Even though this is not the first, second, or even third time that I have read Nobody’s Hero, I still forget how much happens during the course of Adam and Karla’s story. This installment picks up where Nobody’s Angel ended, with Adam in the hospital recovering from the cougar attack. Of course Adam can’t wake up from a coma like a normal patient. Nope, the master sergeant wakes up dropping the f-bomb because he discovers Karla in his bed. Not, where am I? Not, what happened? Nope. It’s why the eff are you in my bed? That opening line still makes me laugh every time I read it. I suppose it was a good way for Ms. Masters to start the book off because as Adam resists Karla and her love, a large prat of the rest of the book is filled with heartache, heartbreak, and angst because of Adam’s single-minded foolishness. And let’s not forget the seriously hot BDSM sex that Adam introduces Karla too. Lucky girl!
If you read Masters At Arms like you should have, then you know that Adam first met Karla when she was 16. Fast forward nine years, and 25 year old Karla is now singing in Adam’s BDSM club and trying to convince the bullheaded man that he is not too old for her, that he’s not too damaged for a relationship, and that he is worthy of love. While Adam is attracted to Karla, the fact that there is a 25 year age difference makes him feel like a pervy old man often. But that is just one of the myriad of reasons that he gives for avoiding her attempts to move them past being just friends. The master sergeant may have patience honed from years in the Marines and as a Dom, but his patience and resistance have nothing on Karla’s persistence and determination. The fact that Adam underestimates her determination – especially considering the circumstances under which they first met – leads them both into an M/s relationship that works for neither of them and nearly destroys the Karla that Adam knows and loves. Although it is Adam who safewords out of that devastating arrangement, ultimately it is Karla who must decide how much of Adam is enough for her to be happy.
I absolutely love this series and Nobody’s Hero is probably my favorite book of the four I have read. Yep, I’m behind on the series, which is one of the reasons I wanted to reread them; the other being that I absolutely love Ms. Masters’s writing and want to share it with others. I like how we get to see how Marc and Angie are faring, as well as how Damian is doing and how the events that impact his life in this book set the stage for the next book in the series, Nobody’s Perfect. That Ms. Masters does not make the road to happiness for Adam and Karla smooth and obstacle-free is why I enjoy her writing so much. Before finding their way to a future together, Adam and Karla must first come to terms with who they are as individuals and their personal journeys of self-discovery are fraught with ghosts from their pasts (almost literally). The wedding ceremony that occurs is at the top of my list of favorite book weddings and I still tear up during the couple’s exit. There is so much more to Nobody’s Hero that I love and that I’m sure I’ve forgotten to mention, but ultimately it comes down to the fact that I absolutely love the book and I’m already looking forward to my reread of Nobody’s Perfect. — 5 stars