Matt Carrington escapes a terrorists’ prison while in the Army, but he has difficulty escaping the trappings of a
demanding fiancé and his own parents. To get away to think, he meets pretty, girl-next-door Lauren Delaney, the kind
of woman he desires. But his fiancé and his parents have other plans. They determine to have their way—no matter
what Matt wants.

Lauren Delaney is an independent young woman who quickly befriends the soldier hero who comes to town. Knowing
he has another life in Dallas, she holds a secret, too. But she pretends neither have a problem in order to have the
summer with him.

During the long hot months, a hurricane almost destroys the town. Matt and Lauren work with a team to save as many
residents as they can, and in the process fall deeply in love. When the danger is past, the two lovers suffer from their
own lies and misunderstandings. Can they find peace and happiness without hurting others?  
By eleven-thirty, Matt entered the River Café. He smiled when he saw his table with a reserved sign on it. He chuckled
to himself, thinking she was going a little over-board, but it made him happy.

Lauren spotted him immediately and walked quickly to him, as though she had been waiting and feared another
waitress would get to him first.

“Hello. Would a small table by the window be all right, sir?” she asked formally with the menu clutched to her chest.

Matt grinned. “I see it’s reserved for someone. Maybe I could just sit at the bar.”

“Oh, I think I can pull some strings and let you have it. The person who reserved it is so good-looking he’s probably
out beating off the girls. May I seat you?”

Now, he laughed. “Yes, ma’am, pretty lady, you may,” he said in a whisper as he leaned toward her.
He heard her suck in her breath a tiny bit. Maybe his nearness made her nervous, because she stumbled slightly as
she turned toward the table.

“Would you like tea with lemon?” she asked with mock politeness.

He only nodded slowly at her, while he gazed into her eyes.

Lauren stared back and didn’t move for a moment.

“Be right back,” she said, but paused a beat before she walked away.

As soon as she left, a paunchy middle-aged man approached his table. “Hello, there, son. Name’s Leonard Elkins. You
are Matthew Carrington, are you not?” He rocked back on the heels of his highly polished dress shoes.

Warily, Matt studied the man in the striped dress shirt and blue pants held up by bright red suspenders. Without
standing, he replied, “Yes, sir, I am.”

“May I sit for a moment while you wait for your drink?”

“Be my guest.” He didn’t want to be impolite, but he thought the man acted a little too impertinent.

“I’ll get right to the point, seeing as how I have a short lunch time today. Bonner has an Old Settler’s Day every year at
the end of August. You know. Carnival, food booths, bands, and speeches. The Chamber of Commerce would like it if
you would be part of our celebration and allow us to introduce you as a gen-u-ine hero. The introduction would come

“Hold on, sir. I must decline. I appreciate the gesture, but I don’t do speeches, or...”

“You needn’t speak,” he interrupted, “if you don’t want to. Just let ’em see you. But we’d really like a speech. It would...”

“Here’s your tea.” Lauren stood so that her back turned slightly to Mr. Elkins. She gave Matt a regretful look and
walked away.

“No,” Matt said firmly but politely. “I cannot. I will not. Please understand.”

“Well, I’m just not going to take ‘no’ for an answer,” he said, as he snapped his suspenders with his thumbs. “Consider
this. As I see it, you’re somewhat obligated to help us out here. We paid your salary, you know, when you were in the U.
S. Army. Look at it that way. Taxpayers pick up the tab, so we’d appreciate it if you would give us a little in re-turn. We’
re not asking much, mind you, only about fifteen minutes or so of your time. I’ll give you a couple of days to think it
over. You’re staying out at Eleanor Carrington’s place, aren’t you?”

Matt stood and placed a twenty on the table, retrieved his ball cap, placed it on his head, and began to walk out.

“Now, see here, young man,” Leonard called after him. “I was only being neighborly, welcoming you to town. No need
to get all riled up.”

Hearing this statement, Matt turned back around and towered over the short, stocky man.

“Sir, good day,” he said in a low voice. “And don’t ask me again. The answer is ‘no.’ It will remain no until hell freezes

In an attempt to keep his emotions under control, he walked as sedately as he could out the door. “Damn, damn,
damn,” he muttered as he moved down the sidewalk a few feet. His lunch with Lauren as his waitress was ruined. Not
only did he not get to eat, the man prevented him from speaking with her. No way could he stay in there. “Damn!” he
said once more for good measure.
Reviews for Heart of a Hero
Excerpt for Heart of a Hero
-LAS Reviewer

Emotional, riveting and well written, Heart of a Hero is a story that delivers great characterization, beatitude setting,
and a plot that keeps the story interesting. I enjoyed Ms. Yeary's Texas setting, and there are characters that readers
will either love or hate. The author does a great job conveying the characters and what they stand for. All around this
is a great book.

If you're a fan of contemporary romances, then why not check out Heart of A Hero and fall in love with Matt and

-Paula Martin

Celia Yeary has written a wonderful story of two people who find love during a summer together but then have to find
their own individual ways to cope with the personal pressures on them.

Matt Carrington still bears the scars of his wartime experiences and time as a hostage. His parents and fiancé expect
him to return to 'normal' life without any problems and don't understand his need for time and space to sort himself out.
While visiting his grandmother, he meets Lauren Delaney and the two of them quickly establish a rapport which turns
to love when they work together in rescue efforts during a hurricane.

Matt's family and his scheming fiancé (I hated her, by the way!) drive a wedge between him and Lauren, who also has
her own problem to resolve.

While knowing there was going to be a 'happy ever after' ending for Matt and Lauren (it's a romance, after all!), I did
wonder how it was ever going to happen when the odds seemed to be stacked against them.
I also loved the Texas background of this story - small town and also the lives of the rich in Dallas. Celia's story shows
the contrast very well.
Heart of a Hero
Celia Yeary
Whimsical Publications,
LLC/paperback, 236 pages
July 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1-936167-45-6
Whimsical Publications, LLC
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