Title: My Hero
Author: Max Vos and Jared Bradford (Narrator)
Publisher: Max Vos, Inc.
Release Date: August 21st 2015
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary
Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
When he was sixteen years old, Rich Miller saved a young man from drowning at his local pool. Little did he know that years later, as a senior in college and Olympic diving hopeful, Rich would meet up once again with Johnny Milloway, now a big football player – and when Rich says big, he really means ‘bear’. The shy jock remembers his savior, and the two men become friends.
Johnny isn’t put off by the fact that Rich is gay. In fact, the more time he spends with Rich, the more curious he becomes. Johnny wants to know all kinds of things – what it’s like to kiss a guy, for instance. Only it doesn’t stop there…
Rich finds it difficult to believe that this relationship can go anywhere. Johnny is straight, and Rich isn’t prepared to deal with the heartache he knows will come his way in the future. He has enough on his plate as it is – the Worlds are just around the corner, his father would rather watch a football game than spend time watching his son dive… What he doesn’t count on is Johnny, who can be very determined. And having Johnny in his life proves to be a catalyst for some pretty earth-shattering changes.
Jared Bradford delivers a wonderful performance. He adds a richness to the story, drew me in, and kept me engaged and entranced until the very end.
Bradford’s narration highlights the erotic romance between Rich, an out and proud gay man, and Johnny, a straight-up-until-now eighteen year old, football player giving all the wonderfully filthy things they do to each other a real spotlight. Bradford also captures the strain and anger Rich has with his father beautifully, as well as the roller-coaster of emotion Rich and Johnny’s relationship goes through.
My biggest complaint is that Johnny is pretty immature relationship-wise, which is somewhat expected given his age, but no less aggravating.
After being together sexually and romantically for a while, sans condoms (because even though Rich NEVER fucks without a condom, they love and trust each other, so Rich and Johnny agree to continue to have sex bare), Johnny accepts a date with a woman for a New Year’s party and waits to tell Rich until the day before, breaking his heart.
When Johnny realizes it’s a mistake, he tries to get a hold of Rich, but Rich is incommunicado. When Johnny confesses to his mother what he’s done, she convinces Johnny not to bail on the poor girl, as it’s not her fault he’s an idiot dumbass, and why should she be penalized and be without a date? So Johnny takes the girl to the party…and then home…and then Johnny fucks her, even though until this point he’s been crying about how much he loves Rich. This leads to Johnny and Rich breaking up.
Then, when Johnny defends Rich from a bully, he and Rich get back together they immediately fuck – without a condom. So…cheating and irresponsible sex.
While I had some issues with the story, they are pretty quickly resolved, there’s a very sweet HFN/HEA, and I enjoyed the narration thoroughly.
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