Friday, August 7, 2015

Blog Tour ARC Review + Giveaway: Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Heroes Are My Weakness
By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Releasing Sept 28th, 2015

The dead of winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A man.
A woman.
A sinister house looming over the sea ...

He's a reclusive writer whose macabre imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill with laughs.

But she's not laughing now. When she was a teenager, he terrified her. Now they're trapped together on a snowy island off the coast of Maine. Is he the villain she remembers or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It's going to be a long, hot winter.

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(4.5 stars)

Going in, I was feeling a little reserve and my expectation was lower due to not too glowing reviews from my GR friends. So color me surprised that I ended up enjoying it very much after reading past the initially awkwardness with the heroine. 

As per SEP signature, Heroes Are My Weakness got the witty humor, great supporting cast, the lovely backdrop, the brooding hero and a hint of mystery to keep me hooked.

I love the lovely description and the simple life they have in Maine Island.

"On Peregrine, hamburger is more expensive than lobster."

The heroine, Annie is a down on her luck, ventriloquist, who reached the island reluctantly and have stayed in her late mother's cottage. 

Theo is the brooding and mysterious hero, who is also her ex-stepbrother turn crush turn bully. He is now a famous writer of horror story, who is secluding himself in the island's manor. Annie is convinced he is a total psychopath for what he did to her two decades ago.

"Stop going all bloody Heathcliff on me. The saunter. The hooded eyes, the whole bloody arrogant thing."

What I love:
1. the mystery behind Theo's past and the secret he keep
2. the mystery surrounding the accidents on Annie. Who is the one trying to drive her off the island?
3. Livvia, the mute girl
4. the humor and the sarcasm between Annie and Theo. They are just too entertaining. 

"Aren't you supposed to take off your clothes now?"
"It would only be pity sex. I won't insult you like that."
"Go ahead. Insult me."

What I don't like:
1. The sex scene are kinda hush and short. Totally not satisfying at all. But at least is better than fade to black. Is saying a lot that I can enjoy the book without the dirty stuff.
2. Her multiple alter ego. Annie is a ventriloquist who tends to talk to herself. At first I found it really annoying especially in the beginning, but their part was tone down a little towards the middle and I started to warm up to them too. We got Scamp, Dilly, Peter and Leo. I love Leo...The way he sneer. Peter sounds like a douche.

The mystery just keep me guessing who will be the main culprit, I had my suspicion but I often got it wrong. I love the slow revelation of Theo's true nature and his history. Initially he was described as Lord of the Underworld, but later we get to know the responsible and compassionate man who was deeply affected by his past. 

Overall, this is the kind of book that make me have a huge smile on my face and close the book with a big satisfying sigh

"I'm sorry it took me so long to figure out, but I'm not exactly used to having love feel good."

Susan Elizabeth Phillips soars onto the New York Times bestseller list with every new publication. She’s the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. Susan delights fans by touching hearts as well as funny bones with her wonderfully whimsical and modern fairy tales. A resident of the Chicago suburbs, she is also a wife, and mother of two grown sons.

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