Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Hero Debut By Angela Ruth Strong

Hero Debut
by Angela Ruth Strong
Publisher: Kregel
Series: Love Off Script
ISBN: 978-0825447938

I have been impatiently waiting since Husband Auditions came out to read book two, Hero Debut!! That's a good thing and it showed up just in time! You don't want to rush a good thing... and this story was a VERY good thing. I received the book for review!


Gemma Bennett is the leading lady of her own life, and her true love is writing
screenplays. With her trusty pink notebook in hand, she signs up for the Citizen’s Safety Academy to research her newest blockbuster hope, a rom-com with a police officer as the hero. And the fact that the handsome and heroic Lieutenant Karson
Zellner is the one leading the training? Well, who can blame her for wanting to spend evenings with the man she swooned over months ago when he responded to a call at her apartment?

Karson already has his fair share of problems before Gemma shows up, and he’s not exactly a fan of the ditzy blonde who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The last thing he needs is a damsel in distress to rescue; there are plenty of people in real need of his help. The fact that she seems to think his job makes him a superhero is just one more strike against her. This isn’t a movie, and he feels like the furthest thing from a leading man.

Gemma can’t seem to stop doing the worst, most embarrassing things at just the
wrong time. And as time goes on, Gemma begins to realize that the scripts for a perfect screenplay and a real-life happily-ever-after are two very different things. Can she step out of her own way to find the hero her story needs?

My Review:

I have been looking forward to Hero Debut since book one, Husband Auditions! That was my "book of the year" in 2021!! This book lived up to its predecessor and I loved it!!

We meet all of the main characters in the first book: Charlie, Kai, Gemma, and officer Karson. Karson had been called in to "save" Gemma, who actually didn't need saving. Now, she's doing research for her screenplay where Karson is her hero.

To say that this story is only hilarious would be to take away the incredibly powerful and deep parts of this story. The author has this innate ability to make us laugh hysterically and then dropping a strong truth right in the middle of it. One that makes us stand back and think deeply. There's a deeper message on how others perceive us, forgiveness, reconciliation, and a strong faith message.

Gemma, that poor girl. So many times I wanted to wrap my arms around her and tell her she's loved. Not for how she looks or anything she's done (or hasn't done), simply because she's fearfully and wonderfully made. I loved, loved, loved her insight to Karson (with her evil twin's help). Don't even get me started on Jewel! hahahaha

Kai and Charlie add so much comic relief to the story, I really appreciated them being in this one as well. The mishaps that Gemma finds herself in are hilarious, but you can sort of see why Karson looks at her with a side eye and not much appreciation. 

This will absolutely be one of my top books of the year! Now, for Charlie's story...

About the Author:

Angela Ruth Strong sold her first romance novel in 2009, and her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been a finalist for the Christy, won the Cascade Award, and become Amazon bestsellers. Her book Finding Love in Big Sky released as a movie in 2022. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she blogs for Inspy Romance and My Book Therapy. Get to know her even better at


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