Note: This ARC was provided by HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review.
The latest addition to the Men in Uniform series by author Codi Gary is my favorite one so far. Hero of Mine is the third release but only the second full-length novel, following the prequel novella and first full-length book, I Need a Hero and One Lucky Hero, respectively. Flirty, fun, and flighty are probably three of the words I think best describe Sergeant Tyler Best, twenty-eight and a dog training specialist for the Alpha Dog Training Program. He has no intention of settling down any time soon and makes no apologies for his hook-ups, never promising a repeat performance if he doesn't feel like it, what more forever. Two of his closest friends may be in relationships, but all he wants is to stick with carefree and no strings attached. Then he meets twenty-four-year-old vet tech Danielle Hill, who also happens to be a single mother to two-year-old Noah. Single moms are a definite no-go for Tyler, but there's something about Dani and Noah that has Tyler seriously considering if he can truly change and become committed to them.
There's a different kind of chemistry that goes on between Dani Hill and Tyler Best. Maybe it's because there are certain types of women that Tyler has always refused to go after, but it's as if fate intervenes time and again, bringing these two together. They have far more in common than they probably gave each other credit for, and I liked getting to know Tyler much better here, learning his back story when he was on active duty with his K-9 partner Rex--which had me teary-eyed--as well as his family history. Dani is understandably wary of men, especially the kind of man that she's pegged Tyler to be, only she realizes that there's so much more to him than she would have given him credit for. He's definitely my favorite male main character in the series, what with his genuine love for dogs and how he rescued Duke, formerly known as Fugly (I admit, the name made me laugh), and then there was how he was with the teenagers in the Alpha Dog program. And hello, his ease with and affection for Noah? Major ovary-bursting moments.
Aside from the love story between Tyler and Dani, the latter is forced to deal with the return of someone from her past while the former handles troubling behavior from a couple of the teens and the precarious home situation of one particular teen under his care. These two side stories make the overall read even more interesting since they play well with the developing romance and don't feel as if they're separate and out of place. It was great to have the two other couples--Oliver Martinez and Eve Reynolds and Dean Sparks and Violet Douglas--as well as Blake Kline playing significant roles in the story. Megan Bryce and Slater Vincent, both new additions to the Alpha Dog program, were mentioned and I can't help but wonder if their story--yes, I'm assuming these two are going to be paired up but hey, I'm cool with them being with other people--will be part of the series (I certainly wouldn't say no to it!). Hero of Mine was such a wonderful, heartwarming read and one that I can easily recommend to other readers. This gets five stars. ♥
Read my reviews for the Men in Uniform series:
I Need a Hero (prequel novella) - 4.5 stars - My Review
One Lucky Hero (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Hero of Mine (book two) - stars - My Review (posted above)
Date Read: 17 August 2016
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