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Angela Ruth Strong

Hero Debut: A Novel (Love Off Script Book 2)

Hero Debut: A Novel (Love Off Script Book 2)

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"Another sparkling feel-good romance, brimming with perfect doses of heart and heat!"-- Bethany Turner, award-winning author of The Do-Over

Gemma Bennett is the leading lady of her own life, and her true love is writing screenplays. With her trusty pink notebook in hand, she signs up for the Citizen’s Safety Academy to research her newest blockbuster hope, a rom-com with a police officer as the hero. And the fact that the handsome and heroic Lieutenant Karson Zellner is the one leading the training? Well, who can blame her for wanting to spend evenings with the man she swooned over months ago when he responded to a call at her apartment?

Karson already has his fair share of problems before Gemma shows up, and he's not exactly a fan of the ditzy blonde who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. The last thing he needs is a damsel in distress to rescue; there are plenty of people in real need of his help. The fact that she seems to think his job makes him a superhero is just one more strike against her. This isn't a movie, and he feels like the furthest thing from a leading man.

Gemma can't seem to stop doing the worst, most embarrassing things at just the wrong time. And as time goes on, Gemma begins to realize that the scripts for a perfect screenplay and a real-life happily-ever-after are two very different things. Can she step out of her own way to find the hero her story needs?

Hero Debut: A Novel Paperback – August 29, 2023 by Angela Strong

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Editorial Reviews

A spirited romance. . . . Strong's quirky, delightfully flawed characters charm, and the 'opposites attract' conceit swiftly propels the narrative from one comedic mishap to the next. It's ideal for fans of Pepper Basham and Denise Hunter. ― Publishers Weekly Published On: 2023-08-29

Angela Ruth Strong has gifted us with another sparkling feel-good romance! Brimming with perfect doses of heart and heat, Hero Debut made me laugh, swoon, and sigh in happy-reader contentment. A must-read for inspirational rom-com fans! -- Bethany Turner, award-winning author of The Do-Over Published On: 2023-07-03

Hero Debut had me alternating between swooning and laughing as screenwriter Gemma Bennet tries to make a grumpy cop her very own hero. Once again, Ms. Strong combines comedic moments with gospel truth, delivering another page-turner as she did with Husband Auditions. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. -- Toni Shiloh, Christy Award-winning author Published On: 2023-07-03

Angela Ruth Strong writes characters who immediately become your friends. Hero Debut is a witty romp that plunges beneath the surface of a typical rom-com and will leave the reader not only laughing but reflecting. -- Betsy St. Amant, author of The Key to Love and Tacos for Two Published On: 2023-07-03

What a delight to read! Any author who can write a romantic comedy that is as witty as it is romantic and still carries an impressive dose of depth is an instant hero in my book. If you loved Husband Auditions, get ready to fall head over heels for Hero Debut. -- Becca Kinzer, author of Dear Henry, Love Edith Published On: 2023-07-03

With fearless and fun writing right from the start, Strong has penned yet another arrestingly delightful romance--so much heart, spark, and sizzle, it’ll require full lights and sirens. Absolutely smitten. -- Nicole Deese, Christy Award-winning author of All That Really Matters Published On: 2023-07-03

Hero Debut is another witty and real offering from the talented pen of Angela Ruth Strong. You’ll laugh, love, and enjoy all the feels in this classic book about the ultimate of opposites who end up attracting. Happy reading! -- Carolyn Miller, best-selling author of the Original Six series and the Muskoka Romance series Published On: 2023-07-03

In Hero Debut, Angela Ruth Strong continues to play to her strengths: a fun premise, charming characters trying to make their way to each other amid complicated issues, and a hilarious and satisfying ending that will leave the reader smiling. -- Heather Woodhaven, author of THe Secret Life of Book Club Published On: 2023-07-03

Angela Ruth Strong is at it again with another hilarious story sure to delight readers of Bethany Turner and Melissa Ferguson. Hero Debut is the bookish escape you’ve been looking for! -- Sarah Monzon, author of the Sewing in SoCal series Published On: 2023-07-03

About the Author

Angela Ruth Strong sold her first romance novel in 2009, and her books have since earned TOP PICK in Romantic Times, been a finalist for the Christy, won the Cascade Award, and become Amazon bestsellers. Her book Finding Love in Big Sky released as a movie in 2022. To help aspiring authors, she started IDAhope Writers where she lives in Idaho, and she blogs for Inspy Romance and My Book Therapy. Get to know her even better at

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