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Review: Hero by Leighton Del Mia

Saturday, March 1, 2014
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.

"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."

HERO is a dual POV, standalone erotic novel. WARNING: meant for a mature audience due to dark themes including non- or dubious-consent.

Review: I'm not usually a person who uses cheesy gifs to demonstrate my love for a book, but today I'm making an exception.

Hero by Leighton Del Mia is an absolute must read book if you're a fan of dark & taboo relationships/love. When I first picked up this book I was super skeptical because it was about being taken and help captive, which seems to be a reoccurring theme lately, but I also found myself very much intrigued by the very superheroesque (no, that's not a word) sound of it.

I'm very glad I took a chance on Hero. I was surprised by the extravagant writing style and the uniqueness of the story line. Leighton Del Mia does a wonderful job at creating a believable setting and her care of detail really helps you suspend any disbelief you may have going into the story.

If I had to compare this storyline to another, I would say it's a cross between C.J. Robert's Captive in the Dark, Beauty and the Beast, and Christopher Nolan's take on Batman.

In the book, we have Calvin Parish, a wealthy media business owner who we meet very briefly and who is very much a background character up until we meet his other side, a.k.a. HERO. At first, Calvin's raw anger caught me a bit by surprise. His first serious encounter with Cataline made my jaw drop. I was bothered that he was so animalistic and yet I was sympathetic to him because of his background in dealing with injustice. There were times where I loved his character and times where I thought he was just a little too dysfunctional. But I'm all about characters who walk the grey line between black and white. It made him all the more realistic, or at least as realistic as a superhero can be.

"My body needs a hero, come and save me
Something tells me you know how to save me." - Nicki Minaj

Cataline Ford, an Executive Assistant, is probably one of the best portrayals of a woman mentally and emotionally scared from being held captive. I'm glad that Leighton Del Mia did her character justice by showing how this really screwed with her. I thought it was interesting to watch Cataline go from innocent to almost manipulative. In a way, I'm glad that the author didn't try to justify Hero's actions by saying he "sexually freed" Cataline. The semi-non-existent feminist in me thinks that would be really stupid. In reality, he broke her and she was pretty much damaged goods for anyone but him. While that may sound horrible, she was still an amazing character.

I loved Alfred, I mean Norman, because he was in both Cataline and Hero's corner. I also think he was a constant reminder that Hero needed to keep himself in check. He never gave up on either of them and always focused on the best in people. It's strange to say but I think he's what essentially saved Cataline and Hero. Cataline has no one when she first arrives at The Mansion, but she quickly grows an attachment to Norman and he to her. I think for Hero, Norman was kind of a daily reminder that he needed to let Cataline in on the truth and keeping her in the dark was only really hurting her.

"What are you hiding, Calvin?"- Cataline
"Nothing, Sparrow. Everything you see is everything I am."- Hero

My least favorite part of this book was the part about The Cartel. There was all this build up about how it was so dangerous for Cataline to be out and then the section dealing with The Cartel comes and it's about two-three chapters. There's no resolution with the character: GUY and while the chapters were interesting and well written. It was very much anti-climatic. They weren't the dangerous threat Hero made them out to be. 

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and it was fun to read. I'm also really happy this was a stand-a-lone novel. I was about 80% through when I became worried that the author would leave us on a cliffhanger. Thankfully, she doesn't.

I do plan on reading Keep Me, which is a novella that gives readers a glimpse of life after Hero's days of fighting crime. I'm definitely interested in what happens after the two break free from the past, or if they actually do.

"If you're thinking of flying, Sparrow, know that I will catch you. "- Hero

Rating: 4.5/5 DIAMONDS

Reviewed by: Vanessa
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