Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips Review


Heroes Are My Weakness
By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Releasing Sept 28th, 2015
Mass Market Paperback
Avon Romance


 

The dead of winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A man.
A woman.
A sinister house looming over the sea ...

He's a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.

But she's not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they're trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It's going to be a long, hot winter.




I will start my saying that the first few chapters confused me. Tons of questions were running though my head like, where are all the voices coming from? Is she psychotic? And who the heck is Leo? And why is he such an ass! I honestly felt a little overwhelmed. Normally I would have just put the book down and said "ENOUGH!" and walked away, not because the writing was bad, far from it, but because I found the plot line confusing.
But I decided that I wasn't giving the book a chance, so I continued on with the book and boy I am glad I did! If I had stopped when I would have missed out on such a gem of a book, it would have been devastating. This book is the quintessential "don't judge a book by its cover" or in my case the first few chapters. This book defiantly has its dark moments, but it also has, up lifting and empowering moments.
Ultimately this story is about Annie and Theo, their hate/love/miscommunication/misdirection form of relationship, which I am sure even a psychologist would want to sort out. Unfortunately for them, their relationship doesn't just remain between the two of them, but a host of shady characters interfere and ghosts from the past show their ugly heads.
By the end of this amazing book, I was wondering if there was a clinic when I can recover, because I don't think I am going to get this story out of my head (or heart) for a really long time.
So with all that being said, I will give Heroes Are My Weakness 9 out of 10 and I will have to say, that I am now a newbie fan of Susan Elizabeth Phillips works and plan on reading all her books.

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The apparition came from nowhere.
A man clad in black flew across the bottom of the road on a midnight horse. She’d always had a vivid imagination¾witness her internal conversations with her puppets¾and she thought she was imagining this. But the vision was real. Horse and rider racing through the snow, the man leaning low over the horse’s mane streaming. They were demon creatures, a nightmare horse and lunatic man galloping into the storm’s fury.
They disappeared as quickly as they’d appeared, but her foot automatically hit the brake, and the car began to slide. It skidded across the road and,with a sickening lurch, came to a stop in the snow-filled ditch.
You’re such a loser, Leo the villain sneered.
Tears of exhaustion filled her eyes. Her hands shook. Were the man and horse indeed real or had she conjured them? She needed to focus. She put the car into reverse and attempted to rock it out, but the tires only spun deeper. Her head fell against the back of the seat. If she stayed here long enough, someone would find her. But when? Only the cottage and the main house lay at the end of this road.
She tried to think. Her single contact on the island was the man who took care of the main house and the cottage, but she’d only had an e-mail address to let him know she was arriving and ask him to turn on the cottage’s utilities. Even if she had his phone number Will Shaw that was his name she doubted she could get cell reception out here.
Loser. Leo never spoke in an ordinary voice. He only sneered.
Annie grabbed a tissue from a crumpled pack, but instead of thinking about her dilemma, she thought about the horse and rider. What kind of a crazy took an animal out in this weather? She squeezed her eyes shut and fought a wave of nausea. If only she could curl up and go to sleep. Would it be so terrible to admit that life had gotten the best of her?

Susan Elizabeth Phillips soars onto the New York Times bestseller list with every new publication. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. Susan delights fans by touching hearts as well as funny bones with her wonderfully whimsical and modern fairy tales. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a wife, and mother of two grown sons.






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