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After a life-changing injury sends him home and ends his career; Josh agrees to temporarily move in with Alvin and Carter (from book 1), Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, learning to walk again with his brand new prosthesis, takes some time to adjust. When the small and broken man from the cafe run's into him by accident, it leads to a run-in that Josh is ashamed of tAfter a life-changing injury sends him home and ends his career; Josh agrees to temporarily move in with Alvin and Carter (from book 1), Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, learning to walk again with his brand new prosthesis, takes some time to adjust. When the small and broken man from the cafe run's into him by accident, it leads to a run-in that Josh is ashamed of the second he leaves. Teddy is the small, broken cafe worker that accidentally runs into the big, brooding man with the cane. With an embarrassing and painful encounter between the two and an abusive uncle furthering said injury; its just the way things go in "The Life Of Teddy Valentine." Feeling guilty for the way he snapped at the small guy; Josh decides to pay him another visit taking Carter with his as a buffer. One thing leads to another and the hits just keep on coming for Teddy. Will it be enough drama for Josh to throw in the towel or will Teddy end up finding his hero? *This book does contain strong language and sexual situations between men* You're welcome ;)...

Title : He Needed A Hero
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ISBN : 30246906
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Number of Pages : 102 Pages
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He Needed A Hero Reviews

  • Janie
    2019-05-15 14:10

    Reread 2/28/2017 I love these stories by Jenny Wood that give us a new couple in each book but also allow us to see past heroes. Josh is so amazing!! This is a pretty short read about Josh and Teddy. Teddy really needed someone to stand up for him at times. Josh gladly takes this job and in doing so builds Teddy's confidence along the way. I loved that we got more of Alvin and Carter as well and can't wait to read the other books in this series.

  • Denise H.
    2019-05-01 10:36

    *** Here in book 2 of the Unlikely Hero series, *** we have two men who are both in need of some TLC. Josh is Alvin's Marine "brother" who is rehabbing with his prosthetic leg, burn scars and is lonely in life. He's 26, Hispanic, tall and muscled, and staying with Alvin and Carter. Teddy is 23, is a short, small man who has been abused his whole life, by family, and then thrown out at 13, when he went to live with is loving Gran. But even with her, he's beaten and broken by his Uncle who lives with Gran, too. Even with his heartbreaking childhood and beyond, Teddy has not given up hope for a hero, someone to find happiness with. When a customer knocks his down, he injures his wrist, and has a panic attack. A handsome muscled man, Josh, helps him breathe through it. The large man terrifies him, just because of his size, because in his life, the big ones have always hurt him. The next day, Josh goes back to the shop with Carter to see if Teddy is okay, only to find him with a cut lip, cast, and bruises. Carter, Alvin and Josh invite Teddy to stay with them, to be safe. With the reality of his loving Gran's poor health, his Uncles drunk tirades, he says yes. Josh's feelings to protect Teddy are new to him, and he likes it.Teddy feels safe for the first time in his life. These two men find solace in each others arms. I loved these men, their fierce love, and how they become so important to one another. This is beautifully written, in each man's POV, by Jenny Wood, who builds lovable, strong yet flawed characters and shows us how they overcome their problems to move forward. The heartbreak of Teddy's past will bring you to tears, but at the end our tears will be happy ones. After Gran's bad stroke, she'll be in a Care Home. Her lawyer reveals all the measures Gran has taken to ensure Teddy is financially stable. The mean Uncle, and his horrible, hateful mother and stepdad cause trouble, but Teddy is no longer alone. Teddy and Josh have shared stories, scars, and their hearts to receive a bone deep connection, each needs desperately. They really are heroes to each other. Highly recommended ! ENJOY !! =================================

