Series: The Hero #1
Published by Entangled Publishing on May 15th 2012
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Former Army Special Forces Sgt. Marco Vieri has never thought of Alyssa Scott as more than his best friend’s little sister, but her return home changes that…and challenges him to keep his war-borne demons at bay. Marco’s not the same person he was back when he protected Alyssa from her abusive father, and he’s not about to let her see the mess he’s become.
When Alyssa takes a job at the bar where Marco works, her carefree smiles wreak havoc on his resolve to bury his feelings. How can he protect her when he can’t stop thinking about her in his bed? But Alyssa’s not looking for protection—not anymore. Now that she’s back in his life, she’s determined to heal her forbidden hero, one touch at a time…
Marco Vieri has returned from the military in a sorry state and the last thing he needs is the distraction in the form of a very old, good friend…whom he’s starting to see as someone more than a friend. For Alyssa Scott, Marco has always been the one she’s loved, and the hero she’s always worshipped along with her brother.
The brother’s best friend and younger sister dynamic is a little different in this book – a feat considering the same trope features so often in the Brazen line, yet it’s probably one of those I’ll always remember. Alyssa’s self-sacrificing and sweet nature won me over and while Marcos’s idiotic but special brand of tortured heroic quality made me want to stone him, I found myself rooting for their HEA the whole way.