Hostage (The Everyday Hero’s World). ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Hostage by Jas T. Ward

My rating: 3 of 5 stars.

Jas T. Ward’s Hostage is a thrill ride of adventure with a sexy, paranormal romance twist written in K. Bromberg’s The Everyday Heroes World project.

Evan O’Brien lived his immortal existence committed to a life of hardcore service to the secret war and army of The Grid. Zero time for love. That emotion complicated his control on all aspects of his life. He was determined his heart had no say so. And nothing or no one could change that. 

Lily Devenmore spent her days working with kids and a job surrounded by books at the library. She lived loud and as bold as being born to the Grid allowed. As love found her sisters, Lily longed for it too. But she had yet to find a man who wanted her and not change her. 

That all changed in one day—not only was she held hostage but Evan learned he held his heart from ransom far too long. Could they rescue each other? With help of some of your favorite characters from The Everyday Heroes World, they just might.

Hostage

This everyday hero happens to be immortal!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 🖤💜❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📘📙
World building: 🌎🌍🌏🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤

The setting: K. Brombergs Everyday Heroes World: First responders who work with the Malone Brothers. In this case the responders in the story work on the Grid. “A secret army organized centuries ago to fight the factors of Hell—demons and things of the best blockbuster creature features.”

The Hero: Evan O’Brien: Immortal commander on the Grid. He is second in command to Bounce (Leader of the Grid Army). Evan has movie star good looks (Lily thinks he looks like Ryan Reynolds). He is strong, tall and deadly but likes structure and organization.

The heroine: Lily Devenmore – Runs the Grid-affiliated Edge Academy for Gifted Children and reports to Evan O’Brien. Lily is a full figured woman with two sisters who are both thin and beautiful. Their parents were murdered in front of them as children. The Devenmore children were raised by Bounce after spending a few years in foster care.

The love story: Evan is too busy for a relationship since he is second in command of the Army on the Grid. Lily is tired of being overlooked by men because of her body. She has low self esteem, but is an otherwise loud and boisterous individual. She lives to give Evan grief.

When lily and two of her friends get taken hostage at a grocery story by two low level thugs, Evan is in charge of the situation. The grocery store in question happens to be above a grid substation which includes an armory. Evan and Lily find that their feelings for each other are deeper than either of them knew.

I don’t want to delve into details of what happens in the book, because I don’t want to give away spoilers, but there were things I liked and didn’t like about the book so I will explain a bit about that.
First of all, I liked the “Grid” storyline. I thought it was different than anything I read before and I also liked that other than the background, most of the story was with “real” world people and situations. By that I mean they weren’t fighting demons or other monsters, just normal criminals.

I did at some points feel that I was missing things when other people or situations were referred to that most likely happened in prior books. Though the author did try to put in enough details, I still at times felt a bit lost since I hadn’t read any other books set in this world.

The other main thing that I disliked was Lily. She had terribly low self esteem because of her weight and her weight issue came up over and over again and I really hate that. She says she is fine with her looks but obviously she is far from it and it is on her mind 24/7. It is one thing to have a curvy girl as the lead, but another to have her so down on herself and on men who can’t accept her size. I don’t like reading about that. Aside from that. I liked the romance and the hostage storylines.

I voluntarily read & reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts & opinions are my own.

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