  • Susan
    2019-05-02 10:19

    All these books can be read as stand-alones, even though all the couples come back in the next books. They're all friends, but it's not necessary to have read all their books to enjoy each story.What a lovely hurt/comfort story! I really liked this!Just don’t pay attention to the massive amounts of grammatical errors. Past tense/present tense, wrong words, misspelled words, you can find it all here. I didn’t notice it in the first book, but here, oh yes. I still really enjoyed it though. Hurt/comfort is my crack.Josh was planning on being in the military for as long as they wanted him when he loses leg in an ambush. He now has to return home and accept he won’t be a Marine anymore. Luckily his best friend Alvin offers him a place to stay, while Josh gets his life back on track.Josh is a bit grumpy, since he has to learn to get a better handle on walking with his prosthesis and his cane. So he gets angry when the barista of the diner he likes to go to, bumps into him and makes him stumble. But Josh feels like an idiot once he sees the smaller guy is terrified of him.Teddy is scared of the big angry man, but since he is scared of all big men, it’s no surprise to him. He is surprised that big man helps him through his panic attack. Josh cannot get the cute man out of his head so when he bumps into him the next day at the diner, he is thrilled to see him. But he’s not happy to see that Teddy is sporting a split lip and a broken wrist.Teddy is living with his Gran, who has Alzheimer, and his uncle, and is used to being a punching bag his entire life. First by his stepfather and then by his uncle. He definitely needs someone to be his hero. But he thinks no one would ever want him..I just loved the hurt/comfort in this. I know this is a well tried formula, but the big guy protecting the abused smaller guy gets me hooked every single time. And this was no exception.The romance is fluffy and more than a little cheesy, but I just ate it all up. More please!

  • Meep
    2019-04-27 12:17

    This was all too much. Too many traumas. Too many wrong words. Too many tense changes. Too much questionable grammar - and I'm not someone who is generally aware of grammar.If I'd known there was so much about granny with Alzheimer I'd never have bought the book. Too raw. But that's still a side issue to all the other issues. Smart granny appears to have neatly tied everything up in a legal bow - but wasn't smart enough to deal with what was going on in her own house, despite no indication of how long she's been ill. And how old is this legal friend, to have been practising at a level to tie that big bow when Teddy moved in, but to only be a few years older than him? You'll likely find out in his book.Teddy is so hapless, he's a victim of everyone his whole life. How is that attractive? You may sympathise but to feel attraction? He's too busy cowering from the world to display a personality. For me this was about all the issues he had, more so than any getting to know one another... It felt no single abuse/humiliation was quite enough to make him appear pitiful.Josh in the meantime is big, strong and growly. But he calls Teddy 'baby' which is clearly endearing.Things are resolved too easily meaning Teddy never has to get pro-active, his heroes (not hero's) are there to step in. It'd certainly be nice sometimes to have a knight in dusty camo, but achieving/overcoming things means so much more.The editing - or rather lack of, needs addressing. Sense for since is a common misused word but there are many, if this was a paper version I'd have grabbed a red marker. The grammar is such some sentences need to be re-read. The book wobbles between past and present tense frequently changing mid sentence.I read far enough to rate, but passed the halfway mark only through determination. This author is not for me.And the cover is ..daunting.

  • Barbara➰
    2019-05-15 13:26

    Another sweet low angst story. Poor Teddy...he just couldn't seem to catch a break from nasty people. Thankfully Josh steps in to be his hero.

  • Meags
    2019-04-26 15:34

    3 StarsIn this sequel to Don't Leave Me Alone, we get to see how Josh (Alvin’s Marine buddy) is fairing in the aftermath of the serious injuries he suffered while deployed. At the onset of this story, Josh moves into Alvin and Carter’s guest room where he is welcomed, supported and given the space and time he needs to re-evaluate his life post-military. He’s a bit of a grumpy sod, but who can really blame him considering all he faced growing up bouncing around the foster care system, or later during the intense and life-altering traumas he experienced during his time in the military. When Josh meets Teddy – a slightly younger, definitely sweeter and somewhat shy man who works at the café Josh has come to frequent – Josh finds his inherent need to protect revitalised, especially once he realises Teddy is the ongoing victim of emotional and physical abuse at the hands of his own family members. With the added help and support of Alvin and Carter, Josh shows Teddy that he no longer has to fight his demons alone. Soon enough the two men fall hopelessly in love, and despite constant complications from Teddy’s horrible family, they begin to plan a happy, safe and loving future together. Much like its predecessor, this story was one of melancholy and heartache; but although this series is swimming in the hurt/comfort feels, it also has a cast of likeable male characters who go all lovey-dovey on one another to the nth degree. Unfortunately, I’m having a similar reaction to Jenny Wood’s stories as I had when I first read and devoured books by Andria Large. The plot-lines and the characters created by each writer definitely turns my crank, but both have a writing style that I seriously struggle to process on a page-to-page basis. It leaves me very torn because I get immersed in the lives and the emotional happenings surrounding their lovable characters, but simultaneously I want to dive into the stories and edit the shit out of them myself just for some peace of mind. For me personally, story and character are more important aspects of my reading enjoyment than actual writing quality, but I know this is not the case for many of my GR friends, and as such, I advise due consideration be given when considering this writer’s work. Meanwhile, I’ll be off devouring the rest of this series, with its sweet and vulnerable men.

