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Publication Order of Heroes for Hire Books

Running for Cover (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Running Scared (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Running Blind (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lone Defender (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Private Eye Protector (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Undercover Bodyguard (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Navy SEAL Rescuer (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fugitive (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Defender for Hire (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Heroes for Hire is a series of mystery romance novels by Shirlee McCoy the American bestselling author best known for writing of Christian romance and inspirational novels. The Heroes for Hire series is McCoy’s longest running series with several titles that went on to become international bestsellers. McCoy published the first novel in the series “Running for Cover” in 2010, before she went on to publish several more titles, most of which came out between 2010 and 2013. Given her faith, strong desire for writing inspirational fiction and a childhood spent daydreaming about strong-willed heroines, it is not a surprise that these attributes are key elements in her novels. Unlike her previous series, the Heroes series of novels have their setting in many disparate locations around the United States from Lakeview, to Washington D.C., to Arizona among other places. Even as the setting is in many different places, the series plot lines unite in that the female characters in the novels either have been damaged through a range of tragedies ranging from kidnapping, violence, abandonment, and vengeful partners. Even as the novels have some faith element in them, they are for the most part mystery romances rather than faith or value based novels. Nonetheless, given the authors penchant for the inspirational, the Heroes for Hire series of novels has the theme of leaning on someone for help in time of need. In essence, the Heroes for Hire series are about heroines who reluctantly accept the help of the heroes only to find that it is the best thing they could ever have done.

The Heroes for Hire series of novels is all about the women heroines, who hire out the heroes to protect and help them to deal with a range of tragedies and troubles in their lives. Even as the women take the lead as the series protagonists, over the course of the narratives they reluctantly let in the male protagonists, who are often mysterious persons they do not know if they can completely trust. As for the men, they come in as the ultimate males who would do anything to protect the women, not because of a romantic interest in them but because that is who they are. What makes the male characters so intriguing is that they come into the women lives unexpectedly and have a certain intrigue and mystery to them, which increase the romantic tension even further. However, having been hurt before, the women rebuff and reject the help of the men, as they are not so sure of their intentions. Ultimately, the characters mellow over the course of the narratives as they come to acknowledge that they cannot get through their troubles alone, in some instances making their situation worse by trying to do just that. With a good back-story, McCoy weaves a story that explains how the characters came to be in their current predicament, how they grow and evolve over the course of the narrative to the point of trusting their heroes. Ultimately, the novels tell of the importance of having someone by your side to help fight your battles.

The Heroes for Hire series of novels while being inspirational have less of the Christian element, instead being focused on the aspects of friendship and love in the solution of life problems. With a childhood spent dreaming of gutsy, strong-willed heroines, Shirlee adds a twist to her novels by making strong heroines that nevertheless need the help of heroes. Even as some of her heroines such as Skylar Grady and Morgan Alexandria think of themselves as tough cookies, they cannot do it all on their own. The novels have a particularly pointed view of one doing things on their own. The Heroes for hire series assertion is that a woman needs a man by her side whether she wants it or not, and it is even better if that man happens to be a handsome man full of integrity, that would not mind a romantic liaison. The series is full of highly charged tension and suspense from all the crime, mysteries, shady dealings, and crime that dog the lead characters from their past lives and associations. Starting out at a fast pace the novels do not let up as they deliver punch after punch of mystery, violence, and romance as the protagonists come to know each other and fall in love. The author does very well in combining the suspense and thrill in the narratives and only releasing the tension at the very end for very satisfying finales.

“Running for Cover” the first novel in the Heroes for Hire series of novels is an edge of your seat thriller that will get any mystery romance fan drooling. It introduces Morgan Alexandria, a woman that moved to Virginia to get away from a dark past. As a child, she had been abandoned at age nine, and had to live in an orphanage for most of her childhood. Her troubles continued in her adult life as she got married to a husband that had been involved in some shady dealings. Given her husband’s shady dealings, her life is now in danger, as there is someone on her trail, and had it not been for the stranger Jackson Sharo, she knows she would have been dead. But then again, even as he says that he is a former big city police officer, Morgan is not so sure that she can trust Jackson. But trying to fight a gang of thugs that are on her trail without help just leads her even deeper into dangerous territory. Will she acknowledge and accept Jackson’s help and avoid walking into a trap that could probably see her lose her life.

“Running Scared”, the second novel of the Heroes for Hire series of novels is a great fun-filled suspense romance. It opens to Maggie Tennyson trying to get away from her past by changing not only her name but also her career. She soon managed to make a new life for herself in a new town where she now works as a teacher. But things soon take a turn for the worse when she becomes a hero after helping reunite a student with his long lost father. In a moment of carelessness, she puts herself in the limelight and now is in danger of being found by her psychotic ex. Kane the student’s father is concerned about her and tracks down information about her ex without telling her. Upset that the man she has been falling in love with over the past few weeks now has knowledge of her tawdry past; the plot becomes even more fun as Maggie reluctantly accepts Kane’s love. “Running Scared” is a delightful novel with a charming end as her ex Derrick brings in his twist to Maggie’s story of finding the Lord and a new romantic partner.

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