Warner, Jun 2003, 5.99, 336 pp.
Holly Hicks works at the New York based VIP Channel where she hopes to become a producer. Her mentor gives her an opportunity to produce a segment of Hero Week. Though she does not believe in heroes, Holly is excited until she learns she must go to Texas. She fled her home state years ago, but if she wants to do the piece assigned to her, she must go home.
Last year Secret Service Agent Calvin Griffin took a bullet protecting President Jennings from an assassination attempt. Still recuperating in his hometown of Honeycomb, Calvin does not want anymore media coverage as he feels he only did his job. Additionally, he has other problems to deal with as the bullet scraped his head, wrecking his short-term memory.
Calvin picks up Holly at the Houston Airport. They are attracted to one another, but he feels she needs a whole man. She, in turn, wants nothing to do with a good ole boy. However, love has a way of making for strange bedfellows.
This is an engaging elationship drama starring two lead protagonists who actually need a hero though both deny such a creature exists today. The story line is fun to follow due to the antics of the lead couple. Fans will feel for Calvin, feeling diminished in many ways until Holly opens his heart. Though she ultimately learns one can go home if the right person is waiting there, Holly receives less empathy as she spends too much time in denial. Still Mary McBride shows that love makes everyone a hero.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner