Her Passionate Hero

Her Passionate Hero

by Caitlyn O'Leary

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Overview

Can A Hero From Her Past, Protect Her From Life's Present Danger?

Aliana Novak spent most of her school years being bullied. Her only refuge, was Hunter Diaz, until the day he graduated and left her to deal with the tormentors herself. Those horrific experiences molded her into what she is today and made her the perfect candidate for Vice Principal of one of the toughest schools in East LA. As she fights for her students to live the best lives they can one of the most notorious gangs in East LA put her in their sights.

Hunter Diaz, scraped and fought his way out of the gangs of East LA to serve honorably as a SEAL in the United States Navy. He has become one of the most dangerous men on the planet. When his adopted grandmother tells him an old friend is in trouble back home, he returns to the place he vowed to leave firmly in the past.

Expecting to find the same awkward and fragile girl he once knew, Hunter finds a beautiful and strong woman who is willing to risk anything for the children under her care. As Hunter tries to rekindle the deep feelings they once had for one another, Aliana withdraws further into herself. What had happened to Aliana? Can Hunter break down her walls and prove to her he is still her knight in shining armor before she ends up dead?

Product Details

BN ID: 2940158924545
Publisher: Passionately Kind Publishing
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Series: Black Dawn , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 31,138
File size: 437 KB

About the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author, Caitlyn O'Leary, adores writing Military
Romantic Suspense and Paranormal Romance. She started publishing books
in 2014. Storytelling has been a tradition in her family for years, and she still holds on to the letters she has received from family members since her childhood.
Caitlyn lives in California with her husband John of sixteen years who often makes guest appearances in her reader group, Caitlyn's Crew. Getting to know so many people within the reader community is almost as much fun as writing each new novel. So join her reader group so she can get to know you, and see if she and John can make it to year seventeen!

You never know what kind of book she'll write next, it all depends on
what strikes her fancy. Be sure to keep in touch. Join her newsletter at
her website www.caitlynoleary.com.

