Sunday, January 25, 2015

ARC Review: Hero by Samantha Young

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Publisher: NAL Trade
416 Pages

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 her mother and she 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....

I absolutely adore Samantha Young’s writing. I just blew through the On Dublin Series, devouring one book after another. When I heard there was a new book, one that took place on my side of the ocean, I was all in.

Alexa Holland recently had her world shatter around her. Everything she thought she knew about her family was a lie and now she’s desperately trying to forget everything and move on. Unfortunately, she lands in the path of Caine Carraway who’s linked to her past in the worst kind of way.

The hostility on Caine’s side is palpable and he’s furious to see Alexa at his place of work. This girl represents everything that destroyed his family and she just won’t go away. Even after he gets her fired, she’s still there – determined that he have happiness. 

Tension, chemistry, animosity, and just plain fire exist between these two. I’m pretty sure they go through all the spectrums from hate to love multiple times over. It made for an entertaining read and some pretty hot sexy times. While it didn’t blow me away, I enjoyed reading about these characters.
Caine was an enigma. First impression, he was an ass. A hardworking ass. As the story goes on, the layers that make up Caine Carroway shed and we finally see him allowing himself to feel emotions – most of this is thanks in part to his neighbor Effie. He’s very sheltered about his past but is also completely defined by it. Once he lets Alexa in, we see him slowly start to let go. The one frustrating thing about Caine was how, once he would let himself go, he would immediately pull himself back even further into himself. It gave the saying ‘one step forward, two steps back’ a whole new meaning. 

And then there’s Alexa. Man, she was a determined little thing. Here’s a man who hates her guts and gets her fired from her job, and she still seeks him out – even works as his PA fully knowing he’s going to abuse that position. I enjoyed her sass and determination. There were parts towards the end that had me saying ‘just let him go, move on!’, but she didn’t. She hung in there. I still don’t know whether that was brave or just stupidity. 

Overall, I enjoyed this one. Young definitely knows how to write chemistry and intriguing characters. A common theme I’ve noticed in her writings is that she loves to throw in a little bit of mystery and danger in her books and it was ever present in Hero. But based on how quickly I blew through this book, Young remains an author I will always read.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Samantha Young is also an author I will always read. She writes some of the greatest male characters. I will be reading this soon, but I heard that this book wasn't a favorite of hers.

    1. It wasn't my favorite of hers, but I did enjoy it. It was nice to see her trying something new :)


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