Monday, February 23, 2015

Review ~ HERO by Samantha Young

by: Samantha Young
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 3, 2015
Source: Publisher ~ Penguin NAL via NetGalley

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…

Samantha Young’s Hero was a very good and entertaining book to read.  The characters were a lot different than I have become accustomed to.  Alexa and Caine were both very stubborn, mean, and yet still likable.  Samantha did a great job in displaying how your life choices and those of your parents may shape you, but don’t have to define you.

Hero is the story of Caine Carraway and Alexa Holland.  A tragic event regarding Caine’s mom and Alexa’s dad bonds them together in what starts out as a hate-filled relationship.  Alexa is seeking atonement and Caine is out for revenge.  Somehow, they end up falling in love.  Caine has attempted to overcome his demons by being a wealthy and successful businessman while Alexa has not quite found herself but decides to take Caine up on an impractical offer.  Although, I would not really classify this as a mystery, it’s a lot more intriguing if I don’t give you all the details.  Let’s just say, the interactions between the two of them in the beginning is funny but it shouldn’t be.  Caine does everything to illustrate how much he despises Alexa and her family while lusting after her the whole time.  And Alexa takes the brunt of Caine’s anguish while she longs for Caine’s touch.

If there is a sequel, I hope that it can match the level of emotional and physical intensity because there was a lot of heat in and out of the bedroom.  Who knew that pent up aggression could be unleashed in such a productive way.

**Received a copy from Penguin NAL in exchange for an honest unbiased review.**

Rating: 4.5

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