Overall Rating: 4 Stars
Author: Lauren Rowe
Series: Morgan Brothers #3
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
The first time I laid eyes on Lydia Decker, I couldn’t speak. Or breathe. Or string two coherent thoughts together.
And I don’t mean any of that figuratively.
I’m not talking about a guy being floored by the sight of a gorgeous woman—although, of course, Lydia is gorgeous beyond words.
No, when I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker—my physical therapist—I was lying flat on my back in the ICU, high as a kite on painkillers, breathing on a ventilator, my bones as broken and splintered as my spirit.
When I first laid eyes on Lydia Decker, she was a ray of light in the dark. Hope for the hopeless. A salve for my singed and battered soul.
She said she’d been assigned to fix me. That she was there to bring me back to life. She said helping me was her calling.
And then she touched me. Physically, emotionally, spiritually. She healed me.
And I fell in love.
But what I didn’t know… what I couldn’t possibly know… was that Lydia Decker needed fixing far more than I ever did.
Hero was a love at first sight romance that I absolutely didn’t mind.
I can’t tell you how excited I was to read Colby’s book. Of all the delicious Morgan brothers, he is the one that has intrigued me the most. In a family full of outgoing, huge personalities, he was the much more mellow, chill Morgan brother. The brief mentions of him in the other books painted him clearly as a thoughtful, caring person.
Also… he’s a firefighter. Swoon.
From what I’d heard from Lauren Rowe herself — as well as all the other reviews I’d only peeked at (because I didn’t want any spoilers) — I anticipated this book to be heart-wrenching and swoony and amazing.
And it was.
And here is the reason for the 4 stars instead of 5… I so wished that Colby was more different than his brothers (and even Josh and Jonas) than he turned out to be. He kept doing “out of character” things (I put that in quotes because it was mentioned in the book that it was out of character for him) and I really wish he would’ve … I don’t know … stayed in character.
I wanted more depth and maybe a little brood, but instead he wasn’t too different than most of Lauren Rowe’s other male characters.
Not that I have any issues with those characters — particularly with Keane, I feel like the over-the-top, crazy self-confidence was perfect for that character… but I wanted something much different from Colby.
I really liked Lydia’s character and I loved that she is biracial (Holla! Me too!). Typically, I tend to shy away from the single mom trope… but the kids all had such vibrant personalities and their interactions with Colby were so on point and pulled at the heartstrings.
As usual, LR fully had me believing that these two were meant to be… and that love at first sight was actually possible for them.
(Side note: The bitchy side character, Ramona, was way too one-dimensional)
All-in-all I loved this novel. It didn’t fully live up to my crazy high expectations, but it was well worth the read.
Audiobook Performance: 5 stars
The dream team nailed it again!
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
So many sweet butterflies.
Re-read Worthiness: Maybe
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
I want all the Morgan Brothers on my bookshelf!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars
Despite Colby not being exactly what I expected him to be… he still absolutely stole my heart.
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