received via NetGalley ARC
[bc:Hero Duty|21941069|Hero Duty|Jenny Schwartz|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1397711551s/21941069.jpg|41245608]Jessica Trove has the unenviable task of returning to Sydney for her father’s funeral. Her stepmother and stepbrother have made her life hell since her father remarried after the tragic death of her mother and she finally decides to fight back, with a little help. For years she has just let things be and stayed in the background leaving her father to his new family, but now the lawyers tell her the money, the house and the corporation built by her grandfather are all hers. They have been since her grandfather’s and mother’s death.
She never knew and now that she does it has changed everything. To help her stand up for herself she enlists the help of an ex-army sergeant she found through a mutual friend. Brodie Carlton has been fighting his own emotional battles and while he could certainly use the money Jessica offers, her really sees a woman in need and decides to return with her to meet her family and find out what the true story is.
This is my first Jenny Schwartz novel and I have to be honest and say I’ll be buying some more. This book grabbed my attention and kept it as the story wove through the family dramas of the very, very rich.
Brodie and Jessica, while you knew they’d hook up, travelled a path I was surprised at and the journey caught me by surprise a few times. The sub-plots and characters where intriguing and there were twists and turns I just didn’t spot coming.
I really enjoyed this story which had a sweet romance entwined with a woman finding the courage to be herself and not let bullies push her around emotionally. Brodie stepped in occasionally but he also wasn’t afraid to let Jessica stand her ground and see how far she could push her confidence and strength.
The writing style is very easy to read and flows so well that I thought I was a bystander in the scenes, I could picture them so well.
I really enjoyed the times Jessica and Brodie spent together and the little, normal, things they did and said that brought them gradually closer and closer together. He read her so well, and vice versa that I was a little put off by his sudden reasoning at a misunderstanding. Don’t want to give too much away and spoil it for you, but other than that I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters within.
I’d recommend this to all Romance lovers.