Heroes Are My Weakness

Heroes Are My Weakness

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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Heroes Are My Weakness: A Novel 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love SEP but this book was painful. I was ready to poke my eyes out after the looooooooooooong dialogue between the main character and her puppets in the second chapter. Puppets? Really? The story got better as it went on, but I couldn't get past the stupid puppets. I wouldn't recommend this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So disappointed. Did not care for the heroine's constant dialogue with her puppets. Thought the hero was just weird for the first half of the book. It gets a little better if you stick with it, but this is not the SEP I love to read. Hope she gets back on track
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is really hard to get in to. I usually really enjoy her books, but this one the main character is hard to like and relate to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Halfway thru the book and i keep thinking, when is this story going to pick up. Where is this story going ? There isnt anything about the two main characters that is interesting as of yet. Came to the reviews to see if anyone else feels this way. Someone please tell me that it gets better because as of right now page 120 its boring. Sorry sep i love your books but this one is soso
BlushingReader More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars I have been reading Susan Elizabeth Phillips's (SEP) books for a long time and I really liked the sound of Heroes Are My Weakness dark brooding author and quirky/funny heroine. While we did get the great story you come to expect from SEP it didn't capture my attention as much as her previous books did. I loved the feel of the book, the isolated Maine island, the Gothic novel feel, the mysterious happenings and the secondary characters. What I wasn't in love with was the chemistry. I really liked Annie's character. She was down on her luck, desperate even, funny, witty and had a great backbone (Didn't love the puppet dialogues in her mind, but the puppets do come in handy in the story). Theo's character just felt tragic and mysterious. It took a while for me to even want to get to know his character and when I did, I never really understood all the reasons behind his actions, but I did start finding myself wanting more time with him. When these two characters were fighting and immersed in pissing matches, it was great. The chemistry and then lack of spark with the heat/sexy times was unfortunate. I never really "got" why Annie would let Theo close, she spent a lot of the book terrified of him. My other issue was when they were together, there was no heat in there interactions. I might have felt more chemistry if we got to read a bit more of their "togetherness". (What can I say, this girl likes her sexy times in books). Heroes Are My Weakness was a good story. I liked getting stuck on a Maine island in winter and feeling like you were struggling along with Annie, while trying to solve the mysterious happens throughout the book. I enjoyed how the story rolled out (even though it was a bit long), but something kept throwing me off between Annie and Theo. I am glad I read this book, it was a great escape and I will continue to read SEP books in the future. If you are a fan of SEP you will enjoy this slightly darker Gothic feel to the story, and you know you are getting characters with depth, spunk and baggage. If you have never read a SEP book before this would be a good place to see if you like her writing style before diving into her enormous back list. Heroes Are My Weakness was a good read that makes you glad it is still summer time and not buried in snow up on a remote island in Maine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely not up to her normal standards. Ten days later and I can't even remember the plot!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sep make me laugh and that is why I love her books but this one missed the mark. I didn't laugh much at all - too dark. Theo isn't even a little bit appealing until late in the book and in light of the story the title is confusing to me. Still I love her books and have confidence I will love the next one.
elizam More than 1 year ago
I like this author, have read most of her books. It was hard to get past the annoying dialogues she constantly had with her puppets. I couldn't finish chapter one.  The book was instantly returned to the library. I'm glad I didn't waste my money. 
Liz_C7 More than 1 year ago
I have read all the SEP books - this one was my least favorite.  It was slow to start, but did get better as the story went on.  I loved the main character and the "who-done-it".
CarolASM More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites. The characters were extremely well developed and evolved throughout the story. It had a bit of everything: Romance, fear, caring, friendship, healing, suffering...the works. The puppets were hilarious and completely appropriate. All in all, a thoroughly good read.
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
A modern day Gothic romance that's sure to make readers swoon. I've been on a Susan Elizabeth Phillips' binge lately, and was SO VERY EXCITED when a copy of Heroes Are My Weakness showed up on my doorstep! What I Loved: This cover fits perfectly with the story, and as a reader, I love when the bookish people involved make that connection. Heroes Are My Weakness has all of the elements I've come to expect (and enjoy) from a Susan Elizabeth Phillip's story; witty humor, quirky characters and steamy romance. However, this one is a little darker, right down to the horror writing novelist and the creepy house he lives in that may or may not be haunted. And then there are the puppets... I really liked Theo and Annie! She has her fair share of quirks, a somewhat cutting sense of humor but she manages to see the good in people even when they don't deserve it. Theo is tall, dark and broodishly handsome, the epitome of Gothic romance hero. Their shared history and their occupations provided for some thoroughly entertaining situations. The mystery element was intriguing and I enjoyed watching Annie and Theo try puzzle out what was really going on on the island as well as what was happening between the two of them. It's always fun to read a story where the characters start out as frenemies only to discover things (and people) are not always what they seem. Susan Elizabeth Phillips' fans will not be disappointed! What Left Me Wanting More: Nothing. Favorite Quote(s): "I'd be glad to, except I have trouble cutting up dead bodies. All that bone." "He gave a long sigh. "And with those chilling words, the raging fire in his loins vanished."