  • Candice
    2019-05-11 12:29

    3rd Read 9-2017GAH! I love this book so much! Definitely one of my favorites. Even though I read it back in 2016, I keep re-reading it in 2017 so I'm going to have to put this series on my Top Books of 2017. It's my list, so my rules ;)I also changed my rating from 4 stars to 5! 2nd read 6-29-17Same thoughts as the first, but I think I cried more this time around. I didn't read Alvin's book first because I didn't want to cry and here I was bawling nonstop. I noticed more editing errors and I really hope these books get polished up in the future. I would hate to have people miss out on amazing stories due to errors. There was even a name mix up that some *I* missed last time. If this gets polished up and revamped, I'll definitely change my rating to 5. That's how much I love Wood's boys. She can tell a story that sucks you in and that's okay because I never want them to end.First Read 8-8-16Once again the writing style really threw me off. "Carter is the epitome of the perfect partner. (Try saying that five times fast.)"Really? Did we really need that in the parentheses?Back to Josh and Teddy. ADORED them. I thought Alvin broke my heart? Teddy man. Teddy broke it in a completely different way. I kind of wanted more of that protectiveness to come out in Josh though. I wanted to see him kick some ass and take names and I was kind of bummed we only got words and no action. Overall, great 2nd story of this series. Took a star off, because of the writing style.

  • Jenny Wood
    2019-05-04 09:15

    ~* Spoilers*~Josh, we met in the last book; he's Alvin's best friend/battle buddy.... after being injured in the army; he's shipped back home to recover without a leg! Agreeing to stay with Alvin and Carter til he figures out what he's going to do, he can't imagine finding a romantic relationship....BUT, when the coffee shop he frequents has him literally running into a small frightened man, thoughts of his flaws and the way he's lacking take a back burner to be there and help out Teddy...Yep, the dude's name is Teddy... how cute is that?!Teddy, having been dealt a rougher than rough hand in this life, needs somebody to stick up for him, he needs someone who'll look out for him and be there for him.... And Josh does... before, Teddy, he didn't feel much like a man anymore, he didn't feel he had a purpose; but spending time with Teddy, being strong for him made him remember how strong he really was...I LOVED writing these two together, they seem so different but they're so perfect for each other...Teddy needed someone to lean on and Josh needed to feel strong again.... They found it with each other! I LOVE THEM BOTH!I also had a really fun time writing the banter between Josh and Alvin, their relationship is obnoxious and smart assy. They have fun riling each other up. If you haven't read either books in this series, you so should!

  • Caz Malpas
    2019-05-16 14:12

    4 SHORT AND SUPER SWEET STARS!Totally enjoyed this, book 2 in the unlikely heroes series!Thanks for the recommendation Denise x

  • Heather Martin
    2019-05-03 17:21

    Another good book!I'm really enjoying this series by Jenny Wood! Its a fast paced easy read. Her characters are loveable and I'm happy to see previous characters in this story.

  • Tina
    2019-04-29 15:16

    “please, don’t let me go” Soo freaking cute!

  • Dena
    2019-05-25 09:27


  • Josh Lansing
    2019-05-19 09:24

    So okay okay okay.I may be a little biased because I'm so absolutely positively in love with Ms. Wood.I've read all 5 of her books and I literally can not get enough of them.I thought Alvie was bad enough, I mean the boy came home and lost his whole family but in this one Josh-who was his bestie in the desert gets blown up and stuff and comes home scarred and missing a vital part of his body. He didn't feel attractive and he felt like he wasn't whole anymore. Which, come on. he wasn't! He was missing part of his leg!Teddy didn't care though. All Teddy needed was a big strong man to stand up for him and not let people push him around, which they did all the time. Teddy's entire family was atrocious. Well, not Gran, but she was sick, see. The things that Teddy has to go through in this book are heartbreaking, I really felt for him.The thing I love about Jenny is that her characters feel so real, the stories are real problems that I could see myself or one of my mates going through. It isn't unbelievable drivel. I'm curious to see who is next. Will it be Lane and Kevin? Or one of them and Jordan? I think Jordan is going to have a hard time, I can't wait to see what happens next. Let's get to it now love, we need more!

