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The Art Of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick

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The Art Of Hero Worship by Mia Kerick

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About the Author
Mia Kerick is the mother of four exceptional children—all named after saints—and five non-pedigreed cats—all named after the next best thing to saints, Boston Red Sox players. Her husband of twenty-two years has been told by many that he has the patience of Job, but don’t ask Mia about that, as it is a sensitive subject. Mia focuses her stories on the emotional growth of troubled young people and their relationships, and she believes that physical intimacy has a place in a love story, but not until it is firmly established as a love story. As a teen, Mia filled spiral-bound notebooks with romantic tales of tortured heroes (most of whom happened to strongly resemble lead vocalists of 1980s big-hair bands) and stuffed them under her mattress for safekeeping. She is thankful to CoolDudes Publishing, Dreamspinner Press, Harmony Ink Press, and CreateSpace for providing her with alternate places to stash her stories. Mia is a social liberal and cheers for each and every victory made in the name of human rights, especially marital equality. Her only major regret: never having taken typing or computer class in school, destining her to a life consumed with two-fingered pecking and constant prayer to the Gods of Technology.

Publication Date
February 14, 2016
Trembling on the floor, pressed beneath a row of seats in a dark theater, college freshman Jason Tripp listens to the terrifying sound of gunshots as an unknown shooter moves methodically through the theater, randomly murdering men, women, and children attending a student performance of Hamlet. Junior Liam Norcross, drapes his massive body over Jason, sheltering him from the deathly hail of bullets, risking his life willingly, and maybe even eagerly. 

As a result of the shared horror, an extraordinary bond forms between the two young men, which causes discomfort for family and friends, as well as for Jason and Liam, themselves. Added to the challenge of two previously “straight” men falling into a same-sex love, are the complications that arise from the abundance of secrets Liam holds with regard to a past family tragedy. The fledgling passion between the men seems bound to fade into the darkness from which it emerged. 

Jason, however, is inexplicably called to rescue his hero in return, by delving into Liam’s shady past and uncovering the mystery that compels the older man to act as the college town’s selfless savior. 

The Art of Hero Worship takes the reader on a voyage from the dark and chilling chaos that accompanies a mass shooting to the thrill of an unexpected and sensual romance. 

Editor reviews

1 reviews

Passionate drama.
(Updated: January 21, 2016)
The Art Of Hero Worship is a passionate, emotional, dramatic novel. The story introduces a wide range of issues - a mass shooting, PTSD, survivor guilt, family problems, and tackles each one with the sensitivity and care it deserves. The shooting at the beginning of the book is superbly descriptive, as are the rest of the traumatic and dramatic events in this story; but for me, I would have liked a little less drama. The shooting, the subsequent chase, the fire, he MCs families, the jealous friend...even the intimate scenes between Liam and Jason had a dramatic edge to them.

I think I liked Jase and Liam, but the occasional glimpses of 'normalcy' just wasn't enough for me to really connect with either of them. The basis for the story here is great, the writing is incredible, as is always the case with this author, the subject edgy and challenging, but this book wasn't for me. It was a little too....much.
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