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
Heroes, bad guys, old biddies, voices, and puppets . . .oh, my! Annie (Antoinette) is in a world of her how as a result of her child rearing years and her not so conventional mother. Heroes are her weakness. She even states this a few times during the course of her bantering wither puppets. Of course, Heroes are my weakness is what the book titles says also. Well Hell, I would have to find a damn HERO first for him to be my weakness. This was my thought through most of the book. It took a long time for the concept of this supposed hero to materialize for me.  Theo has a huge burden that he has carried most of his life. The cause of this burden is a surprise. This burdensome problem has set the stage for his life and the way he chose to live it. He complex and a bit off putting at points but he is a good character.  Phillips gives another good performance with this book. Don’t let the title fool you. Take a read you will be challenged just a bit beyond what I have found to be a usual Phillips read. Thanks, NetGalley. This is my honest review of this book as I see it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love every book that Ms. Phillips has written.  This book was completely different from any of her other books, but that is not a bad thing!  It is a great story with well-developed characters, including the minor characters and the puppets!    I couldn't wait to find out the ending, and don't understand how other reviewers could call this a boring read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't listen to the bad reviews. I did and put off reading this. It was beautifully written. I loved it. She really has the ability to write interesting characters with great dialogue.i would give it five stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautifully written and layered story. My only complaint is the ending feels a bit abrupt.
Brunette_Librarian More than 1 year ago
       Antoinette, “Annie” to her friends, is at the end of her rope, ending up on a solitary road in the middle of a blizzard on an island she only knew as a child. Her mother has died, leaving behind a small cabin filled with bad memories but quickly becomes the only refuge Annie has. When she returns to her former childhood home, she is assaulted by the memories of her mother and the presence of her former crush, Theo Harp, only creates a more tense situation.        Theo has overcome a very sinister childhood to become an accomplished horror author. He lives a truly solitary life and is still dealing with the death of his twin sister and the suicide of his wife. Unused to any disruptions in his lonely existence, he is disturbed by Annie’s return to her childhood home that coincidentally is just down the hill from his very own mansion. Theo and Annie come together in an explosion of murderous intentions, revealed secrets, a little laughter and a whole lotta love.      From the very beginning, you can tell this isn’t your usual Susan Elizabeth Phillips book. There is a very dark tone even in the first few pages that isn’t readily apparent in Phillips’ other novels. While it was very different for me, and at times I couldn’t believe my “go to” author was the actual author of what I was reading, the book worked for me.        There is a lot going on in this one, so bear with me a moment. Crazy siblings, homicidal wives, mistaken identities, greed, lies, crucial family dynamics, hidden fortunes, unknown fathers, and a whole lot more make up Heroes Are My Weakness. Theo and Annie’s relationship takes a backseat sometimes, but it builds slowly and surely. Not as sexy as some of her other books, I found myself enjoying the mysteries as they unfolded and was satisfied with the outcome of the story.           A different tone from other Phillips books, Heroes Are My Weakness takes on a whole new world where no one is safe from the machinations of others. Theo and Annie have led fairly disastrous lives but through no fault of their own, but lets face it, without their pasts they wouldn’t have ended up together. Different than her own novels, but no less special, Seppie fans will find her newest one no less intriguing than her famed Stars series. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
tommygrrl723 More than 1 year ago
So, I picked this book up solely because of the synopsis written on the inside cover of this book. It sounded like it had everything I was looking for: a claustrophobic thriller, with a little romance thrown in, and quirky, but interesting characters that keep me turning pages late into the night.... Well, I did get some of that...the quirky characters are an understatement, and it did keep me reading into the night...in hopes that it would get better and then, just to be done with this book. The main character is a ventriloquist, who frequently imagines dialogue between herself and the different personalities of her puppets throughout the entire book. At first I thought this was an interesting occurrence at the beginning, but it grew tiresome and, quite frankly, odd by the 1/4 to 1/2 way point. I was still hoping for more 'meat' to the characters (but they never became anything more than 'one-dimensional" to me), and was anxiously awaiting a humongous plot twist that would cover the weirdness of the puppets, but...it never happened. There were moments that this book that kept my interest, but ultimately I wouldn't recommend this book. It was my first time trying this author, and sadly, it will be my last.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The puppets were not a good idea. I also figured out who was doing all the evil things to her in the past from the outset. Too many hints. What reader of romance hasn't read Jane Erye, or Rebecca which I think was floating around in the back of the authors mind. Not my favorite of hers, but I plugged away. This felt like the author just wanted to do what things her way despite what I'm sure somebody told her about those puppets and derivative plot. The end was an explanation of why she gave us the ending she did. She has better books. Skip this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First I need to say I love almost all of SEP books, but this was not one of my favorites. It is still better than a lot of other authors books. I just did didn't "feel" this one like I usually do.
Mona0622 More than 1 year ago
Who wants to be trapped on an island in Maine in the winter? Not Annie. She returns to the island and isn't pleased to find Theo there. They share a negative history that stands in the way of any relationship they try to have now. The story built and developed in a fascinating way. I won't spoil the ending, but I couldn't have predicted it. I love the book all the more for it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Puppets? Ventriloquism? Eww! "Has SEP lost her touch and possibly her mind?" I wondered. It was all so corny I almost couldn't get past the first chapter. Luckily, I opted to trust fall into the magic of our favorite feel-good writer. It pays off. The puppets - one in particular - become a lovely part of this story. You will come to love Annie and Theo just as much as any other SEP couple. Keep the faith and keep reading.
janebrn More than 1 year ago
I really love this book! It made me laugh out loud and care about the characters. Kind of reminded me of a Bronte^ read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terrific book! This is a different book from this authors norm but l love the characters. I liked the focus on mental illness and the problems it can bring to those that love and care or the people involved ad how painful it can be. I thought this book addressed how close knit those on these small islands can make life miserable for you. All being said and done l loved this book because it is different.