  • Vicki Easom Johnson
    2019-05-12 09:20

    EnjoyedI'm really enjoying getting to know Jenny Wood's men. In the first book.we had Alvin and Carter. I adored them. In this book we find Josh who is home from the war recovering from losing his leg and learning how to make a new life. We have Teddy who is shy, small and so scared and has been abused by nearly everyone in his life. When they meet for the first time officially Josh scares poor Teddy. Will Josh make things even more miserable for Teddy? Pick up this book and find out. You can read it as a stand alone, but you really should read the Alvin and Carter's story to get more of the background. I'm loving this author! Can't wait for Lane and Kevin's story now!

  • Chris Kottner-Kirschner
    2019-05-14 14:17

    Nach einer schweren Verwundung, die ihn sein Bein gekostet hat, wird der Soldat Josh aus der Armee entlassen und steht vor dem Nichts. Familie hat er keine und seine Freunde dienen. Doch sein früherer Kamerad und bester Freund Alvin holt ihn nach der langen Zeit in der Reha zu sich und seinem Freund Carter. In Massachusetts kann Josh sich in Ruhe überlegen, was genau er mit seinem weiteren Leben anfangen möchte und welche Möglichkeiten er hat.Teddy ist ein stiller, sehr scheuer Mann, der sich mit einem Job in einem Cafe über Wasser hält. Zwar ist er Lehrer, doch einen Job hat er noch nicht gefunden. Deswegen muss er auch weiter mit seiner demenzkranken Großmutter und seinem gewalttätigen Onkel unter einem Dach leben. Dieser nimmt Teddy sein Geld ab und langt immer wieder zu. Auch verbale Gewalt und Verachtung sind Teddy nicht fremd. Innerlich gebrochen und zutiefst verunsichert steht er plötzlich vor ungeahnten Problemen, die seine Lage noch weiter verschlimmern und ihn zutiefst verwirren. Einen Kerl wie Josh kann er da gar nicht gebrauchen.Bei ihrem ersten Zusammentreffen glänzt Josh jetzt nicht unbedingt mit Liebenswürdigkeit. Doch im Grunde ist er kein schlechter Kerl und sein Verhalten Teddy gegenüber tut ihm auch schnell leid. Josh findet auch sehr schnell Gefallen an dem schüchternen Mann und Teddys komplizierte Lebenssituation berührt den knallharten Soldaten.Auch in der zweiten Geschichte konnte Jenny Wood mich einfangen und mit ihren ungewöhnlichen Helden verzaubern. Leider ist die Geschichte ein wenig konstruiert und es gibt ein wenig arg viel Drama. Außerdem kommen Josh und Teddy sich wahnsinnig schnell näher und eigentlich passt das gar nicht so gut zu Charaktereigenschaften der Helden. Da hätte ich mir etwas mehr Zeit und Realismus gewünscht.Trotzdem fand ich die Geschichte sehr schön und berührend zu lesen. Längen gab es nicht und auch der Sex hielt sich in Grenzen; war der Geschichte und Länge angemessen.

  • Stacey
    2019-05-10 13:13

    Good storylineThis book had a good storyline and the characters were good. I've noticed the guys in this series find the insta-love, which i normally don't mind, but it seems to leave some missing pieces. There were also a few timeline issues and easy fixes with a food editor. I noticed in this book and book one that the word sense is used instead of since and given instead of givin'.

  • Em
    2019-05-01 14:36

    Not as good as Don't Leave Me Alone; didn't really get the feels for either main character and very, very poorly edited. I can ignore a fair amount of typos etc, but I don't think they've even attempted a proof read of this book.

  • P.
    2019-05-22 16:24

    Good book - bad writing

  • Erith
    2019-05-14 16:36

    This really isn't bad but the lack of proofreading and poor grammar takes it's toll on the reading experience.I've given this 4*s in spite of the above and I can only hope that the next book isn't as bad and that someone decides to at read it at least once before publishing it.

