An Ordinary Hero

Author: Therese Woodson

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 3 stars

Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

Type: Novella

Received from Publisher


Blurb: As a paramedic, Ryan Bishop has responded to his fair share of bizarre situations. However, he’s not prepared when he meets Phillip, a local man who keeps popping up to save the day. Everyone lauds Phillip as a hero, but he prefers to stay in the background, going so far as to refuse medical treatment.

Ryan is intrigued, not only by Phillip’s unassuming manner, but also by his ability to be in the right place at the right time. Ryan wants some answers and maybe even a date. What he gets is an unexpected part in Phillip’s origin story.


Review:  I’ve really liked some of Woodson’s books in the past but this one left me underwhelmed. It wasn’t bad but it’s nothing I’m going to recommend either. It was a short story and it felt short. It kept my attention until the end but sadly it’s not memorable.

I liked that Ryan noticed something special about Phillip right away. He was attracted but there was more to it. Ryan didn’t freak out that there was something not normal about Phillip. He just accepts his heroic deed. That doesn’t get him off his mind however. He’s intrigued and attracted to Phillip. Then they run into each other a few more times and it turns into something between them.

I couldn’t help but feel like this was all done and over too quickly for it to really resonate with me. I think further exploring elements like how he got his healing gift would have benefited the story. Although I liked both characters and found the story interesting I was never really engaged in their romance. This one was kind of a miss for me. IMO it could have been better fleshed out a bit more.


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