Everyone deserves a hero.
Owen Meade is desperately in need of a hero. Raised by a mother who made him ashamed of his stutter, his sexual orientation, and his congenitally amputated arm, Owen lives like a hermit in his Tucker Springs apartment. But then hunky veterinarian Nick Reynolds moves in downstairs.
Nick is sexy and confident, and makes Owen comfortable with himself in a way nobody ever has. He also introduces Owen to his firecracker of a little sister, who was born with a similar congenital amputation but never let it stand in her way. When she signs the two of them up for piano lessons—and insists that they play together in a recital—Owen can’t find a way to say no. Especially since it gives him a good excuse to spend more time with Nick.
Owen knows he’s falling hard for his neighbor, but every time he gets close, Nick inexplicably pulls away. Battling his mother’s scorn and Nick’s secrets, Owen soon realizes that instead of waiting for a hero, it’s time to be one—for himself and for Nick.
And yet again, another Tucker Springs novel makes the grade. This story is a bit heart-rending. I adored the vet Nick when he popped up in second hand as Paul’s boss and hoped he’d have his own story. He does, but oh, he has troubles to topple.
Owen – who the story is told through – has major social anxiety caused by growing up with a mother who is hateful and cruel. He thinks everything is his fault. Until he meets Nick who doesn’t act as though he’s an oddity for only having half an arm. The two are incredibly sweet together and as they became closer and yet Nick keeps pushing Owen away, I wondered why. When the reason came through, it was… heart-wrenching. I think most people would understand why he keeps pushing a relationship with Owen away. Even though he deserves one just as much as Owen does.
Two men, both with major issues. And both who save each other. Both of these men are heroes and I will definitely be reading this again.
5 stars all the way.