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Her Passionate Hero 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I+loved+reading+about+Ariana+and+Hunter.+Very+well+written.%0A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I+enjoy+the+drama+and+the+unknown.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story has so much passion and bravery that it was hard for me to read! So much emotion in Alia and Hunter relationship that both of them have hurtful past that they need each other to cope! I love how much Alia pushed Hunter away he came back 10 fold and never left his side! I think I loved most about this story is that this is real life events that happen everyday but reading in this lovey story takes it to a whole nother level! This was a beautiful story! I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
MalkaShayna 7 months ago
While this is the third book in the series, I read this one first and had no problem following it as a stand alone. Because she was chubby and had an accent or simply because kids are mean, Aliana Novak was bullied at school, until young Hunter Diaz, stepped in to protect her. He was her hero and only friend. But they lived in a bad neighborhood, where gangs ruled. To escape the gangs, Hunter went to the military right after graduation and became a SEAL. But after her father killed himself, Aliana pushed him away. Now she is Vice Principal of the school that they went to, but she is being threatened by the gangs. His adopted grandmother, calls him home to protect her and whether she likes it or not, he is going to keep her safe and find out why she pushed him away all those years ago, because she was always meant to be his. Captivating characters and an action packed story make this a compelling read. And surprising for a military romance, this one was clean.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This+story+had+strong+characters%2C+good+dialogue+and+an+interesting+plot.+Some+parts+were+hard+to+believe%2C+but%2C+overall+a+good+read.+No+real+steam+until+the+end+and+then+the+story+just+stopped.+Frustrating%21
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a waste of time. Aliana had no backbone and was a wimp. I got tired of her pity parties and woe is me attitude. The old ladies were a great comic relief tho. Think the good reviews came from someone that needs to learn how to use the space bar.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story from beginning to end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That was pretty good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed reading this book.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Aliana and Hunter were friends in school. She was always picked on because she did talk or dress like the other kids. Hunter was a couple years older and tried stopping it from happening. Now they are grown ups and haven't seen each other in years but she's being threatened and he and some of his Navy SEALs are going to help her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really+enjoyed+reading+this+book.+
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
This is the second book I have read in this series, and loved it just as much as book 2. This time the story centers around Navy SEAL Hunter Diaz, and Aliana Novak. They were best friends in their youth. He was her protector from the bullies she encountered in school and she was the girl with the “funny accent and dresses”. He loved her with all his heart. He leaves the LA gang with a broken heart when Aliana sends him away. She was fighting her own demons but never forgot him. He becomes a Navy SEAL and he too never forgot her. Now a vice principal of a HS, Aliana has blossomed but has also acquired enemies within one of the local gangs. When Hunter gets a call from his grandmother telling him Aliana needs him , Hunter comes back to help her and hopes to find out why she sent him away. It’s a story with an engaging main plot, as well as the sub-plots. The main characters are complex and the secondary characters well developed. It’s filled with suspense and bad guys, but also with honorable men, humor and a group of seniors that will make you chuckle. In addition to a story that will keep you reading into the night, it’s a story about overcoming obstacles. The author reminds us that the gangs do exist and those individuals in them are not always free to leave that life. That our childhood and what our parents say to us, will affect us through all our lives but also that love does conquer all. I have to add that I truly appreciate the fact that the author gave us people with imperfections, a world that is different shades of gray and that family, isn’t always that we are born into. Last but not least, we frequently read stories about Navy SEALs that are all about the sex, their prowess etc. Ms O’Leary makes them real and with a heart. Thank you. I was gifted this copy. The opinions are solely my own.
Cajalili More than 1 year ago
I totally loved this book and immediately felt connected with the characters. I love how Hunter has always looked after Aliana. There’s so many situations that kept me on edge and I even cried. I love how his Seal’s teammates help to keep her safe. I highly recommend this book.
TinaTX More than 1 year ago
Caitlyn O'Leary's books do get better and better with each one. They are great characters. The relationship between Hunter and Aliana began in friendship. It wasn't a lost love (although maybe they just didn't realize that what they felt for each other was more than friendship). Your heart breaks for Aliana when you learn all that she went through with her dad dying and being bullied her whole life. She comes out a stronger person for it even though she occasionally forgets that she is strong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much. Way to go Caitlyn. Hunter is so hot and delicious I just became goo. Ali is a sassy,beautiful woman. Will they be able to get their second chance? Can he save his amor? She has a target on her but she's determined not to fall prey. Absolutely wonderful story. Really outdid yourself
HumorMyWay More than 1 year ago