  • Alissa Gardner
    2019-05-07 14:35

    I loved reading about Josh and was very happy to see him get his HEA

  • Karen
    2019-05-17 15:16

    Another well written storyline with well developed characters. I loved this book and am loving this series. Looking forward to reading the next book.

  • Gaa-chan
    2019-05-18 16:24

    2.5 stars

  • MorganSkye
    2019-05-12 17:18

    We met Josh in book 1. He’s Alvin’s friend who ended up losing his leg in the military. He’s now living with Carter and Alvin and struggling with life “outside”.Teddy is a super small guy who has been beat up by his step father and now biological uncle all his life. Only his gran has been there for him and now he’s sick. So when he meets another big guy, his first instinct is to run!The hurt/comfort in this book is AWESOME! Teddy NEEDS someone to help him so much and Josh needs to help someone just as much.There isn’t a lot of smexy times in this, but what is included feels right.While I would have loved to see more about how their relationship moved (everything happened so fast and in big time jumps) I loved seeing Teddy be strong and supported. I wasn’t sure how he ends up working where he does, I might have missed that somewhere, but I was so glad for him. The villains in this story are a little OTT, and that’s my only real complaint. (There are still a lot of grammar and editing mistakes, but it seems that they’re improving.) I didn’t completely buy the uncle’s relationship to Teddy under his gran’s house – why would gran allow that to happen? But, that’s not really important given that she’s in the hospital or the home for most of the story.I’m finding a lot of rewarding comfort in this series and recommend them to people looking for a warm hug of a book.4.25 of 5 stars

  • Brian
    2019-05-25 12:17

    Awesome Awesome read really enjoyed this book I can't wait to read the rest of the series to see what she has in store for us

  • booklover
    2019-05-06 10:25

    OMG !Book 1 of this series was amazing but this,,,,,,,,,,THIS !! WOW !!In this we get to meet Josh, Alvin's Marine brother who we'd heard and read about in the last book.We also meet Teddy, who REALLY does need a hero !! Yes Josh hasn't had it easy, to be fair, neither of them have, but for Teddy his past has turned him into what he thinks as as a weak individual, but, as Josh rightly tells him, it's done the opposite, it's made him strong !!! I wanted to crawl inside this book and be Teddy's teddy, to comfort him through what he's put through...And Josh, big, growly Josh !! How he is, not just with Teddy but Gram's too, really shows his less growly side !! This was a beautifully written story that i absolutely LOVED !!

  • Joanne Garcia
    2019-04-30 11:28

    I like Jenny woods book, this is the 2nd series I have read of hers and enjoyed the tough guys who fall for the twinks. I know her stories fall the same story line. The abused twink and his hero or the guys with a kid brother or nephew so we can enjoy the 6 yr old questions. That is why I cant give the 5 stars but the good part his we still get the group of guys who become family and it like that best. I cant wait to hear the questions Mad Max has to stay

  • Lora Borzelleca
    2019-05-19 14:11

    While I loved this book as well…this one didn’t hit me hard like the first one did. I liked the plot, I liked Josh’s backstory and Teddy’s backstory and loved how they came together and helped one another BUT…..I didn’t feel the love at first in this one. It seemed too quick and too sudden…and for me going into this book knowing it’s an insta-love story and still thinking it’s too quick…then yea…it definitely didn’t do it for me.

  • Joan
    2019-04-30 14:35

    I read through the preview. I am not rating this book but - the constant foul language grated on my after the first page (and yes, swearing is acceptable, and often appropriate, but I can only cope with so much before it all merges into one foul-mouthed rant that loses all sense of anger etc)There were numerous spelling mistakes and errors in basic punctuation which also pulled me from the story. Not recommended.

  • Hc Lynn
    2019-05-24 10:19

    Takes a while to get to sexual contact with these two, but considering where they're at emotionally its just what's needed. A lot of times its a rush to get over the turmoil and get to sexy bits but that also ruins the story at times.While not as heartfelt as Alvin and Carter, this still has an impact!

  • Makaren
    2019-05-20 13:30

    Good characters, good story. Not much attention to grammar and spelling. Names were confused several times. I don't understand why so many writers in this genre don't feel the need to know basic English grammar.