Review | Hero by Samantha Young (@SYoungSFAuthor)

31 January 2015


Publisher: NAL
Pages: 384

The emotional and unforgettable new romance from the New York 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 longer 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've been in love with Samantha Young's writing ever since the first book in the On Dublin Street series was published. When I heard Hero was her next novel I had to preorder it and when I found out it was on NetGalley for review I requested a copy and my request was granted. SQUEE!

Samantha has such a way with saving broken hearted characters who see no future for themselves and she did not let me down with Hero.

Hero opens up with Alexa Holland working as a PA for a top fashion photographer but that all goes wrong when Caine Carraway, a powerful and rich CEO arrives on a shoot and it leads to Alexa losing her job. You see, Caine and Alexa are connected in a major way, Alexa's father played a role in the untimely breakdown of Caine's family in a tragic way and when he was so young. Alexa knows this and wants nothing more than to fix it.

What follows is a great read, Alexa lands up being offered a job by Caine and he is anything but welcoming. He aims to make her life a hell and Alexa hates him for it, but she's determined not to give up. The animosity grows and so does their chemistry. Despite the seeming hatred coming off Caine in waves you can tell there's an attraction there. And then the tension doesn't just break it explodes.

Boy did it explode...

What follows is one of the best sex scenes I think I've read. I've always known Samantha can write them well but she takes it to a whole other level with Hero. I could feel the chemistry pouring between them and out of my kindle....

In the end, they land up with a relationship that is just sex and some quick-witted play between them. These two really are the best match and I loved seeing them together. They were so fun to read in their carefree moments and seeing Caine like that was such a juxtaposition of how he is at work that it was amazing to read. And there's a point where Caine starts calling Alexa "baby" and I found that so, so, so swoony and every time he said it I melted a little inside.

This carries on, but Alexa wants more and she knows and can see, Caine does too but he hides behind his secrets and walls which frustrated the hell out of me! He was so annoyingly stubborn, but you still can't help but love him!

In the end, his walls breaks their relationship but a massive turn of events brings them together in a way I never imagined. I won't say what happens but what follows is great to read even though Caine is so frustrating I wanted to throw things at him.

He finally shares his secret and the reason he's been so against having Alexa in his life but she shoots him down and tries to shows him that he deserves to be happy despite his past but it doesn't work. My heart really broke when I read this scene I wanted to hug Alexa and slap Caine around the head. STUPID CAINE!

In the end, Alexa has enough and flees, not that I can blame her and at this point I didn't think there would be a happily ever after for them as much as I wanted them to have it. Things don't go to plan and Caine, the man who swears he could never be her white knight, comes to her aid. After this, Caine finally sees that he can't be with Lexie and welcomes her in with open arms and I rejoiced! I was so happy for them and that Alexa had Caine to help her through her darkest days and that Caine had found Alexa to love and care for after years of thinking he didn't deserve it.

I do have to give one very awesome character a mention before I end this review: Effie. The sweet, elderly lady (although I'm sure she wouldn't appreciate that...) who is Caine's next door neighbour. She is lovely and really does make Alexa and Caine get their act together in her own special way. I really loved her and reading her scenes!

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