There is nothing funny about bullying as this author shows through many years and hurtful people one women is still fighting the bullies in her school but now she is fighting them for the students she watches over as vice principal. Aliana has gotten in over her head when her ex students step up the game putting her life in danger because she is trying to help others overcome their past and get out of the gangs. Some could really have a wonderful life and do something with it, being able to help others with what they have learned with the money they could be making. This is a very emotional, compassionated, heartfelt read from the here and now dealing with bullies and the past where one love that got away. This is a powerful outstanding story of second chances for more than one couple but students that have so much potential. Can these kids get out and make something of their selves and can one man and one woman who have always meant everything to each other overcome the pain, face the past and find the love that they always shared without anyone getting killed? I loved the danger, the near death and the outcome of helping children make a better life. The author really pulls you in holding you on the edge with your heart in your throat as one group threatens Aliana in ways that will make you yell and want to grab her out of the pages. That is until one hero from the past comes and deals with them keeping you on your toes as he takes over putting a plan into action stealing not only Aliana heart but your own. There are so many wonderful parts from the seal brothers coming together putting some gang members in their place to the laughter of the little old women who steal your hearts. They are something else. Yes this is a serious book but Hunter has a way about him that makes you smile as he does his best to keep Aliana, her mother and grandmother safe while spreading the smiles, laughs and joy. The teasing between the seal brothers is so natural you can’t help but chuckle. When the little old ladies do their best to help you have to laugh as you roll your eyes just like Hunters does. The grandmothers are something else as they do their best to do a little match making. This is a wonderful story showing how love can conquer bring so many people together for one common goal. The name fits this book to a T there is so much passion, love and hero’s that will bring a tear to your eye, a smile to your face and make you laugh out loud. The characters are great even the gang members your heart goes out to a few so many people who need so much but only a few can be helped. Aliana is a strong, capable woman who doesn’t like to ask for help. She sees herself totally different than those around her. I loved how Hunter shows her just how truly beautiful she is inside and out. Hunter is just an amazing man who is strong but for the right person he isn’t afraid to show his pain, his love is raw you have no trouble feeling every emotion he feels. There is one boy I just wanted to grab and hold I was just so proud of him and all he does. Out of everyone I think he was my hero, I would have loved to have watch him become a man. Aliana friend is a trip an a half, a very bold woman I just adored. I loved how the author shows each characters true self, the wit, their pain and their love. Ms. O'Leary knows how to draw her readers in showing that people are not perfect but at the same time making the perfect in so many ways. The passion is strong I real
YvonneD26 More than 1 year ago
Her Passionate Hero Black Dawn Book 3 by Caitlyn O'Leary ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Seriously, I cannot stress this enough I am a huge fan of Caitlyn O'Leary books. This book Her Passionate Hero is book number 3 in the Black Dawn series, it pretty much clinches it for me, everyone of her books I absolutely adore and enjoy reading. I know of one person who will be reading whatever she publish going forward. I promise if you enjoy military romance like I do than you will feel as I do, Caitlyn O'Leary is a romantic genius! This book is Hunter and Aliana story. I don't know too many authors who can keep me on edge with a character who dealing with the things that Aliana character is dealing with and make me laugh at the antics that main characters get into. Aliana internal dialogue is witty, sassy she has lots of confident when she is in her Vice principal role. Her interactions with her friends is very entertaining. Aliana Novak is fabulous plus this character is incredible and she rocks in this book. At first glance it may not seem she is a proud, strong and lovable. This is what I enjoy about Caitlyn O'Leary, she writes about women you will enjoy reading about oand ones that you can easily look up to, you may even want to emulate these women. I always enjoy the fact she doesn't make Aliana's character perfect by any means, because who would enjoy reading about someone who is perfect. Sometimes she could be a little weak and I think she is kind of stubborn but everyone has their flaws. Aliana is described as beautiful, curvy, and strong,I think she is all of those things plus she is vulnerable inside. Sometimes she trys to protect herself from being vulnerable so she lashes out. I really enjoyed Aliana. Now Hunter Diaz Wow I absolutely enjoy a gorgeous, sexy, man who wants to be your shining knight. Hunter is quiet, and endearing? I can imagine him talking to Aliana in his gruff, normally ok low, voice. My ovaries may have exploded a time or two when he said things to her. When Aliana does finally confront Hunter, it's so real, it made all that waiting worth it. Oh my, if this book isn’t proof that anticipation makes everything worthwhile I don’t know what could. Not only did Hunter and Aliana chemistry make the pages burst into flames, their scenes are blazing hot. Every time he took Aliana in his arms I could have swooned, of course by now I have hearts in my eyes. You know what else I enjoy that Caitlyn O'Leary does well? The East LA atmosphere where the characters live. I enjoy that she makes East LA just comes to life and explodes right off the page, It makes you want to go visit the place. I have to shout out to the secondary characters goodness gracious, they made the story flow just right. This book is absolutely perfect, I hope I have I given you enough about this book , to make you want read it do you think? If you’re not convinced yet, I can add a lot more about how I really really really really enjoyed reading it and this is one book that I want everyone to read. I really have enjoy talking and laughing about it. I want to thank Caitlyn O'Leary via Booksprout for providing this entertaining book. I highly recommend this series its a great read.
KSON More than 1 year ago
Very Appropriate Title – Amazing Read!!! Stunning heroine Alaina, is bullied as a youngster, but grows to be a Vice Principal in a tough area where gangs are prevalent. When her attempts to assist a student escape the gang trap she runs afoul of the gangs who then threaten her and her family. Navy SEAL Hunter Diaz was Alaina’s champion when they were in school. Two years ahead of her he ran interference whenever they attended the same school. When the danger escalates Hunter’s “grandma” calls him in to help. Amidst the tension and danger we are treated to bits of humor…. Friend Lottie is attracted to the policeman on the case but when Hunter also appears in Alaina’s hospital room: ‘The two women in the hospital room turned to stare at them, “Do you just collect hot men?” the cute woman asked as she turned to Alaina.’ Ms. O’Leary knows just how to draw you into her story and make you a part of it. You feel as if you share the emotions and troubles of her characters. A gripping battle of gang versus SEAL, good versus evil, and the possible healing of emotional scars as an abandoned relationship is resurrected. I highly recommend this story – and this series!! *** I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of this book ***
