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Charlie’s Hero (Hero’s #1) Audiobook by Nic Starr Narrated by Joel Leslie


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Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.

But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.

It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.


Charlie is a teacher who wants to settle down. When he meets Josh, he thinks “this is it!” as they instantly connect and begin a relationship. But Josh – who is out and proud to everyone but his beloved brother – has to keep Charlie under wraps for fear of losing his only family, his brother, Andrew.


This is a very low angst story and for the most part I really enjoyed it. I got a bit tired of Josh’s excuse and his unwillingness to speak with his brother – especially when we see his reasons – as they felt very flimsy in the face of his obvious infatuation with Charlie. But I loved how easily these two guys fit with one another and how the majority of the story is them moving forward in their relationship.


I was super glad I had listened to this rather than read it as Joel Leslie definitely added to my overall enjoyment of the story. The story itself felt a little mild to me and Joel was able to elevate this to a more full-bodied, enjoyable experience with is additional emotion and depth provided by his narration. I always like Joel’s voicing and timing and he does another great job here.

Story 3.5 of 5 stars

Narration 5 of 5 stars

Overall 4.25 of 5 stars


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