the book that I struggled with hating vs. loving him. Cataline was relatable and I loved the fight that she had in her. I just found her continual indecisiveness annoying at times. It came off more as bitchiness than it did her being conflicted about her situation.

The Sex!:
Um, DAYUM!!! This is a HOT book! The steam had me breaking out in sweats! A lot of the scenes are pretty controversial. I won't spoil any of it but let's just say, I don't think I will ever look at a candle stick quite the same way EVER again, thanks to Calvin...haha! It isn't really non-con. It's more....I don't know, hesitance, maybe? By the end, all involved parties seemed to REALLY enjoy themselves soooo, I will just leave you with that to ponder.

The only one other thing that I struggled with was that I found myself wanting some more background detail in some areas. This is definitely a dialogue heavy book, which is great. But sometimes, some more detail and internal musings are needed to strengthen the story-line. Trust me though, these things were minimal! This is a great book, and I enjoyed the hell out of it!

My favorite parts were the few fleeting moments that we got when Calvin would let his suit of armor down temporarily with Cataline, and we got to see his humanity. Particularly the pool playing scene, the...ah hem, shower scene, and the whole last 10% of the book. In fact, I think I highlighted most of that last 10%!!!

And Norman...oh, I loved sweet Norman!

The Author:
For this being Leighton Del Mia's first book, I thought that she did a great job! The writing was really very good! She's written a uniquely captivating and intriguing story that is very different from anything else out there right now!

As you may or may not know, Leighton has decided to give Calvin and Cataline fans an optional novella to be read after Hero which follows them after this story ends. I am SOOOO exited for this!! I need more of these two!!

"How can you be evil and good? How can I love you and hate you? How can you be both my savior and my enemy? How can I want both punishment and forgiveness for you?" - Cataline

"I'm nobody without you to care for." - Calvin/ Hero

ARC courtesy of the author to Rebel Book Chicks as part of Release Blitz
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Leighton Del Mia is a brilliant storyteller...I will follow her anywhere! 11 avril 2014
Par Nina ~ The Literary Gossip - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
The book Hero is a shining example as to why I freaking love being a book blogger….I have not only found an amazing book that I have fallen in love with, but I have also found a new author to add to my list of “authors whose books I will read whatever they write” Leighton Del Mia blew me away with Hero not only with a unique plot, but with emotions that I have not really felt in a book before. Oh, and did I mention this is Ms. Del Mia’s debut novel? Well it is, and that only makes it that much more bittersweet.

I have the instincts of a killer, but the intentions of a hero. And a hero’s what I’d be if not for my human impulses and urges -

I am going to be honest, I don’t usually go into a book blindly and I had no idea the premise of Hero. I knew it fell in my wheelhouse cause it was dark and erotic and non con, my favorite kinds of books to read, but what I was not prepared for was being hooked from the very beginning. Calvin Parrish is the captor and Cataline Ford is his captive and all we can hope is that Hero will come save her.

From the beginning, the lead male character Calvin was tough. He was brash, he was arrogant, he was aggressive, he is set in his ways, he teetered on being a rapist and he was unapologetic about his behavior. He was not your typical bad boy that we read about; everything in Calvin was meant for goodness, but he just struggled to reconcile it with his nature of just being a total hot head. I wanted to love him, I wanted to see the goodness but man it was difficult….Calvin was just not likable all the time.

The office is my dreamland and Calvin, my star.

On the flip side, Cataline was pure and innocent. She was emotionally mature and but yet very idyllic in her dreams. She had loved Calvin from afar for so long, that when she was finally with him face to face, under the guise of him kidnapping her she struggled with her feelings of loving him and hating him. And this is the part of the book that I thought Ms. Del Mia knocked it out of the park. She took these two broken characters in a direction that few authors take – she let them be true to who they were. Their journey was not easy,it was not meant to be easy – not every kidnapping is going to end up being a Stockholm Syndrome, much less is every captive going to fall head over heels with her captor. I will say again, Calvin was tough, he was written tough, he was not typically vulnerable, he knew who he was and we as the reader just had to accept him that way. Cataline did not get all girly with her emotions….because she had already developed these dreams in her head of how she wanted life to be with Calvin, when she realized he was not Prince Charming she was really able to separate her feelings for him. I love how she was written strong enough to feel love for him but know that loving him would not be an easy task.

“If you’re thinking of flying, Sparrow, know that I will catch you. There is no escape. Fly until your wings fall off, until there’s no more sky, but I will find you. I will always find you.”

I also need to take some time to talk about the erotic moments in this book. When I tell you Ms. Del Mia can write erotica, trust me…she can. There are some scenes in this book that I will revisit frequently….there are some scenes I might even like to recreate myself and there are scenes in this book that are so erotically hot even I blushed. Hero is filled with sex, but it was so well placed throughout the plot that it never felt over the top, it felt just right.

Reading this journey of Calvin and Cataline was not without a huge emotional undertaking for me. There was a point in this book that totally shattered me. I had to put my nook down and compose myself all while reminding myself – this is JUST a book. I truly had no idea which direction Hero was going and honestly, either way Ms. Del Mia ended this book, would have felt right for me….yes, that is how wonderful she wrote it.

…it occurs to me that I’m driving away from the only thing I ever actually wanted for myself.

This was a 5 star read for me. I loved it, I was surprised by it, I was turned on by it and I was moved by it. I hope that each of you will give this amazing new author you’re time and read Hero. I think you will be very happy with this story of Calvin and Cataline. And just to let you know, in the end I fell in love with Calvin…he redeemed himself and I would be the first to ride off in the sunset with him!