Linda Carlson More than 1 year ago
Fantastic! A story that touches the heart right from the beginning. He didn’t know it, but Hunter was born a hero. He may have thought he was messed up as a child, but his young life experiences made him the wonderful man he is today. Aliana is a woman who has fought to just be herself for as long as she can remember. If anyone needed a hero, Aliana is that person. This story touches on several unpleasant topics. Bullying and gangs are a fact of life. I love how the author dealt with these sensitive issues while creating a beautiful and exciting story. Hunter grew up where gangs are the normal way of life. He becomes someone he doesn’t want to be and does what is necessary to remove himself from that way of life by joining the Navy. Becoming a Navy SEAL, it his proudest moment and his new way of life. He spent his youth being the best friend to Aliana and protecting her whenever he could. Aliana was different. She was from a different country, spoke different languages, has an accent, was beautiful even as a young girl. Because of theses differences, several classmates felt the need to pick on her and were very cruel in their methods. Hunter fixes those kinds of things. He became her protector when he found out what was happening. This story has many elements going on that make up the intricate background of Aliana. She experiences many things and fights her way up to become the professional that she is today. Her position at the school is her way to help kids make better choices and have a bright future. Because of her determination to help a certain boy, Aliana finds herself a target of the local gang. I love Aliana’s sense of family and dedication to her students. A fast-paced read, many twists and turns that keep the reader glued to this story. I couldn’t put it down. The turn of events made me fear for both Aliana and Hunter, but the developing attraction and relationship between these two made the story even more interesting and satisfying. I loved the humor of the neighborhood watch ladies and the book group. This story is fantastic in it’s many layers. I loved it! Excellent job!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly amazing , I could not put it down. Caitlyn O’Leary is truly an amazing author.
moonfox1234 More than 1 year ago
Her Passionate Hero (Black Dawn #3) is a powerful and emotional read. A beautiful romance that is blended with drama, danger and a bit of steam. A love that can last a lifetime is forged in a harsh world of bullying and gang violence. Not only is this book an amazing romance it offers a strong message about some very hard things that have to be dealt with in real life: bullying, gangs and violence. I loved Hunter and Alaina's story. It is well written, reads easily and was just a pleasure to read. I'm posting an honest, voluntary review after reading an advance copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All i can say about this book is WOW for a book that covers such nasty topics as Bullying and gang violence this was a absolutely beautiful story. Hunter had such an awful life growing up and yet he was still such a sweetheart of a guy Zed was definitely as much of a saviour for him as Aliana was. Aliana had always been bullied and Hunter had been her protector but she had a lot of emotional damage from other aspects of her life now she is just dealing with a lot of crap in her life. Caitlyn has always written great books but this one is definately of the charts I can't recommend it highly enough if I could give more than 5 stars I would I was given an ARC copy of this book but this is a true and honest review
Sheila Lee More than 1 year ago
I will not restate the plot nor reveal any spoilers in this review. Caitlyn O'Leary writes a good book. She grabs you from the very first page until the last one. This book has a great storyline and you never see what is coming next. This book has romance, suspense and a HEA. I loved her characters and rooted for them to find happiness. I received this book as an ARC and I voluntarily write this review. While the story is very good, the editing is very rough. As this is an advanced copy, I hope that the editing is fine-tuned before release. Check out Her Passionate Hero. It is worth the time to read it.
TitaniaW More than 1 year ago
Hunter never expected to return to his old stomping grounds. But when his grandmother calls he can do nothing more than answer. Finding his best friend in trouble isn't quite what he expected. But he will do whatever is necessary to help her and while he is at it, he will find out why she cut him from her life. I really enjoyed this story by Ms. O'Leary. She crafted a story that is so well written I did not want it to end. Hunter is struggling a bit with what he has seen and returning home allows him to pull the scab off a wound that needs lanced. But Ms. O'Leary tells us about the strength of this man is such a way that I barely noticed that he was healing even as he helped Aliana. I adored Aliana. She tried so hard to help others that she couldn't see that she needed help as well. She pushed everyone away and she learned that a grown Hunter would not allow her to hide. I loved seeing her stand up for herself and others even as she learned that being alone helps no one. This story was so well crafted that I could literally see and feel the growth Aliana had as she learned to trust in herself and others with her heart. I loved returning to this world with Ms. O'Leary and cannot wait to see where she will take us next.
Kaua More than 1 year ago
Author Caitlyn O’Leary has a way of dragging you into her stories! Her style of writing makes it as if you are surrounded by the story and the characters in such a way that you just cannot put it down. Her characters have depth and such intensity, that it feels as if you are right there with them. Her Passionate Hero, covers an area in which many do not dare to go, much less dwell there in. This story pulls at your heartstrings as you cheer for the underdogs and cry for the bullied. Aliana Novak and Hunter Diaz, come from many the same place, but at the same time are so very different. They both grow into their own strengths, but at a cost to their very souls. Grab a copy and discover the stories of their lives as Savior and Saved. And who saves who!