Saturday, March 7, 2015

Review: Hero by Samantha Young

The emotional and unforgettable new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series.

Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren't his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair.

Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they're on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again…

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What I thought about Hero
Caine Carraway is a self-made man. Rising from a tragedy, he becomes a successful financial mogul in Boston. He's a colossal jerk, too. Alexa Holland is an extradordinary personal assistant and her past includes a link to Caine and when he finds out, he does something crazy and improbably and hires her to work for  him, even though he's been incredibly cruel and unprofessional to her. 

This story could have easily fallen into the billionaire-virgin variety, but it's really Alexa who is the star of this story. The story is told from her point of view, and she's had some bad stuff happen in her past, too. I found her to be very likable. She has a sense of rightness and I like how she dealt with Caine and his bullying ways. 

There weren't many surprises for me in this, it's the classic, "sex without a relationship" story that always ends up with someone falling in love. Even Caine's reasons for being so closed off weren't that much of a surprise, although I did wonder how someone as together as he appeared to be hadn't dealt with his feelings about his past, unless he was still engaging in the behavior. It made him appear weak and that was another blow to his attractiveness.  I just didn't find him appealing, but Alexa made up for him.  

This is was my first book from Samantha Young and I did like the writing style and the story kept me turning the pages until the end, so I'm rating this four solid stars. I'd read more from this author in the future. 

ARC provided for review.

About the Author

Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author from Stirlingshire, Scotland. She's been nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Author and Best Romance 2012 for her international bestselling novel ON DUBLIN STREET and Best Romance 2014 for BEFORE JAMAICA LANE. ON DUBLIN STREET is Samantha's first adult contemporary romance series and has sold in twenty-eight countries.

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