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Thursday, January 16, 2014


Resisting the Hero

Accidentally in Love

Book 3

Cindi Madsen

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Entangled Publishing - Bliss

Date of Publication: January 13, 2014

ISBN: 9781622662869


Number of pages: 197

Cover Artist: Jessica Cantor

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Book Description:

Resisting her brother’s best friend is futile…

Faith Fitzpatrick isn’t looking for a hero. Burned one too many times in the past, she’s now sworn them off completely. And when her brother’s best friend, Connor, convinces him to join the dangerous SWAT team, Faith has never been more anti-hero. What’s wrong with having a safe job? There’s nothing safe about Connor. Confident, sexy, and sporting a six-pack that should be illegal, he’s everything she doesn’t want.

When his best friend’s sister moves to town, local cop Connor Maguire knows he’s in trouble. Faith is feisty, funny, and talks trash like nobody’s business. She’s also his partner’s sister—and so totally off limits. Working on the Fall Festival together, they agree to a truce and become friends. But the more time Connor spends with Faith, the more he’s willing to risk the wrath of her brother. If he could only convince her to take a risk on him, too.

About the Author:

Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long.

She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is the author of YA novels All the Broken Pieces and Demons of the Sun, adult contemporary romances Falling for Her Fiancé and Act Like You love Me, and the women's fiction novel Cinderella Screwed Me Over.

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Resisting the Hero by Cindi Madsen is an Entangled Bliss publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Faith is moving in with her brother, Kaleb and his wife for just a little while. But, before she arrives in North Carolina she learns her brother has joined the SWAT team. Being a cop was dangerous enough. Faith is beside herself and crashes into the bar where her brother is celebrating. Before she can find Kaleb, she has a run in with a drunk beefcake named Conner.
Conner and Kaleb are good friends, but Kaleb doesn't want Connor anywhere near his sister. That's good enough for Faith. She doesn't want anything to do with cops or SWAT or any other type of life on the line occupations. She also doesn't want a guy that has a history of being unable to maintain a relationship. But.... darned if Connor isn't making her decision easy. He's sexy and there is an undeniable chemistry between them, but can Faith come to terms with Connor's occupation?

This sweet contemporary romance deals with Faith's fear of losing another person in her life. Her father was a cop and died in the line of duty. Since then, she has been unable to move past it despite therapy. She is happy to stay with Kaleb and help his pregnant wife and do things to help people out.
Also, in the background there is the story of a domestic violence situation that Kaleb and Connor take personally.

You will love Connor! He knows Faith is worth getting his life in order for. He has no desire to see other women and wants more than just a casual friends with benefits relationship with Faith. He puts his friendship with Kaleb on the line in order to have a chance with Faith. Faith is a hard headed and stubborn woman and he will have to pull out all the stops to convince her he is the real deal.
I liked the character growth from both Connor and Faith. Faith's name is certainly apt, since she will have to step out of her shell and have faith in Connor and hopefully she will be able to make peace with her painful past.
Overall I give this one an A.
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When it comes to most anything, I need music. I can’t clean without it, and I definitely can’t write without it. Before every book I make a play list, and then as I write and different scenes or themes come in, I add to it. Thought I’d share my playlist for Resisting the Hero and highlight some of the songs and why I chose them. You can find the full playlist to this, and all my books, here: http://cindimadsen.com/Music.html

Classy Girls by the Lumineers. Connor and Faith’s first meeting is a little rough. She’s mad at her brother when she charges into the Rusty Anchor to try to find him, and Connor hits on her. The line "classy girls don’t kiss in bars, you fool" totally fits their first interaction & makes me laugh. Of course once Faith finds out Connor is one of the reasons her brother joined the SWAT team, things go from bad to worse.

Lucky Strike by Maroon 5. (First of all, who doesn’t swoon over Adam Levine’s voice? Gah!) With lyrics like:

Got me so high, and then she dropped me

But she got me, she got me, she got me bad

One in a million, My lucky strike

And basically just the whole song fits, plus it makes me wanna dance.

Then there are songs like Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth & Emeli Sande, Say it Again by Mariah McMannus (So it seems, I'm fighting harder for you than I ever did for anything), Distance by Christina Perri, Look After You by the Fray (this song is one of my favorite love songs ever!), and a remix of Wherever You Will Go by Charlene Soraia.

Basically it’s a mix of kind of feisty songs mixed with romance, since that’s what the book is too. So there’s a bit of an insight into the music of Resisting the Hero. And since we’re talking romance songs what are some songs that make you swoon? I’m always looking to add more to my playlists.

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