Review: Heroes are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Posted August 5, 2015 by Felicia S in 2015 Read, 3.50 Wine Glasses, Reviews / 19 Comments

Review: Heroes are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsSource: Paperback Review Copy, Provided by Avon

Format: Paperback

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Date Read: July 2015

Genre: Contemporary, Romance

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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Publisher: William Morrow

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Overall Rating: 3.50
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 3.50

First Thought when Finished: The mystery, pacing, and style of Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips was outstanding but the romance just didn’t do it for me.

Quick Thoughts: I picked up this book because we picked it as the Contemporary Romance read for our Cover Girls Bookclub in August. I wasn’t disappointed in the mystery or pacing. I thought the story flowed well (the backstory mystery and current mystery meshed well together) and the characters were interesting (leads and side characters). Notice I said interesting but not overly likable. I really never warmed up to Theo or Annie so that made it hard to root for their romance. While their backstory played into that. I felt it was more how they dealt with each other in current time that had the bigger impact on my feelings. Hard to love a romance when you don’t really want the romantic leads to be together. All in all I would say this was a solid read and mystery wise a hit. The romance didn’t work for me but that is not to say it won’t work for you. This has a very gothic feel (which I loved) and the setting was unique. Give this a whirl–you may love Theo and Annie together!

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Overall Rating
3.5 / 5
Story Rating
3.5 / 5
Character Rating
3.5 / 5
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19 responses to “Review: Heroes are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

    • That was my only problem. If this had been marketed as a mystery I would have been sold–oddly I don’t really care about the romance in mystery books LOL πŸ™‚

  1. I think I would read this just on the setting alone. Having lived in Maine and knowing the coast and those creepy little islands (that are actually very cool), I’d love to see how authentic it was πŸ˜‰

    It’s so hard to love a book when you’re not rooting for the couple though. That’s when the “fair” reviews come in. I’ve written my fair share, too!

    • Oh the setting is fantastic. The characters are fantastic! The mystery is very good πŸ™‚ I think you will like it especially if you know the type of area. It would be like me reading of New Orleans.

    • Some people loved the romance–I just think it took to long to get past a certain point to accept them as a couple. The rest was pretty darn good!

    • It wasn’t her normal fair–it was a bit darker and edgier. That being said the mystery was really good but it was lacking the strong romance she is known for (at least for me)