Looking for a Hero
When I first picked up Looking For A Hero by Patti Berg, I thought, “Oh no, a time travel romance set in modern day.” It’s been some time since I’ve read a contemporary romance that struck me as a good story. It’s been even longer since I’ve read a time travel that actually managed to make the whole situation seem believable. Imagine my surprise when I sat down to read Looking For A Hero and finished it in one sitting!
In the year 1702, the pirate known as Black Heart comes face to face with sworn enemy Thomas Low during a fierce ocean storm. During the battle Black Heart is swept into the sea. When he finally makes it to shore, he is reluctantly rescued by a young mother and her daughter. They take him to St. Augustine where he realizes that he has traveled almost three hundred years in time.
Kate Cameron is unsure what to think of the swarthy, extremely attractive man her daughter Casey talks her into rescuing. It’s been years since her husband was shot in the line of duty and although Kate has tried her best to provide for her daughter, Casey wants and needs a father. But why did she have to choose a man who looked like a pirate?
Morgan Farrell, a.k.a. Black Heart, is amazed by this century. He is also drawn to Kate Cameron and her daughter. He knows he doesn’t belong in their time, but that doesn’t stop his desire for Kate. As much as he comes to care for her, he knows he has to go back to his own time and find Thomas Low so he can finish what he began.
The plot thickens when Morgan’s ship washes ashore. Soon afterward there is a string of murders, and the police begin start looking for their one suspect – a man who dresses like a pirate. Kate doesn’t want to believe Morgan capable of such horrible crimes, but she knows he has killed in the past and that he wants to return to his own time to kill his sworn enemy.
So what can I say? This book was laced with natural humor, and had an original, fast-paced plot. On the down side, the villain was such a monster that he came across as strictly two-dimensional, which made him stand out like a sore thumb among the other unique characters. I also had occasional problems with Kate. She was a little too aggressive in some cases, doing more injury to Morgan’s groin than any pirate deserves. I also couldn’t relate to her roller coaster reactions to Morgan. She bounced back and forth between loving him and distrusting him so often that I had trouble keeping track. However, Morgan more than made up for any of Kate’s shortcomings. He was a hero worth looking for!
The relationship between Morgan and Kate is a passionate one. Although it is quite late in the book when the finally make love, the entire story is rife with sexual awareness between them. Their sexual connection goes beyond the physical however; there is an emotional need between them almost from the very beginning.
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, so much so that I finished the epilogue with a smile on my face – not just because the ending was great, but because Patti Berg has a backlist. If all of her books are as entertaining as Looking For A Hero, she just acquired a new fan.