ARC Review: Hero Samantha Young

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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…

Hero is my first official favorite read of 2015!

It starts with a Fifty Shades of Grey feel, but as you get further into the story you will soon realize that it totally isn’t like that; this is no knock off read from Ms. Young. 

It was easy to adore Caine Carraway. His character is the type of male I usually go for in my reads. Sexy, dominating, and brooding with a hint of vulnerability. He was beyond cocky and pompous, some would think this is a major turn off, but with Caine it seemed to have the opposite effect.  For me, it made him sexy as all get out. Caine came across as quieter and laid back (not so in your face), stealthy with his possession. Even with that, I never once doubted his alpha status. Maybe it was because Caine controlled every part of his life with superiority and precision, that is until his new PA makes an unexpected and unwanted entrance into his life. Although, Caine can be a downright ass, determined and arrogant in his punishment against Lexie for sins that were not her own; he also had an air about him that made your heart beat faster and your skin tingled. There were many hate and love moments. Many swoon worthy moments and many moments I wanted to smack the crap out of him, but underneath all that was a man who hid his vulnerable and giving personality behind an emotionless facade. 

What can I say about Alexa Holland? Our heroine was a kick ass chick. She was strong willed, and held her own when it came to Caine’s hot and cold demeanor. She was one hell of a smart ass. She gave as good as she got. Lexie had a heart of gold, which is why she put up with so much BS from Caine. She was trying to fix the wrong caused many years ago by her family. Our girl was also determined to puncture through Caine’s high walls. She knew exactly what she wanted and she went after it with patience and conviction. It was quite gripping to watch Alexa knock Caine off his high horse. 

Looking back I loved Caine, but I think Alexia sealed this book for me. 

Caine and Lexie’s journey held a light amount of angst; however, there was enough tension and drama that I found myself teary eyed a couple times. It definitely did not take me long to become invested in either protagonist. I adored the chemistry and connection between Caine and Lexie. When these two came in to contact and delivered their delicious type of friction and tension sparks flew! Caine and Lexie had my rapt attention with everything that was them. Their push and pull kept me so riveted I finished the book in one sitting, which in itself is a feat since it normally takes me close to a week to finish a book lately.  

Samantha Young hit this one outta the ballpark with her charismatic and engaging characters, rich development, as well as an intriguing plot. I even loved that when I thought I had everything all figured out she threw in a little bit of a twist at the end. Hero is not also my first five star read of 2015, but also a definite reread. I can see myself visiting this book many times over. 

Ultimate plus to reading this book is the fact that it is a standalone!! 

Thank you, PENGUIN GROUP Berkley, NAL / Signet Romance, DAW, for a complimentary copy of Hero.

New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young is a 27 year old book addict who graduated from the University of Edinburgh.  She lives in Scotland.  


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