Nobody’s Hero by J. Leigh Bailey
Review by Lauren
Source: copy from netgalley; all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Bradley Greene’s family all but discarded him when his brother caught
him fooling around with another boy. Now Bradley has seventeen dollars
and a gas card, and he’s sleeping in his car. He’s an emotional mess
and if he doesn’t land a job soon, he’s up the proverbial creek.
Ortega can take care of himself…most of the time. When what started as a
date turns into sexual assault in a dark parking lot, he’s grateful for
Brad’s help—and an instant admirer of Brad’s military school-honed
muscles. He certainly doesn’t expect to see him again, and definitely
not as the newest hire at Ortega Construction.
As Brad and Danny’s
quiet attraction turns into more, things start to go sour before
they’ve even started. Danny grows frustrated that Brad won’t open up
emotionally. And Brad is terrified of being responsible for someone
else’s feelings. When Brad’s family makes one last attempt to turn him
into an “acceptable” son, all bets are off—he and Danny will need to
decide if they’re in this together…or apart.
Review: Nobody’s Hero is one of those books where family plays a large part in the novel. For Bradley, his family isn’t really around much and when they are, they are not accepting of his sexuality. However, Danny’s family is loving and more than willing to welcome people into the fold, like Bradley, who ends up working for the family over the summer.
Bradley is hiding a rough past and he’s scared to get into another relationship, so he’s desperate to avoid Danny as much as he can. This is difficult when both boys work for Danny’s father doing construction work, and it’s not too long before Bradley starts to let down some of his guard.
The past can’t stay hidden though and what Bradley dealt with when living at home soon comes to shake up his and Danny’s new relationship. The two of them have to come to terms with the past and see if they have a chance of a future.
Nobody’s Hero is essentially a New Adult book about two boys growing up and falling in love. I thought both characters were well-developed and I loved that Danny’s family played a large part in the novel. Besides Bradley’s past, there are other issues occurring throughout the book that cause suspense and tension. It provides another reason for you to flip through the pages as quick as you can, wanting to desperately know how things turn out.
Nobody’s Hero is released today!