Heroes Are My Weaknessby Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Published byAvon Books on September 28, 2015
The dead of winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
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.
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About the Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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.Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads
Excerpt From Heroes are my Weakness
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 number¾Will Shaw¾that was his name¾she 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?
Jen’s Review of Heroes are my Weakness
When I signed up to read Heroes Are My Weakness, I wasn’t certain if I would like it because it sounded sappier than most books I usually read. I’m glad I took a chance. I was pleasantly surprised to discover a great balance of humor, romance, and mystery. I was glued to the pages to find out what was going to happen between Annie and Theo. Also, I was curious about who was trying to scare her off the island. I got even more wrapped up in the story after Annie began working with Livia, a mute child who had witnessed something horrible. Although Annie was a little annoying because of her internal dialogue that consisted of her puppet’s voices, I grew to like her spunk, determination, and caring nature. She was imperfect, somewhat unstable, and childish, but I grew to like her a lot.I definitely recommend Heroes Are My Weakness to readers who like female leads who try hard to protect their own feelings through sarcasm and biting remarks. I also think this book would appeal to readers who like the threat of danger mixed in with a touching love story of self-discovery, forgiveness, and acceptance of the past. I give Heroes Are My Weakness 4.5 stars for believable characters, compelling atmospheres that set tone and mood, and a cohesive plot. I would definitely read another book by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. I thought she was an excellent writer.This tour was organized by:
About Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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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