Title: Hero Duty
Author: Jenny Schwartz
Release Date: 1 June 2014
Copy received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
She can buy anything she wants, except the courage to stand up to her family. That’s where he comes in.
Jessica Trove is a billionaire Cinderella, bullied by her family, and terrified of the responsibilities crashing down on her shoulders. She knows what she needs to do – she just needs to find the courage to do it.
That’s where Brodie Carlton comes in. Jessica is used to buying anything she wants, and what she wants right now is a hero. She’s going to make Brodie Carlton an offer he can’t refuse: be her emotional bodyguard, and she’ll make him rich. The only question is who will guard their hearts?
This was a fun, quick read, although it dealt with some serious issues, as well. Manipulation, greed and all kinds of abuse, although most of that is off-page and in the past. The story moves from Jardin Bay, on Australia’s West Coast, to Sydney.
Jessica has just found out that her life has been a lie. Her father wasn’t the heir to the billions left by her grandfather when he died in a horrific boating accident with her mother. She was. All this time, her father has been running the company as her proxy, and its only on his death that she discovers her father had been emotionally abusing her for years to keep her from asking some hard questions.
Not only that, her stepmother and stepbrother, who both thought they’d be getting the lion’s share of the inheritance, have nothing. Because her father had nothing in his own name to leave.
Uncomfortable with the hostile situation that now exists between her and her stepmother and brother, but determined not to be manipulated any more, Jessica approaches Brodie, a soldier who testified in support of a friend of Jessica’s in a sexual assault case in the army, even though it ruined his military career. She needs someone who will do the right thing, no matter what.
Brodie agrees, and what I liked about Hero Duty is the good advice Brodie gives Jessica in holding her ground in the new corporate and family dynamics she now finds herself in. He uses military strategy to help her navigate her new waters, and I thought that part of the book was really well done.
The steps are people you love to hate, and I thought the chemistry between Jessica and Brodie was both sweet and hot. I read this in one sitting, and thought it was great.
I had a few quibbles over character motivation, but overall I really enjoyed Hero Duty and highly recommend it. I’m definitely intending to pick up It’s Love, Dude, which is about Brodie’s brother, and came out before Hero Duty.