An Unlikely Hero

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
John Smirke’s black marble heart has an insatiable need to be loved and admired, but his only developed talent is causing creative misery. Outside his immediate family he’s universally hated. The word love has no emotional definition in his brain while the word romance can only be conceived as a state of heightened sexual pleasure... More
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About Cari Hislop

I’m an American married to an adorable English Goblin who makes me laugh every day. I’m an artist with a degree in fashion design, but I’ve always been a story teller. Stories are everywhere; in every scent, every glimpse out of the corner of the eye. The most magical moments of my life have been born of ‘what if?’.

I’ve been making up stories as long as I can remember, but I was ten before I 'wrote' my first story. It was a romance - the young girl’s parents are killed by a plane falling on their house so of course she moves to England. Don’t ask me where she got the money or the passport!

I knew I wanted to grow up to be an author. All my artistic talents converge on my favorite subject: people. I find both individuals and general humanity endlessly fascinating.

My genre: Regency romances (historical romances set in late Georgian England)

Rated: PG13 (PG13 as in 1985)

Style: Each of my stories tend to have their own humor depending on the character's personalities, but they always make me laugh. My plots are character driven and my stories evolve with the characters. Other than the hero and heroine somehow ending up together at the end, I never know what will really happen in the story until it happens.

Note: After much deliberation I decided to use English spelling rather than American English spelling in my stories. This will sadly irritate some people, but the USA is the only country to use American spelling while the rest of the English speaking world uses English spelling.

I don't think of my books as a series, but all my characters inhabit the same Regency Universe. Most of the main characters are either related or know of each other so my stories often intertwine.
If you ever have any questions about my stories or would like to receive an e-mail to let you know I've finished a book please e-mail me at...

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Cari Hislop

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Reviews of An Unlikely Hero by Cari Hislop

Crystal Dawn reviewed on May 2, 2013

The book was hilarious at times. I didn't mind an imperfect main character, it made it believable. I enjoyed Joan being a hoyden as well. the plot had many twists and turns. Good romance.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
heatherbartley reviewed on Oct. 10, 2012

The book has a cool concept. I just wish that the author knew how to use commas correctly, and I wish that the Kindle edition had the correct formatting between paragraphs. There was crazy spacing between lines. I just couldn't read more than 5 pages because of those 2 things. If the author made a revised edition available, I would love to read it and give a better review of the book, because I think that I would enjoy a properly edited copy.
(reviewed 8 months after purchase)
avis h reviewed on June 13, 2012

Oh, aren't I glad I read the free Introducing Smirke. If I hadn't then I wouldn't have read this, An Unlikely Hero the book continuing John Smirke's story. What a blast. Again no overwhelming generic characters. Nothing but relevant, witty and sensible dialogue. So John's 'died' and gone to . . . nowhere yet . . . he got his one chance to do better and with every misstep, the hole in his heart burns like all good consciences (should) do. Will the love of an innocent maiden who knows her own mind be his salvation?
Great read!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
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