Essex, Vicki, Her Son’s Hero


Essex, Vicki, Her Son’s Hero,  (Ontario:  Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2011).

Title:  Her Son’s Hero

Author:  Vicki Essex

Imprint:  Superromance

Issues:  Bullying; Divorce; Domestic Violence; Guilt; Injury


Unacceptable. Fiona MacAvery works very hard to help her son find nonviolent ways to protect himself from the bullying he can’t seem to avoid. She’s never believed in violence. Then along comes mixed martial arts champ Dominic Payette, and that’s who her son turns to for guidance?

Dom clearly has a heart under all those… gorgeous… muscles, but there are shadows, too. He’s fighting his way back toward a champion belt after putting an opponent in a coma. Fiona admires his dedication. She even admits that he’s shown her son how to be more confident. But act on this attraction between them? There’s no way she’s letting her guard down!

Dear Reader,

I’m so proud to join the Harlequin Superromance family with my first book, Her Son’s Hero.

This book was born out of my great respect for mixed martial artists and the controversial sport that has exploded in popularity over the past few years.  As I read about the lives, dedication, sacrifices and victories of these talented athletes, it became clear they were real romance-worthy heroes.  Some of them are a little rough around the edges, but most are good men with a great passion for what they do…plus they have fantastic bodies.  It’s kind of hard not to fall in love!

Fiona MacAvery would agree.  When pro MMA fighter Dominic Payette comes to town, she thinks he’s just a meatheaded testosterone-fueled brawler.  But as he teachers her young son karate-do and shows them both how to face their fears, he’ll pove to them exactly what kind of man he is.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about this book, MMA or anything else that’s on your mind.  Email me at

Happy reading,

Vicki Essex


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