I’m her own personal monster, but tonight, admitting it to myself for the first time, I want to be her hero.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Edge of your seat, but smooth as silk. 7 mars 2014
Par J. Altherr - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Leighton has created a masterpiece here.

Many say dark and for traditional romance this is true, but if you are at all into s&m or tops and bottom play, this is rather just perfect.

Kidnapped the main lady fights with what she finds pleasurable and what her mind tells her is right.

The man man, an anti-hero, fights within himself to control his darker side and fulfill his parents' wishes... or pay for their sins.

The book hooks you right from the first and doesn't let go. You kind of wish it had dragged on longer in the middle, but even good things must end. (BUT if you want, there is a small little novella she made to extend this book, a sort of aftermath.)

The way this book plays into one's mind is like a sneaky superhero itself. It climbs up to the highest ledge and dangles you over like you have information to spill... you think you have evaded him to run, but then he draws you back into his hands and delivers you to an ending you have to have...

...and you know you will be back to read it again.... if you have been a good pet...

Well worth the read!!! Even if just for your curiosity... READ IT!!!
7 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
1.0 étoiles sur 5 WARNING! NOT EROCTICA, NOT ROMAMCE! 18 avril 2014
Par N. W. DeSantis - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I apologize for the spoiler, but I feel that it is needed to warn readers what they will get with this book

Girl is kidnapped by Hero, girl is scared, crying, screaming, in the dark, inside a locked room. Hero is annoyed with all the noise so he man handles her, painfully pulls her hair, face humps her and then chokes her with his d**k to punish her, all while she's trying to fight him off and unable to see who it is. There is no "oh she is secretly enjoying this", no, this is what it is.

Then a few months later after keeping her caged in the basement with a bucket for a toilet in the dark for a few weeks, (she has her period during this time and is left covered in her own blood for 2 days), Hero is carrying her upstairs to her bedroom from the cage, she demands to be put down so he gets upset and rapes her. Again, not an "oh, she's secretly enjoying it" kinda thing, she fights, screams. Hero throws her, painfully pulls her hair, painfully ties her arms behind her back, forces himself on her while she's screaming, crying, begging him not to do this and that she's a virgin.


I stopped here, at 32% of the book. I found this too offensive and returned it.
It's up to you if you decide to get this. This review is only to serve as a warning to those who do not wish to read this kind of violence.
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Who wants an original and unique story with an alpha kinky hero? 28 février 2014
Par Lady Vigilante (Feifei) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié

Whenever I see the words “dark themes,” “non-con,” “taken,” “captive” etc…it’s like music to my ears. Hey don’t judge! Besides this is for books only *wink* Anyways, I will be frank and say I was a beta reader for this book. Nowadays I rarely beta because instead of reading for my own pleasure, it becomes a job and sometimes a not-so-enjoyable one. Imagine my surprise and delight that instead of viewing this book as a duty, it quickly became a story I couldn’t put down, and one I finished from 1 to 5 AM.

This is my verdict: for a debut novel, I certainly hope it gets the recognition it deserves for it is one of the most unique and distinctive books I’ve read. I went into the book not knowing anything besides the synopsis and though there were twists that left me questioning what direction the story was going in, the end result left me satisfied and thinking “hey, now that’s something you don’t see everyday in an erotic/love-my-captor story.”

But first, here’s a book stat section for my fellow dark romance junkies:

Dark scale (1-10): 3
Mindf*** scale (1-10): 5
Definitely a love my captor story, but not as intense and gritty as say, the Dark Duet or Madeleine, Abducted. I would classify this story as a mix of erotica and romantic suspense with dark and sci-fi elements (the sci-fi part actually played an impressive role in the story and it was something I didn’t see coming at all).

**Keep in mind that I read a lot of dark romance so what may not be dark for me might be for you. These ratings probably resonate with me and my fellow dark cohorts the most.**

Cataline Ford is a shy and innocent female lead. She’s had a harsh childhood and as a result is a complete introvert who chooses to focus on the basic things in life. Her one vice is Calvin, the reclusive and brooding owner of the company where Cataline works at and believes he is completely inaccessible to her. On the night she meets a potential boyfriend, she is knocked out and kidnapped, thus kickstarting her days as a captive.

Calvin Parish has two lives: one as head owner of his company and another as Hero, the mysterious protector and vigilante of the city. I honestly can’t say more about him or it would be a dead giveaway to his role in the book and the impact he has on Cataline’s life. I will say though that this man is twisted. You can see and feel his frustration about being torn between duty and obsession. As for the erotica….I swear some of the sex scenes were both thrilling but kinky to the point of me cringing and going ouch. Doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy reading about them ;)

So why not 5 stars then?

Now me being my picky self there are just some things I cannot get over no matter how integral it is to the story. For one, I personally don’t like fangirls, and though I completely understood where Cataline’s adoration for “Hero” came from, it doesn’t mean I like it. It’s really hard to explain and only a person who has read the book will get what I mean about Cataline “fangirling” over Hero: in a way it was her coping mechanism and what kept her from losing her s*** entirely.

There is a minor revelation scene in the first 25% I didn’t really agree with how it was executed. As the reader, I would like to be shocked/mindf***ed/aghast at the same time the character experiences the same emotions, not before. It makes me lose interest and wonder when the character figures it out. If you’re getting worried, don’t be; this isn’t the main point of the story and like I said, it’s the little things that bother me the most and this counted as one.

Though this is a complete standalone, I will never reject the idea of having another book or novella written about these characters. Their story is heartfelt, raw, and tumultuous, and though with their many faults, they are perfect in their imperfection. It’s rare for me to truly enjoy a beta read, 100%, and this book hit all those ‘oomph’ buttons. I will be on the lookout for more from Leighton Del Mia.
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