Review: Holding Out For A Hero by Codi Gary


Holding Out For A Hero

Codi Gary

Men in Uniform #3

Avon Impulse | HarperCollins

Releasing November 8th 2016

384 Pages


Book Summary

He wasn’t looking for love…

Two years after the death of his wife, Sergeant Blake Kline is still hurting. He isn’t ready to date, but whenever he stops by his local diner and sees the friendly smile of his favorite waitress, he feels a spark of true happiness again. And when her life is unexpectedly threatened, Blake discovers his feelings for her might not be as platonic as he thought.

She was holding out for the hero of her dreams…

Bookworm Hannah York has always been a hopeless romantic—preferring book boyfriends to blind dates—and she’s been day-dreaming about Blake since the moment he came into her diner. She’s convinced they’ll never be more than friends… until Blake kisses her and “weak in the knees” becomes more than just a line from her favorite romance novel. The closer Blake and Hannah get, however, the harder he fights to keep her at a distance.

But forever has a way of sneaking up on you…

When their blossoming relationship takes a complicated turn, Blake will have to face his past… or risk losing Hannah forever.

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My Thoughts

*ARC provided by Publisher*

Holding Out for a Hero is the third book in author Codi Gary’s Men in Uniform series. But even if you haven’t read the previous books in the series, this book can be read as a standalone so don’t let the fact that it’s third in Men in Uniform series deter you by any means.

In Holding Out for a Hero, Sgt. Blake Kline is still dealing with the unexpected loss of his wife two years ago, though he can’t deny a growing attraction to his favorite diner waitress, Hannah York. Though Blake is grieving and prone to a little—or a lot of–grumpiness, especially when his friends try to push him out of his comfort zone, he also has a bit of a teasing streak in him, something he often showcases in his interactions with Hannah and his well-meaning but sometimes overreaching co-workers.

Like Blake, Hannah is a fun and multi-faceted character. She has a lot of jobs and interests that divide her time and leave her with very little sleep—like reading and staying up so long writing that her work alarm is set to go off before she even makes it to bed.

Hannah is very much a dreamer while Blake is a bit more of a realist, and though he teases her about her love of books, he also subconsciously senses a kindred spirit in her, I think. They’re opposite in so many ways and yet they fit together so perfectly, each filling what the other is lacking.

Fast-paced, well-written, heartwarming, and engaging, Holding Out for a Hero is very much a story about hope and strength, about moving past the pain of the past and taking a chance on the uncertainties of the future. Of stepping outside one’s long-held comfort zone to take a risk on living and loving again with someone new, someone different, someone known yet also unexpected.

Final Analysis

A fantastic read!

4.5 Stars

About the Author


An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.

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Deanna Lynn has been a substitute teacher, a baker, a website designer, a ceramic artist, a business co-owner and a sales and marketing manager for a ceramic shop in Oklahoma. She reads widely, laughs often and loves to talk about writing, books, and this confusing thing called life.

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