Born A Hero
Born a Hero is the first in the new Firstborn Sons series from the Silhouette Intimate Moments line, and let me say that it was a wonderful start to this forthcoming 6-book series, which will star the firstborn sons of a group of men who served together in Vietnam.
Dr. Katherine Remson is called to help when the feud between the kingdoms of Tamir and Montebello erupts in deadly violence – the bombing of a restaurant in Montebello. People are hurt, some are still trapped in the rubble, and time is running out for the survivors. While Kate is more than willing to lend her skills to the desperate situation, she is in for a shock when she realizes that another doctor who’s also been called to help is none other than Elliot Hunter, the man who broke her heart years ago. Grieving for the loss of his wife and daughter, Elliot turned to Kate for comfort one night, and when guilt hit him afterwards, he hurt her badly.
In Montebello, the dynamics between Kate and Elliot have changed. At first there is outright hostility, which gives way to professional civility and then the acknowledgment of an intense attraction. Kate, however, wants more than the “here and now” that Elliot is offering and he is still struggling with grief for his dead wife and child. The loss of everything he held dear has sent Elliot to hell and back. The change from unbearable grief and despair at the start of the book through all the anger he holds inside, to eventually being able to move on without throwing aside his memories was realistic and poignant. Kate herself has changed, if a little bit more on the outside than on the inside. She is now a dead drop gorgeous stunner (Elliot himself doesn’t recognize her when he first sees her) but she remains a geek at heart, still warm-hearted and still in love with her best friend’s brother.
The physical relationship between Kate and Elliot is quite intense, and not gratuitously so; but it did highlight something that seemed a bit odd. I don’t know much about being in the midst of a crisis situation, but it did seem that Kate and Elliot managed to spend a lot of time with each other.
I’ve been disappointed in series like this one before – they may kick off with a great story, but then fizzle and never quite regain momentum. I’m honestly hoping this is not the case with the Firstborn Sons series. Future installments include entries by Virginia Kantra and Ruth Wind, both authors I have tried and liked before, and new-to-me authors that I will be giving a try. As far as Born a Hero is concerned, all I can say is that it has added yet another author to my to be glommed list. If you’ve been looking for well crafted characters and a believable story of a second chance at love, I recommend you give this one a try.