Andy considers himself the sidekick. He has been crushing on his best friend, Falcon, for years and if Andy is the sidekick, Falcon is the hero. When Andy was the smart, awkward kid where things usually went wrong, Falcon stepped in and Andy has had a best friend ever since. But Falcon doesn’t see Andy the same way, and Andy thinks a makeover is what is missing to win the man of his dreams. However, he doesn’t expect Law Anderson to come into his life.
Law wanted to be a professional hockey player, but a medical diagnosis had him switching to coaching. Law now needs someone to tutor his hockey team in physics and Andy is the best there is. As Law and Andy spend time together, the chemistry between them is clear and present, and before long, Law is helping Andy get the experience Andy thinks he needs to win over Falcon. But Law is falling hard and fast. If only he could make Andy see that he is already the hero of his own story and that Law wants him exactly as he already is.
Briar Prescott is a new author to me and Project Hero is an easy, sweet, if somewhat expected novel. Andy is the genius, geeky, somewhat disheveled guy from a large, supportive family where Law is the only child of wealthy parents and they are ready for Law to be done with hockey and work in the family finance business.
Andy had a hard time growing up until Falcon moved in next door and he is now determined for Falcon to see another side of him. Law helps with this as when convincing Andy to tutor the hockey team, he hooks Andy up with a stylist. It gets more routine here with the stylist telling Andy what a mess he is and she came off more cliched and mean than helpful and then, of course, while the changes are subtle, Law prefers Andy in his natural state.
The story then moves to Andy realizing that Falcon likes partners with more experience and Andy asks Law to help him with that. Right from the start, it’s clear that the chemistry is way stronger between Andy and Law than Andy and Falcon. I never did get a good sense of Falcon as he has limited on page time and his sexual orientation isn’t gone into with much detail, either, to know if he’s even a potential match for Andy.
I do find for myself, when the characters don’t realize they are in a relationship, or they think they are only friends with benefits until the end of the book, I start to lose interest. While it was great to see Andy start to become more confident, the part with his feelings for Falcon went on a little too long for me. Overall, most of the story has been seen before and while this book was fine and it was nice, there was not that much special to make it stand out. The ending and epilogue though, lifted this story up at the end and will leave you feeling good.